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Old 11-27-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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Soaked passenger Side Floor

Yep.... Thats what I noticed this morning. My passenger side floor was soaked. I haven't inspected anything yet but I was hoping for some tips on what to look for. Vents, Seals,(oh on that note I have a hard top and half doors.) I've never had this issue and I did get a good amount of rain last night.

Just looking for some tips...Thanks folks

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Heater core? Thats what happens on 5.0's is the carpet gets all wet right under the dash on the passenger side. I could be, and probably am, wrong.

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i have to replace both driver and passenger floors in my 97 hard top. i belive that the hard top holds in moisture. im going along with the heater core leaking. i am the number one hater of hard tops i will gladly trade my hard top and hard doors for a ragtop with half doors
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Does a Wrangler have the heatercore under the dash like a lot of cars?
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i have to replace both driver and passenger floors in my 97 hard top. i belive that the hard top holds in moisture. im going along with the heater core leaking. i am the number one hater of hard tops i will gladly trade my hard top and hard doors for a ragtop with half doors
what clor are the doors?
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One of the most expensive things I wanna do the the Jeep would be a hard top and full doors. Why you hate the hard top? Wouldn't recommend one to me? Sorry to jack the thread like I always do.
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i have to replace both driver and passenger floors in my 97 hard top. i belive that the hard top holds in moisture. im going along with the heater core leaking. i am the number one hater of hard tops i will gladly trade my hard top and hard doors for a ragtop with half doors

Interesting theory. Do you think it's really the hard top holding in moisture? I'd explore other probabilities, like maybe your drain plugs in your floors need looked at. Are they still there? Are they letting in moisture from the road underneath the Jeep? Maybe since the Jeep is 10 years old the seals around the doors and top need addressed. I'm just having a hard time believing that the hardtop retaining moisture within your Jeep is the reason your floors are rusted out........
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Check the drain under the fresh air intake in front of the windshield. It is most likely clogged, causing the water to drain into your HVAC system, which will drain onto your floor. This has been a common problem in Jeep at LEAST back through the YJs.
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If it was just the top wouldn't it be all over inside, not just the passenger side floorboard. Does this water look like its been inside an engine or fall from the sky and leak through? I doubt these Jeeps are notorious for being water tight.
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Yep.... Thats what I noticed this morning. My passenger side floor was soaked. I haven't inspected anything yet but I was hoping for some tips on what to look for. Vents, Seals,(oh on that note I have a hard top and half doors.) I've never had this issue and I did get a good amount of rain last night.

Just looking for some tips...Thanks folks
You can easily check if it's anti-freeze (heater core leak), it smells sweet and is a bit sticky to the touch. Do you have a/c? Could be a clogged condensate line.

Search the forum. There's a thread on how to unclog it. I don;t have a/c but I rember reading it here a couple of months ago.

Let us know how yo make out.
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Check the drain under the fresh air intake in front of the windshield. It is most likely clogged, causing the water to drain into your HVAC system, which will drain onto your floor. This has been a common problem in Jeep at LEAST back through the YJs.
x2 not the heater core you would no if it was antfreez.
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What if someone didnt put antifreeze in the cooling system? There wouldn't be any antifreeze on the floorboard, thats for sure. But that makes definate sense with the air scoop letting it leak in.
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Why would you not? I'm sure he has antifreeze in the car. Antifreeze does a lot it has freeze pertection,lubricates the water pump and seals and has corrosive inhibitors. So running straight water will take it's toll on the cooling system. Running distilled water is a little better.
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Most the time a heater core will slowly leak it wont just let go and soak the floor.
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[QUOTE=MOz;163075] Do you have a/c? Could be a clogged condensate line.
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Thats what I'm thinking!!
Thats pretty common problem on Chrysler,specially jeep's
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I had a problem a bit ago that I had to fix, my driver side rear floorboard was soaked every time it rained or I splashed around, figured out it was a weak seal along one of the seams in the fender well/tub. also noticed when I took off my flair's the other day that there are little plastic squares covering up (correct me if I'm wrong) drain plug under the flair's. might want to check those out as well...good luck
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:15 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone!!

I actually diddn't think abiut the heater core. But now that everyone says it I and the way the heat has been coming on slowly and the idle has been fluctuating after warm up i'm probably low on anti-freeze. (ie all my anti-freeze is in my carpet)

Also I haven't checked yet.
I'll give the verdict in a little while.

