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Old 02-02-2005, 11:54 PM   #1
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EXT: Leaky Trunk Fix

are you guys tired of having a swimming pool in your trunk after a rain? are you fed up with the mildew and mold that eventually grows in unknown damp spots in your trunk? are you simply frustrated that water enters an area where it shouldn't damaging things like the trunk floor board, subwoofers, and personal belongings? that's how i feel with my 92 accord until i figured out how to stop it all from happening. the fix is easier than you think.

i've had my leaky trunk for a while now. many told me that my taillight gaskets are bad or my trunk rubber liner wasn't doing its job. this was not the case here. my leak came from the rear deck near the trunk hindges on both sides. i thought my rear windshield seal was to blame but it wasn't.

with more research, and a newly acquired service manual, i found out that the chrome trim that lines the rear windshield has holes used for fastening that lead directly into the trunk. these holes are lined with gaskets that keep water from coming in. i found that my gaskets were in terrible shape. the direct exposure to the sun and the mere age of our cars is to blame for this failure. this is the entrance point of my leak. now let's fix it!

WARNING: do at your own risk! i'm not responsible for your actions.

to remove the chrome trim, i referred to my trusty honda serive manual. here is what you need to do to remove the trim. be careful not to loose any parts or clips. (NOTE: you don't need to remove the whole trim piece. you can remove just the lower trim and move it out of the way. i removed the whole piece for clarity).



after removing, i found the entrance point of my leak. these holes line the whole side and if they are not properly sealed off, they will let water in the trunk.



since our cars are about 12-15 years old, the gaskets that line these holes are aged and are unable to seal properly. to remedy this, i removed the old gasket material with a scrapper...



...and put new gasket maker sealant prior to reintallation of the chrome trim.



after reinstallation, let the sealant dry adequately before setting out for a drive. so far my trunk is dry as a bone. just remember that this only fixes the trim leak. the tailight gaskets, trunk rubber liner, and even the rear windshield seal can still present leaks. now hopefully soon we all can have dry leak-free trunks!
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:05 AM   #2
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nice DIY...i kno my trunk leaked like a sieve lol, mine turned out to be my taillight housings tho.
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:25 AM   #3
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Yeah mine leaks too it sucks. Once its nice out im gonna take all the panels off in the rear and have someone wet it with a hose and Research
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Old 02-03-2005, 12:37 AM   #4
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Mine leaks but I think it's from my tailight =\
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Old 02-16-2005, 12:58 AM   #5
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Nice post, I thought I sealed the tailights properly but it still leaks. I'll check these, thanks
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Old 02-16-2005, 02:00 AM   #6
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nice! i too have a wet trunk but thats because i dont have a antena(sp) on right now!!!
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Old 02-19-2005, 09:38 PM   #7
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the rubber trunk lining is still good on mine, not sure about the tailights. this might be it. the problem is with mine is that i cannot find the area of where it exactly leaks. so after it rains, the stuff near my sparetire and carpet are moist and there are also condensation on the top of the trunk.
this might be a start though.

i can probably paint that part of the chrome trim also
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Old 03-02-2005, 01:45 AM   #8
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awesome thats where mine was leaking from thanx for your diy ive been trying to figure it out for so loooong
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:43 PM   #9
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awesome thats where mine was leaking from thanx for your diy ive been trying to figure it out for so loooong
you're welcome! i'm glad to see some people benefit from my findings.
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:15 PM   #10
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i can never get the chrome trim off without breaking the clips.

i have to get all new clips from the honda dealer as well as some of the chrome pieces.

good DIY though, just curious how to get off the chrome trim without busting the clips. also, what page is that thing on in the manual you have posted?
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Old 03-02-2005, 09:26 PM   #11
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actually, i think my tailights gasket things are leaking.
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Old 03-02-2005, 10:10 PM   #12
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hey very nice DIY now all i have to do is go buy some gasket material and ill be set
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:07 PM   #13
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I have to look through all these areas because my car leaks bad! The mildew smell keeps comming. I drive with my windows down and my back seats down. Park with the windows when I can. Spray car scents and other crap. Does anybody know how to get the smell to leave?
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Old 03-03-2005, 09:24 PM   #14
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I have to look through all these areas because my car leaks bad! The mildew smell keeps comming. I drive with my windows down and my back seats down. Park with the windows when I can. Spray car scents and other crap. Does anybody know how to get the smell to leave?
Same with me. Water gets under the carpet or on top of it in the back seat on the floor and I have no idea where it's coming from. My trunk doesn't leak but mine smells all mildewy after its wet and all that. I wish I knew what to tell ya.

I use febreeze and it usually works.
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:12 PM   #15
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actually, i think my tailights gasket things are leaking.

One of my outer taillights was leaking too. I finally was able to verify this by popping off all the access panels and feeling the gasket after a hard rain. It was damp and I could see a little bit of water on them! When I finally popped them out it was shocking to see how dry and brittle they had become. I think the reason the outer corner tail light gaskets fail, is because the gutter that runs alongside the trunk opening drains directly on top of this gasket. 10+ years of that happening will wear just about any gasket out. You can kind of see in the pic that the leak comes in from the bolt holes in the gasket, since that's the part that would get compressed the most.

I got mine for $13 a piece from Honduh. Pricey sure. But it's cheaper than repairing a rusted out trunk, and I shouldn't have to do this again for another 13 years

Here is a pic of the old vs. new gaskets.
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:35 AM   #16
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mine leaks BAD i have water standing under the spare...i think it might be my tail light housing tho it has a big gap what do i do about that?
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Old 03-28-2005, 02:35 PM   #17
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hopefully the gap wasn't caused by an accident or hit of some sort. usually we all replace the gaskets that line the taillights to the body. here is what they look like.



after you replace this and you are still leaking, then it could be the trim mention at post #1 or the rear windshield seal. good luck. also try to find a drain plug at the bottom of the spare tire well and unplug it. i don't know if it exists but you never know until you look.
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timmy0tool, how'd you get the trim off without breaking the clips? i always break them, and thats why there is no trim around my windows right now. need a lil help.

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Old 03-30-2005, 02:37 PM   #19
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timmy0tool, how'd you get the trim off without breaking the clips? i always break them, and thats why there is no trim around my windows right now. need a lil help.

thanks.
i just followed what the page said. it said to use a flathead screwdriver and wrap it with a towel to avoid gouging and scratches. try to pry where the clips are at so they are less likely to sheer off and snap. it just popped out.

like i said, there are two types of clips used to hold the trim down. in one type, the female side stays buried in the window sealant and the male comes out with the trim. the other type comes out as a whole with the trim as well.

i guess the difficulty varies between cars as well as cars in different locations that are exposed to different weather conditions. i hope you can have your problem solved soon.
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thanks.. can you tell me the page that chrome trim removal is on?
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