Living in Florida with the rainy season upon us, I have been getting
water inside the trunk of my car. Anything I should check to see what
could be causing this? I have a 1993 Honda Civic EX which ny wife left
me without a title to. I finally found a way to get the title & I want
to get the car back up on the road after staying idle for a few months.
What else should I do to get the car Road Ready?
A very common route is the seal around the tail-lights. If you wrap a towel
around the inside of each and run a hose on them (the lights, not the
towels!) a few seconds, you should be able to detect any leak there. New
seals are available from Honda at reasonable prices.
I thought the group had seen a few causes for water in the
trunk. Failed tail-light gaskets (all of them!) is just one
and I thought manifested more obviously with water in the
I had massive water buildup in the taillights in 2003. I
can't remember if the trunk was also getting wet. I
disassembled all assemblies, cleaned the old gaskets, and
applied appropriate caulking. No problems since, and I've
driven through many bad rainstorms.
More often than not, it's the tail light lens gaskets as others have noted.
However, this doesn't exclude other sources. I used to park my '88 Civic 4
door facing nose first on a slight downhill in my driveway. This caused
water to accumulate in the front corners of the trunk lid seal recess which
then leaked over the trunk seal into the trunk. The solution was twofold,
replace the trunk seal and back the car into the driveway such that water
will no longer accumulate in the corners.
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