Water Leaking Into a Car

Updated on June 10, 2018
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Eddie spent 33 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

If you have water leaking into your car, you need to deal with it promptly because of the many serious problems it can cause. If water sits for too long in a car's carpet, mold can grow and cause bad smells. Other problems can include corrosion of pin connectors, computer failures, sensor failures, rust, and high humidity inside the car causing your windows to fog up.

Where Is the Water Coming From?

A wet carpet is not the only sign of water leaking in a car. If you have an idea of where the water is getting into the car, check for water marks, stains, or even signs of rust. Take a close look at connectors for corrosion and check brackets for rust spots; you will be amazed what you will find when you look for it. I have always said, "Mechanics' best tools are not found in their toolbox, they are found in their heads." Water leaks are hard to pinpoint, but once you find exactly where the water is coming in, you can access the problem spot and repair it.

Leaks from Outside the Car

Improperly installed urethane that caused a windshield to leak water into the vehicle.
Improperly installed urethane that caused a windshield to leak water into the vehicle.

Leaking Windshield

The number one cause of a water leak in a car is the poor installation of a windshield. If you have had a windshield replaced recently, take a look at this possibility. I'm not trying to disrespect windshield replacement companies, it's just that some companies hire people who just don't care; they will cut out the old windshield and slap in the new one without proper preparation.

If a professional replaces the windshield, it will take a minimum of an hour. It takes time to remove the moldings, cut the windshield out, trim the old urethane so the new windshield sits flat, touch up any scratches in the paint from the removal process, prime the glass with a primer, and install a nice bead of new urethane.

If your "professional" replaced the glass in just 15 minutes, his or her work might be not just the cause of a water leak but a safety issue. In the event of a car crash, you could be thrown through an improperly installed windshield and severely injured. I am good friends with a guy who owns his own windshield repair company, and I see and hear the horror stories, so I write to you from experience.

Leaking Body Seams

Body seams are the second major cause of water leaking in your car. Seams that weren't properly sealed at the factory, or seams that were broken open by a car accident, will usually cause the mystery water leak. Finding the point of entry is worth the struggle.

Once you find the seam that is leaking, I recommend using 3M Brushable Seam Sealer on the problem area. This is the same sealer auto makers use in the factory to seal all seams in the body of the vehicle after they are welded. One reason I like to use this seam sealer is that it skims over in about 30 minutes, so you don't have to wait a long time between water tests. Nevertheless, if you can let the car sit overnight after sealing it, the sealer will adhere to the body seams completely, and you won't have a seam open again because of the body flexing before the sealer is completely dry.

Water-Testing Your Car for Leaks From the Outside

Finding the point of entry is the first step in keeping rainwater out of your car. This investigation is time-consuming, but something you can do yourself. You need to physically see where the water is coming into the car, not just where it is traveling along a panel or a seam. To test your car, pour water on it: start at a low point and work your way up to the roof. If you determine that water is leaking into the bottom of the windshield, there is no need to go any higher with the water test until after you've fixed this first low leak.

Leaks Into the Trunk

A foul, moldy smell in the trunk may result from water getting in around the taillights or the trunk lid. If you can identify these leaks you can get them fixed.

How to Check Sunroof Drains

Leaking Sunroof: Finding Clogged or Disconnected Sunroof Drains

Location of sunroof drains in tray
Location of sunroof drains in tray
Sunroof drain in the corner of the sunroof tray
Sunroof drain in the corner of the sunroof tray
Disconnected sunroof drain
Disconnected sunroof drain
Clogged sunroof drain
Clogged sunroof drain

Leaking Aftermarket Accessories

Poorly installed aftermarket accessories are another major cause of water leaking in your car. Anything from a sunroof to a roof rack system, if not installed properly with the right sealer, will cause a water leak in a car.

