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The carpet is wet underneath and behind my driver's seat. I had it to the mechanic and they flushed out the sunroof drains but it still seems to be getting wet. It didn't seem to happen all summer but when fall comes and it gets cooler it comes back. Does this maybe have something to do with the heating system? And if it does have something to do with the heating system, is it expensive to get repaired? Please help, my car is starting to get a musty smell and I have to get this taken care of! Any opinions would be appreciated...

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Most likely the sunroof drains are clogged. It happened to mine, the floormats and floors were soaked, especially behind the drivers side. Volvo wanted to charge me $550 to clear them out and dry out the floors. Instead I took it home, rolled down the windows, parked it in the sun and let it dry out. Then I found a mechanic who blew out the drains with compressed air for only $20. He had originally quoted me $50-100, but ended up doing it for less. He said the two back drains are clogged. You can try sticking a small flexible wire down the front two yourself, then pour water down to see if it drains properly out the bottom of the car. When I looked I didn't see the two back sunroof drains, but my mechanic said they were clogged with leaves, you might be able to clear these yourself too. I would have never guessed that it was the sunroof causing this, because you don't see the water leak around the sunroof, you only see the water backing up on the floor. Don't take it to the dealership, it's a simple job and they will rip you off.

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my 04 did the same thing-my mechanic has a friend at volvo they finally told him the drain on the sunroof clogs up based on the design- they have a repair kit-get it done asap-had to rip my carpets out- they want 500.00 each on the carpets....

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Check that the drainage hole in the plenum chamber (which supplies the air to the heating system) under the bonnet isn't blocked by leaves or something.

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