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Water leaking into steering column

I've tried searching with no luck so I going to start this thread. Any help or assistance would be great!



I have a leak in my 13 RT. It is going into the steering column and running onto the floor. When this happens, it shorts out the car not allowing it to start and the alarm goes off randomly. It does not appear to be the windshield so I am thinking it is coming from the drain outside.


My questions are has anyone had this happen to them. If it is the drain what is the best way to rectify it?


This is my 4th problem with this car and now thinking of selling it. My local dealership in Key West is not good at all so would have to go to Miami if someone thinks that what I have to do.


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I take it you have a sunroof? If so I would guess the drain tubes might be leaking. If you don't have a sunroof then I would guess your windshield seal might be leaky.
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I forgot to add that it isn't coming from the sunroof. It is bone dry in there. That was the first thing I checked.
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I'd suspect your windshield is leaking - since gravity will have the water go down to the lowest point:

Its leaking and running along inside the dash (probably in the area where the ignition switch / push button and other wiring is).

then, it gets to the column and runs down the column, to the floor.

The column has a seal to the firewall, but that's 2/3 of the way down from the cowl - so water would not travel up from there and short anything out.
-all your modules are either in the dash or at the the steering wheel

Another thing is if water is dripping down to the accelerator pedal, that connection could short out, causing issues as well. Its about the lowest point of any under dash connections in the vehicle - and its bolted to the firewall, if any water was running down it

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Water or moisture is your enemy near any internal wiring. I never buy flood cars as I made that mistake, Once. I agree the windshield my be leaking as Hal said.

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Possibly your firewall too. Maybe a gasket has shrunk or out of place.

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Thanks all. I am having the windshield done tomorrow so hopefully that is it. If not, then Plan B. LOL
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Do these cars also have an AC drain that might clog? I also have a Jeep with a air intake drain (by the wipers) which clogged and ran inside through the heater air intake. So I don’t know if a Challenger has a cowl drain also.
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Do these cars also have an AC drain that might clog? I also have a Jeep with a air intake drain (by the wipers) which clogged and ran inside through the heater air intake. So I don’t know if a Challenger has a cowl drain also.
there's a A/C plenum drain - on passenger side. Its down low(er), below where the steering column is.

If it were full of water, I'd expect it would leak water out the lower floor vents, which are on either side of the trans tunnel
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I've tried searching with no luck so I going to start this thread. Any help or assistance would be great!



I have a leak in my 13 RT. It is going into the steering column and running onto the floor. When this happens, it shorts out the car not allowing it to start and the alarm goes off randomly. It does not appear to be the windshield so I am thinking it is coming from the drain outside.


My questions are has anyone had this happen to them. If it is the drain what is the best way to rectify it?


This is my 4th problem with this car and now thinking of selling it. My local dealership in Key West is not good at all so would have to go to Miami if someone thinks that what I have to do.


Looking forward to hearing back from someone!
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