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    Decided to give the motor a spring clean today. Took out the boot floor to find my spare wheel in an inch of stagnant water/jelly like stuff !!?? Where the hell has that come from? All the bungs are all in and sealed and there are no water run marks. All I can see Is that the hole well is covered in condensation. Could the water be a collection of all the condensation? Does anyone have any ideas?

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    Rushy..

    Chech the sealing of the rear lights to the bodyshell..Gasket can fail leading to water ingress.. The only way you will find this easily is to remove the load cover and fold the seats down. Take out the boot carpet and run a hosepipe down the outside of the roof, making sure the water falls down the gutters surrounding the boot. Leave it running and then enter the car from the rear doors and check to see if you can spot where the water comes in.. Lights are my favorite, but a leaking bootseal isn't unknown.. Personally i drive out or drill a 5mm hole in one of the bungs so as if any water does get in it can exit straight away..particularly as the boot dumps water in every time it's opened wet..

    Happy hunting..

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    Jesus your up early for a sunday morning! The boot seel looks all fine and dandy but I like the thought of the lights. Its a bit late now but think i will have a look at them tomorrow cheers.

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    Happy to help. Just a hunch I have got.

    Got up this early as there was something on today.

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    Drill a small hole in one of the boot plugs below spare wheel, when you drive along this circulates air, prevents condensation buildup, you still need to find cause of your problem as the amount of water you have is more than condensation. I do the above with all my cars and never have trouble with condensation in the wheelwell.

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    take the rear boot mat out, dry all the boot area ,then sprinkle talc powder all around boot then shut boot, get the hosepipe out, drench the car, once finished wipe away excess water around the outside of hatch (so no water runs in when you open it), open hatch and look for wet patches.. hopefully u will find the fault..

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    Talc... should smell nice too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbieben
    Drill a small hole in one of the boot plugs below spare wheel, when you drive along this circulates air, prevents condensation buildup, you still need to find cause of your problem as the amount of water you have is more than condensation. I do the above with all my cars and never have trouble with condensation in the wheelwell.

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    Man I thinkthis is a bad idea. Once I left the factory holes under the spare wheels opened, there was dier and water after few months. Then I closed it with the rubber seals and didnt had such problems no more.

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    1 small 4 or 5 mm hole in one of the plastic plugs, you need to find the right one, look under car there is usually 1 protected from water/dirt ingress by fuel tank or heat shield etc etc.

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