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Angry Water in rear passenger footwell ???

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I have a 64 plate Fiat 500S which I purchased in September.

I haven't driven it too much due to lockdown but got in it on the weekend after a few weeks of not driving and my car was filled with mould in the footwells, boot and passenger door. I knew this would be due to a leak where its been damp but have only just been able to find the area it started from since having it cleaned.

In the rear passenger footwell is where the water is coming from, but underneath the car? No leaks from roof/seals etc but its underneath the floor? Does anyone know what runs beneath this part of the car or what could be causing it? It puddles up to the point where I had to use 3 towels and then hairdryer it 2 days ago to dry it. Then 1 day ago I checked and no more water had really appeared but was still a bit damp but now today it is just as bad again?

The garage I purchased the car from is currently closed due to lockdown so am unable to get them to look into it until its open, but wanted to know if anybody knew anything as I don't want mould re appearing
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Re: Water in rear passenger footwell ???

@typecastboy may have an idea. 🤔😀👌
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Re: Water in rear passenger footwell ???

Most often split rear screen wash pipe, often caused by using too little screen wash in the mix?
Can be fixed, if it is this, by using a pipe connector available easily including Halfords.

The box sections under the car can fill with water but it comes from underneath not inside the car.

Also the vent in the rear scuttle may cause issues, but its unlikely to get to the rear floor pan unless facing downwards? do you have a sunroof?
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Re: Water in rear passenger footwell ???

Was there talk in the past that water could come through the roof aerial hole?
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Re: Water in rear passenger footwell ???

If the rear passenger footwell is wet then itís 100% the rear washer pipe. It runs along the plastic side panel in the rear at the bottom along with the rear loom. Itís a black concertina pipe.

You have to take out the rear seats to get it off.

Watch this video and will show you how to get it all off.

https://youtu.be/0oQpESoIQIE
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Re: Water in rear passenger footwell ???

100% rear washer pipe, especially with the cold spell we've just had. Is it dry in front passenger as mine went just by the footwell
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100% rear washer pipe, especially with the cold spell we've just had. Is it dry in front passenger as mine went just by the footwell
Is it just 'syphoning' from the reservoir..?
Op. Hints its not had any power to it..and fluid is still getting into footwell
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Quote Originally Posted by Catnapper View Post
100% rear washer pipe, especially with the cold spell we've just had. Is it dry in front passenger as mine went just by the footwell
yeah it is only in the rear passenger footwell!
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yeah it is only in the rear passenger footwell!
Start looking at the rear then and work your way forward. It should smell of washer fluid too.
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Re: Water in rear passenger footwell ???

One of the easiest things you can do on any car with a leak is to taste the liquid, this will in most cases give you an indication what it is. Obviously in this case people in the know, know what the leak is.
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Quote Originally Posted by Catnapper View Post
Start looking at the rear then and work your way forward. It should smell of washer fluid too.
I thought this, but it literally just smells of water?
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Quote Originally Posted by kelseyjroper View Post
I thought this, but it literally just smells of water?
Clear in colour..?

Double check the roof ..below the aerial ..isnt damp
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Re: Water in rear passenger footwell ???

get some of those de humidifiers from asda ectÖ in the auto care section they look like little pillows they soak up moisture in the car and are re usable! I have 4 of em in my 500
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Quote Originally Posted by John202020 View Post
Most often split rear screen wash pipe, often caused by using too little screen wash in the mix?
Can be fixed, if it is this, by using a pipe connector available easily including Halfords.

The box sections under the car can fill with water but it comes from underneath not inside the car.

Also the vent in the rear scuttle may cause issues, but its unlikely to get to the rear floor pan unless facing downwards? do you have a sunroof?
no I don't have a sunroof with this one!
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Quote Originally Posted by kelseyjroper View Post
no I don't have a sunroof with this one!
What colour was the fluid..?

Screenwash probably isnt clear..
Rainwater is
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