How To Fix a Water Leak in a B5.5 Volkswagen Passat

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I will show you how to fix the water leak in the passenger side foot well, in a B5.5 Volkswagen Passat 3BG 1997-2005.

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  1. 3K
    3K
    Před 26 dny

    Im going to try in my audi a4 b7 cabtiolet.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 25 dny

      Go for it, pretty much the same platform.

  2. ElviQ gaming
    ElviQ gaming
    Před měsícem

    You can do the same from the other side too. Because water goes under the driver too. ;)

  3. Steve Elkins
    Steve Elkins
    Před měsícem

    What a great video. Very useful and extremely well explained. Thank you.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před měsícem

      Thanks for watching!

  4. Amanda Tolentino
    Amanda Tolentino
    Před měsícem

    Thank you for sharing this informative video on a not too uncommon problem with the Passat. As you point out one of the main reasons for this water problem is the accumulation of debris in and around the fan box. May I suggest then that we should pay attention to that area of the car annually to clear any leaves and other debris that tend to accumulate there. One of the best ways that i have found to help is to use a leaf blower, gas or electric, to clear out those problem areas especially in the corners of the battery compartment. But, I am glad you have found a more permanent solution to water entering the cabin of the Passat.

  5. jacques fois
    jacques fois
    Před 2 měsíci

    Well done. Something I have to investigate as I have water in passenger footwell!! Can A/C fault also cause puddling in footwells? For those who might want to remove the windscreen trim for easier access to pollen filter housing bolts etc there is the following video cstree.info/block/video/xreKx8ptoJLGrKY.html&ab_channel=VWGenuineParts

  6. offgridiot
    offgridiot
    Před 3 měsíci

    Nice video. Very well narrated. Not sure I’d do the silicone thing as it would make future issues harder to deal with but maybe an extra space under that seal you removed, so that it fits tighter. And regular removal of the debris in those trouble spots can’t be overemphasized. Thanks for your help!

  7. Admiral Beez
    Admiral Beez
    Před 4 měsíci

    Exact same thing happened to my 2000 VW Passat B5, except the corner by the windshield was rusted out. Had to cut it away and insert a plate.

  8. Brian Andrew
    Brian Andrew
    Před 4 měsíci

    All information and direction on this is pretty on point. I also appreciate the fact that you stated the issue, addressed the issue and concluded with issue resolution without 10 minutes of unnecessary off topic rambling that many other how to videos are guilty of. 10/10 my man, excellent job.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 3 měsíci

      Much respect! Thanks for watching.

  9. Richard Fitzsimons
    Richard Fitzsimons
    Před 4 měsíci

    Excellent clear video. Commentary and actual video clearest I have seen. Thabks a million!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 4 měsíci

      Much respect! I'm happy you got value from this.

  10. fatboyhd01
    fatboyhd01
    Před 5 měsíci

    this is the best video and you make it nice and clear great job and thank you!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 5 měsíci

      Much respect! I'm happy you got value from this video, thanks for watching.

  11. eddy b
    eddy b
    Před 5 měsíci

    Awesome! I had the same issue, was stuck in limp mode and was not communicating with OBD2. Thanks!

  12. Radosław L
    Radosław L
    Před 5 měsíci

    It's not my business, but in my opinion you should replace the cabin filter

  13. reeco carva
    reeco carva
    Před 5 měsíci

    I read somewhere to check the splices in the wiring. Would you happen to know the colors? They said it's 3 spliced wires that corrode when wet.

  14. ElBrooklyn1
    ElBrooklyn1
    Před 6 měsíci

    Great step by step instructions! Thanks a bunch. About to get out to the driveway, tear up some carpet, squirt some silicone, run some fans and see if I can get my TCM dry. I’m getting a torque sensor error on my 2005 Passat TDI that I hope is just because things got wet, not because I need a new tranny at 210,000 miles.

    1. Mace Schoolworhy
      Mace Schoolworhy
      Před 4 měsíci

      I had water sloshing around in my TCM housing and for a second was really worried - but we swapped in a 5 speed and got rid of the TCM years ago. Fingers crossed that this fixes the water ingress!

