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1999 ZX2 Trunk Leak

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  1. 1zx2

    1zx2 FEOA Member

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    i've tried everything i can think of and the trunk still leaks. the water is coming in from above not the taillight area. it drips down were the bolts hold the trunk hinges BUT i plugged those up and it is still leaking . i've removed the hinges about ten times and gooped them up with sundry goop and nothing works so i'm now realizing that the leak is coming from somewhere else. i put silicone around the back window and side windows but it still leaks. it's driving me nuts... any suggestions? oh, it's leaking on both sides in the same fashion.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Does the car have a spoiler?
  3. 1zx2

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    it did but i removed it and filled the holes.
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    check the grommet for the wiring...
  5. 1zx2

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    sorry, i forgot to mention that i gooped that up too and it's leaking in the exact same way on both sides. so i gooped-up my back window with no luck. i'm thinking that it could be my passenger windows so i tightened those up.
  6. steve60tuesday

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    I had a trunk leak in my ZX2 starting last winter. Here's where it leaked and how I fixed it.

    I'd been driving around with a bag of concrete in my trunk for several months, because I'm an idiot that hates getting good gas mileage. Come the first rain storm of the season, it got drenched. And when I found it several days later, I also learned that I lack the lower-back strength to remove a fully cured bag of concrete from my trunk. When I got home from the chiropractor, I further found that there was an inch or two of rainwater pooled around my spare tire.

    So I did some investigation and found that the primary leak was coming from the white plastic spring-clip-tabs that hold the spoiler to the trunk lid. I removed the spoiler, cleaned everything up, and caulked the heck out of it with a urethane roofing sealant. I don't know why, but this stuff smells and looks like thick chocolate syrup, and it takes a lot of self-control not to eat it.

    Anyway, I spread this thick black caulk generously around all the screw holes, then slid everything into position and tightened the nuts. Here's a picture of the primary leak point in the trunk lid, after I had sealed it:

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    After a few days, the caulk had cured, and no matter how much water I sprayed on the spoiler, none dripped down onto the carpet in the trunk. Problem solved, right?

    Well, a few weeks later, my spare tire was once again swimming in rainwater. I crawled back in the trunk during the next rain storm to see if I could figure out why I don't have any friends. What I found was at least half a dozen small leaks in the body seams, primarily near the taillights and around the trunk lid seal.

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    Here is an example of one of the leaks. I hope you can see it, but there's a small crack in the panel seal.

    Whenever I found a crack, I just stuffed it full of caulk.

    In the end, my caulk was completely used up. But I'm pleased to report that the trunk has remained dry throughout several rainstorms now. As an added bonus, my car still has a lingering chocolaty aroma of black caulk.
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  7. 1zx2

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    thanks a lot for the help and pics. i'm stymied because it's dripping from the trunk hinge bolts BUT, i even removed the hings and taped over the holes and it was still dripping from that area. i'm thinking that it's coming from around the rear passenger windows. no offense but i need to sell this car and get my honda del sol on the road. it's a good car except for that damned trunk leak. oh, and i gooped-up all of the areas around the tail-lights . i'm going to do another test and put a strip of tape just in front of the underside of the trunk hinges and see if the tape interferes with the path of the leak. if the tape is dripping and the hinges not, then it's coming from the back windows.
  8. 1zx2

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    ok, we got a big rain and i put a piece of aluminum tape above the trunk hinges to see if it's coming from the windows and i had no wetness on the tape and it's still leaking badly so it's coming from the trunk hinges but i gooped them up literally about ten times and put it back together and it still leaks. what can i use to seal the trunk lid hing holes?
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    Just got back my '98, I got it at auction over a decade ago for $350. high mileage and bad 5 speed, fixed it up and sold it to friends, who had it for years til an engine idler seized and it skipped timing. I built up another engine from a junkyard and also went through brakes etc and gave it to my daughter in 2013 as a first car. She never took to the manual transmission and has stop and go commute with daunting hills so it mostly sat... The same friends need a car again and were delighted to hear my daughter was trying to sell the ZX2, so I have it back again, so far just a new battery and break free the parking brakes that were on for over a year. Looks great mechanically at 244 K miles and even the AC still works, but I found the trunk water leak problem, it took out a lot of spare parts I had in the trunk as well as a nice Haynes manual. I am going to try using urethane roofing sealant on spoiler mount and seam cracks like steve60tuesday above and see. It has been a very rainy spring here in Springfield, VA so I should know pretty soon. Bob Scates
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    My '99 ZX2 trunk was also filling up with water (only found out this week because I had to work on the front end the first 12 months I owned it), but when being driven, not when sitting around. I discovered there is a piece that apparently skirts the trunk lid (between the weatherstrip and the edge of the trunk lid) is missing. In the meantime, I sealed up the residual gap and mounting holes with sealant. I have been looking, in vain, online for this part and if they can even be bought any more? Wish I had a better description, but hopefully some of you will know what I'm talking about. Thanks.
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    Found another leak from the rear drivers side window. It can also cause water to collect in the trunk (spare tire well) but not without getting the back seat wet.

    It's at least another area to check...
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    My 99 sedan was leaking like that in heavy rains. I did't care enough to try to find the leak. I just drilled a 1/8 inch hole in the spare tire well. Until I did that, it was the only part of the car that didn't have a hole in the floor. I sold that car 2 months ago.
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    My 03 was leaking from the spoiler clips and also from body seams near the tail lights. Removing the plastic body panels in the area and spraying with a few layers of undercoating did wonders for me.
  14. 1zx2

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    mine too was leaking from the spoiler but i removed it then sealed and painted the holes. this pos is haunted. it might be coming in from under the lid weatherstrip. i've been looking to buy some but can't find it. where oh where can i get a new trunk weatherstrip?

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