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Water Leaking Into a Car

Updated on January 18, 2017
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33 years in the automotive business, Honda, ASE certified master technician. Willing to spill my guts about everything I have learned.

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.

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.

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.

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      Eddie Carrara 26 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Char17,

      Has the windshield ever been replaced? Is it only happening when it rains? Are you using the air conditioner? Is it humid where you live?

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      Eddie Carrara 26 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Eddie,

      Is the complete carpet wet? Is it only wet on one side? What kind of vehicle is it? Was the windshield ever replaced? Are you running your air conditioner? Is it humid where you live?

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      Eddie Carrara 26 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kim,

      There are no holes in a transmission case, it may appear to be a hole, but highly unlikely. I recommend having a mechanic put the vehicle on a lift to inspect the leak, it's possible it a minor leak like an axle seal and a quick fix.

      The water in your car, is it only in the back seat area or is the floor wet up front as well? Water usually travels to the rear floorboards even when the water enters in the front of the cabin.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Janice,

      It sounds like your windshield may be leaking at the top and bottom. Have you ever had it replaced? I recommend having it checked by a glass company first. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Kimberly Spann 7 days ago

      Have a transmission leak it look likes it's coming from a hole and also water is inside my car under the back seat where the seat sits at

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      eddie 8 days ago

      I 'm sick and of water under my car front carpet. please help me resolve this problem. thanks

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      char17 8 days ago

      hi i have a ford focus an the floor behind passeger seat is wet an also passeger floor comes i loads whenit rains wat should i do x

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      Janice 8 days ago

      I have a Chevy Malibu bought new in 2011. We had rain last night. On the driver's side where the sun visor is leaking and also in the center front where my sun roof button is and is also leaking under the driver's side dash board water is dripping down and the driver's seat was soaked. I did not see any water spots anywhere else. Any suggestions as to who I should take my car too, glass place or mechanic?

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      Eddie Carrara 11 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      First of all the dealer you're buying from (if it is a dealer) should fix the water leak before you buy it, I also recommend running a carfax on the vehicle to see how serious the accident was. It may not be a good buy because of the two key features you pointed out, "the car is perfect" and "the price is right" Do you homework first, water can cause serious electrical and rust problems. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      It's possible the bottom of the windshield is leaking which is very difficult to pinpoint the leak.

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      johnpassatcc 12 days ago

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      We were buying a car yesterday.passat cc 2009.it doesnt have a sunroof.They found a water leak in trunk at spare tire and said it's because of a side passanger side read accident repair. rubber insulation is perfect,tail gate,windshield,etc.

      they said it might be from the accident, The car is in perfect condition other than that and the price is right.

      any idea what that might be and should I take the risk?

      I appreciate this page so much.

      Thank you

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      John 12 days ago

      Hi, the driver and passenger floor of my 2004 Toyota 4runner gets soaked each time it rains or when I wash the car. I've had the sunroof drain checked but problem is still there. Where else can I check?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ann,

      The doors have drains, so if the water is not draining, they are clogged again. I recommend taking it back to the same mechanic to have them clean the drains again.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jan,

      Most likely you'll need to have the windshield replaced and resealed.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Do you have a sunroof? The drain for that corner of the sunroof is usually located in the passengers rear quarter. I recommend checking to see if it is connected to the drain.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jelena,

      Either water is entering into the fresh air intake of the HVAC system or the windshield is leaking. Have you ever had the windshield replaced? How long have you owned your car?

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      Sabrina 4 weeks ago

      My Chevy tracker has been great SUV, but a few years ago, my head lights began to mysteriously come on. Sometimes there would be a clicking. Then I noticed it wasn't just the lights, but the defroster would run if in the on position when the ignition was off. Replaced the ignition, thought that fixed it. Happened again, put that it was only happening when it rained. Now believe it's the windshield that I had replaced about the time it all started. Last winter I noticed the rubber around my window was pooping up in areas. I believe it's a small leek that gets to the fuse box. Dose it sound feasible or am I a crazy woman and do I need to change the ignition again.

