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#1 of 24 Water on Passenger Floorboard
Apr 18, 2009 (2:45 pm)
Hello to everyone,
I bought a 2006 Chevy HHR in December from a Carmax in Texas, it was transferred from the San Antonio Store to the Cypress Store which is in the Houston area.
Not even having it a week i was back at carmx because there was broken glass under my drivers and passenger front seats, and also inside the drivers seat where the back of the seat meats the part of the seat we sit on.
I asked them to vacuum the glass out, but had to get them to do it three different times.
How hard is it to move the seat back and get everything?
There was also broken glass inside the passenger door and you could hear it when you closed the door, they broke one of the latches that holds the inside door panel to the door, so glued it back, but i still hear glass.
January 12, 2009 I had to get the AC Resister replaced, and was free because i was still under the 36,000 mile manufacturer warranty.
March 12, 2009 I get the first oil change.
March 13, 2009 a pool of water was under my mat, and the heater and ac would not blow. The little bowl shaped casing that has a different kid of carpet on it than the cars carpet that protrudes down behind the glove compartment that holds the heater was wet to the touch as well, and nothing in the glove compartment was wet.
I go back to the place that did the oil change to see if they mabe hit something or messed with a hose, but nothing.
My husband and i were on our way out of state for vacation so we could not get it looked at to see if it was another bad resister, and it started blowing out normal again so i let it go.
Now today, i go out to go to the store and we are having bad rains here in Texas right now and i have a larger pool of water on the passenger floor board that the time in march.
I take it back to the oil change place so they can see for themselves the amount of water.
They wonder if the seal for the windshield is not on probably on the passenger side cause it seems looser than on the drivers side, but i go to carmax and they say it is just the black covering that is bolted o both sides that covers the bottom of the windshield, that makes no sense to me.
The carmax i bought it at I think it is ridiculous they do not have their service dept.'s open on the weekends.
They look under the hood and the insulation on the outside of the car that is right where the heater firewall is, is Wet, as well as the water inside.
You ca see the streaks of water on the carpet behind the glove compartment.
I have answered all the questions of did i drive through high water, no.
I took it into a Chevy dealership Friday because carmax could not get me in.
The floorboard was damp on Thursday and they removed insulation that was covering the little ac drain, and we hoped that would maybe be a small problem and it was fixed.
My hhr was a fleet/rental vehicle before so it does not have all the nice gadgets that some have inside nor the label of hhr on the back door.
I bought it with around 34,000 miles, it is now around 37,200 miles.
Of course all these problems start after my manufacture warranty runs out, and the 30 day warranty from carmax.
I bought an extended warranty that is tacked on to my car payment, but if the problems happens to be a casing, or hose i the ac or heater, or something like that, it is not covered by gm with your extended warranty.
What other ways can they screw us?
any help or advice from anyone
#2 of 24 Re: Water on Passenger Floorboard [lilmommadebbie]
Apr 18, 2009 (5:28 pm)
Never buy a car that has been a rental or fleet vehicle. I personally never buy used, yes I pay more but I know who and how the car is driven.
#3 of 24 Re: Water on Passenger Floorboard [dmathews3]
Apr 24, 2009 (7:16 am)
I don't recall exactly what causes the leaks on the HHR. I believe the problem was corrected in the last two years. There are posts on here like yours about the same issue and what was fixed. I believe it was the gasket but there was some AC related.
#4 of 24 Re: Water on Passenger Floorboard [lilmommadebbie]
Jul 01, 2009 (12:35 pm)
i had the same problem with water on the passanger floor a year ago in the spring,,,,,,,,,the dealer put in a new gasket around the heater core for $300...........that didn't fix it........then they said it was becasuse i put in new speakers and jacked up the grommet that covers the wires that go from the car to the door................so they RTV'd that..............that didn't fix it............then they said i needed a whole new sunroof.........for another $500 ..........i told them to take a hike.....
it wound up being a clog in the drain line from the sunroof.........it was clogged from the debris falling from our oak trees ......the water backed up in the sun roof area and then found the easiest path out.........right to the passanger interior..... a poke into the rubber gorrmet thing where the door hinges was all it took .......
it happened again this year, but this time i knew what it was....
