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Old 03-01-2002, 10:23 PM   #1
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I drive with the vent set the "fresh air" all the time (unless I am behind a smelly vehicle, near a farm, behind someone smoking a cigar, etc.) so I don't expect to get a lot of condensation building up in my car. However, I have had what appears to me to be abnormally high amounts in my OS. So much so that when the back window defrosts I have water running down the windows.

Anyway, I went over the Barnes and Noble at the weekend, and when I parked I noticed a stream of water run down my windshield. I though nothing of it. When I got back into my car I noticed some water on my dashboard. I then realized that the water didn't run down the outside of the windshield, rather the inside. Then, a day or two later, I felt a drip on my arm, which then led to the discovery of water pooling dripping from the map light enclosure. I could actually see a little water pooling withing the enclosure.

Now, call me crazy, but I have NEVER seen condensation buildup to the point that you get POOLING in the light fictures! The vent sounds like it is opening and closing, so I am a little stumped here. I took it the dealership, and they checked it out, but couldn't see anything. They asked me about the vent setting, and I told them. They had no answer, but said they could schedule me in some time. I told them I may do that if the problem persists.

Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 03-01-2002, 11:03 PM   #2
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I run my fan all the time, with intaking fresh air all the time and nothing like that has happened to me at all. When I mean all the time, I mean as soon as I start the, till I turn it off... It is NEVER off lol... I would get it checked out

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(Maybe that is why my car gets so dusty..)
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Old 03-02-2002, 01:33 AM   #3
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did you recently wash your car?? usually after i wash my car and leave it outside at a store i get the same things you do. i just turn my heat on full blast after i get home, then it usually goes away. i hate it when it drips water and freezes i remember coming out from the store once, "dang my cars frosty,'' then when i feel it on the windshield its dry

rain x anti fog may also help
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Old 03-02-2002, 04:03 AM   #4
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I took my car to the car wash the previous weekend. That may have been it. I'll check out the Rain-X. Thanks!
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Old 03-02-2002, 05:15 AM   #5
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Oh hell no! I seen that condensation on WRX_2002_AK about a couple of months ago on the rear window. If its still there then somethings leaking in. I had some condensation when I first bought my car but its been about 3 or 4 months now and I don't see any condensation anymore. Better get Subaru to check that if its real bad.
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Old 03-02-2002, 12:52 PM   #6
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I don't really have a problem with condensation, but have had water pool up on the floor mats (rubber) during the winter after a snow. I just leave my windows open over night in the garage and it's gone in the morning.

On cold mornings condensation can become a problem, nothing that a little extra fan won't cure though.
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Old 03-03-2002, 02:09 PM   #7
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Another thing is that if it is really humid outside or you have really wet carpets from snow, those can cause a lot of condensation.

Also, if you want to see a really bad example of condensation build-up, come borrow the Civic for a day or two. I actually have to drive with the windows cracked open or the whole car fogs up!

Later...Kris
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Old 03-03-2002, 02:43 PM   #8
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Something just came to mind that you may want to check immediately. Cooling system leaks can cause condensation in the interior in a bad way. Incidentally, I was loosing coolant on my WRX and didn't even know it since it was still warm when I discovered it. All I had to do was loosen and re-tighten the radiator cap when the engine was cold. I haven't had a problem since.
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Old 03-03-2002, 10:07 PM   #9
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Sounds like you have a problem. The condensationin the Civic is because the Fresh/Recirculation switch isn't fully opening or closing. Maybe that is the case with your car. The switch is in Fresh but it is actually stuck somewhere in between or never moved from Recirc.

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Old 03-04-2002, 08:20 PM   #10
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Winslow: I'll check to see if the flap is actually closing all the way. Thanks!

Kris: I usually drive with the heater set to windshield defrost/floor, so I could see how a lot of water is evaporating off of the floor mats as I drive. I didn't think about that!

I am going to drive around for a while and see if it is still a problem. Thanks for this tips, everyone!

Simon.
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Old 03-06-2002, 04:01 PM   #11
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Park that sucker n the garage and take the wife's car for a couple days. Let the interior dry out. Later. Winslow
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Old 03-06-2002, 04:14 PM   #12
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He don't have a garage yet, you knew that and were just being plain mean

But he should park his and take his wifes....to the car wash, if he has not already!

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Old 03-06-2002, 05:49 PM   #13
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I've been mean lately. I'm sorry. If you need any help sucking the moisture out then ask Kris. Winslow
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Old 03-06-2002, 08:40 PM   #14
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Who is full of the hottest air? They could help dry it out...

Kris: The car has been to the car wash! It could do with another trip through, though. I need to give those wheels a good clean. I noticed that the RS is idling a little rough, but inconsistently. Probably a gummy fuel injector. Gonna drop some cleaner in the fuel.
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Old 03-06-2002, 10:53 PM   #15
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Hottest air.....ohhh thats a tought one, maybe we need another poll.

Glad to hear the RS made it to the car wash!

It might be idling rough becuase you need to take it out and flog the car for a little while. Make sure you redline it a few times and blow all that carbon out. It might be missing the more spirited driving.

...or maybe the cleaner too.

Kris
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Old 03-07-2002, 04:24 AM   #16
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Do you have that moist and unfresh feeling in your car? I might as well admit to being the one that is full of HOT air. If you need my help, then come on over. I'll blow your car for as long as it takes. I might even solve your moisture problem.

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Old 03-07-2002, 10:15 PM   #17
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This post is going to very bad places....
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