ClubWRX Forum banner

1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
33,822 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Over the past year I have had a water leak slowly develop, dripping onto the forward most section of carpet. Has not been too bad until this week after another heavy rain. The entire lower portion of the passenger floor is damp. :unhappy:

Has anyone had this issue and know where the leak may be coming from?
 

·
Cheeky Bastage!
Joined
·
2,730 Posts
The only issue I ever had with water leaking was from the sunroof on my 94 saturn. The old lady who had the car before me never opened it (probably to protect her beehive hair cocoon:tongue:) and the seal dry rotted so when I started using it, it leaked bad during heavy rain. I dont remember if you have a sunroof or not, but thats my input on the matter.

"Luckily" for you, its on your passenger side, mine was the drivers side front seat:sadwave:
 

·
Super Moderator (Actually a SuperSpy)
Joined
·
29,233 Posts
Make sure it's not the A/C, that will come on even if you are on full hot but using the defroster. If it is for sure not the A/C, suspect any/all plugs on the fender and firewall. Check for leaves and such. Also suspect the windscreen seal. Your car is unlikely to have leaves etc. stuck, so I hope it's the A/C because the rest can be a pain to figure out.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
33,822 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
I dont remember if you have a sunroof or not, but thats my input on the matter.

"Luckily" for you, its on your passenger side, mine was the drivers side front seat:sadwave:
No sunroof.

Make sure it's not the A/C, that will come on even if you are on full hot but using the defroster. If it is for sure not the A/C, suspect any/all plugs on the fender and firewall. Check for leaves and such. Also suspect the windscreen seal. Your car is unlikely to have leaves etc. stuck, so I hope it's the A/C because the rest can be a pain to figure out.
The car sat not running during the deluge, so I think that rules out A/C and firewall pass thoroughs. No changes were made to anything in potential leak areas that I'm aware of.

I had a '91 Ford Probe that leaked horribly onto the passenger floor, so I know how hard it can be to track those down. The dealer made several attempts to fix under warranty to no avail.

The Probe went into a body shop for a minor door bender (someone backed into the RH door). They were able to find and fix the leak while it was in for that repair. I'm considering taking it to a local shop I know and trust to do the same. Might have my auto tech neighbor look at it too.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
33,822 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Did you check all the grommets in the kick panel?
No. It finally got cold outside. :unhappy: And super windy.

Specifically where should I look? :confused: The car sat not moving with the hood down.

Code:
EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
PHILADELPHIA   MOCLDY    32  11  41 W24G30    29.76R WCI  19
NORTH PHILA    CLEAR     30  10  43 W18       29.74R WCI  18
BLUE BELL      CLEAR     32  16  51 W10G17    29.73R WCI  24
DOYLESTOWN     PTCLDY    27  11  51 W13G31    29.69R WCI  16
QUAKERTOWN*    CLEAR     27  12  54 W13G24    29.71R WCI  16
POTTSTOWN      PTCLDY    29  12  49 W14G23    29.73R WCI  18
LANCASTER      PTCLDY    29  13  51 W18       29.73R WCI  16
COATESVILLE    CLEAR     30  14  51 W18G26    29.74R WCI  18
READING        MOCLDY    29  13  51 W17G28    29.71R WCI  17
ALLENTOWN      CLOUDY    27  16  63 W17G25    29.69R WCI  14
MOUNT POCONO   LGT SNOW  19  12  73 W22G35    29.51F WCI   3
WILKES BARRE   LGT SNOW  21  18  86 SW17G23   29.61R WCI   7
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,136 Posts
I would check to see if its coming throught the fresh air inlet. I've seen where water puddles up and flows through the intake and drips out of the blower case. Don't know how the drainage system for the wiper cowel is on the older gens but if they are clogged I could see water getting inside.
 

·
Master Baiter
Joined
·
22,114 Posts
I had this issue on the way to CF '10 (my passenger side was soaked); it was the A/C drain line near the downpipe. Look for a rubber line in the firewall hanging down on the left side of the downpipe, and make sure it hasn't melted.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,501 Posts
I had this issue on the way to CF '10 (my passenger side was soaked); it was the A/C drain line near the downpipe. Look for a rubber line in the firewall hanging down on the left side of the downpipe, and make sure it hasn't melted.
Yup. I think that also acts as the drain for the outside vents as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
I had this issue on the way to CF '10 (my passenger side was soaked); it was the A/C drain line near the downpipe. Look for a rubber line in the firewall hanging down on the left side of the downpipe, and make sure it hasn't melted.
+1 I've seen this a few times where that drain gets clogged and the AC starts to drip on the passenger side.

Sent from my SGH-T959 using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,351 Posts
bump for an old thread but my passenger side was soakeedddd today and with fan on, high heat and defrost (which i usually leave one) the car made a whooping noise from inside the car where the DP would be..will look into it when it stops raining..left her at work and got a ride home since the car fogged up horribly and i didn't want to risk driving and having to go through all the flooded roads today. hopefully just clogged or something easy..not a line bursting..
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,856 Posts
Clogged a/c drain line most likely
Under the right front wheel by the chassis just shoot some compressed air up there.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,856 Posts
When you use the defroster a lot it uses the a/c and some water droplets for. You should be alright. I also believe that drain line runs through the carpet on the passenger front by the firewall a d side of the center console if that helps

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,856 Posts
It's all good, it happens and it's pretty common

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
33,822 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
This week's ~5 inch rain was not kind to the WRX. I put a beach sized towel in the spot it seems to come through when rain is in the forecast. It was not enough this time. :unhappy:

There have been instances in the past where nothing will come though during a heavy rain, and others where it does with light precip. It seems there is no telling when it is going to happen.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,856 Posts
Same thing happened to me it was barely raining and I was stuck in traffic. Next thing I know, my glove box is leaking water. Blew compressed air up the a/c drain and a bunch of water pissed out. No problems since

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top