Wet Carpet

I have a 2000 Accord. A few weeks ago I removed the floor mat on the driver's side and discovered that the carpet underneath was soaking wet. (The passenger side was dry.) I dried the carpet thoroughly and
put a new, winter floor mat over it, but when I looked under the mat today the carpet was soaking wet again. :/
Should I remove the carpet and look for leaks? Or is it more likely that water is dripping down from under the dash?
Jim
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On 5 Feb 2006 14:26:34 -0800, " snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com"

Questions:
1. In what part of the world do you live? Has it been raining a lot?
2. Are you running the air conditioner a lot? Even if you have the heat lever all the way over, running the AC will still condense moisture from the outside air as it is drawn into the passenger compartment.
3. Do you smell coolant?
If yiu live in some place where it has been raining, I would suspect water coming in from outside.
2. If you are running the AC a lot, it could be that the AC drain is stopped up. If that's the case it is easy to unstop (with a piece of wire) if you can get under the car.
3. If you smell coolant, then it is likely a leak in the heater core.
Arguing against 2 and 3 are the facts that leaks form those sources are most likely on the passenger side.
Hope this helps
Elliot Richmond Freelance Science Writer and Editor
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Jim,
I had a similar problem with my 97 Civic. It turned out to be a rubber body plug that was missing. The plug was on the side panel about half way up. I sealed the hole and have had no problems with water getting in. You may want to check that. You might have to remove the plastic kick panels to check.
Mike
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Elliot -- To answer your questions: 1) I live in the midwest and we've had both rain and snow recently; 2) yes the air conditioner has been on a lot (it comes on whenever the defroster is on), 3) no, I don't smell coolant. Thanks for the suggestions.
Mike -- Thanks for your tip about the rubber body plug.
Jim
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It could be just the melted snow off your footwear. I have that problem on occasion.
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That's what I thought at first, but I was extremely careful over the past few weeks to keep the carpet dry, and yet it's become soaked again. :/
Jim
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It can also as bad seal around the windshield.
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My 91 civic has the same problem but worse. I still haven't figured it out, but this was my idea. Perhaps a bit boring, but remove all the paneling inside before a heavy rain, then sit in the car while it's raining. Check to see where the water is coming in while it's happening. I've already detected several leaks. One is coming from the upper seal in the windshield. I'm guessing it came loose after I punched the windshield. Maybe it's just old as hell. It's amazing that the major crack in the glass doesn't leak but the seal does.
Also on the roof of the car there are two channels that look like they're filled with a bondo-like material. Water is seaping in through there. I'm planning on tearing this up and going bondo crazy. Thirdly there is water coming in one of the screws on the sun roof. Water is also trickling in from the dashboard below the glovebox. I have no idea how, but it does.
I once drove my CRX through a minor flood and discovered that much water can actually come UP through the floor in several different locations. It was shooting up like I had 20 squirtguns on the floor pointed up. I have my carpet up and I'm planning on giving it even more of the bondo fix. With the door panels off, I've also noticed water coming down the window channel and into the door. I forsee a future problem with the bottom of the door rusting out.
Finally, after removing the back seat on my sedan, I noticed water coming dripping into the trunk. After removing the carpet I discovered I was lucky to even have a trunk compartment with all that rust. I took care of that with a grinder with a wire wheel, rust remover chemical and some good old primer.
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