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Old 10-21-2003, 06:05 PM   #1
gbelli
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Angry Leak making drivers side floor wet

I searched all I could find was This About the sunroof leak. I'm almost 100% positive it isn't the sunroof. I poured a glass of water down the sunroof drain and it came right out behind the drivers side frong tire.

I've uses gasket / weatherstrip sealant behind all the seals on the drivers door, and the doorjamb. The water is still coming in

Any ideas?
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Old 10-21-2003, 06:20 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem in my 97 Outback but it was the pass side that would like flood...after hard rain I would have 1/2-1 inch of water sitting on the floor...It only happened 2 or 3 times I didnt do any thing to fix it...it just stoped..thank God! or I wouldnt have a floor pan anymore I wish I could help but all i did was check to make sure the seal was ok and it was.

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Old 10-21-2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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is the wet portion on the outside portion of the car.. or more towards center/inner. Check the driver side fender.. to make sure all the protective plastics are there.. could be that its splashing it inside somehow..
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Old 10-21-2003, 10:33 PM   #4
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I periodically have the same prob on my passengers side. Very annoying. In my case I know its not from splashing up because it will do it while the car is sitting out over night in the rain. I swear I think its somewhere near the sailpanel but I cant seem to figure out exactly what it is. It gets in behind the door panel and drips out down near the speaker opening.

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Old 10-21-2003, 10:40 PM   #5
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In the Legacy and Outbacks of that vintage, that problem was identified.

The symptoms are:

1) Wet carpets either in the passenger side front or driver side front, the carpeting would get all wet for seemingly no reason.

2) Sometimes after a rain shower, you'd hear water splashing back and forth from somewhere. Every time you stopped mildly or accelerated mildly.

The cause:

The valence drain slots would get plugged up by gunk.

The Solution:

Go outside the car, look at either the passenger door, or drivers door, follow the front door gap (between the fender and the door) to the valance. The valance is also called the rocker panel, if you follow the door gap in the front, it seems to continue to the valence.

The actual gap at the valence beneath that door gap is the drain for the inner fender (junk that falls through the grating beneath the windshield) and gets plugged up easily by debris. Use a thin wire to clean this area out, and as you're cleaning it out you'll see the water emptying out of the rocker panel. If you don't empty it, the water will seep into the car by the wiring passage ways. Lift up the carpet and you'll see what i'm talking about.

As easy as pie.... Been there done that.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-21-2003, 11:16 PM   #6
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I couldn't thank you enough

I'll try first thing tomorrow morning!
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Old 10-26-2003, 11:48 PM   #7
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Ok I cleaned it out as well as I can, still leaks

Check out http://gbelli.cz28.com/subaru-leak.jpg
(you may need to cut and paste) I only have a pic of the passenger side, so you'll have to assume I'm working on the driver side

#1, was cleaned out (it wasn't real dirty) and the little rubber thing that attatches to the underside of the windshield wan't as tight as the other side. I used some gasket sealant and its up against it good now!

#2, There was a ton of dirt in there, easily 1/3 cup. I think I'm just digging it out of the mudflap though

Pics would be greatly appreciated. If this doesn't work I'm going to try to lift up the carpet as well as I can and see if its anything obvious there. I'll hit it with a ton of silicone if i find it!
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Old 10-26-2003, 11:55 PM   #8
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Keep on Cleaning out #2

Trust me, there's a lot of gunk in there. It's an easy place to clog up. When you lift up the carpeting, you'll see the wireing channels, don't plug this up with silicone, it's actually better to let the water evaporate than letting it sit in the rocker panel. If the water sits in the rocker panel too long, it will rot it out from the inside out.

Keep on cleaning it out, you won't regret it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-27-2003, 12:07 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by JoeT
Keep on Cleaning out #2

Trust me, there's a lot of gunk in there. It's an easy place to clog up. When you lift up the carpeting, you'll see the wireing channels, don't plug this up with silicone, it's actually better to let the water evaporate than letting it sit in the rocker panel. If the water sits in the rocker panel too long, it will rot it out from the inside out.

Keep on cleaning it out, you won't regret it.

Hope this helps.
Ok, will do

Will taking the mudflap off help with access?
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Old 10-27-2003, 08:26 AM   #10
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The mudflaps do not help in access at all.
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Old 11-04-2003, 02:57 PM   #11
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Got it!

Its been raining pretty hard on and off here in Mass for the past 2 days and not wet at all

Thanks for the help! It was driving me CRAZY.
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