    2. ElBrooklyn1
      ElBrooklyn1
      Před 6 měsíci

      @Crafty Workshop Builds Sucks bIg time. This is my third Passat and the previous two both suffered massive water ingress. This one got to 200,000 miles before it happened. Was my fault. I didn’t clean out the filter area thorough enough after a few years. Should have known better. Anyway, got the carpets up and the air filter sealed with silicon. TCM was AOK inside but the wiring bundle had been soaking along with the carpets. Have had fans and some small gel dessicants on it for two days now and it’s still crazy damp. Clearing the error code is only a temporary fix, but the car drives just fine so I think I’ve got a good shot at fixing the issue with this dry-out. HOT TIP: The rear nut on the cabin air filter housing is indeed tough to get at. But after several failed attempts to loosen it, I found that releasing the plastic baffle that attaches to the windshield allowed me to twist the baffle just enough so that I could get a small ratchet back there. Then the big issue was that there was so much dirt in and around the bolt that I could barely get the 10mm socket to seat on the nut. Had to scratch and brush it all out of the area first.

    3. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 6 měsíci

      Thanks for watching! Good luck with your repair. Yea, it sucks when water leaks inside the car, it can cause all kinda problems.

  15. Funda
    Funda
    Před 6 měsíci

    Great how-to. Keep it up

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 6 měsíci

      @Funda nice! Glad you were able to fix the leak.

    2. Funda
      Funda
      Před 6 měsíci

      Did the same silicone treatment yesterday and tested it by pouring water on the windshield pulled the carpet up and no water coming in👍🏼

    3. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 6 měsíci

      Thanks, will do!

  16. Jose Peixoto
    Jose Peixoto
    Před 6 měsíci

    Great video,man; very poorly made car!! and then water leaks onto the electronics!! *avoid*

    1. Ash'ab R.
      Ash'ab R.
      Před 6 měsíci

      You can thank Audi for this fault as it affects Audi 4s and 6s, they're great cars otherwise

    2. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 6 měsíci

      Yes, once water leaks inside it damages the computers below the carpet.

  17. Leon
    Leon
    Před 6 měsíci

    You can remove the whipers and the plastik there and it's way esay to get to the bollts ... you just have be careful when removing that cuz it can break really esay

  18. TheBlaggert
    TheBlaggert
    Před 7 měsíci

    If all else fails check the rubber grommets are in place under the floor. I had one missing under the left side and didn't realize. Sealed the window regulators, cleared plenum and sealed pollen filter housing anyway

  19. In the name of our fathers first run
    In the name of our fathers first run
    Před 7 měsíci

    Its appalling that VWs whether Golf, Touran, Jetta, Passat, Toureg, all sufder from leaks, predominantly from sunroofs. Its a crime, that they have taken shortcuts and design such flimsy systems in recent years that are causing such pain and angst amounst owners who, primarily brought these cars because of the reliability and trust afforded to German car manufacturers. This trust is being destroyed, and I can see the onset of decline in the German car industry. Its shocking the way they are treating their customers despite knowing that there is a flaw in the design. VW should recall and fix for free!!!!!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 7 měsíci

      Yea, the build quality of cars are getting worse over time. Cars are pretty much disposable these days. They won't do a recall on common problems, they want you to buy the newer model.

  20. Paul Frost
    Paul Frost
    Před 7 měsíci

    Great video. I’ve got a 2003 A6 C5 Allroad so very similar. My bolts holding the filter housing look like they have been cut short before, so don’t hold down the housing, so might have to use silicone to stick it down. I believe there is another drain hole under the ecu as well as under the battery

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 7 měsíci

      Thanks for watching! Yes, these Volkswagens share alot of parts with Audi's.

  21. Keegan the Veganator
    Keegan the Veganator
    Před 7 měsíci

    cheers dude! just the video i needed!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 7 měsíci

      I'm happy you found this video! Thanks for watching.

  22. Edvinas Batavičius
    Edvinas Batavičius
    Před 8 měsíci

    nice video, what do you think is the best way to dry out the sponge that lays underneath the carpet? I was running a cable for my subwoofer and noticed its soaked with water...

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 8 měsíci

      Fold back the carpet, get a fan and let it blow air on the sponge for couple hours.

  23. JWiggers
    JWiggers
    Před 8 měsíci

    Cheers mate, great video with All the detail I need to fix this issue back in the UK. Many thanks, great channel & keep content coming 👌👍👏👏👏

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 8 měsíci

      Happy I was able to help! Thanks for watching. Yes, more content on the way.

