Owners of 2003-05 Echo models may complain of wet carpeting at the passenger-side foot well.
According to Toyota, the problem occurs with the air conditioning on, and is most likely due to the evaporator drain hose detaching from the drain tube.
Installing a special clamp, Part No. 88899-52150, onto the hose should hold it in place and prevent further troubles. Make sure it's positioned about 1/8-inch from where hose enters the tube.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].