A cologne spray cap fell into the defrost vent inear the windshield. It is now causing condensation to collect on the front driver and passenger side floorboards. How do I get the cap out so it won't cause the puddles?
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Re: condensation on floorboards
You can try reaching the drain tube and remove it so you can remove the spray cap. If you can not reach it try removing the cabin air filter (behind the glove box) if your car doesn't have one then you may need to remove the blower motor to reach it.
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When you run the defroster and in some models the heater, the air conditioner compressor comes on to take the moisture out of the air. When this happens the evaporator collects the moisture in the condensation pan and if there is debris blocking the drain, you have water build up. There could have been ice in the condensation pan or drain already or you have water coming in through the intake area that is just under the bottom of the windshield.
It does sound as though you have a coolant leak causing the fogging. Do you get a sweet smell from the heater vents? That's a dead giveaway. Often the coolant does not get to the floorboard if the leak makes it to the A/C condensate pan. Then it just goes to the ground thru the firewall. Watch for loss of coolant in the system. If you have an appreciable loss, then you should look at the heater core as the most likely cause.
You do not mention the type of car you have. If you have air that blows out the defroster and panel vents you should have defrost. Do you smell a sweet odor coming from the car? This could be antifreeze leaking though the heater core. This will cause your windshield to remain foggy.
Sounds like the heater core is leaking coolant. If it is leaking it will blow steam out of defrost vents and fog the windshield. Symptoms: low coolant level in radiator, steam coming out vents when engine is warmed up, odor of anti-freeze coming out of vents, wet carpet in floorboard near heater blower motor. If so, replace heater core.
is it only when the ac is on? there is a pan under the ac unit that has a hole in it to allow the condensation to empty. if that hole gets plugged it could cause the condensation to build up and back into the inside of that car. i unplugged mine and floor stayed dry
It's not the air conditioning because the problem happened after a rainfall. The air conditioning would cause a wet rug while the air is on and it is very warm and humid outside. Then I could see a plugged drain causing the issue. It may be a leak around the windshield area or sunroof if you have one.
Start your car and put your fan on high. close the windows and doors. Spray a soap and water solution around the outside of the car starting around the windshield area. Look for bubbles forming. When you find the bubbles you found your leak.
THe blend door seems to be stuck. When you change settings from defrost to floor air or, vent, the blend door opens and closes directing the air to the place you want it to go to. I have had some success spraying a lubricating oil such as WD40 under the dash on the blend door. You need to get under the dash with a flashlight to locate it. It looks like a flap. Spray it with a couple of shots of the WD40. Go easy on the spraying as you may be inhaling the fumes. Keep the doors and windows open to minimize the fumes. Wait about 1/2 hour and try the A/C functions. (defrost, floor, vent air)