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The real question is how did you get a factory tonneau cover!
I placed an order for one through College Hills on April 2 knowing they were on backorder. On April 6, I received an email from College Hills stating that if I provided my VIN, they could expedite one from some reserve stock that Honda had. On April 8, I received confirmation that it was shipping. It arrived in Texas three business days later.
 

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I don’t have any cover on my bed. I’m guessing it might help but I’d rather have it sealed the way it’s supposed to be sealed rather rely on a cover anyway.

I got an update from the dealer. She said that they found the leak on the back wall. A seam that wasn’t sealed. Yeah surprising, I know. They are going to seal it and replace the carpet. Hopefully I get it back this week but she said it depends on how fast the carpet comes in.


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Has anyone used a moisture meter to check their situation? I’m wondering if even the more dry ones might have a little moisture that’s hard to detect by hand.

 

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I suspect that might be true. My left, rear carpet has felt cooler than the other locations, although I haven't found any liquid water. I've even thought about installing these - however ridiculous it may be to do so in any vehicle more modern than a covered wagon.

 

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Well...ya'll got me really worried and since my 2021 Sport has had every other known issue, I had to check again since we've had lots of rain lately. I drove it in a deluge the other night, and have washed it many times.

To my delight...everything was dry on both sides. I did find this curious little screw under the carpet. Looks like it was never screwed into anything as the locktite is not disturbed and there are no tool marks on it. Maybe just a screw that got dropped....or my Ridgeline has a screw loose. LOL!

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I'm going to pick one of those up for 14 bucks. Will be interesting to see what it says on stuff in the garages and in the truck. Maybe even check the wifes car areas (SRX's are known to leak from the hoses front and rear sunroofs drains)
 

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Just checked and nothing on my end (2021 BE bought in May). That said, I park in a garage and haven't driven in heavy rain yet. Did take it through a car wash once and had a drop come in through the moon roof.
 

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I'd opt for the "pinless" version. I'm not a fan of punching holes in the carpet's rubber membrane.

Not sure how well that would work, though, based on my experience with stud finders. :)
I just ordered this one. It has pins and also works without pins.

Wood Moisture Meter, 2 in 1 Pin & Pinless Moisture Meter for Wood, Dr.meter Backlit LCD Display Pin-type & Scanner Wood Multifunctional Moisture Tester for Firewood/Drywall/Building/Furniture-Upgraded https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y1MFR8...abc_4HTG5YX70BQV3SWBVMCB?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

If anything it should make checking once in a while easier than pulling the trim back up.


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I dropped my '21 Sport, ~1300 miles off yesterday morning. I called earlier and asked about a pressure test- they said they don't have the equipment to do that kind of thing.

Heard back this afternoon that the tech found a "tiny" leak, and would seal it. I asked for pictures. They will not replace the carpet, but will dry it and apply some kind of anti-fungal.

I am... skeptical, but hopeful.
 

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ok, got the truck back yesterday, they say its repaired, i hope so. i get it home and saw that the top rails on the bed were not sitting flush and buckled outward. they said that they removed the side panels to make the repair. back on the phone again today..
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ok, got the truck back yesterday, they say its repaired, i hope so. i get it home and saw that the top rails on the bed were not sitting flush and buckled outward. they said that they removed the side panels to make the repair. back on the phone again today..
This is why any waterproofing that might need to be done will be performed by ME, not the incompetent/careless dealership staff.
I can't believe how many people trust their $35K-$45K vehicles to these bozos.
 

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ok, got the truck back yesterday, they say its repaired, i hope so. i get it home and saw that the top rails on the bed were not sitting flush and buckled outward. they said that they removed the side panels to make the repair. back on the phone again today..
Hopefully the guy you all fixed up leak wise.

I took delivery of my truck with those caps all jacked up unknowingly. Just too many things you have to check yourself anymore when buying a vehicle and I apparently missed allot. Anyway, the way those caps slide on and clip down, it's very easy for someone to be careless and bend the plastic edges that are supposed to slide under a lip. I took mine off and fixed them myself. This is a "build your own truck kit" I guess.
 

