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When it rains floorboard gets full of water
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Chrysler Sebring Problem
along the buttom of the rocker pannel there is a seam that gets bent from jacking in the wrong place ,that seam is where the drains are,screw driver and pry apart at the drain ,the drain is a tube shaped bump molded in the steel on the inside part of rocker panel
Posted on Oct 26, 2008
It could be that the condensation drain line is blocked and backing up into the car - but; it is more likely that your problem is a result of a poorly designed cowl cover over the blower fan for your air conditioner. this is a VERY common problem on 97-03 Grand Prix's as well as Malibu's and Impalas through '04. The other side effect of this is that water draining into the blower fan WILL cause it to fail eventually - this solution eliminates that risk.
Here is the cowl (pictures from an '04 Impala, FYI, but are identical):
You will need to remove it by pulling the retaining clips up - there is 1 on each end, and then one towards the top that has a slot in it. Be careful to not break these or lose them.
Remove the cowl, and underneath you will see the blower fan:
Under the cowl you will see a rubber seal that is indicated by the arrow - this is the poorly designed "drip edge". You can either remove it - or leave it in place; the new diverter will accumulate any moisture captured by this seal and divert it properly.
Here is a picture of the part you need - which can be purchased from any GM dealership for about $4 - the GM part is #15794785. Most dealerships don't stock it - but they can order it for you.
It simply sits in place as noted by the arrows - you'll notice there is a long extension from the left side of the part - this is the "finger gauge" - you want this to be positioned as far towards the left (as your facing the motor, or passenger side) of the vehicle as possible.
Here is a close-up of the gauge to give you perspective on how it should be positioned:
This is a shot of the drain area that the new diverter will use - instead of dumping water into the blower fan like the old design.
Now - for the cowl to fit over the new diverter - you will need to trim a couple of pieces of plastic from the bottom of the cowl - as indicated:
You can simply use a utility knife and a pair of pliers to score and snap these pieces off.
What the underside of your cowl should look like after removing (lines indicate where plastic was removed)
No you can simply replace the cowl, and reinstall the retaining clips - and you are all done.
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Posted on Sep 24, 2009
you have a leak going through a welded area. The factory uses a seam sealer upon building these cars. So to fix this when the entire car is assembled it quite difficult to do. First you have to locate the nature of your leak. If you can see where it is coming from, great. If not you will need to remove many articles from your car such as the carpet and backing which will have to be removed for proper cleaning from stagnat water sitting in place for sometime now. Any sound board padding going up behind your dash up through the firewall. When all that is removed you can see alot of sheet metal. Inspect all welded seams for traces of rust. That will be an earmark for a leak. Shine a flashlight as far as you can see looking for rust scales throughout.If you have to mix Arm & Hammer baking soda with water 50/50 mix and pour throughout the outside screen into the firewall and watch for that milky film seep into the interior. The soda will ellimanate odors as well for your car. I know this is a tough job which no mechcanic likes to tackle but it does happen to all of us at one point in our lives
Hope you find the leak and get it resealed with a 3M resealing product too
Posted on Jan 24, 2010
I had the same problem on my 97 G AM for about a year now, Water getting on the driver side carpet all the way to the back,it just got worst over time, But I found the problem, you have to look behind the wiper motor where the fire wall meets the bodi ,there is a hire line crack rigth behind the wiper motor where the water coming from the wiper cowling drains from ther is some kind of coulking that is painted the same color as the car, you must clean the area with a screwdriver and soap, and use clear silicon with a coulking gun, you must remove the 2 top wiper motor screws do not remove the botom one not need to and remove the 2 wire plugs and pull the motor back and rotaded upwards know youre clear to do the job; good luck it worked for me.
Posted on Mar 03, 2010
SOURCE: my car shakes bad when it rains
When it's running bad does the "check engine light" flash? A flashing check engine light indicates a missfire, which sounds like what's happening. I would look for moisture entry at the ignition coils. You could try misting water on the ignition components with it dark and look or listen for arching. It could be arching in the spark plug tubes so not seeing the arch doesn't necessarily mean it's not happening.
Posted on May 11, 2010
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