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Old December 2nd, 2017, 11:36 AM
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Wet floor

Hello everyone!

I have a 1996 Grand Am GT and I've noticed for a while now that the carpet on the driver side is always damp, no matter what the weather's like.

I tried a couple things to see if I could identify the problem; I took a garden hose and ran water over the windshield, and then over the driver side door and window while a friend was inside the car, and he didn't notice any water leaking in. Then I had the car lifted to check to see if there could be a hole at the bottom where water could be getting in and soaking the carpet; no holes, and no signs of rust, either.

I'm at a loss as to what could be keeping the carpet wet. Any suggestions?
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are you periodically adding coolant to the surge tank? If so I suspect the heater core. Does the wetness smell like water or engine coollant?
If the surge tank is not going down I would check to see if the drain line from the evaporator core on the passenger side is either blocked or disconnected.
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Old December 4th, 2017, 03:41 PM
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Yes, I do periodically add coolant to the surge tank; however, I took a paper towel and blotted the damp carpet with it and the stain on the paper towel did not look or smell like coolant. Also, I had the heater core replaced less than a year ago.

Do you think I should still check the drain line?
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if you are sure it's not coolant than check the evaporator core drain line. There is no other internal source of fluid inside the passenger compartment.
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