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      Acura Owner 4 weeks ago

      Hello I have a 2012 Acura TL. I recently had some body work done. It wasnt until I had body work done that water started to collect in the rear passenger floor of my car. I say the rear because the front seems dry until i park on a hill and then the front becomes wet. After every car wash This happens. The drover passenger side is dry. The side walls of the floor are not damp, which rules out water coming from above. All pillars are dry, around windows and seals seem to functioning properly. I ant figure it out. The body shop cant figure it out. I know sometimes mechanics break things and put them in broken (like my rear seat cushion snaps) that are broken now.

      or leaving screws in my car that I have no idea what they go to.

      For my Particular car 2012 Acura tL Any ideas on what could be causing the rear floor flooding?

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      Jan 4 weeks ago

      My seat an drivers gets soaking wet when it rains. It drips on my left leg when it rains. I know where the spot is that leaks. Please help.

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      Ann Griffiths 4 weeks ago

      Please can you help i have water getting into my passenger door do not know till i start driving then it sounds like river thames i then have to sit with the passenger door open till it all drains out the bottom of the door takes about 25 minuets inside the car is perfect no water i took it to a garage the guy cleaned out all the dirt bottom of the door the put hose on it has been perfect been to carwash no water at all went for mot tuesday car passed got in the car first time since mot couldnt beleve car door was full of water please can you help me many thanks Ann

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      Jelena Smirnova 5 weeks ago

      Sorry ...

      ..from underneath the glove box

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      Jelena Smirnova 5 weeks ago

      Hi

      I have a leak in my old Corsa. Water goes into the car from underneath the passenger storage compartment.

      After a rain when the car starts moving and tilting a splash of stored somewhere water just comes into my car. I even can hear the noise as if someone spills some water out of glass. And of course I can see silvery drops of splashed water on the floor. As a result the floor is sopping wet.

      Mechanics cannot find the cause. They unblocked roof drainage (it was blocked on a passenger side), but this didn't help. They took out an accumulator, but everything was ok there, too.

      Now they are thinking that it's because of leaking windshield's seal and want to reset it.

      Please help

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      I recommend having someone pull down the headliner a little near the top of the windshield and then spray the outside of the windshield with a garden hose, have someone in the vehicle with a flashlight searching for the point of entry. You will see water enter the car once the headliner is out of the way. Once you know the point of entry, you can plan to have it fixed. Let me know what you find.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Linda,

      Most likely your AC drain is disconnected under the passenger's side of the dash or the drain is clogged. I recommend starting there.

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      CINDY 8 weeks ago

      It rains in my car mainly on passenger side from roof interior getting wet, interior light fills with water and drips out when I make turns. I also get about an inch of water on both driver and passenger side floors. Water pools very close to center console? And yes I do have a sunroof

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      Linda 2 months ago

      My trunk is dry

      The seats are dry

      But the floor on the passger side is sopping wet

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      Allan 2 months ago

      Hi, recently I had head on car accident in a pretty new car, it was repaired but the front hood's gap seems not flushed with rest of the car and the gap a bit wider. When I wash the car and spray water horizontally, water is seeping thru the front of the hood. Is this normal or would this be a sign that the body shop didn't repair my car correctly, I brought the car in before to have a look again but all they do is adjust the hood higher or lower.

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      Hansa Kumar 2 months ago

      My carpet is constantly wet in my front driver seat car please advice what steps I can take to stop the leak

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Doris,

      Is the trunk wet?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      It sounds like you have a leak in the roof. Do you have a sunroof or roof rails? If so, that is where I would start looking.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rita,

      You need to take it back to them and have them fix it, they didn't seal the window correctly or use the proper sealing agent during installation. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bryon,

      Finding the point of entry is critical, once you find that, you can assess how to repair it. Water can enter from anywhere, I have even seen it enter from behind door panels if the moisture barrier was not installed correctly after a repair. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wtr4u,

      Clogged AC drain.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aj,

      If you can find the AC drain yourself, you can use a wire coat hanger to clear the drain, just straighten it and push it up the tube until water starts draining, you could also have a windshield leak. Has the windshield ever been replaced?

