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Woke up this morning, hops in the car, hoping for a quick cruise to work. Gets to the first set of lights and happen to glance down at my passenger floor and see what I can only describe as enough water to fill a swimming pool! when I brake the water runs to the front, when I accelerate, it almost ends up in the back seat! I pull over immediatly and check to make sure i hadnt left window slightly down or door perhaps open...nope! Next thought is I have a bloody hole in my floor! Hope back in and continue driving to work, only to find that I have no air con or even standard blowers!!!! Cant help but think my Air con is Fooked?

Any ideas please before I phone the dealer and book her in for no doubt a hefty repair?????? [:O]
 

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Not sure if this will help but this happened in my Father-in-laws Passat. Took all the front carpet out and dried it out and found that the leak was coming through the bulk head, engine side. Leaves under the battery were causing the water to divert through whatever route it could find leading it under the carpet. As for the Aircon this continued working. With the amount of water it may need drying out. Have you checked fuse?

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Changed your pollen filter recently? It's a common problem when the cover is either incorrectly re-fitted or is damaged on assembly. Water then runs into the heater housing and deposits on the passenger side floor.

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only bought the car a few days ago!!!so not sure when pollen filter was last changed!! where should i be checking? also, I can still switch my heater fans on, however nothing seems to be coming through any of the vents!! its a pain in the backside and has got me pretty concerned! Could this still likely be the pollen filter if there is no air getting through??

And yes! it will need dried out! dont have a clue where to start! going to leave work early and grab the towels and get scrubbing! Wait for the girl to turn her back and ill get her hair dryer at the carpet also!
 

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Please remember that water and mains electricity don't mix !

The pollen filter is on the front plastic scuttle at the bottom of the windscreen on the passenger side, there is a plastic cover that you remove. You will require a torx driver (I think it is either a T-20 or T-25), remove that and check that it is intact and not broken in anyway.

It is best to dry out the carpet from underneath as the sound proofing will probably be sodden with water.
 

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yeah i learned that water and electricity dont mix a few years back when I attempted to hoover up a spill in my car!

What I cant understand though, If the reason the car is so wet is due to this pollen filter, why is my heater vents not blowing any air through?? [B)]
 

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My pollen filter got wet once and there was very little air flow through the vents, trying the blower with the filter removed should let you know.
 

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flipping local VW garage cannot take me for over a week!!!! need to go to halfords for a torx driver later today! fingers crossed this is straight forward!

I did question the service manager on what this is likely to be. He mentioned something to do with a window mechanism which has a seal which becomes loose and leaks? classic example of a stealer talking poo poo?

Ive been down to the car and had a quick look under the bonnet. Have seen the panel for the filter, it seems to have 2 new shiny screws in it, which indicate it has recently been removed??
 

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I doubt you need a torx - it's usually only a philips/pozi type of screw that holds the pollen cover into the main part of the scuttle cover. Open your bonnet and you'll see the screws, these are all you need to remove.
 

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had the same thing with the passenger side footwell filling up with water, something to do with a window, not sure if it was the windscreen after some cowboy fitted one and cracked the seal or the passenger side window, definately to do with a window though!
 

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On my 02 Bora I had the same problem, left the car at the airport for two weeks in winter came back and there was a puddle. Took it back to VW and they replaced the window guides? or something inside the door these were faulty and letting water drain down into the footwell.
 

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guess the first thing I will check myself will need to be the pollen filter at lunch time! if it aint this, Ill need to book it in to vw and get them to check it out! Im more inclined to think it may be the filter though as its strange that the heaters are no longer blowing air through (it is defo still working as can hear it spinning, but nothing seems to be getting through!!!!!
 

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ok just been out and took off the cover. could see straight away that the pollen filter is soaking! also the tray which is screwed above it is cracked right down the middle! Ive phoned all the VW local garages and nobody has the part in stock until friday!

How easy is this to change? I tried to take the part out for closer inspection and have to admit that im not surprised its cracked as thats some tight squeeze!

Could this be the reason why there is no / very little air coming through the vents? ie...has the water gotten into somewhere else and preventing this? The blower is still working as I can hear it when I switch it on and gets faster when I put the fan on a higher setting, just cant feel no air??

Any advice appreciated!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I'd get a new pollen filter from VW or you could try and dry it out in your airing cudboard at home. Then get some good gaffer or duck tape and tape up the crack to stop any more water getting in.
 

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drain the water from the footwell, iwould have thought there would be a gromet in the floor, then get a hose and run it over the car and observe from the inside. You will know for definite where the water is coming from.
 

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wow! what a sensible suggestion!! gotta love this forum! ***UPDATE!!!***

just been out to car, removed filter which is soaking and am drying this off. air works fine now and provided replace dry filter should still be ok!! The plastic has been taped up and is as good as new! however...what is the easiest way to put this back in? It seems a tight squeeze and im afraid of breaking the plastic! Cant the panel (the one just below the windscreen) be moved to make access easier?!

Im almost fixed thanks to everyones help and suggestions, however I just need to refit this panel and am struggling!? Suggestions?[^]
 

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If you remove the rubber seal that sits on the flange of the firewall (seals against the underside of the bonnet), then you can lift up the forward edge of the plastic scuttle panel to make it easier to get the pollen filter cover back in.

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Once you've got it dried out with towels & the leak's sorted, use newspaper to draw out the rest of the moisture from under the carpet. Put a new one in every day (on the floor or wherever, doesn't need to be spread out)... it'll end up slightly damp from the moisture in the atmosphere - when it does, change it over for a new one. You might need to do this for quite a while till it all comes out, I know I did (my leak was coming from a blocked overflow tube for the sunroof, if that helps).
 
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