If you have a factory-installed sunroof, check the drains. Sunroofs leak! That's why a factory-installed sunroof has a built-in tray with four drains, one in each corner of the sunroof. Sometimes these drain tubes become disconnected or clogged and will cause water to leak into the car. Locating the drains and checking them for proper drainage can take some time because they are usually buried in fenders and body panels, but it's time well spent. A shortcut to locating the drains is to fill the sunroof tray with water and watch where it goes when it drains. It will usually spill out in the front and the rear of the rocker panels.

Leaks From the Inside of the Car

Some leaks into the passenger compartment happen when it hasn't even been raining; they involve fluids created by the car's cooling or heating systems.

Evaporator drain location (on most vehicles)
Evaporator drain location (on most vehicles)

Clogged Air Conditioner Drain

When air conditioners take humidity out of the air in the passenger compartment, they end up collecting a lot of water that has to drain out of the car. Water dripping out of the air conditioner drain onto the ground is totally normal; water dripping onto the floor of the car from the air conditioner is not. If you haven't had any rain, and you have water leaking onto the passenger's floor, check your air conditioner drain or evaporator drain; it may be clogged or disconnected. Debris gets sucked into the evaporator from outside and occasionally will clog the drain tube. A temporary quick fix for this problem is blowing compressed air into the drain tube located under the car, but eventually you will have to remove the evaporator and clean out the debris.

Leaking Heater Core

Another possible cause of wet carpet, especially in the front of the car, when it hasn't been raining, is a leak from the heater core. Car heaters circulate coolant through the dashboard area to heat the car, and if the heater core springs a leak, coolant can drip onto the floor.

Let's Share Information

I hope this has given you some insight on water leaks and a few ideas on where to start looking. If you have a question about water leaking in a car, leave it in the comment box below, and I will answer it ASAP.

Questions & Answers

  • I have water on the passenger floor of my 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Could this be a clogged drain in the sunroof?

    More likely the drain on the evaporator is either clogged or knocked off. If that looks ok it could be a sunroof drain or a windshield gasket. Have you had your windshield replaced recently?

  • Water leaks into my car from under the glove box. How do I fix this problem?

    Water is leaking in from under your glove box because you either have an evaporator drain that is clogged, or you have some other leak. You'll need to find the point of entry by either water testing your vehicle, or try unclogging the evaporator drain by using a coat hanger or compressed air up the drain tube.

  • I have a 2001 Toyota RAV4. The driver side floor is soaking wet after the rain. How do I find and fix this issue?

    I recommend pulling back the carpet and water testing it to see where the water is entering the vehicle. Water leaks will usually leave a trail or debris or rust so you can look for signs of this before you even water test.

  • I have a Ford Fiesta and I found that the back seat on the driver's side is wet. Why could this be?

    First, check if there is water in the trunk. It could be an issue with the headliner, or maybe snow got onto your seat?

  • After I spray water on my windshield or after I carwash it there's no leak inside my dashboard, but when I drive it and take a sharp turn some water leaks under my dash on the passenger side floor like there's a container overflowing. How can I find out from where the water is leaking?

    It sounds to me like your air conditioner evaporator is not draining and is leaking water onto your passenger side floor. I recommend finding the AC evaporator drain and clearing it with a coat hanger or a piece of flexible wire.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      15 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      If the interior is getting soaked and the floor is filling up with water the vehicle will be a total loss if it sits for more than a month. The mold will start growing and all the electrical connection close to the floor will be compromised.

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      Michael 

      2 days ago

      My car got stolen and impounded its been sitting for a long time with a busted window and shattered sunroof what could happen from it sitting to long in the rain and weather

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amy,

      The best way to dry the carpet is to have it pulled up, so you really should remove the passengers seat and pull the carpet up from the metal floor pans and use a wet vac to remove the water (there will be lots of water under the carpet and insulation).

      Once the carpet is pulled up and dried with the wet vac, turn the vehicles heat on high with the AC and recirculate button on as well, the AC will draw the remaining water from the vehicle and drain it from the drain you just cleared. When the vehicle is completely dry the water will stop dripping from the AC drain hose.

