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Carpet is wet on passenger side, is it the heater core

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Mate.more than a good chance its the air/con condensor tray.it gathers the water from the air/con condens. and through a tube,drops it outside through the engine bay.The tube is blocked or has come adrift.Put the head up under the console and you will find it.It comes out of the firewall about 1 foot either side of centre.Dont go to a dealer because for a heap of dollars they will tell you the whole system needs to be de-toxed.Hope this helps

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It could be it depends on weather it is loosing coolant if yes then its coolant If not and coolant dosent move then you have either a w/screen leak or a leak from grill at the bottom of w/screen,, but thats only when it rains If it leaks on a dry day then its your HEATER CORE leaking

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