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    Angry Water in Boot

    Well would you believe it Yesterday after cleaning boot out there was a big puddle in spare wheel well
    Im not sure whether its from when i had my old aerial on as i think (lee) merikito said to me ages ago when i was at his my aerial looked a bit loose.When i replaced my aerial with a navi one i sealed it with silicone so i'm sure the waters not coming from there any more.
    Anyways i dried it out and stuck loads of paper towels in boot and around all edges and checked today to find the passenger side back wet,not soaking but very damp.
    Looks like its coming in from bottom left under the alarm,all though the inner wing is wet with condensation.Now ive spent a good 30mins pouring water on aerial base rear quarters and roof rails but no sign of water and after reading through loads of posts about water in the boot there only seems to be a few culprits

    Aerial Base (now sealed)
    Rear Quarters (sealed when i changed to chrome)
    Roof Rails ?
    Rear Lights ? (poured buckets and buckets over it no leak)

    Now if its the roof rails and this little rivet how do i get them off to check ?

    Or could it be from my old aerial and its been leaking for some time that's why there condensation on inner wings ? all though the head lining wasnt wet when i changed it over
    Last edited by bigmac; 6th April 2009 at 20:23.

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    i had water in the boot to mate turned out the seal round the boot button was shot. but i needed a new button anyway so changed it and problem sorted.

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    also could check that you havent got any floor gromets missing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballan22direct View Post
    i had water in the boot to mate turned out the seal round the boot button was shot. but i needed a new button anyway so changed it and problem sorted.
    Quote Originally Posted by deztroyer View Post
    also could check that you havent got any floor gromets missing
    Thanks for the replies guys but like ive said it seems the leak is from passenger side rear if you follow the seem of the boot up and along the passenger side rear under lights its coming from behind a little cap thats enclosed with inner wing,you can just about put your hand in and feel the water under the alarm siren,all though the inner wing is wet

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmac View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys but like ive said it seems the leak is from passenger side rear if you follow the seem of the boot up and along the passenger side rear under lights its coming from behind a little cap thats enclosed with inner wing,you can just about put your hand in and feel the water under the alarm siren,all though the inner wing is wet
    could be a wiring grommet missing or insecure

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    I had quite a bit of water in my boot. It turned out to be mostly getting in through a split in the sealant that you can find if you open the boot and look at where water runs out of the back of the roof rails before it runs down the sites of the hatch seal. I sealed mine up with some car sealant and the boot has been dry since. It was the nearside on my car but I checked both sides using a hosepipe to be sure.

    I also replaced the nearside rear roofrail bracket while was at it to be safe. I also had to replace the aerial as the rubber seal was falling to bits and letting water in.

    Let me know if some pictures would be of use and I will try to post some later.

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    Hi mate, have a look HERE for a few more ideas. Have you got a boot spoiler? Apparently they can leak if not sealed properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigP View Post
    Hi mate, have a look HERE for a few more ideas. Have you got a boot spoiler? Apparently they can leak if not sealed properly.
    Cheers my spoiler was stuck on no holes in boot
    Anyone know how the roof rails come off

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigP View Post
    Hi mate, have a look HERE for a few more ideas. Have you got a boot spoiler? Apparently they can leak if not sealed properly.
    If I dont wipe under my spoiler after it has rained, I get loads of water falling into the boot when opened, great when you have paperwork in there.

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    Below is a picture of the nearside roofrail and clip on my hatch. The roofrail runs right from the bottom of the windscreen to the rear of the roof. It clips onto a channel up the side of the windscreen, spacers hold it centrally in the roof recess, and there is a single clip - rivited to the roof - at the rear of each roof rail. These clips are shown in my picture below. The centre of the clip is about 10 CM from the rear of the roof. I moved the roofrail to one side of it's slot next to this clip by using my fingers then inserted a well-padded screwdriver into the gap to pop the roofrail off of the clip. Note that the rubber strips at the sides of the roofrail are quite stiff and easily twisted out of shape. Once the roofrail of off - I only took mine off from the rear to the front of the roof and left it attached down the side of the windscreen - you will see the clip and the seal that runs all the way along the bottom of the roofrail channel and down the back of the roof before it disappears under the rubber seal around the hatch. I think the part number of the roof rail clips is 13248939. They come with the rivet - you just need a drill to get the old one out and a rivet to put the new one in. Before you take the clip off I would carefully inspect and water-test the seam. I used water poured into the roofrail channel behind the roofrail clip then sealed the split seam that I found. I then water-tested from in front of the roof rail clip to test that for leaks.






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