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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2007, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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? leak from behind glove compartment

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Out today when my passenger noticed a few small drips from behind the glove box hitting their toes.

It wasn't raining although it absolutely poured the day before, and I didn't have the air conditioning on, but it was used the day before as well. I would imagine it is more likely a heating/cooling issue rather than an exterior leak but I don't have too much in the way of mechanical experience.

The car is still under warranty so I'll call back to the dealer when I next get a day off. Any thoughts in the mean time are much appreciated. Thankyou

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My first thought would be the a/c drain hose - but you say it hadn't been used for a day. Was it a persistent drip?

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Thanks for the reply Kevin. Just a short burst of drips once. Used the a/c after that and nothing more. The floor mat is a little damp. I will stick my head in and have a look later this afternoon but I don't imagine i'll see anything.

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I had a similar problem recently. Turned out to be the lid on the bottom of the cabin air filter housing. I put a bead of silicone rubber all the way around it and that has solved my problem.
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Called into the dealship today. They had a good look around and could find no problem short of pulling the glove box apart. Didn't want to give up the car for that long 'cos I'm on holidays I am going to keep my eye on it for the next couple of weeks and they can have the car all day when I go back to work.

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Only 9 screws hold the glove box on - so it's no big deal to remove it if it gives you further trouble.

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Any updates on this issue? I'm at a complete loss. When raining, or the day after, there are sounds like dripping or sloshing water coming from somewhere around the passenger side A pillar/air bag.

I thought maybe a clogged sunroof drain, but no water leaking around the roof. Plus, I put an air compressor hose up there to blow out any gunk. I removed the A pillar trim but I couldn't find any signs of water.

Since I had the windshield replaced about 1 year ago, I thought maybe something in the front cowl got screwed up. So Sunday, I spent the better half of my morning uninstalling the wipers, cowl, etc. I didn't find any area where I could find standing water. Next, I took apart the glove box and checked around. I couldn't find a thing and the cabin filter was bone dry.

Any help would be appreciated. I'm part OCD, so you know this is killing me.

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I may be able to shed some light on your situation...especially since I spent earlier tonight removing my front passenger seat, rear seat, and pulling up the carpet to dry it out from a similar water leak. I just had my front windshield replaced a few weeks ago and i never got any water leak before then.
>>>>>New Window and Cowl Assembly Fit?

After the fact, I had my wife slowly pour water down passenger side roof rack rail and watched the water pour into the gap the window guys left in the upper corner of the windshield (see photos in link above). We then saw water dripping from under the dash. So I removed the glove compartment and traced the water flowing from the plastic A-pillar cover. I also noticed the inside roof material at the top of the pillar cover was becoming soaked.

My underfloor material was drenched and I had to pat it down with towels to remove the water, but it's still soaked. There is a fan going to the evaporation.

I'll bet your issue is similar to this.

Sure hope it doesn't rain tommorrow while I'm at work.

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Thanks for your insight. I think I'll call my insurance company tomorrow to talk about having OEM glass installed.

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Just an update:

I called the insurance company last Friday to complain about the water leak. Unfortunatley, I had to deal with Safelite again (since they were the ones that put in the glass). I made an appointment for this Tuesday and the local Safelite put in a new glass windshield along with a new window gusset/seal, whatever it's called.

Today, I washed the car this a.m. and drove around for the better part of the late afternoon. The good news is that I am not hearing any accumulation of water; but I will reserve futher comment until the next rain storm, possibly this weekend.

Based upon my personal experiences, two cars and a total of 5 trips, I cannot recommend Safelite for a damaged windshield. The next time this happens, I'm going straight to a dealership--not to say that the dealership couldn't screw things up, but I seem to think the quality of the OEM glass and gusset/seals are much better than the 4 different windshields I've had from Safelite.

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