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Both front carpet areas are wet. Cleaned sunroof drains...to learn they were not the problem. Now I have the entire front compartment torn out (except for the plasic cowling w/ foam noise pads) I have pored water into every opening/gasket and vent, removed AC fliters in glove box...Still no signs of where this water is coming from. Could it be some condenser tube? and where can I locate it?

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Since it is both sides, I would be suspect the seal at the bottom of the windshield-remove the wiper cowl and maybe even the wiper assembly to see if a rubber seal has moved or been dislodged-look at all the seals around the windshield itself too, you may need to remove the molding to inspect it. A good body repair shop will find this problem pretty fast.

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You did not indicate what sort of climate you live in or exactly where the carpet in the cabin was most wet...

However, the most common source of water inside a car is a clogged HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) drain tube. This tube provides drainage for water condensing on the AC evaporator and any water that enters the HVAC system during rain storms. If the tube is clogged with dirt and debris the water drips from underneath the dash where the heat vents are ... onto the floor instead of dripping onto the road. So usually the wettest place on the carpet is the front passenger foot well.

The drain tube is generally located on the firewall, low on the passenger side. You would probably have to raise the car to see/reach it. I am not sure exactly where the Passport one is ... they can be hard to find at times.

Other possible sources of water are a clogged sunroof drain tube, leaking window seals, torn or missing door seals, and clogged door drain holes.

Also ... buildup of debris (pine needles/leaves) where the windshield wipers retract in to can also block those drains which can sometimes cause overflow into the passenger compartment.

After you find and eliminate the source of the water you will have to lift the carpet and remove the padding underneath in order to dry it. The padding holds water like a sponge and will not dry unless it is removed from the vehicle. Shop vacs won't get the water out of the padding. Even if the carpet feels dry the padding underneath may still be wet, and that is where mold and mildew grows.

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