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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old June 24th, 2011, 06:46   #1
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My guess is the floor is getting wet because I have water getting into the cabin air box/filter area. I park under a tree and get a lot of vegetation falling into the wiper area.
I expect there is a water drain in the filter area that has been blocked. Does this sound right?
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Old June 24th, 2011, 09:29   #2
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Maybe this is too obvious - but, do you have a sunroof?
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Old June 24th, 2011, 09:46   #3
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LOL!
I needed that this morning....

Nope and the windows aren't left down either.
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Old June 24th, 2011, 09:47   #4
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Check for blocked sunroof drains. There is a TSB or recall on some models.
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Old June 24th, 2011, 14:11   #5
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My guess is the floor is getting wet because I have water getting into the cabin air box/filter area. I park under a tree and get a lot of vegetation falling into the wiper area.
I expect there is a water drain in the filter area that has been blocked. Does this sound right?
Given you have no sun roof, yup.

The PO of my beetle use to park under a pine tree. My passenger side floor was always wet and I kept trying to clean the sunroof drains with no results. It took me hours to get in and vacuum out the plenum. There are drains in there too that need to me cleaned.


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Old June 25th, 2011, 03:45   #6
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Look at the area under the grill right in front of the windscreen. Likely you will find leaves etc there blocking the drain. It is also possible (depends on car) that the A/C drain is blocked. That drain usually comes out on the passenger side of the car just about where the passenger would put their feet. It may be under a little flap on the side of the engine compartment.

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Old June 25th, 2011, 08:09   #7
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My TDI has the same problem. water leaks in from somewhere and travels down through the handle to pop the hood. I can see a few drops if I open the fuse panel door also. I checked the drains under the hood and they are flowing fine. I also have no sunroof. I am just waiting for some free time to really investigate. I think mine has something to do with the windshield...
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My TDI has the same problem. water leaks in from somewhere and travels down through the handle to pop the hood. I can see a few drops if I open the fuse panel door also. I checked the drains under the hood and they are flowing fine. I also have no sunroof. I am just waiting for some free time to really investigate. I think mine has something to do with the windshield...
It's the hood release cable grommet.

Water in driver footwell ?????








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Old June 26th, 2011, 07:35   #9
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TY! I will do this next weekend!!
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I would also have this problem when on a grade when the front end of the car is facing "down the hill". If I park with the front end "up the hill"... no leaks
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I spent the last hour with the shopvac cleaning the plenum by the cabin air filter. Pine needles, leaves and a mouse hotel. With the limited viz in there, I have no idea if there is a blocked drain hole or not.
What I do know, is after a rain, the driver side floor is wet. Much more than I would expect to be ldripping in along the hood release cable.
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You might check to see if the comfort control module is under the carpet in the drivers side foot well. You do NOT want that module to get wet, don't ask how I know.
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I spent the last hour with the shopvac cleaning the plenum by the cabin air filter. Pine needles, leaves and a mouse hotel. With the limited viz in there, I have no idea if there is a blocked drain hole or not.
There are no drain holes in the wiper tray except for the large oval-ish irregular holes, one on each side, that open into the space behind the fender liner.

Did you remove the plastic wiper tray valance or were you working through the cabin filter access cover?

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What I do know, is after a rain, the driver side floor is wet. Much more than I would expect to be ldripping in along the hood release cable.
The driver's floor mat was soaked in my car after it rained. Problem was fixed after I resealed the hood release cable grommet.

It's not that complicated. There are four penetrations of the wiper tray into the cabin. Starting at the driver side:
1. Hood release cable grommet.
2. Relay box cover.
3. Cabin filter housing.
4. Hood release cable grommet hole (for right hand drive cars) sealed with a solid rubber plug.

Only 1 and 2 are on the driver side. Your water leak is at one of these locations.
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