If you find a leak in your car, you may be curious as to the cause. It is easy to see if water is getting into the car interior after a snowmelt or rainstorm. You will likely notice water in several different areas.
If you have a leak in your car, you may be interested as to what is causing it. It’s quite simple to tell if the body of your car is allowing water into the interior – after a snowfall or downpour, you’ll most likely see water in various places.
Leaks from cars are most common due to sunroofs. If the sunroof does not close properly or is damaged, water may leak from the sunroof into the car. Search for water damage and staining on the upholstery around the sunroof, and test the sunroof to see if it works properly. If it doesn’t work, and you notice staining and water damage, that’s the most likely cause.
The Door Membrane
Most doors have a liner on the inside. If water leaks into the door, this membrane keeps the door watertight, allowing water to drain out of holes in the door, out of your car.
If this membrane becomes damaged or peels away, water may seep through your door. If you notice that water is accumulating in your foot well, this is probably the cause. If you need to repair this membrane yourself, you can use waterproof tape, but a professional replacement is usually a better option.
The seal around your door is made from rubber, lining the edge of the door. If this seal is cracked or damaged, which is common in older used cars, water can drip down the door into the car.
The weather stripping is the small strip of rubber that rests against your side windows on both the inside and outside of your car. The sealant on your power windows helps to prevent water from entering the windows.
If the weather stripping isn’t full of glass, the water could end up in your window, and could run through the door into the cabin. Make sure that the weather stripping on your windows is in good condition, and that it is flat against the window. The most likely cause of your leak is something you’re doing that’s causing it.
Weather stripping for Windshield
Both the rear and front windshields have weather strips. If this rubber is not installed properly, is damaged or is brittle, water can leak into the car. This leak is most common after a windshield is replaced – the installer may not place the new seal properly.
Filter for the Cabin
The cabin air filter is typically located in the engine compartment in some vehicles, and has a cover and seal that prevents water from entering the cabin. Leaks can occur from the car’s vent system if this seal is damaged due to improper installation or aging.
Heating and cooling
The “drain tube” of your air conditioning system can sometimes get clogged. This drain tube allows condensation to flow away from your car’s cabin. If your car does not start, you may notice water on the dashboard or on the front carpets and mats. If you are having trouble with your air conditioning, try driving without it and see if the problem persists. If you don’t notice any more leaks, the problem is likely your A/C drain tube.
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