Stop water leaking through cowl seal into heater box

Tiny
JOEYJCJ
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  • 2000 HONDA ACCORD
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
I have a 2000 Honda Accord and when it rains fairly hard, the rear passenger floor gets wet. The top of the floor mat, however, will be dry.

After looking under the front passenger seat while my wife drove, I observed water coming from the heater vent under the seat. Apparently, rain water enters the heater box under the panel that covers the gap between the hood and the windshield (cowl), then drains into the cabin.

After a little research, I found the cowl is seated on the windshield with a felt type material, which if it fails, water can enter the small channel beneath the cowl and flood onto a lower larger channel where the heater box resides.

I found a good youtube video of a one mechanic's solution where he fabricates a bafffle over the heater box to deflect water that leaks under the felt seal. He doesn't usually replace the felt seal which appears to be hit or miss.

Questions:
How can you ensure success if replacing the felt seal?
Any thoughts on fabricating a baffle to cover the heater box?
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Sunday, January 17th, 2016 AT 4:08 PM

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Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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Are you sure it's not just the drain plugged in the outside vent? That's the usual cause.
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Sunday, January 17th, 2016 AT 5:34 PM
Tiny
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Not sure but I'll check. Are you refering to the drain hole at each end under the e cowl?
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Sunday, January 17th, 2016 AT 5:58 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the cowl air intake tends to get filled up with leaves, pine needles, etc. That's basically the only way water is going to get into the HVAC housing.
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Sunday, January 17th, 2016 AT 6:00 PM

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