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      Jessica 2 months ago

      Hello I have a 05 escalade and when it rains, water is coming through 1 of the vents behind the passenger seat that is located above that seat. I was thinking a seal was broken. Thank you Eddie

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      Rita 2 months ago

      I have a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. I keep a towel across the back seat in my car. Recently, I found the towel was wet at the ends where I tuck it under the seat. I set in the back seat one day when it was raining to see if I could pinpoint where the leak was coming from. As it was raining, I seen that it was wet at the top corners of the back glass. I took my car to a body shop and they replaced the molding (Hyundai part not aftermarket). Unfortunately, the other day it rained and water is still coming in my car. Where could the leak be coming from?

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      Bryon Brill 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie! I just bought a used Nissan Altima 2013, heavy rains causing water to pool in floor behind the driver seat.. I removed the seat cushion and it wasn't wet. It was not wet in the trunk either where the spare was. Only thing I can think of is perhaps the rear factory windshield wasn't properly sealed. Meanwhile I'm waiting on insurance for adjustor and claims to get the ball rolling on fixing this.. From what I know this repair or diagnosis isn't going to be cheap. Any help appreciated!

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      wtr4u 2 months ago

      2008 Aspen Chrysler

      Water in the driver and passenger carpet. Once dry, and it rains, it is still dry. Run the AC and it is damp again.

      What do you think?

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      ajcarey80 2 months ago

      Hi! I have a 2012 Corolla (no sunroof) and both the passenger and drivers side floors are soaked. I tried drying it and not running the a/c but the floors are getting wet again - it did rain really heavy the other night, would that cause that issue? How expensive it is to have the a/c drain cleared?

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      Marco 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Mine is a honda jazz, Few weeks ago I notice that my floor pad is wet (on the driver side) assuming that only because of my wet shoes. After few weeks (it's already rainy season here in my country) still my floor is wet. I already wipe it out using a rag but it keeps on coming back. I hope you can help me where to find the leak. I tried to open the hood but I really don't know where to start how to find the leak. Thank you so much Eddie.

      Cheers, Marco

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Susie,

      I recommend having the AC drain checked first, sometimes water can leak from the AC floor vents if the evaporator is not draining.

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      susie stew 2 months ago

      i have a 2008 suzuki xl7 it just started leaking on the drivers side floor it is mostly on the middle section of the floor not wet by front by the fire wall and it leaked once on my foot looks like it is coming from the bottom of the steering wheel area i do have a sun roof also

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Difarul,

      Cars are not water tight, so if you go through water deeper than the door seals, water will leak in past all seals.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      I would have to say it's either the windshield seal or your sunroof drain has become disconnected by the left kick panel. Let me know if this helps, and if you have more questions I'll be right here.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lily,

      It sounds like either your back glass seal is leaking or a sunroof drain is disconnected. I recommend removing the body plug in the spare tire well to remove the water at this point.

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      Difarul Alam 2 months ago

      Today my car floor approximately 6 inches water ingressed . The road I had driven it was around 2 feet Rain water, almost half of my car height. Inside interiors was fully wet but engine still working well, but I am very upset my new car Toyota f premio 2015 model. Why and how water leaked inside my car.

      I wil be very happy if you can give me probable location of leakage position?

      Capt. Didarul Alam

      Bangladesh, Dhaka.

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      Mary 2 months ago

      I have a 2009 Chevy Malibu. It leaks around the emergency break area only when it rains heavy. Any suggestions?

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      Lily 2 months ago

      I have water leaking in my old car - Acura integra after some rain, front and back on carpets, but mostly from rear side and front passenger side. In the back of the trunk with a pond like even water level higher than the spare tire :( is it a good idea use car cover?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cheryl,

      I recommend taking it to a dealership and explain your situation, you'll need to find a shop with employees that have compassion and empathy. Let me know if you find someone that can help you out. Thanks.