Prices on a heater core??
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Also, is that a dealer part only??
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Ok....The verdict is not in...the jury is hung.

Carpet still soaked. plug in and secure. I took a white napkin and pressed on the carpet just dirty liquid. Lifted the carpet and the napkin picked up a mostly clear liquid. Lifted the hood and the overfloor container had a little fluid in and the radiator was topped off.

Part two!! After warm up I am getting a antifreeze leak near or under the firewall where the heater core is. Quick inspection of hoses shows no sign of breakage.

Well I guess its a garage night folks!!
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I had a problem a bit ago that I had to fix, my driver side rear floorboard was soaked every time it rained or I splashed around, figured out it was a weak seal along one of the seams in the fender well/tub. also noticed when I took off my flair's the other day that there are little plastic squares covering up (correct me if I'm wrong) drain plug under the flair's. might want to check those out as well...good luck
I have this exact same problem behind the passenger side seat... I thiink the robot took a cigarette break when it was suppose to be welding that day.
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Check the spongy 'gasket' for the heater core. I get water in through mine when it rains (or if I wash the TJ). I put baby powder down in the floorboard and hosed various areas, checking each area before moving on. It is coming in JUST below the core through that spongy material.

I'll report back when I figure out how I'm going to address it on the inexpensive side.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:44 PM   #22
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i think my floor problem was the road salt and yes the plugs were in the floor. up here in northern new york we get allot of ice in the winter and they dump rocksalt on the roads. in turn your feet drag the salt into the cars floors the carpet holds the salt and moisture. uphere hardtop jeeps rot out. ragtops are more common. not to mention hardtops canot be removed by yourself and the doors weigh a ton
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I have this exact same problem behind the passenger side seat... I thiink the robot took a cigarette break when it was suppose to be welding that day.
ya I ended up taking some sicilicone and wedging it in the space there...worked like a charm
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Thanks again all!! Panhead I live in Buffalo I know about the rock salt, Although I haven't pulled the plugs to check them... No snow yet... And actually can't wait for snow. I love when people tell me I crazy for liking snow.... Let's See ummm I drive a TJ and Ski and Live in Buffalo......
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i had the same problem and thought that it was the drain hose from the ac, having had the same problem with a nissan pick up. after closer inspection i found that the problem was water coming out of the drain was actually running down the firewall and seeping between the hose and the hole in the firewall that the hose was coming out of, eventually soaking the passenger side floor. a cheap and easy smearing of rtv solved it.
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if you still leak you may want to check your cowl gasket for your windshield bottom. the gasket where your windshield folds down... those rot out and then leak... i lost two radios and had new floor welded on before i figured this one out. gasket is like 40 bucks.
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Check the drain under the fresh air intake in front of the windshield. It is most likely clogged, causing the water to drain into your HVAC system, which will drain onto your floor. This has been a common problem in Jeep at LEAST back through the YJs.

That was the problem in mine, I went as far as using sone aviation rtv to seal around the intake (where the plastic meats the bay area)

when you have that section open it is a good time to lube your wiper gears as well.

the issue became (as in my 86 wrangler) the pax side floor started to rust, moisture/heat/moisture/heat .....

So I took the mighty TJ to the shop and had them spray in a rinoliner www.RhinoLinings.com for the entire tub (I actually did Line X because I think it is a better product, www.line-x.com). I figure I can now hold ten inches of rain with the plugs in and I am ok. (always like to carry extra water).
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Hi fellas.
Im facing problems with my heater core (I have the 2001 2,5 lt Wanrlger), leakage, white smoke coming out,bad smell etc. I think you know the problem.
Last week I went to a mehanic and he put a special liquid into the heater core which is supposed to ceal any holes it finds. I drove it for two days and it seemed like the leakage had stopped. But then again, the leakage started and coolant starting coming down. Do you think there might another solution to the matter? Obviously the last thing I want to do is to change the whole heater core, because Ive heard its a long procedure and a new spare spart costs a lot...Any ideas?
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and somethinf else, does the whole dashboard have to come out to change the heater core? or is it just part of it that can do the job?where is the heater core exactly located? is it above the glove compartment? behind it? above it?
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and somethinf else, does the whole dashboard have to come out to change the heater core? or is it just part of it that can do the job?where is the heater core exactly located? is it above the glove compartment? behind it? above it?
It's a heck of a job... Take your pick of the 2 links. Dont think engine size matters. The heater core should be in the same place and require the same amount of work.

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