      If the fan sounds different, it could have some debris in it so you may want to have the blower motor removed and cleaned. Let me know if you have more question :)

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      amy hunter 

      9 days ago

      I had a lot of water pooled from front passenger floor to rear passenger floor. I took it to a mechanic who unclogged the ac drain. I ran a fan on the front and back floors. Floors feel dry now. Now what do I need to do? Do I need to have the carpets pulled up and checked for mold? I believe the water backed up and started to damage the fan as it makes a funny noise on low. How much will this cost to fix? Basically my question is, everything I've read explains what causes the problem and how to fix the clog but not what needs to be done after. That's what I need to now. I truly appreciate your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daemon,

      I recommend pulling back the carpet and then water test the passengers side of the vehicle, most likely you'll see water running in near the firewall. Has the windshield been replaced?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Holly,

      Most likely it's because the car wash has a lot of pressure and your seals can't handle the pressure.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mac,

      It sounds like your heater core is leaking, the leak will be followed by a sweet smell and the inside of the windows fogging up. Let me know if this sounds about right?

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      Mac 

      9 days ago

      Hot Liquid leaking into drivers side floor when driving 99 Lincoln town car ?

      Leaked onto my wifes foot after driving 40 miles.

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      Holly 

      10 days ago

      My passenger seat floor board leaks when I go through a car wash but no other time why do you think this issue is it’s annoying I need to wash my car!

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      Daemon 

      11 days ago

      I have a 2001 infinity g20 have water on passenger floor after it rains. Dealt with this last year as well. Never found the problem at the shop

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nichelle,

      Has the windshield ever been replaced? Do you have a sunroof?

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      Nichelle 

      2 weeks ago

      I have a 2015 toy. corolla and the driver side (both front and back) floor is soaked in water. There are no visible leaks coming from any of the headboards or windows and everything I have been reading states that it should be the ac evaporator box leaking (but the passenger side floor, not the driver side). I'm at a loss, any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Madeline,

      Have you had the windshield replaced at anytime?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kat,

      I have never had to deal with aftermarket sunroofs, but I'm sure they know what to look for because I'm sure they have to deal with a lot of leaking roofs they have installed. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Kat L 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie -

      2009 Toyota Matrix with an aftermarket sunroof that is leaking at the seams (driver and passenger) and from above the center console. The dealership cleared sunroof drains yesterday and it's still leaking like crazy.

      I'm taking it to the shop that originally installed the sunroof. Anything specific I should ask them to look for or to watch out for?

      thank you in advance!

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      Madeline 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I am having an issue with my 2016 Chevy Malibu Premier. The car is no longer under warranty, and I noticed last week that the floor under the drivers side was soaked after a big rainstorm. Took it over to my parents and my father and I discovered all the floor mats were wet to some extent. Does not seem to be the headliner as I had issues with the sunroof drain clogging before... So maybe it has something to do with another drain under the car being clogged and the water backing up into the floor pan? There is a lot of humidity in the car now due to the leak and causing moisture on the windows inside the car after sitting for a few hours.

      Have any thoughts?

      Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

      No cars are not suppose to leak. Have you had any body work done to the vehicle or windshield replaced? Is it possible your AC drain is clogged and the water is coming from the AC evaporator?

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      Victoria 

      2 weeks ago

      I bought a new Nissan Pathfinder in 2014 new car I have the car only for fours year and now is leaking in the passenger side.

      Are new car supposed to be leaking?

      I pay a lot of money for this car.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sue,

      Is the front carpet wet as well?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dee, There are a lot of places where water can enter a vehicle, is the water on top of the carpet or under the carpet? Do you see the water dripping in or is it just flooding the floor?

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      Dee 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I have a lot of water on passenger side of 2018 traverse.

      It is noticed when it rains.

      I had a ding in the windshield and used satellite to just glue the repair as I was in a hurry. After I noticed the wet floor I had the windshield replaced and it is still occurring.

