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Water in trunk

Postby zz3po » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 15:11

Opened my trunk to check the differential reinforcment welds and found out that the left side of the trunk is full with water! All that side hole is full and also the side mat and the folding mat. Tried to check for leakege from the antena, feels dry.
Tried also to check the rear side of the roof, feels dry.
Any ideas?
Maby there is any kind of blocked rail that leads water to the trunk?
Thanks.
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby BladeRunner919 » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 17:27

The favourite culprit is the 3rd brake light. The seals are pretty old by now, so could need replacing. If you do replace it, bear in mind that it's very difficult to push the light hard enough to clip properly into place with a new seal (but it can give the impression of being properly seated even when it isn't)

A quick test would be to liberally spread talcum powder around inside the boot, then go to work with the hose - the talc will clearly show where water is running, and will help you confirm the source of the leak.
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby Vic-Z3 » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 19:58

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Re: Water in trunk

Postby zz3po » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 21:28

Thanks alot.
That post seem to give me a direction.
Ill check that tomorrow and update :roll:
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby Vic-Z3 » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 15:05

Hope you get to the cause of it .....
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby Koolflyer » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 19:06

As BladeRuner919 said, the third brake light may well be the culprit. I never had much water in the boot but the bulbs and their holders were rusty, however the aerial base and third brake light seals are old and also looked perished so I replaced them. A new third brake light seal is round or oval in section so pushing it back into position in the boot lid is a bitch to say the least, otherwise as it's been said, the whole lot just pops out again! RockyDave and I (use two of you) found a smear of silicone grease just helped locate the clips. Interestingly the old seal that came out was more flatter, but I assume that was down to nearly 20 years of high compression. I know some have been tempted to use a silicone sealant and mask the problem, but I'd rather have it as it was when new, but be prepared for some 'F'ing and blinding! :evil:
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby Brian4 » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 19:26

I never cures the leak in ours where it ran from the gutter rail and into the boot so just knocked the bung out at the base of the boot well and water now drains away.
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby zz3po » Thu 16 Feb, 2017 08:17

Update:
Yesterday i reseal the third brake light and closed the aerial hole with some seal tape and cleaned the trunk.
Woke up this morning and found out that it is full of water again!
It seems that the water is coming from the back of the trunk...
Barry... can u explain a bit more? What is the gutter rail? And what did u do to avoid the leak? Thanks.
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby gookah » Thu 16 Feb, 2017 21:16

Brian4 wrote:I never cures the leak in ours where it ran from the gutter rail and into the boot so just knocked the bung out at the base of the boot well and water now drains away.


I have done that will my wellies. I have a hole in one so I have drilled another to let the water out. :D
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby handsomejackuk » Thu 16 Feb, 2017 23:55

had water in mine when i first had the car.. replaced the antenna grommet, but ever since my car has been garaged so dont really know if i have cured the problem.. time will tell when i get out in the car this year in the rain....ihad to syringe the water out there was loads in there... it felt quite oily too the water...the rear 3rd light cover was loose on my car when i had it so suspect someone may have attepmted a repair...
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby zz3po » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 09:20

Ok people!
I got the problem!
Stripped the trunk from everything, then puor water all over, then i notice that the rear window is leaking into the car, then into the wiring harness, then the wires took the water into the trunk :)
Now im going to fix that roof :squeeze:
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby Vic-Z3 » Sat 18 Feb, 2017 17:37

Finding the cause is halfway to the cure ............. :thumb:
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby nang » Sun 05 Mar, 2017 02:28

Got a small friend? Put he/she in the boot with a torch and play a hose over it. :idea:
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby pingu » Sun 05 Mar, 2017 13:01

Mobile phone / Video camera / GoPro with a torch
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Re: Water in trunk

Postby Vic-Z3 » Mon 06 Mar, 2017 20:23

Water soluble dye in the water ....
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