#5 of 24 Yes, The cause and the answer,
Jul 07, 2009 (10:14 am)
The cause is water entering the A/C system Through the access on top of the A/c Chamber. This is located under the hood. You will have to remove the wind shield wipers and the plastic cover on top of the chamber. You will see a rubber gasket 18"x9" (approx) This gasket over time has water sitting on it and over time with the weight of the water and the negative air pressure when the A/C blower is operating will cause the sealed edges of the gasket to brake free. Thus allowing the leak, the leak flows into the A/C blower and also causes the Blower resistor switch to short out.
Locating the leak was pretty easy for me since I had a constant drip coming from the cover on the bottom of the A/C blower.
Then it was just a matter of finding the path the water was taking.
To correct the issue, using some aluminum flashing form Home depo I made a cover to replace the rubber gasket/seal. The cover was oversized all around by 1" a new rubber gasket was glued to the flashing using 3M 77 spray adhesive. Holes were matched to the mounting holes and the cover was installed with a bead of silicone sealant.
This leak also caused the Blower resistor to short out, low fan speeds were lost. The resistor switch is located under the blower next to the fire wall. It took about 5 min to change it out.
This is one problem that you can't let go. I would correct this as soon as possible.
#6 of 24 Re: Water on Passenger Floorboard [lilmommadebbie]
Jul 19, 2009 (12:28 pm)
I bought a new HHR in Houston in 2006. During the first year I had water on the floor on the passenger side several times. I took it back to the dealer and they repaired the problem. When the car was built, they forgot to put a seal in. The seal is under the windshield wiper panel on the passenger side. This corrected my problem and I have not had water on the floor since. Before I took my car in, I read several online forums where others had the same problem with this seal not being installed when the car was built.
#7 of 24 Re: Water on Passenger Floorboard [mudbilly]
Aug 19, 2009 (5:50 pm)
Luckily my dealer knew exactly where the water was coming from, the sun roof vent was clogged. after he cleaned it twice it solved the problem but he advised us to flush it from time to time. That was our 2006 HHR. Now we have a 2009 and we knew not to get the sunroof.
#8 of 24 Cause of HHR leak
Feb 11, 2010 (6:34 pm)
Chances are 99% that water in passenger side floorboard is due to failure of a rubber cover that is over a square hole that is underneath the plastic cowel. This cheapo cover fails and channels water directly into heater compartment through the cabin filter. Failures of heater motor and / or fan resistor is directly related.
Since the rubber sheet is a piece of crap, I replaced the rubber sheet with a piece of stainless steel with silcon sealer around it. No more leaks. About a month later, I had to replace fan motor - rust on it confirmed water damage. Also replaced fan resistor which was burned out by excessive current from failing heater motor overload. You will also have to replace the cabin air filter because it will be saturated.
I am not attempting to make Chevrolet aware of this problem
#9 of 24 Chevy and the Big Fight
Mar 27, 2010 (8:52 am)
Has anyone one the argument with chevy? My 2006 chevy hhr is filled with water. I brought it to the dealer and they can not find the leak. I was called an was asked if i drove thru a river. Enough!! Anyone have similar issues and if so, did chevy resolve it??
#10 of 24 Re: Chevy and the Big Fight [lorneboy]
May 10, 2010 (6:20 pm)
I've had the same problem with water. Solution was to reseal the plastic/rubber cover that resides under the cowling cover on the passenger side. A quick fix is to remove the cowl cover to gain access to that area. Use some good quality duct tape or aluminum airconditioning duct tape (buy at a hardware store) over the edges of that wimpy rubber oval cover. Be sure to seal the screws too. Do it a.s.a.p. because it will eventually ruin the heater motor ( $130).