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Old 05-24-2009, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mold/mildew smell after heavy rains??

The last few days we've gotten some major monsoon storms over here. I've noticed a pretty heavy mildew/wet carpet smell afterwards which goes away in a day or so.

The thing is, I have no visible leaks and no matter how hard I look, have not been able to find any wet carpet either in the inside of the car or the trunk. Anyone know what could be going on here?

Hopefully it's normal or nothing to worry about because my 36K bumper to bumper is already expired.
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i had the same thing. most of the water got in while i was getting in and out of the car. i just drove with the windows down every chance i got. smell finally went away
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The last few days we've gotten some major monsoon storms over here. I've noticed a pretty heavy mildew/wet carpet smell afterwards which goes away in a day or so.
Check the carpet at the back of the trunk next to license plate.

The water channel for the trunk runs along the sides and dumps into a retainer at the back. The water in the retainer then flows out over the license plate. There is a wiring harness that runs through the retainer, sealed by a gasket. This gasket can leak, allowing water in the retainer to leak down to the carpet below.
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Check the carpet at the back of the trunk next to license plate.

The water channel for the trunk runs along the sides and dumps into a retainer at the back. The water in the retainer then flows out over the license plate. There is a wiring harness that runs through the retainer, sealed by a gasket. This gasket can leak, allowing water in the retainer to leak down to the carpet below.
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I saw this while drying my car one day. I am OCD about drying this part of the trunk. It seems to pool a little in there.

Not sure if this would give you the smell IN the cockpit though.
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My old Honda DelSol used to do that when it rained, smell like garbage in there, fabreeze always did the trick
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I'm glad I found this thread. I just brought my new '08 Sky RL home on Saturday. Yesterday and last night in particular, we has some pretty hard rains. At lunch I opened the trunk just to see if all was dry. The carpeted areas are, as far as I could tell, dry.

However, the upper rear (metal encased) part of the trunk (under where the spoiler would be if the lid were closed and where some type of "hose" connects to the inside rear trunk lid) I have some water. It's beyond damp. The cockpit is bone dry as is the inside of the top. What to do? Common sense tells me "go to the dealer - warranty covered". Perhaps there is somewhat of a simpler fix?
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However, the upper rear (metal encased) part of the trunk (under where the spoiler would be if the lid were closed and where some type of "hose" connects to the inside rear trunk lid) I have some water.
No worries. That is designed to catch water from the side channels. Water exits via hole over the license plate.

The problem occurs when the wiring hose gasket fails, allowing water in the catch to leak on carpet below.

As long no water is leaking through the gasket, a little bit of water in the metal bin is fine.

And if the little bit of water bugs you, there is a "stop light" cure. When the light turns green, floor it...and let Newton do the rest.
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No worries. That is designed to catch water from the side channels. Water exits via hole over the license plate.

The problem occurs when the wiring hose gasket fails, allowing water in the catch to leak on carpet below.

As long no water is leaking through the gasket, a little bit of water in the metal bin is fine.

And if the little bit of water bugs you, there is a "stop light" cure. When the light turns green, floor it...and let Newton do the rest.
Bogie, thanks for your reply. That calms me a good deal. I just popped the trunk again and everything else is dry. However, the inside of the trunk lid is wet under the spoiler - I mean actually wet with plenty of drops of water on it. Is that normal? I suppose I'll just have to check it over the next few days as we're expecting more rain - as you know since we're in the same neck of the woods. I'll keep an eye on it. Floor it, Newton, I guess that could work ;-)
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