  24. gordon murray
    gordon murray
    Před 8 měsíci

    Great video.helped me out a lot.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 8 měsíci

      Happy I was able to help! Thanks for watching.

  25. Flying Dima
    Flying Dima
    Před 9 měsíci

    thanks man! i have my carpet soaked on my Passat Wagon, i'm going to do that this weekend!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 9 měsíci

      Sure, go for it! Thanks for watching.

  26. Rudi Elbek Nielsen
    Rudi Elbek Nielsen
    Před 9 měsíci

    Really a great help!! I already cleaned out the drain under the battery, which was clogged, but still water came in the passenger side footwell, and I couldn't figure out why? Then I found your helpful video. Thanks again. Greetings from Denmark :)

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 9 měsíci

      I'm happy I was able to help! Shout out to you and everyone watching from Denmark.

  27. Miso Milic
    Miso Milic
    Před 9 měsíci

    Great video. Thanks a lot. Now I know why my airbag crash sensor passanger side with error code 1222 G-180 does not work due to water leak coming in from that side.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 9 měsíci

      I'm happy you found the issue! thanks for watching.

  28. Arkku Pitkanen
    Arkku Pitkanen
    Před 10 měsíci

    I wouldn't use silicone, i'd use butyl. If you need to remove the parts again it's easier. Butyl stays better and it heals itself..

  29. mjmorrill081
    mjmorrill081
    Před 10 měsíci

    Thanks for the informative videos. You have to wonder about the engineer who came to their boss and said "hey boss, you know we have been looking for places to put the CCM and TCM?"

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 10 měsíci

      Thank you! Yes, we question the decisions of these European engineers all the time. Lol

  30. Donk67 justabloke
    Donk67 justabloke
    Před 11 měsíci

    Great video btw :-)

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 11 měsíci

      Thank you!

  31. Donk67 justabloke
    Donk67 justabloke
    Před 11 měsíci

    I did this job on my B5.5 two years ago, top tip.. It's a lot easier to do this job if you remove the windsreen cowling, but you need to remove the wiper arms to do this.. 13 mm nut on the arm pegs... Once you remove the wiper arms remove both of those torx head bolts that hold the plastic inserts by the bonnet hinges, either side, there are also two clips to remove that hold the cowlin in place just on the underside below the windscreen... Once these are removed just gently lift the cowling up and away from the windscreen, there is a seating grove that it's snapped in to but it will just pop out.. Remember to be gentle as you do not want to split the cowling.... re-fit is reverse of removing.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 11 měsíci

      Thanks for the additional tips 👍🏾

  32. Cesar Guerrero
    Cesar Guerrero
    Před rokem

    Your video is pretty good, tx a lot.. so I also get water on the back seat, passenger's side, .. I got to the pollen filter (which I def need to change) and touched the foam under the encasement, the foam that goes around the gasket, and that seems to be dry so I am not 100% sure my leak is there... if the water is leaking FROM there... would the fan and socket get wet or show signs of being wet? Thank you again for your amazing video.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 11 měsíci

      The drain from the sunroof goes towards the front. You could roll back the carpet in the back, closed the doors, and have someone use a garden hose to spray the car, while you try to figures out how the water is entering the cabin.

    2. Cesar Guerrero
      Cesar Guerrero
      Před 11 měsíci

      @Crafty Workshop Builds thank you for your answer, .. so, is there a hose that goes from the sunroof to the back door rubber/boot rubber area? If so I will take it off and look for .. a jammed hose? Thank you again for sharing knowledge

    3. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před 11 měsíci

      If its leaking from the pollen filter, you would have water in the the front passenger footwell. You can check your door rubber seal and the rubber boot that covers the wires by the door hinges.

  33. Oto Seppa
    Oto Seppa
    Před rokem

    I have a lot water from left side back..where that comes from?

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Check the sunroof and door rubber seals.

  34. Even Rognlien
    Even Rognlien
    Před rokem

    This was great help. Thanks a lot!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      I'm happy you found this helpful, thanks for watching!

