This started last year. I noticed a funny smell shortly after it started to rain ( I'm in seattle so this is 7 months out of the year) I noticed that the floor behind the drivers seat was SOAKED. I checked the door seal, and it looks ok. I even used Aquarium seal to tighten it up. But I am still having a HUGE leak problem.
Its not coming from the window ( checked that)
It looks like its coming from somewhere behind the carpet. I just can't find WHERE.
From what I understand (and have experienced) the S-10 has a tendency to need the pins and bushings replaced early. Mine started with moisture in the cab, but the problem became apparent when there was a breeze around my door frame. I confirmed the diagnosis with my "car guy" and have replaced my pins and bushings. The mystery moisture and wind-noise is now a thing of the past. More recently I've had to move on to the next disgustingly popular issue... the broken third door handle.
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That depends upon the cause of the water. There are a few possibilities, depending upon the vehicle. See this list and use what applies as a way to narrow down the source.
1. Rust hole in floorboard. Only way to fix is to repair hole.
2. Leaking door seal on passenger side. Locate and repair leaking seal.
3. Leaking sun/moon roof. Some vehicles that have these run their drain lines down the passenger side door pillar and down thru the floor pan. Sometimes the hose shrinks with age or breaks and allow water to get on to the floor. Remove the passenger side kick panel and inspect and repair as needed.
4. Leaking heater core. Feel and smell the water. If it smells like antifreeze or has an oily feel, it may be coolant leaking from the heater core. Of course there should be a loss of coolant associated with this problem. Here the only solution is to bypass or replace the heater core.
5. Leaking windshield seal. Most car windshields today are glued into place. These glue joints can break loose and allow water to leak. Also, rust can form around the windshield seal and cause rust holes that can leak. Lastly, extremely high-powered car stereo systems that pump mega-bass can cause overpressure inside the vehicle that can cause the seal of the glass to separate.
is the water leak allowing the water to wick up into the headliner or is the headliner getting wet without water coming past the weather stripping around the door?
If it is wicking then fix the weather stripping.
If the water is getting headliner wet with out passing the weather stripping then you have a leaking sun roof.
You can the door seal by sitting in the car while you have some spray water (garden hose) gentle at the frontal and upper door seal.
If not leak there inspect seal of sun roof and real seal with correct type of sealant.
My Getz is also having similar problem. I have thrice got water test done from Hyundai server center. After 2nd test they put some sealants underbody and return the car, but still water was leaking in. 3rd time water test, hyundai said its all fine, no problem but still problem persists. It happens when it rains only, so I dont suspect air-con filters or radiator problems. Water pool is created in driver side footwell only. During heavy rain, I tried to troubleshoot but couldnt find any fault point from where water might be leaking inside. Its second year, I have running into this problem, creating stinking smell inside the car due to wet mats. Looks like I need to do away with my car.
it might be a door/ windor seal or it could be a heating component leaking. im sure that the heater core is on the passenger side but when they begin to leak they cause a localized leak much like your description.
The tubing under the dash that comes from the air condition may be stopped up...there may be leafs or trash stopping up hole along the wind shield (Miada convertable problem) if this is the problem flush out the tubes...or your wind shield may be leaking ('87 chevy problem) if it is the windshield try cleaning around and resealing...Mine stopped when I had to have new windshields put in...
Check the compressor when you notice the smell. See if its running or not. It could also be the blower motor itself. I'd suggest checking the blower motor first off. Those usually only last a few years, and if it got wet some how it could have rusted or corroded on the inside. Or a wire broke on the inside and it shorts out to ground which could explain the smell.
Souns like a leak is allowing water into the cabin area, there may have been a leak in the firewall but it looks like it's coming in from somewhere else. Take a look at the rubber door seal in the drivers side door jam and check it for damage or possibile leak area's, if you find a leak here it can be sealed with silicone or you can replace the entire dorr seal. The only other possibility for the leak would be the seal around the windshield, also check this and seal with silicone if a leak is deteteced.