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      Cheryl 3 months ago

      I did have my windshield replaced and not long after we had numerous days of thundershowers and rain and now I'm having electrical issues. Windshield company is telling me I need to take car somewhere to prove it is because of the windshield leaking. Where can I take it to prove that and also estimate the cost of repairing the problem

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Eddie,

      Are the front carpets wet at all? Do you have a sunroof?

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      Eddie 3 months ago

      Hi. I have a 96 Camry and water have pooled on my rear carpets, it started on the driver side and now its on both the passenger and driver side.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      I recommend having the AC drained checked for a blockage, if the HVAC system is not draining outside, it will drain inside. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Lisa 3 months ago

      Hi. I have water leaking on both the front passenger and drivers side. The car is in a garage most of the time so not in the rain. Any clue where it might be coming from?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carol,

      It's worth asking him to check it out.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vogue,

      Is the driver's side front carpet wet?

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      CAROL 3 months ago

      it is damp not a puddle, not soaked and after i remove my car mat leave the window open it dries then after a few days its damp again? Just wondering if my mechanic at the end of the block would know if it is related to my ac?

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      Vogue 3 months ago

      Hi, I have a 99 Camry and recently we (boyfriend and I) noticed that it's been leaking from the inside of the car on the driver side. It's a puddle in the backseat of the driver side.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandy,

      Maybe the drain hose is not connected properly? You may need a second opinion.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bryan,

      I recommend having them fix the leak anyway they need to. They have mechanics who can do this with ease, and they should provide you with a free loaner car during the repair, if they don't, call Toyota customer relations and let them know your situation. Let me know what happens Bryan, thanks.

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      Sandy 4 months ago

      I have a leak on the passenger side of my car. I had the drain hose looked at by a mechanic and it's clear. I have no antifreeze smell, it's just plain water. It still leaks when I use the AC, what else can it be?

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      Bryan W Curtis 4 months ago

      Hello, I have a 2017 Toyota Camry that leaks from the parking brake area after the car has been sitting during heavy rain. It only drips when the car is driven after sitting after the rain. The drip lasts for around 30 seconds and is then gone. Toyota said they would have to take my entire front console apart on my brand new car. Any other less invasive and costly ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jasmine,

      Could you take a picture of what you're talking about and email it to me?

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      Jasmine 4 months ago

      I have a question about water in my hood. When it rains or I wash the car. I get water under my hood on top of the headlights. The headlight adjusters are always full of water. Is this normal? If not any advice?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jean,

      If you have a family member that can crawl under your vehicle, find the AC drain and push a coat hanger up it to remove the debris, it just might fix your problem. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      jean 4 months ago

      Hi this has been very helpful because I have had water leaking into my car for a couple of weeks and I thought it was rainwater but now I can see its coming in from a vent at the side of the centre console unfortunately I have no one I can trust to sort it for me locally (Birmingham) any one know of a reliable reasonably priced garage near by my car is a Ford Fiesta automatic

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      That is great feedback for other readers and CarMax. Water leaks are sometimes very difficult to find, If you find the point of entry, you have the best chance of fixing it, guessing just doesn't cut it. Thanks for taking the time to come back with an update Jess.

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      infinitiJess 4 months ago

      Just wanted to let you guys know as a follow up, the 4th time taking my car back to Carmax for the water intrusion issue, it worked! 1st time - the guy had reconnected a bad sunroof hose, 2nd time sunroof again, 3rd time- sealed my windshield where he saw intrusion but finally 4th time he found wires coming in through the dash firewall that needed to be sealed, and thats what he did on the final repair that caused NO more leaking to be seen. SO although it took the guy 4 times and many trips back I'm kind of glad I went to Carmax because for $150(w/ 1 year guarantee) it saved me about $900 that I would've spent at the Infiniti dealership. Infiniti had some special elevated water intrusion aparatus where they are able to tilt the car suspended and knew it was coming form the fire wall behind the dash but they said 4 hours labor to open dash and 4 hours to put it back together, not including the repair itself, so at dealerships hourly rate, do the math.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Syed,

      There are no drains on this type of sunroof, you'll need to use some silicone sealer around the gasket or have the gasket replaced.

