2006 Chevrolet HHR Q&A

2006 Chevrolet HHR Question: Passenger side floor board soak and wet after it rains

This seem to start about a few weeks ago, when it rain the passenger side of my HHr floor is soaking wet, water is getting in from under the dash behind the front floorboard, my car has 16,000 miles on it, and now is having problems like this, have anyone else are having this problem, I seen only one person under and article called kicking tires, where he having the same problem. -
Answer 1
I haven't seen it but our climate here is pretty dry. It is best to look for water leaks when everything is dry. First is the door seal or door, damaged in anyway? Ensure the door seal makes good and uniform contact with the door . You may need to pull back carpets pull back the carpets and sit inside the car (you may need a flashlight) and get a friend with a garden hose to spray water around the door jams to determine if the water is entering the doorway). Spray water around the windscreen moving around the circumference of the windscreen. Look around the windscreen area and look up from the floor mat area (as best you can) to determine if water is leaking in around the windscreen seal. Is there any rust around the windscreen area or body work? Has the windscreen been replaced? If you have a sun roof there is a drain tube at each corner of the roof to channel away water. A blocked drain may cause water to fall from the sunroof area Water can also come up through the floor pan as you drive through water on the road, if any rubber bung or “seam sealer” has been disturbed or is missing. -
Comment 1
Your answer is well thought out but too general for this specific vehicle. The HHR forums explain the issue for leaks like this usually is under the cowl of the front wipers - it needs sealing. http://chevyhhr.net/forums/showthread.php?t=29690 -
Comment 2
the coil did have a small hole, seal but still happens, and wet now up more n on floor=( -
Answer 2
Comment 1
I have exactly the same problem with my TOYOTA CAMRY CAR when it rains. The passenger side of the car floor gets heavily soak and wet. Water gets in from under the dash board behind the front floorboard. All effort to trace the leakage is not successful. I need some help because i am tired of this mess. Send reply to ericbrown20022001@yahoo.co.uk -
Answer 3
Our mechanic says that the seal below the front windsheild isn't meant to be water-tight but that there is usually a shield or some kind of a path for the water that gets under there to run down. If the shield is missing or cracked or if the path is plugged, then the water will back up when parked in a severe rainstorm. In our case, it appears to be filling up the cavity where the air filter intake is. Presumably, it's then leaking through the air conditioner into the passenger side well. I haven't confirmed that this is happening, but I can see a crack in the plastic guide on the underside of the removable rubber? piece at the base of the windshield. -
Answer 4
if you take the cover over the wipers off on left side two screws has a rubber cover pull it up, there is a drain that might be cloged it runs out the fire wall pass side under car -
Answer 5
I just had to take my 2006 HHR with on 31,000 miles on it, in because the fan stopped working.......in the end due to the water leak! Chevy tells me they don't have any idea why my deflector rotted!!!!!! Needless to say all the water rusted the resistors and filled with water! Obviously I am not the only one.....so how do we get them to cover? -
Comment 1
Well when I talk to the machanic at chevy he told me that my warranty had expired, and when I told him that I had an extended warranty, he told me that it didn't cover that, so GM is not going to cover it even though it is a product failure. -
Answer 6
Ttthth. There is a recall for this. I brought it in at no Charg. Charge, government recall. -
Answer 7
I have the same car and the same problems! -
Answer 8
Most new chevy vehicles (including the HHR) have a fresh air intake vent mounted directly below the cowel on the passenger side. it is left uncovered except for the cowl. when the cowel buckles from say heat, it will allow water to flow directly onto the passenger floor board. replacement of the entire cowel might work short term. your best bet would be to make or have someone make a "dam" to prevent water from flowing into the freash air vent. be carefull not to block off the vent or cover it completely. this should eliminate the water coming in in the passenger side. -
Comment 1
wow thanks will check this out,hopefully find someone 2 make the dam. -
Answer 9
Sorry I'm hng same problem,and I've had same problem with a different HHR, tornado that HHR2006, Got another same yr same problem, my cousin has older chevy who also have this problem,wish I knew what 2 do car has that mildew smell, I'm not liking my car, dealer repair, doesn't help. -