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

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.

by in Lincoln, NE on May 21, 2010
10 answers 6 comments
ANSWER by on May 21, 2010
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 by on June 02, 2010
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 by on February 10, 2013
the coil did have a small hole, seal but still happens, and wet now up more n on floor=(
ANSWER by on June 24, 2010
I AM ALSO HAVING THIS PROBLEM ON THE PASSENGER SIDE WHEN IT RAINS AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS DRY EXCEPT THE FLOOR
COMMENT by on November 12, 2010
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
COMMENT by on June 13, 2015
I have a 2006 Ford Taurus - when it rains, passenger side floor is soaked. Took it to the windshield repair shop; I was told that the windshield was not leaking, rather it is a vent that is blocked with, in my case, pine spills, leaves, etc. The water cannot go down through the vent to the ground and ends up running into the passenger side floor. I was told that I would have to take it back to the dealer and might be expensive to get to and get cleaned out. My solution is a garbage bag that I place under the windshield wiper on the passenger side of my car when it rains--keeps it nice and dry! Neighbor owns Taurus has the same problem.
ANSWER by on June 28, 2010
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 by on July 26, 2010
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 by on December 02, 2010
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 by on December 03, 2010
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 by on December 18, 2010
Ttthth. There is a recall for this. I brought it in at no Charg. Charge, government recall.
ANSWER by on March 07, 2011
I have the same car and the same problems!
ANSWER by on December 27, 2011
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 by on February 10, 2013
wow thanks will check this out,hopefully find someone 2 make the dam.
ANSWER by on February 10, 2013
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.
ANSWER by on July 16, 2015
I have a used 2006 HHR, and this happened to me, too. I got in my car after a rain, and discovered 3 inches of water on the passenger side of the car. I took it to the dealer, and they said it was a seal problem. Since having it fixed, I haven't had any further issues (other than the fact that California hasn't had a significant amount of rain to really test it...but that's another issue!)