      It happens in the summer and the winter.

      What could it be?

      I don't think it is the windshield as it was happening before I had the windshield replaced.

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      Sue ford 

      2 weeks ago

      I have water in on the floor in the back seat passenger side of car????

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bob,

      I think you mean the sunroof drain? I recommend looking at the sunroof tray where the drain tube connects, you may need to lower the headliner a little and take a peek with a flashlight. Let me know if you find anything.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      You could try lifting the antenna and adding some clear silicone sealer at the gasket or maybe replace the antenna/gasket with a new one, just be sure the sheet metal is not damaged and the antenna gasket sits flat and tight.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      Your vehicle should still be under manufactures warranty, so YES, bring it back to Ford and have them fix it, and be sure they fix it, also Ford should issue you a loaner car while the repair is being performed. My average time frame to repair a water leak is three days, that includes drying time or carpet replacement if there is a musty or mold smell. Hope this helps, let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dolores,

      Most likely the water is entering in the drivers foot well and streaming to the back floor. If you think it may be the windshield, try pulling back or lifting the carpet in the drivers foot well and see if you can locate any paths of water coming down the firewall from the windshield. If you can't see any trails of water, try having someone spray the windshield with water while someone sits inside the car with a flashlight watching for the floor to fill up.

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      Dolores 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a 2009 Toyota Camry; since February, floor behind driver's seat gets wet, most notably in upper corner near door. Had sunroof drains cleaned out by mechanic, still wet. I think the driver's carpet feels damp sometimes, but not sure coz it's not soaking wet. Did have the windshield replaced a couple of years ago, so now thinking it's that. How to confirm?

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      Lisa McGarry 

      3 weeks ago

      We have a 2017 Mustang Ecoboost. So far just trickle leak after a hard rain on drivers side. Only seems to be dripping around corner of dash close to door panel doinwhere in that vicinity. It's very minimal as of now. We have only had this car for a month.

      Trying to figure out the source,, and how to go about it. Also, would it be best to take to a Ford certified body repair for assistance, if we can't solve this issue?

      Any comments or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

      Thank you,

      Lisa McGarry

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      Bob 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a 2004 Sonata that has a bad drivers side leak. I have traced it to the windshield drain, but the drain seems clear of debris (at least on top). I pour water down the drain and it come out the bottom behind the tire like it should, but it also drips into the driver side front corner high up somewhere. Can't see it where it is coming in because Hyundai has a crevice there that makes it hard to see and they cover everything with some weird cardboard like panel glued to the wall. I am hoping that I don't have to pull the fender to get in there. Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dawn,

      I would definitely look at the hatch area, it sounds lie the water is pooling up back there and flowing forward. I recommend taking a close look at the tailgate gaskets and tail light seals for any signs of water intrusion.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ray,

      You need to find where the water is entering the vehicle. The water could even be coming from the trunk and washing forward. Once you find the high spots that are wet (upper part of the carpet or trunk area) you'll need to look for trails of water (water leaves streaks of dirt and debris) in the wet areas on body panels.

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      Raymond 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a 2002 toyota corrolla i been having this problem leaking only from driver side to back floor only them sides i did everything windshield door proof still leaks wen rain out

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      Dawn 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2016 Dodge Durango, no sunroof. Recently after heavy rain I noticed water on the rear seats and in the rear storage area. I believe it may be from the rear hatch? Help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anita,

      If you think it's the top of the windshield try taping it off with duct tape for the time being. If you think its your sunroof drains, check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=663jF7O-jkA

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      It's possible your sunroof is not draining properly, check out my video on how to easily check if your sunroof is draining properly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=663jF7O-jkA

      Let me know how you make out and if you have more questions :)

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      Cindy 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie....I have a Jeep Patriot Latitude and whenever it rains/car wash, the lights above the windshield fill up with water. I believe this has impacted my BCM.

