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Old 11-24-2008, 12:04 AM   #1
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Arrow Leaking Impreza - Here is Why and How to Fix.

Hi All,

I've been chasing a leak in our 2000 2.5RS Sedan for about two years now. It has been a long and trying challenge for me to find the true culprit(s) of our problem. Currently the entire interior of our car is out and listed below is what I have learned.

Signs of a leak in your car could be:

1) Excessive moisture on the windshield in the morning.
2) Check for the carpets to be damp, even in the least.
3) Sloshing water sounds when driving.
4) Finding water in the trunk.

These could be a sign of a leak in the car.

I'll point out that our car lead a very rough early life. My wife bought the car new in 2000, so we have had it since new. Later, after meeting me, the car won the Oregon Rally Groups 2003 Open Class Rallycross Championship. So if your car is having leaking issues the root cause could be from it living a rough life.

Now I will list the leaks that I have found and fixed in our car, a 2000 Impreza 2.5RS.

Leak 1:
I found that there are drains in the bottom of the frame rails (who knew?) under the car. These got smashed and plugged with dirt and debris after 2 seasons of rallycrossing the car. Over time, water would fill these frame rails and would seep out, in our car, in (mainly) the rear passenger side foot well. Simply clear these drains on either side of the car and the problem is solved.

Leak 2:
The firewall has many rubber gaskets. Check them all to be fitting snug into the firewall. I found a couple of these to be loose and leaking a small amount of water into the car.

Leak 3:
The sunroof and (I think) also the standard rain gutters drain down the "C" pillar and out through the trunk wells in the side areas of the trunk. These too get plugged with dirt causing water to back up into the trunk and even fill up the spare tire well. Again, simply clear these drains on either side of the car, behind the rear wheel well and the problem is solved.

Leak 4:
Front and rear windshields. I could move ours back and fourth by hand... Remove and re-seal them is the only way to fix this issue.

I do hope this helps.

Best regards,

Charles Buren
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:52 PM   #2
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cool. thx.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:26 PM   #3
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Hi,

Good tips for the leaks, but do you have anymore places to check in the trunk. Mine fills up in the trunk well on the right. So I also assumed it might be the drain being plugged. I disconnected the drain tubes attached, then ran some water through the drain. It appears to drain fine, but the well still fills up with water. This leak is just driving me crazy. Help.

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:41 PM   #4
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where are these pipes my 96 leaks like a sieve. wagon behind the wheels and spare well, and front and rear floor mat area soaked but the car is spotless underneath. thank you.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:25 PM   #5
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Look under your car on the outer edges of the underside are holes designed to drain away water. Man Man, you should find some holes directly under the area that is filling up with water in your wagon. You'll have to lie on the ground to see them or put your car a lift.. Take a flat head screwdiver with you to clear these drains.

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Old 10-21-2009, 06:49 PM   #6
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Charles, thank you so much, you were right, they were collapsed from being jacked up on those spots. It hasn't rained yet, but the 3 spots i get wet were the drains that were collapsed. Thank You
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