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Miri

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 4:55 pm
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Help! Water is getting into my car on the driver's side -- I've found
standing water behind the driver's seat (floor mat area) and the
driver's seat carpet (where the pedals are) is wet.

Thing is, water only seems to be accumulating if my car is stationary
for a period of time. Initially, the dealer said that drainage holes in
the door had been plugged (probably by the previous owner fitting
after-market speakers) so they took apart the door panel and fixed that
problem. However, water continued to collect over the weekend (I'm in
Boston where it basically hasn't stopped raining for two weeks) so that
clearly wasn't the issue. My car is now back at the dealership and they
now think it might be caused by a missing "body plug" on the driver's
side undercarriage and that water is coming into the car as I drive.
I'm not convinced and am looking for advice.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to why this is happening?

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 6:24 pm
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Yes, I have a sunroof. Would I see water dripping down the inside of
the car if this was the problem? I haven't seen any leaking directly
from the sunroof and the interior (roof and sides) are all dry -- where
does the drain let water out?

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sligojoe_spamn

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:55 pm
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Miri wrote:
> Help! Water is getting into my car on the driver's side -- I've found
> standing water behind the driver's seat (floor mat area) and the
> driver's seat carpet (where the pedals are) is wet.
>
> Thing is, water only seems to be accumulating if my car is stationary
> for a period of time. Initially, the dealer said that drainage holes
> in the door had been plugged (probably by the previous owner fitting
> after-market speakers) so they took apart the door panel and fixed
> that problem. However, water continued to collect over the weekend
> (I'm in Boston where it basically hasn't stopped raining for two
> weeks) so that clearly wasn't the issue. My car is now back at the
> dealership and they now think it might be caused by a missing "body
> plug" on the driver's side undercarriage and that water is coming
> into the car as I drive. I'm not convinced and am looking for advice.
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions as to why this is happening?

D you have a sunroof? If so it is a 90% bet that it is leaking because
the drain is clogged.

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Joseph Meehan

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:55 pm
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> Help! Water is getting into my car on the driver's side -- I've found
> standing water behind the driver's seat (floor mat area) and the
> driver's seat carpet (where the pedals are) is wet.

I had a Jetta that did that. After a hard rain, there could be as much
as a half-inch of standing water under and behind the driver's seat.
Turns out it was coming from out of the rear door, which I didn't
suspect, because the drain holes at the bottom of the door were clear
and draining freely. Problem was, the water was being diverted before
it got to the drain holes. As the water got in at the lower window
seal, the drips got channeled over to the interior door panel by running
down the latch and window mechanisms, and then it ran down the inside of
the interior door panel and escaped at the bottom edge of the interior
door panel. So, instead of going all the way to the bottom of the door
and out the weep holes, it dripped onto the inner edge of the rocker
panel, and from there to the floor. If you take off the inner door
panel, and then run water over the outside of the door, you can trace
the way the water flows down in the interior of the door, and you may
find that you can re-route it so that it makes it all the way to the
bottom and out the drain holes, without contacting the interior panel.
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:55 pm
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Miri wrote:
> Yes, I have a sunroof. Would I see water dripping down the inside of
> the car if this was the problem? I haven't seen any leaking directly
> from the sunroof and the interior (roof and sides) are all dry --
> where does the drain let water out?

Check the drains. You should be able to pour water down the drains from
the top and watch it come out the drains under the car on each side. You
would not likely see it dripping from the sun roof as it would run under the
interior finish down to the floor.

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Joseph Meehan

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:26 pm
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I am also in Boston and i'm having the same exact issue with my '02 Passat. Mine is accumulating in the rear passenger seat, i've litterally had to bail it out there was so much and also only happens when its stationary. Please keep me in the loop if you find something out as i'm sure i'm having the same issue.
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