      I have had the windshield replaced, 2 times as I figured that was the issue the first time....but it is still continuing to leak water when it rains. I do also have a sunroof. .....Can you tell me what you think it is and a solution to solve the problem? Thank you! Cindy

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      Anita Enriquez 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi , i have a leak and I think it's coming from the top sunroof also what you were saying about the drain from the sunroof also it's leaking from the inside window on the top what can I do to stop it from leaking until I replace my windshield window. If it is the drain that's clogged what can I do for mean time.Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amber,

      There are a lot of other things that can cause water intrusion like open body seams, leaking window seals and HVAC leaks. You'll need to see exactly where the water is entering the body before you can attempt to fix it.

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      Amber 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a 2008 Jeep Liberty (w/ foldaway sunroof) everytime it rains (heavily or for a long period of time) my front passenger floor soaks up. The water NEVER spreads to the driver's side or to the back seat. The water appears to start in the middle of the floor away from the all the sides

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      The hose is usually run through the a pillar all the way to the inner fender so you may not see it until you look through the metal part of the cabin at the kick panel, there should be cutouts in the metal panel or look for a rubber grommet attached to the metal panel with a hose connected to it.

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      Sarah 

      8 weeks ago

      Hello, I have a 2006 hummer h3. Our passnger side floor gets soppy wet when it rains. I know it's the sunroof drain not working properly. I have taken off panels and I can see that the water is dripping from under the glove box but I can't seem to figure out which cord is the drain. Can you help me locate which one it is?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      Most likely because you have a leak on that side of the car. Did you check the trunk floor and spare tire well for any signs of water?

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      Mary Hess 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2005 Forf Focus Wagon. I found water underneath floor mat on drivers side back floor board. That is the only place. Why?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mayvlyn,

      I recommend checking the AC evaporator drain, it could be clogged causing the water to back up into the car.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      I recommend water testing the trunk area with someone laying in there with a flashlight. The most common areas for leaks is the back glass seal, sunroof drain in the rear quarter not connected completely, and tail lights gaskets, if these pass the water test, you may have a seam in the wheel well area that has split open, but water testing is the only way to know for sure. Let me know if you figure it out.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James,

      Water usually runs down hill not up so I suggest looking for any trailing possibly from the trunk or rear fender areas. Being a convertible, it is a good possibility it could be coming from one of the many seals as well.

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      James Johnson 

      2 months ago

      My 2011 Camaro convertible water is coming up or in some where under the carpet behind me just the one spot when it rains

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      Kelly M. 

      2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2010 Ford Escape with a sunroof. I did the water-in-the-tray test and the water filtered out fine -- both out the front and rear side. So it's not the sunroof drains. The windshield has never been replaced.

      After a heavy rain, the carpet and rubber liner underneath in the back of the car is saturated -- the place where it's the most wet is on the right-hand side. And if I put the seat down, it's wet under that back seat on the passenger side.

      Any thoughts on how/where water is getting into the car?

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      Mayvlyn Barnett 

      2 months ago

      I have a toyota funcargo often time i see the passenger side wet even when the AC not on but not in the dry time only when rain fall and it its not raining and i turn the blower on it get wet what is possible the cause

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      An easy fix don't cost $1800, I highly recommend you bring it back and tell them to fix you issue at no cost, you are being ripped off in my opinion. I could remove a complete vehicle interior and fix the leak for under $1200 What are they proposing to do? What seal? I highly recommend getting a second opinion and get back your money from the first garage because they didn't fix your issue.

