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Old 08-24-14, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default TRUNK LEAK - and how i found & solved it

so i recently had to gut my trunk and throw out the liner and the spare tire under liner due to having a fuzz forest growing, not to mention i had to toss the spare tire (not an issue as i am getting it prepped for an air setup in the trunk.

i looked down in the spare tire well and found about 4 inches of water in the well. i caught it just before it started to rust. i still have a rust free car!

as most people have complained about having water in the well with no sign of the carpet being wet i figured id post this up to try to keep people from getting headaches like i did for months.

1.) gut your trunk

2.) clean out any dust, dirt, water etc. (mine is so spotless you can eat off of it not because of this.

3.) get into said trunk and shut the trunk lid.

4.) use illuminated device i.e. phone or flashlight to see where this **** is leaking.

5.) have friend spray hose (preferably with no nozzle attached as it "drowns" the area) on all trunk seams and light seams.

6.) wait for water to accumulate and trace to source.

7.) fix said leak

8.) install bomb *** air setup and hardwood floor!!!

i found that water was streaming from under the carpet skirt along the very rear where the latch is but it was coming out of a seam. turns out that i had left one of the nuts on the far left for my bumper pins out and it was getting into the hole and streaming behind everything and underneath all of the carpet. i never wouldve seen it unless i climbed in the trunk and looked while someone sprayed water. tossed a nut on with a gasket and boom, no more leak!

it also gave me the drive to pull my tail lights and clean the dirt that was back there.
your outer tail lights will never be a leak point FYI. the caps on top of them do have a hole for the pin that could potentially leak into the side pockets if there is no gasket there so check them.

besides that there are really no leak points on the trunk if you have a good trunk seal and all your bumper pins have the appropriate nuts on them. (i used a 10mm nut from the jack bracket as i removed the jack in preperation for the air system,


i hope this helps.
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Thx for the effort by the way this solution has been posted before though.
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make sure you have a really good friend outside when you are in the truck locked :-)
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Originally Posted by qha_vn View Post
make sure you have a really good friend outside when you are in the truck locked :-)
lmfao..exactly what I was thinking..claustrophobia isn't good!
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nice effort, always a fan of #8 !
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