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Old 05-28-2008, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I found the passenger floor board carpet in my truck saturated with water.

How this happened I do not know. I can't see any coolant coming out of the heater core. I've not left the windows down.

The water is also under the jute pad and there's a big puddle on the metal floor board. The carpet, jute pad and undermat are all soaked.

I'm considering pulling up that side of the carpet and jute pad/undermat and putting in an electric box fan, setting it on high and leaving it run all night long, with the side windows cracked for some air to circulate.

My wife thinks this is a bad idea and thinks the fan will burn out and catch fire.

Also I would have to use an indoor/outdoor 14 gauge heavy duty extension cord but I could keep the plug inside the truck so it doesn't get wet.

It's either this or I have to rip out the seat and all of the carpet and everything else, a job I do not want to have to do.

Or what else could you recommend? I can't leave the doors open. What else could I do? It's stinking up the cab.

Thanks.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I had this problem with a 99 Grand Prix GT, turned out it was a gasket around the a/c air intake (under the windshield cowl) that had worked loose allowing water to leak in. It caused my a/c resistor to burn out and my fan motor to start squealing. If you notice a/c control problems start looking in that area. It could be the a/c drain line clogged up too. I'm assuming you have already used a shop-vac for the water. The only thing I know is to put a small dehumidifier in there and turn it on max, just don't let the airflow get blocked.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Actually my truck wasn't equipped with a/c.

I don't have a dehumidifier.

I tried soaking up as much water as i could with some rags.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:20 PM
 
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First you gotta find and fix the water leak.

If your carpet stinks, you most likely should replace it. Don't waste a lot of time and energy trying to salvage it unless you want to wear a nose plug.

Thats what you should do and don't wait until your car turns into a putrid pit.

Get the carpet out and dry out the car floor pan and surrounding area.

Leave it out till your sure the water leak is fixed.

Silverfox
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Oswego, IL
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Has your car been out in the rain. There is a little drain tube made out of pliable rubber that lets water, that gets into your fresh air vent system, out. I have seen birds and other critters build a home over this drain and cause your problem.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Yes the truck sits out on the rain. it is a 93 S-10 where can i find this drain tube?

Silverfox, as much as I hate to do this I have strongly considered ripping out the seat and carpet and letting it sit that way for a good while.
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:27 AM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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First you gotta find and fix the water leak.

If your carpet stinks, you most likely should replace it. Don't waste a lot of time and energy trying to salvage it unless you want to wear a nose plug.

Thats what you should do and don't wait until your car turns into a putrid pit.

Get the carpet out and dry out the car floor pan and surrounding area.

Leave it out till your sure the water leak is fixed.

Silverfox
Sound to me like what silverfox is saying would be you best bet. other wise your just going to keep the problem not solve it.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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My old Buick developed a leak and I dried the carpet with a hair dryer left on over a couple nights. I am afraid the problem is a leaking windshield gasket cause by rust in the windshield frame. Interim cure has been a strip of duct tape over the top windshield trim. That should last until I replace the tape with something better.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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The most common problem when you have water on the pass side carpet is a leaking heater core. It's often accompied by slight fogging of the windshield, and possibly the sweet smell of antifreeze. If you have antifreeze in your system, the water on the floor will aslo feel somewhat slimy.
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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If the water is not leaking in around the windshield it may be getting into the grill between the hood and windshield (cowl panel) and should be draining out, but the drain may be plugged. Frequently this drain is a rubber tube that ends in a chisel-shaped point, this point has a slit along where the cutting edge on a chisel would be. Sometimes just squeezing this along it's long axis, so it opens up, is enough - may have some trash/bugs/leaves whatever stuck in it, or just stuck shut. This drain tube is usually hanging down from the heater core area on the passenger's side of the firewall. Although I don't know where it is offhand for a 93 S-10.

It would really help if you can get this rig into a garage or carport while you sort out what's leaking. A wet/dry shop vac can really help (but remember to dump the dust before, and water after, using for this task)
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