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      Kelly 

      2 months ago

      2008 Colbalt. Passenger side floor board is wet. Mechanic said Ac was leaking and easy fixed. Returned back due to water dumping on floor. Now they say a seal is busted but AC isn't the problem. Already paid 1800$ now they want 1900$ to fix the seal. But never said what the seal was. Any idea?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chengcheng,

      Either you have a leak in a roof channel or your back glass is leaking at the top of the seal. Its there an antenna on your roof?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Derrick,

      Are you sure your car isn't under warranty? It sounds to me like you may have a seam in your fender well that is leaking. When you drive through puddles water will splash up in the well and leak into the vehicle. Another area to check is the trunk. Water could enter the trunk and move into the back floor during braking and you would never even know it. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Derrick Seidenberg 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2015 Chevy Malibu. My driver rear side floor board has water pool up when I drive through rain puddles. My car can sit through a storm with no issues. Could there be a hole in the bottom frame that would cause this? If so what could I use to seal it?

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      chengcheng liu 

      2 months ago

      There is a water leak in the roof of rear passenger site of my car honda Accord 2010 after heavy rain. What's the possible reason for the leaking. There is no sunroof in my car.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kay,

      Has the windshield been replaced? Do you have a sunroof? Has the car been in an accident? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amy,

      You will never get rid of the smell once it permeates the vehicle. You'll need to find the point of entry of the leak.

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      Amy 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2002 Honda Accord and the driver side carpet is soaked wet and my car smells horrible. What can I do?

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      KayFritz 

      2 months ago

      We have Nissan Altima and we parked outside when it rained heavily. We got back to the car 2 hours later and found out there was 1-2 inches of water trapped inside the feet well - both front and back. The sides and the doors were dry. There is no possible leakage through the door as everything was dirt dry. Dirt marks were all there and not muddy. We suspect that the floor has a hole. Now that the water is drained out (by Shop Vac), wee can still see water puddle underneath the car near the front under the driver seat. What could be possible issues here? Would be thankful of you give some clues. Thanks much.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maureen,

      Do you have a sunroof? Has the windshield been replaced? Can you see water droplets under the dash anywhere?

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      Maureen 

      2 months ago

      I have a Honda CRV 2012 model. The driver side carpet is always soaked whenever it rains with the resultant consequences i.e. dampness etc. What do I do?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lindsey,

      If your car never flooded and you are certain of this, then don't let them push you around. I recommend you have them clean and dry the car completely and have them water test it to locate the leak, or just wait for the nest rain storm and then bring it back soaking wet again, demand a loaner car until they fix the leak and also make a claim with Toyota customer relations office to have this water leak documented in case of future damages because of the leak. Keep me posted :)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dale,

      I'm guessing you're talking about the sunroof tray? If so, try using some 3M brushable seam sealer on the leaking area, let it dry and then water test it again before you put it back together. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ricky,

      Is there a sunroof? Is it the original windshield? Even a new vehicle could have had a windshield replaced because of shipping damage so don't overlook the obvious.

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      Ricky 

      2 months ago

      Water next to emergency break brand new truck!! What could it be

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      Dale 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2005 dodge charger, its leaking water in the back passenger side roof. All drain lines are open and the headliner is hanging there. I sat in the car and had someone run a hose over it. Its leaking out the corner of the plastic and not going through the drainage lines. Any ideas on whats wrong and how to fix it?

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      Lindsey 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2018 toyota yaris. It rained A LOT one night, but the street I was parked on was not flooded by any means. As I was driving to work, I heard a sloshing noise that sounded like it was from underneath the car. When I got to work, I noticed that my feet were kind of wet. I looked on the floor and the driver’s side flooring was sopping wet. Later that day I was driving home and noticed when on hills that water would flow back to the driver’s side backseat floor (about 4 inches of water was suddenly on the floor of my car). It’s a leased car, so I brought it in to the dealership/service that I bought it from. They are claiming it must have been sitting in water and that’s why it flooded, but I’m very skeptical of this, and it seems they cannot give me an answer as to how the water got in. Hoping for some answers! Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      If you water tested around the top of the windshield, I would guess that the windshield is the most likely cause. If you water tested only at the bottom of the windshield, you may have a body seam leaking because water will not usually leak at the bottom, usually only the sides and top.

