My floorboards on the drivers side are wet, driver door locks don't open all the doors

Tiny
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  • 2001 DAEWOO LEGANZA
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 145,000 MILES
Need professional car advice!

My floorboards on the driver's side are wet. I peeled the carpet open and water seems to be soaking in. When I first checked my car, my coolant tank was empty, so I refilled it and tried to start my engine which clicked. I took out my car's battery, cause I thought I didn't have any electricity and was hoping to have it replaced because it is still under warranty. The door lock on my driver's side doesn't open all the doors anymore. When I tried to lock the door from the inner door console while the door is ajar, it won't lock.

How do I get the water out and have it stop leaking? What do I need to do to get it running again?
Should I just get rid of it altogether?

Also, my heater was bypassed previously because I didn't need it in the area where I was at before. Is it possible that the water is leaking in from there? There are also these plastic vents in between my windshield and hood. Could that also be where the water is leaking in from?

In the images, the green liquid looks like my coolant.

Is this fixable? How much would it cost? Would I be better off just getting rid of the car? How would it handle during the winter months?





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Thursday, June 5th, 2014 AT 11:35 AM

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Tiny
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Is the liquid on the floor water or coolant? Since you bypassed the heater core, it shouldn't be coolant. Also, why was it bypassed? Was it leaking? Also, if it is water, it could be from the AC. Check to make sure the drain is not clogged. Finally, the door lock actuator is most likely bad and needs replaced. You can check it by removing the door panel and checking to see if there is power to it when you hit the switch. Also, make sure there are no blown fuses.
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014 AT 11:41 AM
Tiny
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Hi jacobandnikolas,

Thank you for replying to my question

I think the green is coolant. It matches the color of the coolant that I put in.
It was clear before though.

My heater was bypassed when coolant was leaking into the hoses, I had to replace my radiator and the radiator hoses. The mechanic advised me to bypass the heater core cause the coolant was in there and it was just easier and cheaper to bypass it altogether then to clean it out.

How do I check my drain?

When my car battery was still installed, I tried turning the engine on, but it wouldn't turn on. There was a clicking sound. This was probably because I didn't have any power right?
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014 AT 12:05 PM
Tiny
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A clicking noise usually indicates a weak battery. You should recharge it and have it load tested to see if it is still good.

As far as the liquid, if it is green, it must be coolant. However, I can't explain how it gets into the vehicle if the heater core is bypassed. I'm not sure why they didn't flush the heater core when the work was done. It takes 5 minutes.

As far as the drain for the AC, it should be located under the hood on the firewall. It will be a black rubber hose facing the ground.
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014 AT 12:10 PM
Tiny
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Would this be the drain hose? (151702) If it is, how do I undrain the water?

The water has been in my car for weeks, maybe even months now. I see white stuff appearing on the firewall, it feels damp. Is that mold forming?(152140)

Is this where I check the fuses? (152104) Do I just pull them out and see if it is blown?
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014 AT 12:33 PM
Tiny
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Hi:
The first picture isn't the drain. The drain will be about 4 to 6 inches long and facing the road. Where did you pull the one from in the picture?

Next pic looks like corrosion which isn't uncommon. I wouldn't be concerned.

The last picture is the electrical distribution box. Yes, you can check fuses there by removing them and checking to see if the small wire going through the fuse is broken. There should also be another fuse box in the vehicle.
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014 AT 6:38 PM
Tiny
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Do I have to go underneath the car to find the drain or can I access it by lifting up the hood? Would I be able to find a diagram showing me where to find it? How big is the diameter of the drain's tube? When I find the drain, what do I do?

The tube that I found was on the upper right side adjacent to the fire wall when I lifted my hood.

Any idea on how to get the water out of my car?
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Friday, June 6th, 2014 AT 6:20 AM
Tiny
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The drain should be about 3/4" in diameter. You may have to look under the vehicle, but you should be able to see if from the engine compartment. When you locate it, move it around to see if there is dirt at the end causing it to plug.

Now the tube you found (one in the pic), what is it attached to? That has me concerned.

As far as the water in the vehicle, you need to get a wet/dry shop vac and suck as much out as you can. Then, allow it to air dry.
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Friday, June 6th, 2014 AT 9:18 AM

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