  35. tanya rodrigues
    tanya rodrigues
    Před rokem

    Please please help. I have a 2009 Passat and I live in India. The driver’s side has been switched to the right and I have a massive leak in the driver’s footwell as well as the seat behind. I have been stuck in a place away from home and hadn’t used the car for 4 days and allowed it to sit in the rain. When I went to check on it I noticed the leak which was a half inch deep puddle at least. The rest of the car is completely dry. I checked to see if the engine started and it did, then I left it as it was because I was having a personal crisis. I checked on it today and the engine isn’t starting, none of the electricals are working and my key won’t even lock or unlock the car. The puddle was at least an inch deep today and I did my best to drain the water from the footwells. What do I do? The mechanic I contacted will only be able to collect my car in 5 days. I’m wondering if its state will deteriorate by then and if there’s anything I can do :(

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Okay, cool. I'm happy you found the issue.

    2. tanya rodrigues
      tanya rodrigues
      Před rokem

      Crafty Workshop Builds thank you so much for your help! The battery was dead and the water leaked in because the car was parked on a slight hill and was tilted towards the right, so water seeped in through some drain. Getting it cleaned and sorted now, thank you!

    3. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Hey, I'll state my opinion below. Not starting problem: Check all the fuses in the fuse box make sure they are all good. Test the battery and make sure it's not dead. Water leak problem: partially pull back the carpet and leave a fan running to dry the carpet, mold will grow if its now dry properly. Here are some possible places where the water might be entering: sunroof, door rubber seals, water drain channels.

  36. Pickamove
    Pickamove
    Před rokem

    Don't use silicon but some automotive glue such as Sikaflex product.

    1. Pickamove
      Pickamove
      Před 15 dny

      Silicone will cause a rust issue.

  37. Paul Cross
    Paul Cross
    Před rokem

    Take the wipers off,then the black plastic shroud ,which is clipped into a slot under the screen,can be removed,making access 100% better

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Ok, cool. Noted

  38. Wesley Tinsley
    Wesley Tinsley
    Před rokem

    Thanks bud. Big help

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Sure, thing. I'm happy this was helpful to you.

  39. Geraled Harwood
    Geraled Harwood
    Před rokem

    I got a 2005 passat 1.8 ran low on oil till the light came on. It lost power and had like a miss. They changed the oil and filter no water in oil but it has a rattle or maby a knock. What do I need to do. I'm thinking of buying it.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Misfire could mean the spark plugs need to be replaced, or possibly a bad coilpack. Check those. You can also do a Compression test, on all four cylinders to make sure they are holding compression. If its making a knock sound after the car went low on oil, that noise could be rod knock, possibly spun a rod bearing. Try to have someone listen to the knock to identify if its rod knock if you are not able to identify it yourself.

  40. Chip Southard
    Chip Southard
    Před rokem

    LIKE YOUR STUFF -- YOUR A NATURAL.-- HELP ME OUT. NEED SOME HELP.... cleaning the exterior firewall I came on a part just behind the ECU unit - it appears a mouse had eaten through some wires that had been attached to a sensor or relay to something. it is blocked by ECU and panel under the wiper arms. need to remove @t get to it. BUT can't figure what it is. what it runs . - two problems I have is --- washer sprayer doesn't work and passenger side mirror won't fold in. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING. ANY HELP -- this is a 2002 v-6 glx passat - auto trans - 4 motion.

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Definitely check to make sure that no wires are exposed and touching each other. If there is, definitely fix that first. The motor on the mirror and the washer sprayer could be bad. However, check all the fuses first.

  41. Jorg Sacul
    Jorg Sacul
    Před rokem

    your video helped me immensely. That area around the pollen filter was gunked up, and so was beneath the battery. However, it apparently never flooded my interior, thankfully. I cleaned it all up, pulled the pollen filter box, cleaned up all in behind there, cleaned the grommet beside the battery area and cleaned out the drain beneath it. Prior owner was a pig who never did proper cleaning. Fortunately, my TCM box was dry as a bone, as was the padding and carpet. The module itself just crapped out after 170,000 miles, imagine that! Super simple to pull it out and replace, thanks to your instruction on removing the trim and carpet. Now transmission shifts fine, no clunking down into first at a stop any more. Many thanks for this very well shot video!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      I'm happy this video was able to help you with replacing your TCM, thanks for watching.

