courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I have a 1992 Dodge Ram (12-passenger) van. I have a problem with the floors (carpeted) mysteriously accumulating moisture. This happens most noticeably in summer and also if something is left on the floor. It doesn't seem to make any difference if the weather is wet or dry. The moisture seems to come from underneath the carpet. Then of course it smells musty. Do you have any idea what is going on? Thanks.
On the bottom of most cars are drain hole or ports. This car may have been flooded at one time and the ports were opened and never resealed. Or it could just be that the sealing material has dried up and cracked, allowing water to get through. But I would bet that if you lifted up the carpets, all the under padding is saturated. That is why the carpets get wet when you put something down on them. If the floor pans are tight and don't leak, then it's coming though a leaky window. To find the leak, simply have someone sit inside and watch while someone outside soaks the car with a garden hose.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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