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Old 08-26-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I've got a wet driver's side floor after a rain.

I just bought a 1997 Legacy GT sedan and so far I'm having fun with it. The previous owner didn't drive it much and unfortunately liked to park it under a tree. When I got my hands on the car the first thing I did was go through and clean all the leaves and debris from the places I could see. I removed the windshield cowl and cleaned the drains by the hood hinges, but I seem to still have a plugged drain somewhere letting water seep in. I'm thinking it's a drain down low, but I don't know where to go in and clean out since I've done all that I can see with just removing the cowl.

Where is the fresh air intake drain and how do I get to it ? How do I get behind the fenders around the wheels to clean any debris from there ? Any other places I should inspect for clear drainage ?

Where might I find the A/C evaporator drain ?

I wish I had a body diagram for this thing. Does anyone know where I might find one without paying for it ?
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Old 08-26-2005, 01:09 PM   #2
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do you have a sunroof?
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Old 08-26-2005, 01:11 PM   #3
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I do have a sunroof.

I spent some time cleaning some debris from there as well, but most of the mess was around the windshield wipers.
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:34 PM   #4
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rinse out the rocker panel wiht high pressure water. debris can get into the drain hole plug it up and allow the water to drain into the car.
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Old 08-26-2005, 02:56 PM   #5
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I just bought a 1997 Legacy GT sedan
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:03 PM   #6
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rinse out the rocker panel wiht high pressure water. debris can get into the drain hole plug it up and allow the water to drain into the car.
This and ever so gingerly blow out the front drivers side drain tube.

And if that doesnt solve it, in the case of my leak, I pulled the headliner to find that one of the drain tubes was disconnected entirely.

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Old 08-26-2005, 06:10 PM   #7
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rinse out the rocker panel wiht high pressure water. debris can get into the drain hole plug it up and allow the water to drain into the car.
Yep,

I was amazed at how much gunk there was in those little 'pockets' at the bottom of the fenders behind the front wheels.

Believe it or not you can get most of it out (enough to open the drains up again) by opening the front doors and carefully spraying into the gap there with jet of water.

To get it totally clean you'll have to pull the inner fender liners, which takes only a few minutes with the car of jackstands and the wheels off.

But yeah, check the drains from the sunroof.
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Old 09-06-2005, 05:03 PM   #8
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I got into the fenders and removed a ton of sand/dirt that was clearly "in the way". This helped a bunch but didn't solve it.

While I was in the fender behind the front wheels I saw a tube sticking out. Not knowing where it originated I took the liberty or giving it a good blow. It seemed clear but I'd like to be sure that it's connected. Where does this tube originate ?

I haven't been able to do much testing with the sunroof without pouring water all over the interior. Where are the sunroof drains ? Where do they start and end ?
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Old 09-06-2005, 07:50 PM   #9
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GOT IT ! Sunroof drain hose was detached.

I did some work pouring water in different areas around the driver's door and windshield. I worked from the bottom up starting with the cowl drain, then the door around the rear view mirror, then up to the top of the window column. This all produced no water in the cabin. Then I opened the sunroof and poured a little water on the sill inside the opened sunroof. Every drop that I poured in ended up dripping out the bottom corner of the dash into the carpet.

I removed the visor and the plastic trim along the top of the door. Under the corner of the headliner I found the hose that is supposed to drain the sunroof completely detached.

Now the only question is how this hose became detached.

Dry dreams to follow.
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Old 09-06-2005, 08:33 PM   #10
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Ohhh..dude.

I am so happy for you. You found the easy sloution to the hell that is finding a leak. I (as well as the very helpful members of nasioc) spent months finding mine. In the end I never found the source, but I stoped it. Think along the lines of using a sledge hammer to kill a mosquito.
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