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it's great YOU have the skills, time and space to effect these sort of repairs that shouldn't be an issue in the first place. However, I'm not sure denigrating those that don't have the time, talent or space to do the same is necessarily helpful. That said, that appears to have been some poor work on Cjmit's truck. Even though water intrusion appears to have been a long standing problem, it might be at some point having Honda foot the bill for warranty repairs may trickle down to having the apparent problems in the manufacturing process addressed.

This is why any waterproofing that might need to be done will be performed by ME, not the incompetent/careless dealership staff.
I can't believe how many people trust their $35K-$45K vehicles to these bozos.
 

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Well...ya'll got me really worried and since my 2021 Sport has had every other known issue, I had to check again since we've had lots of rain lately. I drove it in a deluge the other night, and have washed it many times.

To my delight...everything was dry on both sides. I did find this curious little screw under the carpet. Looks like it was never screwed into anything as the locktite is not disturbed and there are no tool marks on it. Maybe just a screw that got dropped....or my Ridgeline has a screw loose. LOL!

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While running my hand underneath (as far as I could reach) and on top of the second row carpet, I felt a lump underneath the carpet. It is about in the center (from side to side). I don't remember that lump being in my 2017, but of course I did not massage and inspect the carpet in that Ridgeline. Maybe it could be one of these curious little screws. I don't want to leave it there, for fear that a hole may develop in the carpet. But then at least I could check for moisture easier.

I finally got a decent picture of the blotchy carpet in the second row. Sure looks like water intrusion to me.

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However, I'm not sure denigrating those that don't have the time, talent or space to do the same is necessarily helpful. That said, that appears to have been some poor work on Cjmit's truck. Even though water intrusion appears to have been a long standing problem, it might be at some point having Honda foot the bill for warranty repairs may trickle down to having the apparent problems in the manufacturing process addressed.
I certainly wasn't trying to "denigrate" anyone.
I was noting my surprise that so many trust the dealership goobers to properly fix these issues.

There are a huge number of posts here outlining the incompetence of dealership service departments, several in this thread alone.
But to your point, you're SOL if you're unable to handle these issues yourself, or find someone competent.
 

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I was noting my surprise that so many trust the dealership goobers to properly fix these issues.
It's not a matter of trust. It's a matter of obligation. Honda is obligated to fix warranty issues.

I absolutely don't trust them to. That's why we check them when they come back.

If I don't take the vehicle in for warranty repair, I forfeit accumulating rights towards lemon returns, and establishing a paper trail of their non-compliance with the warranty. That might be great if, like you said, you can "handle these issues yourself," but essentially nobody can handle all warranty repairs themselves. That's why the warranty exists, man.
 

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Well...ya'll got me really worried and since my 2021 Sport has had every other known issue, I had to check again since we've had lots of rain lately. I drove it in a deluge the other night, and have washed it many times.

To my delight...everything was dry on both sides. I did find this curious little screw under the carpet. Looks like it was never screwed into anything as the locktite is not disturbed and there are no tool marks on it. Maybe just a screw that got dropped....or my Ridgeline has a screw loose. LOL!

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This is crazy but I found the same sheet metal screw under my rear carpet when elevating the carpet to dry it out.

No idea of where it was intended to go but another example of the QA level at the AL plant.

BTW, still waiting since June 2 for Honda to approve the warranty repair on the leaking rear sliding window. The dealer is trying to get a reply from Honda but no luck.

I started a case# with Honda that they will probably not reply to. End of the line for me and Honda as soon as my F-150 Lightning EV is available next year.

Not that Ford, Toyota et al are much better but if I'm going to have issues anyway, at least I won't be buying gas...with our Variable Time Of Use meter rates in Western NY, your electricity is close to free from 11pm to 7am.
 
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