Leak on driver's side floor when it rains.
May 22, 2014 7:21 AM Subscribe
Mechanics of MeFi, can you help? I replaced my car windshield about 2 years ago. Not sure if that is the cause of the leakage or if it's the air intake (which has been suggested). Or something else?
posted by foxhat10 to Travel & Transportation (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a 2002 Honda Civic LX. I replaced the windshield about 2 years ago. Coincidentally, soon after that, I started to noticed dampness on the driver's side floor. I blew it off thinking that I accidentally left window cracked or whatever during a rain. Happened a few more times, started to notice a LOT more dampness.
I called the privately-owned glass biz who did my windshield and if it could possibly be leaking; he suggested it could be something else (I forgot what he thought it could be) - and he referred me to someone to check it out. I never made an appointment to have it checked. Life got busy, I was selling place to relocate about 5 hours away. Needless to say, the leak issue got put down on the priority list.
Here I am, 2 years later, still leaking (of course), the driver's side carpet is disgusting and what appears now to be mold in some areas. The water does not actually drip down from anywhere - I have checked, there is never water from anywhere "above" the dampness. It's more like it is running down from the top, alongside the door or something and settling under the driver's side carpet.
I spoke with someone at a reputable glass installation place and they said they had run into that before and suggested that the air intake could be clogged. (This was not the same glass company who installed my windshield).
Not only does the mold worry me, but I'm concerned that it could be rusting underneath as well. So my questions are: how do I check what is the cause of the leak? what kind of shop should I take it to? what am I looking at in terms of cost to fix the air intake (if that's what it is)? who would I have remove the carpet and possibly repair any rusting action going on? and what kind of expenses could I be facing? (About a year ago, I did take it into the Honda dealership to have my oil changed and asked them about it then. They said that it'd probably cost about $300 simply to test for the source of the leak.)
Thank you greatly in advance for any and all insight and advice with this!
p.s. I checked and insurance will not cover this since I didn't make a claim in the beginning. I just outright paid for the windshield and didn't want to make a claim.