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Topic # 99214 14-Mar-2012 20:53
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2001 Toyota Vitz, 2 door. Rain leaks in and collects on drivers side floor under floor mat. 
These cars are pretty common now, has anyone else had this issue?

Have confirmed with my mechanic that it is rain water and not car fluids.
Have check door seals etc, nothing obvious.

In the weekend I will get someone to hose the car down while I am inside, see if I can see anything.

Any thoughts?

Cheers,
Joseph 

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  Reply # 595321 14-Mar-2012 21:13
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Can't comment on your specific problem but I believe you are on the right track with the garden hose idea. I have heard that a dehumidifier is great for drying out cars that get wet inside. Hope this helps.

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  Reply # 595481 15-Mar-2012 09:30
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Have you tried calling Toyota? They might not be able to help, but it's worth a shot.




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  Reply # 595500 15-Mar-2012 10:17
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jofizz: 2001 Toyota Vitz, 2 door. Rain leaks in and collects on drivers side floor under floor mat. 
These cars are pretty common now, has anyone else had this issue?

Have confirmed with my mechanic that it is rain water and not car fluids.
Have check door seals etc, nothing obvious.

In the weekend I will get someone to hose the car down while I am inside, see if I can see anything.

Any thoughts?

Cheers,
Joseph 
Have you had the windscreen replaced at all.  Often you get leaks if windscreen has been replaced and the common cause is the bottom of the screen leaks where the clips are.  Came across it a lot at work.     If windscreen hasnt been replaced could be around door seals but I would still check around windscreen. Use garden hose on low flow dont need it full bore.




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  Reply # 595528 15-Mar-2012 11:14
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does it have a sunroof?

Finding these things can be a pain I wouldn't pay someone to do it as the time spent is so not worth it.
Other places to check for openings/holes are on the firewall (seen people run wires around the side of grommets so they aren't sealed anymore) and the inside of the wheel arch where there are some big grommets behind the inner guard.

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  Reply # 595535 15-Mar-2012 11:29
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bit of a thread hijack but does anyone know where you can get new seals for car windows? I have a celica that leaks a bit in the rain and need the seals replacing but have no idea about who to get to do it?




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  Reply # 595536 15-Mar-2012 11:31
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A car of mine had no _apparent_ leaks, but in heavy rain the water was seeping in around the window seal where there was about a 1cm section where the glass was glued onto whatever was behind it. Some "Seek n Seal" promptly fixed the problem.

Hosing it should give you an idea. I would've thought if it was on the drivers side that you would've noticed it when it was coming in though if it was the window seals, unless it's seeping in at the base of the windscreen and running down the back of the firewall.






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  Reply # 595554 15-Mar-2012 11:51
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Thanks for your replies all.
Am pretty sure it's not the drivers window or door seal, I never see any traces or water other than the puddle.
Will pay close attention to windscreen and firewall when I hose it down.
And dehumidifier going in the car at the moment!


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  Reply # 595571 15-Mar-2012 12:15
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gjm: bit of a thread hijack but does anyone know where you can get new seals for car windows? I have a celica that leaks a bit in the rain and need the seals replacing but have no idea about who to get to do it?


You can order them as a spare part, they tend to cost a small fortune. Repco may be able to source some, otherwise expect to pay the usual horrendous OEM prices.

If you're lucky a wrecker might have some that haven't been damaged. 





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  Reply # 595893 15-Mar-2012 23:12
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I'd be surprised if repco do them.
Try your local windscreen place. they have options for seals they cannot buy new.
Depending on the age of the Celica:
http://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.basisnz.co.nz%2F&ei=L8BhT_WEHKOhmQXpl9mQCA&usg=AFQjCNGgtiSapspbgbcttf_Pbbo40-wmbg

As far as the OP gos, does it have a pillar mounted aerial? an leak inside there and down the trim into the interior.
Do you park near trees? the cowl vents drains can get blocked and water leak through the heater ducts and onto the carpet.

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  Reply # 595993 16-Mar-2012 10:08
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Water leaks can be hard to track down sometimes.

I worked on a Toyota Yaris (similar) that had a water leak. We eventually found it was water leaking from part of the air con system.

What i would do is remove any covers, panels, carpet from the drivers side. lie down with a torch and get a mate to pour water over the front of the car (window, vents, door jams). The most important part of this step is to start pouring water at the lowest part of the car and work your way up. Then as soon as you see water come in yell out and get your mate to note where the water was being applied.

Then it is a matter of fine tuning and getting the leak fixed. It may be a perished seal, or if the car has had any frontal impact, a split seam.

If this has been happening for awhile, rusty water marks may help you locate the source.

My 1996 VS Commodore had a water leak problem in the boot, turned out to be the window seals on the rear quarter windows, and nothing to do with the boot or lights.

Good luck with the hunt, and if you are located in Hamilton, i have no problem coming over to give you a hand.

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