Wet carpet


I recently acquired a 2000 Lexus RX300 with 112,000 miles from my daughter. In cleaning the car I noticed the carpet under the mats was wet - more on the driver side but some on passenger side. My wife had noticed an odor in the vehicle which I had attributed to an over-sensitive nose until I discovered the wet carpet. I dried out the carpet and after driving briefly the carpet was getting wet again. Since it had not rained or the car had not been washed I assume its related to the air conditioning drain system for draining out the water condensed during the ac process. Any other thoughts and how expensive is this to get repaired? Thanks

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Monday, July 2nd, 2007 AT 11:37 AM

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The air conditioner naturally accumulates moisture as it cools. The car HVAC system is designed with a drain tube to let the moisture drain out beneath the car. If that tube gets plugged, possibly by insect nests or mud, the moisture will drip out inside the car. If you can get a service station to raise the car up and locate the drain tube and blow it out with compressed air, your condensation should drain out instead of inside. I have the same thing going on with my LX470, but have not had time to check it out yet. Good luck!

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