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I am having an issue with wet floors in my '97 Dakota. No rust California truck. Not been wrecked. After a good rain I am getting quite a bit of water,mostly on the drivers side floor. It may be mostly on that side because the truck is tilted in that direction when parked. Anyway, the water pools under the pedals as that is the lowest point. I have noticed the water will also run along under the sill. Looking at the carpet it is also wet in the front part of door/kick panel area so I am thinking the water is coming in at that area, running down the sill and also pooling beneath the pedals. Any clue where that could be coming in from? I can't believe I could be the only one having this problem. Any input would be helpful.Thanks!
 

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If it were on the passenger side, I would say to look at the box around the heater core and the little vent pipe that comes out of it. When the pipe clogs, water leaks out into the passenger side floor boards. Since it is on the driver's side, there are a couple of possibilities. It could be a a hole in the gasket around the windshield or the door. It could also be a hole in the seam of the weld for the cab (possibly behind the door of fender). That is what happened on the used '99 Dakota I bought. When the rain rolled off, it found the hole in the seam and the driver's side would actually have 1/16" rain in it. There are several threads on this site about the seam hole. Some holes can be fixed easily and some require taking off the dash to get to. Either way, get it taken care of quickly as the '99 had developed a rust hole in the floor board at the lowest point. Plus the carpet will mildew too.
 

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Thanks. I also have the leak issue on the passenger side that seems to be pretty easy to fix. Things seem to point to your idea for the drivers side leak. I will see what happens there, but I am not going to tear the dash out. Too much of a PITA. I would just get rid of the truck.
 

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O.K. here is what happened. The drivers side wet floor turned out to be the gasket around the third brake light. I pulled the interior trim around the back seat, put water to the roof and watched. Saw a dribble coming in. Turns out the water was coming in around the brake light, running around the window, down the door sill and pooling under the floor. Sealed the light with silicone. Problem solved. As for the leak on the passenger side I removed the cowl vent.There is a compartment on the far side of the passenger side. You can't see in very far, but you can feel. I pulled some debris out and there is a rubber plug in there. I was thinking the plug was leaking so I applied a bunch of sealant, tested it, no more leak. On a related note,While I had the rear seat side panels off ( the ones that house the speakers) I felt the bottom or the extended cab and found water in there. Not good. I am convinced it came from the original leak. Just on GP I drilled two drain holes at the seam, slathered some rust converter, and buttoned it all up. So far so good. Keeping my fingers crossed.
 

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I hate to have to tell you to do this, but if I were you, I'd redo the gasket. Peel out all that silicone you used and reseal it with something that contains no silicone in it. It's hard to believe but it turns out that silicone is very corrosive to steel and you'll get rust wherever the silicone contacts metal and eventually you'll have the same problem again.

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