1997 HONDA CR-V rain water leak - fro...

1997 HONDA CR-V rain water leak - front passenger floor

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MarshaN

New York, NY

#1 Jul 5, 2007
Hi! I have a 1997 HONDA CR-V that has water leaking onto the passenger-side foot area when it rains, and back to the floor of the seat behind it.
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I cleared the visible leaves and 'soil' under the hood and am working on the passenger door hinge area, but can't get all of it out.
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I desperately need to know exactly where ALL the drainage points are in this particular make/model, including the removable grommets, rubber plugs, or drip holes which would allow me to clear them.
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I also need to know how to remove or get at the long narrow COWL under the window wipers, which may contain a build-up of plant matter that could be causing the leak.
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Any hints on HOW to clear the muck out of all of these drainage areas would be most appreciated, since I am new to this.
Thank you!
Chris

Markham, Canada

#2 Jul 20, 2007
MarshaN wrote:
Hi! I have a 1997 HONDA CR-V that has water leaking onto the passenger-side foot area when it rains, and back to the floor of the seat behind it.
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I cleared the visible leaves and 'soil' under the hood and am working on the passenger door hinge area, but can't get all of it out.
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I desperately need to know exactly where ALL the drainage points are in this particular make/model, including the removable grommets, rubber plugs, or drip holes which would allow me to clear them.
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I also need to know how to remove or get at the long narrow COWL under the window wipers, which may contain a build-up of plant matter that could be causing the leak.
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Any hints on HOW to clear the muck out of all of these drainage areas would be most appreciated, since I am new to this.
Thank you!
I am having the same problem. Nothing in the area that you refer to seems to be plugged! I pour water all over the front of the car and it doesn't leak! Yet it rains and the floor is soaked! I'm confused... If you discover anything please reply! Thnaks
Risa

Haverhill, MA

#3 Jul 29, 2007
We are having the same issue.
we have taken apart the plastic piece along the bottom of the windsheid and think the leak has to do with the fresh air intake box.
We are thinking something was removed or lost when the windshield was replaced.
Have either of you had your windshields replaced?
MarshaN wrote:
Hi! I have a 1997 HONDA CR-V that has water leaking onto the passenger-side foot area when it rains, and back to the floor of the seat behind it.
----------
I cleared the visible leaves and 'soil' under the hood and am working on the passenger door hinge area, but can't get all of it out.
----------
I desperately need to know exactly where ALL the drainage points are in this particular make/model, including the removable grommets, rubber plugs, or drip holes which would allow me to clear them.
----------
I also need to know how to remove or get at the long narrow COWL under the window wipers, which may contain a build-up of plant matter that could be causing the leak.
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Any hints on HOW to clear the muck out of all of these drainage areas would be most appreciated, since I am new to this.
Thank you!
Nate

Charleston, SC

#4 Aug 5, 2007
Risa wrote:
We are having the same issue.
we have taken apart the plastic piece along the bottom of the windsheid and think the leak has to do with the fresh air intake box.
We are thinking something was removed or lost when the windshield was replaced.
Have either of you had your windshields replaced?
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Hi, I'm also having this problem with my '97 CR-V. When it rains, the passenger side foot-well gets soaked. When I pour water down the windshield (on the passenger side), it ends up dripping out of a [now rusted] screw on the contraption underneath the glove compartment (which I think is called the blower motor...I'm not a car guy). Anyway, I recently had the windshield replaced, but the leak problem predates the replacement, so at least it didn't happen as a result of the procedure. Has anyone found a solution yet?
Risa

Haverhill, MA

#5 Aug 22, 2007
We fixed our leak.
We built up the sides of the air intake box(when you have the hood up, the air intake box is to the far back right) and so far no water in the car when it rains!!
JRH

Rochester, NY

#6 Sep 17, 2007
I have the same proble on a 2000 CR-V. How did you "build up the sides" of the intake box?
Thanks.
Liz

Toronto, Canada

#7 Sep 28, 2007
I too am having the same problem with my 97 CRV. I had the windshield replaced a number of years ago. The problem only started happening this past summer and it is happening on both the passenger and driver sides. Has anyone else had it happen on both sides, and if so, were you successful in solving this problem?
Budda

Enid, OK

#8 Sep 4, 2008
It needs a front cowl replacement. The dealership quoted me a price of 240.00
Leo

