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Old 11-16-2009, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default Wet floor boards...?!?!

So, the 98 Impreza L I bought a few weeks ago leaks like a sieve. Every time it rains, my floor boards get soaked. It's mostly the drivers side rear, and along the driver's side sill. The window seems to seal tightly enough, and I haven't noticed any leaks from the rear window. I might need to take a closer look at though... any suggestions or problem areas I might need to check into?
Also, when I first start/move the car after sitting in the rain, I can hear water sloshing around on the passenger side. Almost sounds like it's in the kick panel. When the car moves, water comes out onto the carpet. It's usually a bit damp anyway, so I haven't worried about it too much. Again... any suggestions or problem areas?
When I first got the car and took it through the car wash, I noticed a leak on the drivers side A-pillar. I removed the trim around the windshield and ran a bead of silicone around it just to be sure. I haven't seen that leak since, and assumed it remedied my wet floors... until it began raining again the past couple days. Any help plugging the leaks before my car decides to rust away would be awesome.
Here is a picture of the car, and a couple of the passenger side kick panel watering my floorboards. Sorry for the crappy pics, I took them with my cell phone.


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Old 11-18-2009, 12:42 AM   #2
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Bueller... Bueller... Bueller...
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:16 AM   #3
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Oooo not good. take it apart
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:17 AM   #4
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I think i'm going to end up taking interior bits and pieces out until I can find where it's coming in. I've posted on a couple other forums as well, and there don't seem to be any inherent problems I should consider. Crap. This sucks.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:20 PM   #5
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im having a similar problem on my 96 impreza l... my passenger side footwells were completely soaked with no idea where the water is coming from... i took out all the carpet, all the seats, all the trim around the glove box and still can't find anything. i'm going to a windshield repair place tomorrow to see if they can maybe help trouble shoot... i noticed water drops coming from the bottom right corner of the windshield area, not able to tell if it's coming from the windshield directly. i'll keep you posted as i find out more... please do the same!
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:16 PM   #6
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i am experiencing something very similar. I have the Sti. I originally thought my intercooler line was leaking, but it seems to be coming from the firewall area. I took it to the dealer, and they recommended that I replace the windshield first, but the windsheild guys think I would be wasting my money. 2 independent windshield places said it may be the air intake area for the vents in the car. Somehow water may be collecting and pooling and then overflowing into the car that way. I'm going to try to park it differently and see if it stops the problem. Now I just have to figure out how to dry it in this winter weather. I would like to hear any ideas you may have or if you were able to detect the actual problem.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:19 PM   #7
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My mechanic noticed it while the L was in for some work. He checked the seals, and replaced the drivers side door seal. He said it was folded under the door improperly and leaked like crazy. I looked at the old seal after removal, and it was pretty F'd up.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:34 PM   #8
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So has that completely solved the problem? Was it only pooling water on the drivers side floor? Let me know.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:49 PM   #9
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It's hard to say. We've had cold/wet weather since the repair, so the interior has yet to dry entirely. It seems to slowly be drying, so I think it has remedied the problem. I was also told that for 50-100 clams a glass repair shop or body shop would reseal my windshield. I think I'll have this does as well.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:23 PM   #10
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I noticed I have a bunch of water in my trunk and no idea how it got there.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:29 PM   #11
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weren't doing any rapid reverse things were ya? LOL
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:04 PM   #12
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i'm having the same problem with my trunk. i dont kno how it gets it there but when there is to much i scoop it out with a cup or something and dry it with a towel and wait for it to fill up again lol
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:03 PM   #13
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So, in running through the car wash this week, as I've done many times, I noticed a new leak. Water was POURING in along the drivers side A-pillar. Stopped by the local auto glass shop, and they quoted 125 to remove and reinstall the windshield. I had a chip in the glass, which would be another 70 to repair. However, for the 125+75 I could put in brand new glass. Which I did. Just picked it up, ran through the wash, no leaks. Hopefully this is the end of it...

In hindsight, there must've been a leak around the windshield under the trim that went undetected. It wasn't visible until it somehow grew... i'm guessing the seal was worn anyway, and the rapid temperature changes were enough to push it over the edge.
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