Question about 1993 Honda Accord
I can't seem to dry out the excess moisture in my car during winter, and now I've recently started seeing mold starting to form inside. I don't drive it everyday and it is stored outside. The trunk leaks, but no leaks in the main part of the car. Suggestions?
The moisture in the trunk is coming through into the car with air movement, since the trunk is not air tight to the car interior.
Let's do the trunk first.
Remove the spare tire and carpet and all else in the trunk and dry it out. I would used small space heater or a blow dryer or anything else that will heat and dry the air. If you want to fix the water leak, you will need to find out where it coming from.
The most common place is the gasket around the trunk lid.
After that, a rust hole somewhere in the trunk.
You may find a new gasket hard to find, and if you do, not easy to replace as well.
Finding a rust hole might require you to take a strong light and have a helper to look either inside when you have the light outside, or outside when you have the light inside the trunk, (night works best).
On older cars, I have often made a permanent hole in the lowest part of the trunk to drain out water leaks.
Make a hole about 1/2" diameter of more, so it won't plug up. There are sometimes rubber or plastic plugs you can remove to drain the trunk as well.
Make it so stuff you replace into the trunk will not cover that hole. Carpet holds water, so you may choose to put a new piece of something in there, or nothing.
Read the instructions below on usuing "Damp-Rid" plastic buckets in your trunk.
Now lets go inside the car.
I recommend you dry out the inside with a space heater or blow dryer as well, for a day or a few days.
Lumber yards and hardware stores and such places sell a small bucket of stuff called "Damp Rid"" This is plastic tub full of white crystals that absorb water out of the air. Put one or two of these in your car on the floor of the back seat and maybe the passenger's front seat. Follow instruction on the container, and they will remove moisture from inside your car.
NOTE: You must be careful because they work with the top open, and therefore will spill accumulated water when you start and move the car, they'll tip over. If you put them in the trunk, don't forget them there.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
My '87 Accord does the same thing. Very annoying and dangerous since your visibility is severely compromised. I cut a small hole in my floorboard carpeting with a boxcutter, stuck my finger in, and to my horror found that the carpet and padding underneath floormat was SOAKED inside. Like I said I had to make a small cut first to figure this out. The problem: I did some research on my vehicle and found out that my car had been registered in Chehalis, WA right before I got it and there was a major flood there about a month before I purchased it. Suddenly it all made sense. The car had been in a flood. The dampness underneath floor covering caused excess moisture on the windows. Like me, you may have a flood car on your hands.. for your sake I hope not but mine does the exact same thing...
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
alot of times when the key isnt used often the tumblers will corrode in the lock, try spraying some good penetrating oil in there, and work the key slow so you dont break it off
Posted on May 11, 2009
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