Rainwater leaks in 2010 Prius???

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Old 12 Sep 2011, 06:53 am   #1 (permalink)
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We've had some pretty intense rain these last couple of weeks, as
have a lot of other people. No flooding but lots of water on the roads
just from the intensity of the rainfall. We never thought to check our
year old Prius for wet floors, but sure enough the driver's side was wet
and there were small wet spots on the other carpets as well. We have a
17 YO Camry sitting right behind the Prius and it's still dry inside.
Anyway, it isn't clear if the water came in through the ventilation
system, but the fact that the upper carpet was dry when we found the
problem, plus the small wet spots near the center of the other
footwells, makes me suspect the floor plugs. Does this car even have
floor plugs? Anyone else discovering that their Prius is only is only
"rainproof-ish"...?

If I had wanted wet smelly floors I would have encouraged her to
lease a Civic, instead.
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Old 12 Sep 2011, 04:19 pm   #2 (permalink)
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In article <rulbq.110$bp5.14@newsfe22.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
wrote:

> We've had some pretty intense rain these last couple of weeks, as
> have a lot of other people. No flooding but lots of water on the roads
> just from the intensity of the rainfall. We never thought to check our
> year old Prius for wet floors, but sure enough the driver's side was wet
> and there were small wet spots on the other carpets as well. We have a
> 17 YO Camry sitting right behind the Prius and it's still dry inside.
> Anyway, it isn't clear if the water came in through the ventilation
> system, but the fact that the upper carpet was dry when we found the
> problem, plus the small wet spots near the center of the other
> footwells, makes me suspect the floor plugs. Does this car even have
> floor plugs? Anyone else discovering that their Prius is only is only
> "rainproof-ish"...?
>
> If I had wanted wet smelly floors I would have encouraged her to
> lease a Civic, instead.


Could be a clogged A/C drain tube.
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Old 13 Sep 2011, 01:15 am   #3 (permalink)
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Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
> In article <rulbq.110$bp5.14@newsfe22.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
> wrote:
>
>> We've had some pretty intense rain these last couple of weeks, as
>> have a lot of other people. No flooding but lots of water on the roads
>> just from the intensity of the rainfall. We never thought to check our
>> year old Prius for wet floors, but sure enough the driver's side was wet
>> and there were small wet spots on the other carpets as well. We have a
>> 17 YO Camry sitting right behind the Prius and it's still dry inside.
>> Anyway, it isn't clear if the water came in through the ventilation
>> system, but the fact that the upper carpet was dry when we found the
>> problem, plus the small wet spots near the center of the other
>> footwells, makes me suspect the floor plugs. Does this car even have
>> floor plugs? Anyone else discovering that their Prius is only is only
>> "rainproof-ish"...?
>>
>> If I had wanted wet smelly floors I would have encouraged her to
>> lease a Civic, instead.

>
> Could be a clogged A/C drain tube.



That was the dealer's diagnosis over the phone, but what about the
other wet spots? And why during a period in which the A/C was used but
the car wasn't driven a lot?
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Old 13 Sep 2011, 06:28 am   #4 (permalink)
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On Sep 12, 6:53*am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
> * * We've had some pretty intense rain these last couple of weeks, as
> have a lot of other people. No flooding but lots of water on the roads
> just from the intensity of the rainfall. We never thought to check our
> year old Prius for wet floors, but sure enough the driver's side was wet
> and there were small wet spots on the other carpets as well. . . .


The NHW20 model has a 'splash shield' mounted on the firewall whose
drain-plugs can fill will leaf debris and pine needles. Then it
becomes a rain-catch. One symptom is the air filter gets soaked and
you can sometimes hear the water sloshing when driving.

One of the recommended, annual tasks that Good Prius Friend Hobbit
recommends is taking the wipers off and lifting out the washer motor
assembly to clean out these drains. We also have a ZVW30 but so far,
no evidence of plugged drains.

Bob Wilson
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Old 14 Sep 2011, 07:40 am   #5 (permalink)
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bwilson4web wrote:
> On Sep 12, 6:53 am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>> We've had some pretty intense rain these last couple of weeks, as
>> have a lot of other people. No flooding but lots of water on the roads
>> just from the intensity of the rainfall. We never thought to check our
>> year old Prius for wet floors, but sure enough the driver's side was wet
>> and there were small wet spots on the other carpets as well. . . .

>
> The NHW20 model has a 'splash shield' mounted on the firewall whose
> drain-plugs can fill will leaf debris and pine needles. Then it
> becomes a rain-catch. One symptom is the air filter gets soaked and
> you can sometimes hear the water sloshing when driving.
>
> One of the recommended, annual tasks that Good Prius Friend Hobbit
> recommends is taking the wipers off and lifting out the washer motor
> assembly to clean out these drains. We also have a ZVW30 but so far,
> no evidence of plugged drains.
>
> Bob Wilson



The car goes into the shop today. I hope this isn't the start of an
ongoing problem. Thanks for the response, and I'll post how it turns out.
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Old 15 Sep 2011, 12:13 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Leftie wrote:
> bwilson4web wrote:
>> On Sep 12, 6:53 am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>>> We've had some pretty intense rain these last couple of weeks, as
>>> have a lot of other people. No flooding but lots of water on the roads
>>> just from the intensity of the rainfall. We never thought to check our
>>> year old Prius for wet floors, but sure enough the driver's side was wet
>>> and there were small wet spots on the other carpets as well. . . .

