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Old 03-14-2011, 02:11 PM   #1
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Water in Footwell

First things first, I didn't inspect the car as well as I should have before buying my used mkV. I got a little screwed on the deal but I learned my lesson and thankfully I'm mechanically inclined so I can fix it myself.

I've had water pooling in the passenger side front seat footwell pretty much since I've owned the car. It seems to come and go, but I'm not sure where it's coming in. After some searching, I couldn't find anything that told me 'yes, this is your problem, fix it, and be merry.'

The car has a moonroof, but all the drains seem to work properly. From reading about mkIV's, it seems like debris under the cowl could cause this, but I know our cars are set up a bit differently.

So... what should I do/check?
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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door seals?
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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i was going to say the moonroof draining system.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:23 PM   #4
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door seals?
I'll check, but I'm 99% sure they're both mint.
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i was going to say the moonroof draining system.
I've read that leaky front drains make the water pool on the a-pillars, not the footwell. But I don't know that for a fact. For the record, my a-pillars are dry.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:54 PM   #5
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check under the blower motor. hondas have problems with it leaking in around the blower motor. its behind the glovebox
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:26 PM   #6
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Go to this link and follow the steps to the gromit. That gromit could be missing. http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41203
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:39 PM   #7
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Interesting. I know the previous owner had a halfassed soundsystem in it, so that's a possibility. Thanks. Keep the ideas coming.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:21 AM   #8
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maybe rust on the bottom of the car? i had an old car before that rusted through and would be damp all the time in the footwell
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:20 AM   #9
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If the windshield was replaced, it could be that it wasn't properly sealed
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Old 03-16-2011, 10:09 AM   #10
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maybe rust on the bottom of the car? i had an old car before that rusted through and would be damp all the time in the footwell
There's not an ounce of rust anywhere on the body...
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If the windshield was replaced, it could be that it wasn't properly sealed
It was replaced, but less water comes in now than when with the old one.

It's raining pretty hard today... so maybe I'll be able to figure it out.
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If the previous owner had a subwoofer system in it then I can guarantee that its the gromit problem. cause the water that flows down from the windshield drains from that side well the gromit is located right underneath where the catch basin is.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:38 PM   #12
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I haven't had a chance to check yet, but right now that's the most convincing argument. I plan on checking that over the weekend. The thing that gets me is that on the driver's side of the firewall I found a grommet that had a hole that had been poked through. When I did my soundsystem, I reused that same hole.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #13
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Yea I use that same hole for my boost gauge. The hole im talking about I used for my power to my amp. Well I sold that sound system and never got time to put the gromit back in, after a couple of weeks started to notice water in my passenger footwell. I put the gromit back in and solved all my problems.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:36 PM   #14
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Presuming I don't have that grommet... Would it be a dealer part you think?
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:07 PM   #15
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To be honest I don't really know but it wouldn't hurt them to ask. You could always go to lowes or home depot and try to find one that is similar size...
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:16 PM   #16
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That plug is there. I didn't feel like changing the cabin air filter today, so I don't know if that has gotten wet or not (yet).

I suppose I'm narrowing it down...
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:01 AM   #17
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Well I am an idiot, I'm in the process of installing all my stereo stuff, I ran that amp wire, and did not silicone it. It's been raining all day and I flooded my pass. footwell. Haha, well, I dried it out and siliconed it now.

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Old 04-24-2011, 05:05 PM   #18
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I had a leak on the passanger side front and back and went to the dealer and its covered under your basic warranty...
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:20 PM   #19
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try parking differently when it rains (or use a hose) & see what happens. when i bought my mkiv it was also from a previous owner who also was not the best... i would have water pool at first just in the passenger footwell then it got worse to where it would pool in the pass footwell, backseat area floor, and the spare tire well. (yeah, it got REALLY bad) People kept suggesting everything & nothing fixed it, finally got fed up tore down the headliner & replaced / cut all the moonroof drain hoses. Realized the seal on the sunroof didn't seal right from previous collision damage that wasn't repaired right, the body wouldn't conform to the seal properly/completely. Anyway, when i would park with the right front of the vehicle tilted up, it wouldn't leak. At any other angle, it would. Park at different angles, see what happens.
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daughters MK4 jetta used to this all the time i would clean out the drains and it would happen again. seemed like under very heavy rains the "rubber" drains by the door hinges just couldn't keep up. i snipped the "pinch" end off with scissors, haven't had a problem since
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subscribed, this seems like a very interesting thread
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