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      Syed 4 months ago

      Hi

      I have a inalfa f 200 pop up sunroof installed on my car which is currently leaking a lot of water in the passenger seat once it rains. I am unable to locate the drains on this sunroof. I have teied to tape the sunroof from the outside but the water still seeps in and forms a puddle below the seat. Any way this can be fixed?

      Thanks

      Syed

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Crystal,

      Do you know if the windshield has ever been replaced? More likely the windshield seal than a body seam unless the vehicle has been in an accident? Also, the sunroof drains run down the windshield pillar and exit the vehicle by the front door hinges at the rocker panel. Let me know what your mechanic finds, thanks.

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      Crystal 5 months ago

      2007 Altima Nissan Used

      Whenever it rains water gets in- I have had countless ppl look at my car to see where it's coming from and no clue. I recently checked the sun roof on your points- to check for. Nothing but I'll have my mechanic look throughly.

      Most likely factory seams- I have seen water trickling from the Drivers side, and I have water coming from the drivers side and in the back.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sheri,

      Have you felt all the other carpets in the vehicle? Water can travel and it may be coming in from somewhere else. Do you notice the water after a rain? Is there a sunroof in the vehicle? Windshields don't typically leak for no reason. Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sherri,

      The windshield could be leaking from a different area like the center and water could be trailing from that spot. Someone will need to lower the headliner to get an accurate point of entry. It should be very easy to find the leak once the headliner is lowered.

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      Sheri 5 months ago

      I am the original owner of a 2010 Honda Odyssey. Everything in the car is factory installed. About six months ago water started coming in to the car and pooling in the drivers side seatbelt receptacle. Then the water went into the Smart box by brake pedal. I have had my car at Honda for three weeks and they can't seem to find out where the water is coming in. They are suggesting that I replace the windshield. Can a windshield just all of a sudden go bad and need to be replaced? Any recommendations are appreciated!

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      sherri 5 months ago

      hi - i have a 2009 honda fit. still has original windshield. never been in an accident. no sunroof. the last couple of weeks it has been leaking when it rains. water is dripping from where the side airbag meets the roof material. my driver's seat gets soaking wet on the left half as a result. my mechanic resealed the windshield but it did not help. he can't figure out where the leak is coming from. any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joanne,

      Check the front floor on the right side, make sure the water is not flowing backward from the front. If the front floor is dry, have someone remove the rear seat cushion and see if it is wet under it. Let me know what you find

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Morris,

      I recommend having the sunroof drains cleaned and see if that helps. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Joanne A. Bennett 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2006 Volvo S40 In March I notice the back floor (right &left) were extremely soaked. At the time I thought I left the back windows ajar. It took a week to dry using towel after towel. It happened again. I then went to a mechanic who checked the drain in the sunroof. result was the drain is operating well, but he didn't know how this water is entering just the right floor of the car. I experimented twice on different day when it rain, I would place a towel on the dry floor, and the next morning the towel would soaked wet. the left side of the back floor remains dry( always) it's just the right side, and this is when I'm not driving. the car is parked, just sitting, and when it rains, the right floor in the back gets soaked. I'm starting to think it's something under the floor of the car that is backing / bringing in water from somewhere. I can't keep living from towel to towel. please help.

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      Morris 5 months ago

      Water leaking from sunroof and drips inside and wets me on my thighs. Landrover td5. Morris in Pretoria please help.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      Has the windshield been replaced? Do you know if the AC drains under the car on hot days? Are you in a hot climate?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jodi,

      I wish I had a good answer but your rugs are musty and there is now way to completely get rid of the smell. If the rugs are still wet, I recommend letting your car run with the heat on high, floor mode, and with the windows open about an inch to let out the moisture, if you have AC, run it at the same time as you're running the heat. If your car still smells after the rugs are dry, try using a car bomb found on Amazon in the car section, this usually makes the car smell like bleach. Let me know how you make out Jodi, thanks.