  42. Nebeod
    Nebeod
    Před rokem

    I have the same problem (VW passat b5 FL, 2001) and I will do as you showed, maybe it will solve the problem

    1. Esso
      Esso
      Před rokem

      Remove battery and clean two pipes for water drain, no silicon needed

    2. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Yes, sure. It's a common issue.

  43. George Ivanov
    George Ivanov
    Před rokem

    Dude, sell those saws and get yourself a vacuum cleaner. Nice job on the video. How is the interior smell after all that silicone?

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      The silicone don't have any odor once it's dried. No issues with interior smell.

  44. BOGGY89KV
    BOGGY89KV
    Před rokem

    I drive a Passat B5.5 2003 I had no problems with it, it is comfortable and spacious, goes well, accelerates a good engine, consumes no oil, and is a small consumer in terms of fuel. But one day it was raining at night and the next day I noticed water, ie a smaller bar in the back seat behind the front passenger, I thought that it might not be from a window that might not have been closed properly so I cleaned it and did not even pay attention to it .. it started raining again all the windows this time and I closed this time and the next day I had something to see and the water a large amount in the back behind the passenger. I took it off with a sponge and cleaned the cloths and checked the drainage pipes on the car under the battery were visibly clogged, but I cleaned them well both holes and also replaced the climate filter which was quite bad, that is, cabins but water and further away from somewhere so i wonder where the more water can enter is not clear to me? Do you have any explanation and if you can help me with this? Thanks in advance. Greeting!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      @BOGGY89KV Oh cool! I'm glad you were able to find and fix the leak.

    2. BOGGY89KV
      BOGGY89KV
      Před rokem

      @Crafty Workshop Builds hey buddy thank you so much for helping me with this. I found where the water was flowing, and I found with my father that when we removed all the plastic from the back left door and at the one where the window lift mechanisms and the central lock were attached where it was, so that metal part collapsed, which is what the raw rubber was. and fixed it failed so now you take that rubber and put the silicone in and replace it and try on the garden hose and nowhere does the water go or no more passes ... greeting friends.

    3. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      Remove the carpet in the front passenger side, check to make sure there is no sign of water, moisture or mold. If everything looks ok below the front carpet, then check the other possible places it could be leaking from. It could be leaking from the sunroof, the door rubber seal or the rubber grommet by the door hinges. Remove the carpet behind the front passenger seat. Get a garden hose and spray water on the car to replicate rain falling. Make sure the two passenger side doors are closed while you spray water on the car. while the rear passenger side carpet is pulled back search from the inside to see if you see water seeping in from anywhere. It would be good to have someone else spray the car with the water hose while you search the inside.

  45. Steve Riggs
    Steve Riggs
    Před rokem

    Wonderful How-To video for leaks. At about 11:14 he gives us excellent lesson on removing inside trim pieces to get under the carpet to dry it. Don't miss that! If Owners would keep their car cleaner in that area and keep the debris out of that corner pocket, there would be no leaks. But, if they park outside under trees and such, it can get full of decaying plant material quickly. I wonder if your original gasket was ok, it looked good, just wet from standing water in that pocket. Be sure to replace that moldy pollen filter (cabin filter) while you are already in there!

    1. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      @Strong Tea okay, cool. Let's see

    2. Strong Tea
      Strong Tea
      Před rokem

      @Crafty Workshop Builds thanks, ended up taking the seat out and listing up the carpet to hoover out the water (lots off) the module was drowning in water so have taken apart and left to dry with heater on. Will see how it is tomorow. Thank you :)

    3. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      @Strong Tea dry everything out, then check all the fuses. Check the one for the windows first.

    4. Strong Tea
      Strong Tea
      Před rokem

      @Crafty Workshop Builds thank you. Yes it's going mouldy already so will have to be cleaned after. I've left a fan in there to try and dry it out but there is pools of water so the carpet may have to be took up (eeek). Do you think if I dry out the carpet and module the windows might work again? as they currently aren't but the sun roof electrics are working. Any advice is so welcome. Thanks

    5. Crafty Workshop Builds
      Crafty Workshop Builds
      Před rokem

      @Strong Tea you could leave a large fan running to blow air on the carpet for a few hours and see if that gets it dry. If it's not dried properly mold will grow behind the carpet because of the moisture.