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96 chevy tahoe, passenger side and rear cargo carpet is wet

Carpet is wet from front passenger side to rear cargo soaking wet, just water no smell of antifreeze pulled carpet up under neath looks solid, but has lots of water under carpet on floor pan any ideas i have tried everthing to figure this out.

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Sounds like the air conditioning drain for condensation is plugged

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Check the hose connections for the rear window wiper, Is there dampness on the roof liner also? The connection is in under the roof and comes through into the glass hatch, (Tailgate models only)

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Has it rained alot lately?Have you driven in lots of water?If so then there is 2 things that can cause this to happen:1 is checked the body plug under the carpet somewhere in the lowest point of the floor pan to see if its sealed...2 water can come in through the fresh air vents outside of the vehicle.if this is the case then you have to figure out why the re-circulating valve(typicaly used for air conditioning)is staying open.Its not fun to pull down the heater controls in this new of a Chevy--from 88 and up,also check if the door seals are in good condition

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