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just discovered the entire back floor is soaked with water. '06 RTL, bought new in 01/06, live in rainy area, first time leaking. see the C pillar leak TSB on here. can't call dealer til Monday. does anyone know if those TSB fixes are limited to trucks still under warranty? if they are i need to get the wet carpet out right away. if the dealer will still fix i will let them worry about it.
 

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TSB's are usually not covered out of warranty,but hey you can try. Seems odd that its happening now. I'd get the carpet dry ASAP. Went thru that twice with my 08.
 

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it is odd that it developed a water leak after 5 years. got the carpet out today. not the c-pillar, coming from the drivers side footwell somewhere. drying the carpet, will try to find the leak tomorrow. will report results in case it might help someone else.
 

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Please take some pics of the leaking area and post them here too.

Thanks.
 

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Happened to me in my 2010. dealer said it was the AC water outlet that was plugged. said Honda would not cover a new pad/carpet. Shame on Honda. problem went away, but still not convinced the AC unit was the problem. Don't park under trees.
 

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aha. found it. took out the carpet and dried it. thought I saw a small gap in the sealant and sealed that up. still leaked. went for a test drive, observed water leaking at the back side of a black plastic fastener that holds something on the outside to the truck. see picture. its the black fastener behind the e-brake and next to the wire bundle. siliconed it up. will test again when it dries. does anyone know what is back there, is there a plugged drain maybe that lets the water back up then come in that fastener?
 

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reply to my own post ... I think I got it - maybe. the splash guard on the driver's side was completely full of water, the drain hole at the bottom was plugged with leaves, road stuff etc. I think maybe the water was pooling where the clip/leak was. make sure your splash guard drains aren't plugged!! explains why it took over 5 years to start leaking.
 

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Alta, thanks for your thorough follow up. Especially, since I also have a 06 model. :act035:
 

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the "mudflap" behind the front drivers side wheel. it's hollow. there is a drain at the bottom that is easily accessible. mine was plugged with leaves etc and the whole thing was fill of water. apparently the thing has a plastic fastener that holds it to the truck, and when that water was in there it rose above the fastener and leaked into the truck.
 

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I was ultimately effective, but not very efficient!! sometimes we miss the obvious. or, who in the heck woulda thunk that a Honda engineer could have actually allowed that to happen.
 

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My RL leaked after 5 years last spring. The dealer was able to fix the leak although I never received an answer as to the cause. The dealer and I split the cost of the carpet replacement.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I will start checking the splash guard drains periodically.
 

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2010 Ridgeline, 24,500 mi, has developed the dreaded passenger side water leak. It's in the shop now. Also the e-brake switch is cutting in and out so perhaps a leak on the driver's side too!

I love this truck design but leaks are unacceptable. This is my second Ridgeline, my '07 never leaked. This one leaks mostly when left parked in the rain so I'm thinking seam leaks not A/C.

Will update when I know what's up.
 

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I remain disappointed that Honda has not stepped up and fixed the leak issue once and for all. To me this is a glaring flaw in an otherwise terrific vehicle.

My leaks (all two of them) have also occurred when the Rl was parked in pouring rain. I've never seen it leak while I'm driving in heavy rain. Yet.
 

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I remain disappointed that Honda has not stepped up and fixed the leak issue once and for all. To me this is a glaring flaw in an otherwise terrific vehicle.

My leaks (all two of them) have also occurred when the Rl was parked in pouring rain. I've never seen it leak while I'm driving in heavy rain. Yet.
Where were your two leaks?

I just found one on the passenger side, about halfway up the dash, with the glovebox dropped down, where the 3 lines of caulk intersect. I sealed it up, but would like to premetiviely search and seal any others, while I'm at it.


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James
 

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I was thinking that Honda would fix the leaks for the new models, but I guess they have not. I have a 2007 and mine developed the leak in the driver's side area. It wasn't a lot, and in the beginning I thought I was crazy to smell mildew, but after a few good rains I started to investigate the forums. Sure enough I found it. Lucky for me, the car had another 4 months of warranty left. I took it to a really good dealer near Orlando, FL where I knew they do a good job. They knew all about it. They called a water leak specialist ( basically a dude with a high pressure washer), they ripped everything inside the cab ( including parts of the dashboard) and tested the car. Well, they sure found it. It took about three days for the repair, but I am glad they've done it. The mechanic told me that Honda used the wrong type of silicone sealant, or there were areas where they did not seal properly. I sort of kind of understand that, altough that's still unaceptable for Honda, but to still have this issue 5 years after the first Ridgelines came out is insane. Someone at the factory or engineering needs to get fired for it. Why do people in 2010 vehicles still have this problem??
 

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Honda covered everything under the warranty including a brand new carpet. I saw the invoice for everything and it was about 1000 USD.
 
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