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      infinitiJess 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie - I've actually felt the leak drip on my foot on the driver's side while driving and I've seen puddling up AND dripping on a hard reverse on the passenger side. I've also felt damp carpet in the rear on both sides at one time after a ton of rain. It only occurs during rain and can be while driving OR while sitting.

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      Jodi 5 months ago

      Hi eddie.

      My window is broke and it happened to break while it was pouring. Now my car smells like wet i get in. How do i get rid of the smell?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jort,

      Is the AC still cold? Do you smell a sweet smell inside your car when the windows fog? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      Have you checked to see if the front carpets or trunk are wet? Also check your spare tire well for water and let me know, thanks.

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      Jort 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I drive an 10 years old BMW 5 series E60 model and I always have my airco on. For 10 years I had no problem with foggy windows in this car. But since a few months whenever I stand still and keep the engine running (waiting for the kids, or a traffic light) my windos get foggy within minutes. My garage has no clue.

      Do yo have an idea?

      Best regards, Jort

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      Karen 5 months ago

      I have a 2013 Nissan Altima and for some odd reason I have water in the rear floor board. We've had heavy rains lately, what could be the cause?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      Looks like you're being swept around. I don't think the engine replacement caused the leak. Which side of the vehicle is the water leaking into? Does it only get wet while driving? Does it puddle up if it rains overnight? Let me know, thanks.

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      infinitiJess 5 months ago

      I have an 2010 infiniti G37 - I had an engine replacement a couple of years ago - Infiniti did all the work and Progressive insurance paid for it. Shortly after I noticed water intrusion. I took it to Infiniti for a brake job and asked them about the water intrusion. They said it was NOT covered under my extended warranty, said it was the firewall behind the dash and its 4 labor hours to get to and 4 labor hours to put back, at their rate of about $100/hr I'm looking at a minimum of $800+ so I said, no thanks and took it to CarMax where I got the car and have the extended warranty (even though water intrusion isn't covered on the damn warranty). CarMax has a "Leak Detector" guy come in every week, he charged me $150 to find leak, said it was a sun roof drain disconnection and sent me on my way. But the leak was still there. Then I took it back again and he said windshield, still leaking so I have to take it back AGAIN. Now they want to re-install my windshield because its STILL leaking heavily. Is it possible a car just a few years old has a leak in the fire wall, or is it possible that the engine replacement caused this? I'm afraid Carmax guy doesn't really know and Infiniti wants to charge me for THEIR mistake, but what do I know about leak intrusions and engine replacements?? Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Yashica,

      Is there an antenna, roof rails or any other accessories like a sunroof on the roof of the vehicle? Is the mold starting near the windshield or rear back glass?

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      Yashica Wilson 5 months ago

      My 2010 suzuki sx4 leaks from somewhere that causes my back seat to get wet. I cant find the leak and I really need help because its starting to causeold on top off the roof of the car. Help pleass

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jennifer,

      Has the windshield ever been replaced? Are you sure the water is not from running your AC system? Let me know, thanks.

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      Jennifer 6 months ago

      Hi. I have a 2003 Audi A4 Quattro. It recently has eater building up in the front passengers floorboard. It only seems to be when it rains. Could it be the windshield leaking and draining onto the floorboard possibly?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marceia,

      Does the car have a sunroof? Has the windshield been replaced recently? Let me know, thanks.

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      marceia 6 months ago

      hello

      my driver passenager side gets wet every time it rain. especially when my care it tilted to the left. when it level it dont rain in my car. I not sure of the right side because I don't park my car to the right side of my street. Help please

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brandy,

      The only way to fix the windshield correctly is to remove it and reseal it by a glass company.

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      Brandy 6 months ago

      I have a Pontiac Sunfire 2005 and I had my windshield replaced and the passenger side was at first leaking and now the driver side is leaking a lot of water and getting my seat wet what can I do please help me thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ernest,

      I recommend pulling back the rug and checking for the point of entry by having someone spray water in the area under the car, floor and wheel well.

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      Ernest 6 months ago

      I have a 05 ford 500 my floor board only filled up with water only when i run over a puddle of water