>>
>> The NHW20 model has a 'splash shield' mounted on the firewall whose
>> drain-plugs can fill will leaf debris and pine needles. Then it
>> becomes a rain-catch. One symptom is the air filter gets soaked and
>> you can sometimes hear the water sloshing when driving.
>>
>> One of the recommended, annual tasks that Good Prius Friend Hobbit
>> recommends is taking the wipers off and lifting out the washer motor
>> assembly to clean out these drains. We also have a ZVW30 but so far,
>> no evidence of plugged drains.
>>
>> Bob Wilson

>
>
> The car goes into the shop today. I hope this isn't the start of an
> ongoing problem. Thanks for the response, and I'll post how it turns out.



They are telling us that it's the A/C drain, that all the carpets
and padding are soaked, that it's our fault (either because we drove
through standing water, which we didn't, or because insects built nests
and blocked the drain) and that it will cost us $1700 to replace. Toyota
is beginning to look lime a criminal enterprise to me...
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Old 15 Sep 2011, 02:10 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"Leftie" wrote in message news:Mspcq.30282$zx2.27565@newsfe08.iad...

Leftie wrote:
> bwilson4web wrote:
>> On Sep 12, 6:53 am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
>>> We've had some pretty intense rain these last couple of weeks, as
>>> have a lot of other people. No flooding but lots of water on the roads
>>> just from the intensity of the rainfall. We never thought to check our
>>> year old Prius for wet floors, but sure enough the driver's side was wet
>>> and there were small wet spots on the other carpets as well. . . .

>>
>> The NHW20 model has a 'splash shield' mounted on the firewall whose
>> drain-plugs can fill will leaf debris and pine needles. Then it
>> becomes a rain-catch. One symptom is the air filter gets soaked and
>> you can sometimes hear the water sloshing when driving.
>>
>> One of the recommended, annual tasks that Good Prius Friend Hobbit
>> recommends is taking the wipers off and lifting out the washer motor
>> assembly to clean out these drains. We also have a ZVW30 but so far,
>> no evidence of plugged drains.
>>
>> Bob Wilson

>
>
> The car goes into the shop today. I hope this isn't the start of an
> ongoing problem. Thanks for the response, and I'll post how it turns out.



They are telling us that it's the A/C drain, that all the carpets
and padding are soaked, that it's our fault (either because we drove
through standing water, which we didn't, or because insects built nests
and blocked the drain) and that it will cost us $1700 to replace. Toyota
is beginning to look lime a criminal enterprise to me...

When this happened to me I unclogged the drain myself and the musty smell
went away after the carpet dried.



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Old 16 Sep 2011, 10:05 am   #8 (permalink)
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On Sep 15, 12:13*pm, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
.. . .
> * * They are telling us that it's the A/C drain, that all the carpets
> and padding are soaked, that it's our fault (either because we drove
> through standing water, which we didn't, or because insects built nests
> and blocked the drain) and that it will cost us $1700 to replace. Toyota
> is beginning to look lime a criminal enterprise to me...


Perhaps your insurance company might help?

Bob Wilson

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Old 16 Sep 2011, 10:54 am   #9 (permalink)
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On 9/16/2011 11:05 AM, bwilson4web wrote:
> On Sep 15, 12:13 pm, Leftie<N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
> . . .
>> They are telling us that it's the A/C drain, that all the carpets
>> and padding are soaked, that it's our fault (either because we drove
>> through standing water, which we didn't, or because insects built nests
>> and blocked the drain) and that it will cost us $1700 to replace. Toyota
>> is beginning to look lime a criminal enterprise to me...

>
> Perhaps your insurance company might help?
>
> Bob Wilson
>


Why?

"Blissfully unaware of their foolishness, they waste their lives
playing the blame game. But taking responsibility for one's life,
one's choices..."

Pay up.
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Old 16 Sep 2011, 11:49 am   #10 (permalink)
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On Sep 16, 10:54*am, News <N...@Group.Name> wrote:
> On 9/16/2011 11:05 AM, bwilson4web wrote:
>
> > On Sep 15, 12:13 pm, Leftie<N...@Thanks.net> *wrote:
> > . . .
> >> * * *They are telling us that it's the A/C drain, that all the carpets
> >> and padding are soaked, that it's our fault (either because we drove
> >> through standing water, which we didn't, or because insects built nests
> >> and blocked the drain) and that it will cost us $1700 to replace. Toyota
> >> is beginning to look lime a criminal enterprise to me...

>
> > Perhaps your insurance company might help?

>
> > Bob Wilson

>
> Why?


Askin' is always free and this might be considered a form of 'road
hazard.' If Toyota will blame "high water," 'road hazard' might work.

It's a Southern Thang you won't understand. <grins>

Bob Wilson
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