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svtf2k3 04-30-2008 10:58 AM

Leaking from tail light cluster...anybody?
So, I've had the foul smell of mold emanating from my trunk for the past year and a half and could not figure out where water was coming in from until Monday. It was raining hard so I decided to pop my trunk and try to find it (the leak) while standing under my open hatch trying not to get soaked. I finally discovered that the water was coming in through my tail lights. WTF!
Has anybody else had this issue with the hatchback body styles - ZX3 and ZX5? Any suggestions on how to remedy this? All the help would be greatly appreciated.

02FOCUS720 04-30-2008 10:45 PM

i have actually had this as well but i didnt put it all together til i washed my car one day, and then went in the hatch to vaccum and the carpet felt kinda damp, so i took it out, and there was a puddle in the bottom around the spare tire.

have no idea how to fix it [bash]

svtf2k3 05-01-2008 11:58 AM

I removed my tail lights and saw that there are three holes on the sheet metal holding housing in place. I am guessing that's where the leak is coming from. I might try some silicone. And perhaps replacing the foam rubber gaskets on the housing itself just to make a tighter seal. I might even go as far as putting some weather seal on the edges of the housing to seal out the water. I don't know. I'll give it a shot. Thanks![scratch]

killer ZETEC 05-01-2008 01:32 PM

adding some foam might do it. i get water too.

BiggTigger78 05-01-2008 01:35 PM

I've had water coming thru the rubber grommet for the tail light wiring.. i plan on siliconing it so it'll stop.

my .02

svtf2k3 05-10-2008 03:45 PM

Update on the leak...attention hatchback owners
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Well the leak, it turns out, is not from the tail lights. Rather it is from the seams on the actual car body panels. Needless to say I am going to the dealership with this and hopefully get some of my moldy panels replaced. Here are some pics.

cbrenn71 05-10-2008 03:51 PM

can you get some better shots to see where those seams are?

svtf2k3 05-10-2008 05:46 PM

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Here is one more pic. Hope this helps.

cbrenn71 05-10-2008 06:04 PM

where are these located? i can't tell by the pictures you have. is this in the bottom of the hatch?

svtf2k3 05-11-2008 09:01 AM

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At the top of the hatch where the hinges are. The first pictures show it in relation to the hinges. I have the weather strip pulled back.

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