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      Cindy 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2000 Ford Explorer Sport SUV. Recently, the drivers side is getting very wet on the carpet and on top of the rubber floor mat as well. We ran some water from a hose around the windshield area and found that the water leaks down the two metal bars that connect the steering column (just above where the carpeting begins, those brackets have water streaming down them.) Any ideas? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hhi Brittney,

      There are a lot of possibilities for this type of leak but if your car is brand new it should be covered under warranty, even if in the future you have an issue with the vehicle because of the water leak, the repairs will be documented and should be covered. I'm thinking the sunroof drain may not be connected at the tray? Let me know what they find, it would be great information for other readers who have similar issues, thanks.

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      Brittney 

      3 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a 2017 Nissan Rogue bought it brand new. When I went for a car wash water started dripping on to my brake and gas pedal. I am going to take it to my dealership for inspection. Is there anything you may have in mind that would cause the leakage? I dont want it to damage my electrical systems in my car or cause rust.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kevin,

      I recommend looking for water stains around the tail light lenses inside the trunk. You could also try water testing the trunk area and have a friend sit in the trunk with a flashlight to observe where the water is entering, it should be pretty easy to see if there is a lot of water.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      How D :)

      You'll need to clear the drain again, there is probably a lot of debris in the evaporator and will keep clogging until the debris is cleaned out throughly.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tinaperg,

      The mechanic probably forgot to install the evaporator drain tube and the water is leaking onto the passengers floor and not outside the car. I recommend you check the evaporator drain first, then contact them for the cost of the damage and cleanup. Let me know if the hose is missing or disconnected, thanks.

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      Tinaperg 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2012 Camry and recently, 2 months ago, had the A/C evaporator replaced where they had to pull out the dash. I now have noticed I have water in my floorboard, front and back. Not sure how long, but enough it has started to smell and I had to investigate. Thought maybe the seal on the windshield was damaged pulling out the dash, but maybe some with A/C repair? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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      4 months ago

      I see and hear water coming from my passanger side underneath my glove box ac if off so not condissation and it only happens when i turn ledt and when it rains a hose was clogged but i unclogedd it but it is still happening

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      Kevin John Smith 

      4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Honda Jazz 2002 and have found water on the carpet in the back seats and trunk (spare tire area) after the car has been left out in the rain overnight.

      Any ideas or solutions?

      Thanks for any help!

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      Rachel 

      4 months ago

      It’s a 2018 Subaru WRX and no repairs at all, no sun roof

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sherry,

      That is a very unusual place to find water in an Odyssey. Your going to need to pull back the carpet and look for signs of water trailing from the front of the vehicle. I recommend checking the passengers side first because that is where the AC evaporator is located and sometime the drains can become clogged and leaking inside the vehicle. if everything looks ok on the front passengers side, check the drivers side carpet. I say to check the front because water will usually travel from front to rear in a vehicle because of the floor pitch and movement of the vehicle. Let me know what you find and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rachel,

      What is the year make and model, does it have a sunroof, and have you had any repairs done lately like windshield replacement?

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      Rachel 

      5 months ago

      Hi, I found water in my drivers side front and back of my car after a heavy rain. There was no water on the surrounding carpet, just the floor. The back had more water buildup but my car was on a slightttt decline. I took it to the dealership and they said they didn’t find a leak but I’m not convinced. I haven’t picked my car up yet, but any ideas on where the water could be coming from? Thanks!

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      Sherry 

      5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Honda Odyssey 2007 and I have found out that my boot carpet is wet, I checked the spare tyre boot and I have found out that there’s is a pool of water in there. The water seems to have been there for quite a long time because mould has been growing on the tyre. There has not been any other places that have been wet and my car has never had accidents before. Can you identify what the problem is?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James, sorry for the late reply, You could use a wet vacuum to suck up the water, and there's some wires that run along the floor but are pretty well protected so don't worry about that yet.