Lincoln, NE

#9 Sep 11, 2008
i drive a 94 civic dx
I'm getting water on both side too and i have no clue where is coming from...
i've taken the car to shop and they said everything is well sealed and there is no whole underneath...
but im still getting water on the floor board when it rains.
Mike

Plainfield, NJ

#10 Oct 5, 2008
Hi Risa, How did you build the air intake?
Santina

Sacramento, CA

#11 Oct 6, 2008
I have a 99 crv and had leaking on both sides a few years ago. My leaks were attributed to the sunroof drainage tubes that were bent and clogged. After $395 and new tubes, I was leak free until this first rainy season but only on the passenger side. I dont think it is the sunroof this time as our problem is exactly like Nate from Charleston, SC. do any of you have sunroofs? That may be your issue. I would also like to know how to build up the sides on the intake.
Thanks!
Duane

Nashville, TN

#12 Dec 20, 2008
My son's 97 CRV was experiencing a similiar leak on the passanger side, as described above. I removed the cowling covered (plastic trim attached to the bottom of the wind shield) and discovered internal gutter system above the fire wall. The cowling has a double row of foam gasket which appears to devert the water running down the wind shield to the gutter. On the passenger side, just behind the glove box, is a large rectangular opening in the gutter system for the vent intake. The vent intake hole only has a lip approx. 1/4" in height running around its perimeter. If water is penetrating the foam gasket (gasket failure) in a volume greater than the 1/4" lip on the vent intake hole can handle, it will drip into the vent duct, down into the blower fan and down to the floor mat. Note: the plastic composition of the carpet base will hold the moisture for quite a while.
^^^^Repair: I removed the hood and the wind shield wipers. Then removed the cowling. On the cowling the round flush points of attachment are plastic snap plugs which can be pryed out with a flat head screw driver. Along the bottom edge of the cowling are diamond shaped connectors. Twist the connectors 90 degrees and they will snap out under slight pressure. With the cowling removed I simulated the water in the internal gutter and then poured a slight amount above the vent intake. When the volume exceeded the lip the drip inside showed exactly as during a heavy rain and my water hose test. Rather than buy a new cowling, I applied a laytex/ silicone caulk to the foam gasket and reinstalled the cowling. I then use a flat black laytex caulk along the top edge of the cowling. To date this has corrected our problem! Removing the front seat and pulling the carpet to dry the mole hair pad has been a bigger issue that the cowling..... Good luck!
OnlyAmericanLeft

Rochester, MN

#13 Feb 22, 2009
How to repair an import vehicle
Pour Gasoline on the seats
get a Match "lite it"
fling it into car
wait until the FD comes
Fixed
Tom

Greensboro, NC

#14 Mar 31, 2009
This is exactly the problem -- I just fixed it on my daughter's CRV. A few comments: You don't actually have to remove the hood to remove the cowling. I used weatherstripping instead of caulk -- either way.

Also, there is a metal guard around the air intake vent. You should bend this guard toward the rear of the car an inch or two. When the water drips from the gutter above, it goes into the vent, but if you bend the guard back, even if (or when) your new caulk or weatherstripping fails, the water will now miss the intake vent.
don

Dallas, TX

#15 Sep 15, 2009
tom is 1000% right
Kathy

AOL

#16 Oct 23, 2009
We took off the cowl on our 2000 CRV, bent the air intake back, generously rechalked the cowl and put it back. We thought we were good, but it still gets soaked on both foot wells. Do not know what we missed. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. Love the vehicle and want to keep it a long time.
Donnie SJ NB

Dartmouth, Canada

#17 Nov 8, 2009
Hi,

I just got back from the car wash and googled crv leak because of the same problem. Passenger side, filled up my nice new rubber floor mat. It was the weirdest thing.

My money is on the cowl/air intake/weatherstrip solution.
Donnie SJ NB

Dartmouth, Canada

#18 Nov 8, 2009
Oh by the way, 1998 CRV AWD auto, 283k
Donnie SJ NB

Dartmouth, Canada

#19 Nov 8, 2009
One other thing, when you light that match, hitch up yer britches and holler: "Berndine! Berndine! Cut me a switch and bring some a them marshmellers, we's a gonna toast are-selves up a mess of 'em afore she blows! Berndine!"
liner

Bronx, NY

#20 Nov 9, 2009
Donnie SJ NB wrote:
Oh by the way, 1998 CRV AWD auto, 283k
283K? Nice!!

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