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Anyone Know about car leaks?

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My misses' car has a really bad leak when it rains the entire drivers side has water swishing around and we have to bucket it out there seem to be no sign of where this is coming in from and a few p…
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
My misses' car has a really bad leak when it rains the entire drivers side has water swishing around and we have to bucket it out
there seem to be no sign of where this is coming in from and a few people who have looked at it cant tell.
Its a VW Passat 1.8i 20v on a S plate 1999
Any advice would be appreciated :)
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
drill a hole in the floor :)
#2
Any Forums on this?
#3
If fills when stationary = Door seal (or sunroof)

If moving hole in floor or sunroof
#4
Try this thread HERE
#5
No sunroof Air Con only
#6
harlzter
Try this thread HERE


Cheers that should do it, just pad the floor out :thumbsup:
#7
i have experienced this with a number of cars.
firstly was the windscreen had been replaced (prior to me aquiring it) and it was not sealed properly down one side so rain seeped in down the side of the glass and down into the car.

the other time was, under the bonnet where the wiper arms come through the facia, on my astra there is a shield (sits under this facia) that had been removed and not put back correctly so water didnt flow away, instead it ran down where cables came through from the steering area and down into the car.

i would check for something along hte lines of this.
hope it helps
#8
have had the same problem with my citroen c3 took it to citroen garage and they did a full water test and determined no leaking seals but said the next step would be literally takin the car apart to get to floor at £77 a hour with a fulls day work so im none the wiser what was causing it, luckily tho since i managed to get it dried out a few days ago it doesnt seem to have got very wet again so hoping it was just a snow thing!
#9
ctuk
drill a hole in the floor :)


That's the sensible thing to do while you are trying to find the entry point.
#10
My Toledo (VW Bora chassis) has a leak with the passenger foot well filling up, it's actually coming in through the rear boot hinge and settling in the footwell. Just trying to dry the car up to get the leak properly sealed.

John
#11
Jumpingphil
That's the sensible thing to do while you are trying to find the entry point.


Thought about that but whatabout spray from underneath?
1 Like #12
Yes..
It happened to me and to a lot of people also.. It usually happens when you leave your car standing for too long under a tree or in a really dusty area, The dirt is being washed up by the rain and is plugging the draining hole which is situated under the battey. Therefore, not being able to drain, it will start filling up and search for the next hole up which just happens to be on the drivers side.. I'm not sure if is where the peddals or the steering comes through.. So... it will start building in the car specially on the drivers side in the rear passenger footwell, where is the lowest point in the car.. Once that is filled up it will start building up in the drivers footwell and into the left side rear passenger footwell. Once the drivers side starts filling up that's when your electronics will start playing up and you could end up replacing expensive modules. My advice: take the battery out, clean up the hole (mine even had rotten leaves in there), take the seat off (attention: don't put the ingnition back on at all while the seat is off because it will come up with an airbag fault and it cost me £30 to reset due to my stupidity). Try your best to lift up the carpet and unplug the footwells' draining holes till the built up water drains out. Stick something under the carpet and leave it up for some days to try and get it dry. I've put the seat back afterwards and left for a 3000 miles drive to Europe while I've left the lower heat on full blow so I got the carpet dry in the end.. If you don't do all these, the water will eventually get the carpet muldy and you will not be able to get the smell out of it.. Hope this helps you.. My carpet and side plastic pannels are still off at the moment even though it happend 4 months ago but at least I was lucky and it didn't affect my electronic systems as it happened to other guys.. Good luck...
#13
And I forgot to mention...it just seems that it only happens to Passats for some reason..
#14
homerian
i have experienced this with a number of cars.
firstly was the windscreen had been replaced (prior to me aquiring it) and it was not sealed properly down one side so rain seeped in down the side of the glass and down into the car.

the other time was, under the bonnet where the wiper arms come through the facia, on my astra there is a shield (sits under this facia) that had been removed and not put back correctly so water didnt flow away, instead it ran down where cables came through from the steering area and down into the car.

i would check for something along hte lines of this.
hope it helps


Windscreen is the original one from birth i believe and we had this car for a good 5 years
When it happened before (about last january) i gave it to me mate to look and and he said he would fix it in minutes so i popped up local shop and when i returned he said it was a gromit under the bonnet was not letting water through so he took it out and water gushed all over the floor it was a dry day and there was a river of water on the floor.
Was perfect with no leeks for months until last september-ish
He has since moved away and i have had a look under the bonnet and i cant see nothing there like water or owt please help :oops:
#15
best thing to try and do is feel your way from the floor upwards and try to trace where the water is coming from to give you more of an idea exactly where to look.
it does mean standing on your head with your head on the accelerator though :whistling:
#16
Believe me.. I'd put my money on it.. the only way it could've happened is the one I've just described. Check the draining hole under the battery and you'll see it for yourself.
#17
we had a leak in our boot that turned out to be the back windscreen wiper connector had come loose and water was running down the roof panel into the boot x x x x x
#18
Angelstar
we had a leak in our boot that turned out to be the back windscreen wiper connector had come loose and water was running down the roof panel into the boot x x x x x


no rear windscreen wiper :thumbsup:
#19
gabriel_uk
Yes..
It happened to me and to a lot of people also.. It usually happens when you leave your car standing for too long under a tree or in a really dusty area, The dirt is being washed up by the rain and is plugging the draining hole which is situated under the battey. Therefore, not being able to drain, it will start filling up and search for the next hole up which just happens to be on the drivers side.. I'm not sure if is where the peddals or the steering comes through.. So... it will start building in the car specially on the drivers side in the rear passenger footwell, where is the lowest point in the car.. Once that is filled up it will start building up in the drivers footwell and into the left side rear passenger footwell. Once the drivers side starts filling up that's when your electronics will start playing up and you could end up replacing expensive modules. My advice: take the battery out, clean up the hole (mine even had rotten leaves in there), take the seat off (attention: don't put the ingnition back on at all while the seat is off because it will come up with an airbag fault and it cost me £30 to reset due to my stupidity). Try your best to lift up the carpet and unplug the footwells' draining holes till the built up water drains out. Stick something under the carpet and leave it up for some days to try and get it dry. I've put the seat back afterwards and left for a 3000 miles drive to Europe while I've left the lower heat on full blow so I got the carpet dry in the end.. If you don't do all these, the water will eventually get the carpet muldy and you will not be able to get the smell out of it.. Hope this helps you.. My carpet and side plastic pannels are still off at the moment even though it happend 4 months ago but at least I was lucky and it didn't affect my electronic systems as it happened to other guys.. Good luck...


rep added for effort:thumbsup:
#20
JBAUERBEATSJBOND
Thought about that but whatabout spray from underneath?


It sounds like you've got a hell of a lot more comming in than the tiny amount ( if any ) that would get in from spray underneath your car.
Think about a small hole, how much water can drain from it, but how much would find its way up it.
No contest. :thumbsup:
#21
JBAUERBEATSJBOND
no rear windscreen wiper :thumbsup:

hope you get it sorted x x x x x

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