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      james 

      5 months ago

      car soaked in the back floor i dont have the rubber gormments that connect to two drain hose together im going to get them from lowes but i scared that the water will damage the wires underneath deep in the floor i dont know how to take out the seats in my volvo s40 2005

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kira,

      You can alway try, the worst that can happen is they say no. Has the windshield ever been replaced?

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      Kira 

      5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      We have an Audi Q5 and it is no longer under warranty. If a windshield got tested for a leak issue and they find it was due to the seal, can one press further to Audi for assistance in replacement due to manufacture ‘error’ and/or defect?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Renee,

      The evaporator drain is clogged so you'll need to have someone blow compressed air up through the drain or use a coat hanger wire to unclog it.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tim,

      If there is a lot of water coming in it should be fairly easy to find the leak if you water test it.

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      Tim bill 

      5 months ago

      I have an 07 mustang convertible. Recently have been getting lots of water flooding the front passenger floorboard. Only happens after it rains, not too sure what the issue might be

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      Renee 

      5 months ago

      When I turn to the left the car starts making a funny noise through the ac if it’s on. If the ac is off, water starts leaking from under the glove compartment and onto the floor board. What do you think that is?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Justin,

      Check that evaporator drain, if it's clogged and you are using the AC, the condensation/water will find another place to drain and usually it's the seam of the evaporator onto the passenger floor.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Darcy,

      Are you using coolant in the cooling system (radiator)? If so, if the heater core was leaking you would have a sweet smell inside the car and the wet floor would feel slippery because of the antifreeze. If condensation is forming on the out side of the wind shield that means the windshield is colder then the outside temp, also keep in mind that when you use defrost the AC automatically kicks on in newer cars. Is the evaporator draining at the bottom of the vehicle when you are using the AC?

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      Darcy 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2006 chevy Silverado, leaking water on to passenger floor, carpet is soaked. I tried cleaning out the AC drainage area with compressed air, and also used suction from a wet vac in the same drainage area. Still leaking. AC is NOT on but using circulated air from blower motor, not raining. There is condensation that forms outside the windshield but no condensation inside windshield. what else can I trouble shoot before I tear apart dash to get to heater core? Anything simpler?

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      Justin 

      5 months ago

      I’m getting water in my 2012 Hyundai Accent. All on the passenger side so far and mostly behind the front seat but it’s all through the passenger side

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenny,

      I recommend having the drain on your evaporator checked, it may be clogged and is filling up with water. If it's not clogged, most likely your windshield is leaking by what you have described. Have you ever had the windshield replaced?

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      Jenny 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2004 Honda pilot. I've noticed when it rains my passenger floorboard is getting soaked. When I was driving I noticed water leaking from under the dash and when I went around a curve water pored out from the middle of dash on to driver side and on passenger side. What could this be?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richard,

      I recommend opening your sunroof all the way and have a small bottle of water in hand. Go to the side that has the leak and pour water in the sunroof tray ( the tray is located in the sunroof track area and you can find the drains in each corner) and see if it drains properly, if the water puddles up in the corner and doesn't drain, that is your problem, but if it drains out the corner and exits the drain tube behind the front tire, the drain is working with no obstructions.

      If you think the windshield is leaking, try using a grand hose at low flow just over the windshield gasket where you notice the leak, but don't let the water near the sunroof gasket. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Richard 

      7 months ago

      I had a windshield replaced and have a sun roof on a 2012 Honda Civic. The right side now has moisture/water on the inside passenger side of the windshield when it rains. The window repair person says it is a slow draining sun roof related. My question: Could the windshield replacement have pinched or caused the backup during heavy rain resulting in inside the windshield moisture? They say their work did not cause the problem. There has never been a leak from the sun roof until now.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gwen,

      Have you had the windshield replaced recently? Do you have a sunroof? Let me know.

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      Gwen Lesperance 

      7 months ago

      I have a 2014 Ford Exployer. I noticed last week when we had a lot of rain for a couple of days that there was water in the passenger floorboard as well as the back floorboard. It was a large amount of water. What could it be?

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