1998 Camry - water in trunk

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Old 18 Jan 2009, 05:21 pm   #1 (permalink)
G. Bannister
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Hi All,

My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk. I
noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack is
located) and in the tire well proper. I dried it out and about two months
later, there's water again! It must be rain water because I have not washed
the car in quite some time. I don't see any wet areas where it might be
coming in from.

The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal with
the trunk lid.

Any ideas?


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Old 18 Jan 2009, 05:31 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"G. Bannister" <mgbannister1@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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> Hi All,
>
> My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk. I
> noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack is
> located) and in the tire well proper. I dried it out and about two months
> later, there's water again! It must be rain water because I have not
> washed the car in quite some time. I don't see any wet areas where it
> might be coming in from.
>
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
> suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal
> with the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?


If it was me -I would replace the trunk weather stripping--but first look at
it carefully for a tear or crunch or something- I don't know how much
water--check the truck floor for any holes where water can come in while you
are driving- if so patch them up
>
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Old 18 Jan 2009, 05:34 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"G. Bannister" <mgbannister1@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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> Hi All,
>
> My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk. I
> noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack is
> located) and in the tire well proper. I dried it out and about two months
> later, there's water again! It must be rain water because I have not
> washed the car in quite some time. I don't see any wet areas where it
> might be coming in from.
>
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
> suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal
> with the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?


dry it out and use a hose to squirt around and see if you can find the leak
>
>



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Old 18 Jan 2009, 10:03 pm   #4 (permalink)
Mark
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Default Re: 1998 Camry - water in trunk

Look for a cracked or broken tail light, or seal around one of the lights.
My 99 had a small crack that the water was able to get in. It didn't leave
any sign as far as wet area that I could find, but I noticed some
condensation inside the light and found the crack. Must have been hit by a
shopping cart or something. A little silicone sealant and it is dry.
"G. Bannister" <mgbannister1@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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> Hi All,
>
> My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk. I
> noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack is
> located) and in the tire well proper. I dried it out and about two months
> later, there's water again! It must be rain water because I have not
> washed the car in quite some time. I don't see any wet areas where it
> might be coming in from.
>
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
> suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal
> with the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?
>


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Old 19 Jan 2009, 06:40 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1998 Camry - water in trunk

G. Bannister wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk. I
> noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack is
> located) and in the tire well proper. I dried it out and about two months
> later, there's water again! It must be rain water because I have not washed
> the car in quite some time. I don't see any wet areas where it might be
> coming in from.
>
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
> suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal with
> the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?
>
>


Our '95 had the same problem. The dealer said it was a seal under
the bumper that had to be replaced, and maybe it was. It cost $300. The
main trunk seal appeared to be fine.
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Old 19 Jan 2009, 12:06 pm   #6 (permalink)
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G. Bannister wrote:
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
> suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal with
> the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?

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Unless the trunk gasket is torn is should be OK.
Additional likely items to check:
1) Replace butyl sealant around tail lamps. Remove the tail light
enclosure, peel away old and install new thcker strip of butyl tape
where it contact the edge of the body sheet metal.
2) If you have a sunroof, the drain goes there. Check to see that it't
not blocked.
3) If you have the power antenna, that also has a drain line that
needs to be clear.
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Old 19 Jan 2009, 06:50 pm   #7 (permalink)
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G. Bannister, 1/18/2009,6:21:20 PM, wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk.
> I noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack
> is located) and in the tire well proper. I dried it out and about
> two months later, there's water again! It must be rain water because
> I have not washed the car in quite some time. I don't see any wet
> areas where it might be coming in from.
>
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around,
> but I suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining
> the seal with the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?


1) your sunroof drain line that has come loose or cracked

2) the weatherstripping of the trunk lid has a hole

3) the rim that the weatherstripping rides on has rusted

4) tail light gasket has hole

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Old 20 Jan 2009, 07:44 am   #8 (permalink)
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On Jan 18, 5:21*pm, "G. Bannister" <mgbannist...@shaw.ca> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk. *I
> noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack is
> located) and in the tire well proper. *I dried it out and about two months
> later, there's water again! *It must be rain water because I have not washed
> the car in quite some time. *I don't see any wet areas where it might be
> coming in from.
>
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
> suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal with
> the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?


Maybe try a flashlight is the trunk and see where light is comming out
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Old 20 Jan 2009, 07:46 am   #9 (permalink)
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On Jan 18, 5:21*pm, "G. Bannister" <mgbannist...@shaw.ca> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> My '98 Camry has recently started to accumulate water in the trunk. *I
> noticed water in the passenger side tire jack well (where the jack is
> located) and in the tire well proper. *I dried it out and about two months
> later, there's water again! *It must be rain water because I have not washed
> the car in quite some time. *I don't see any wet areas where it might be
> coming in from.
>
> The trunk weather stripping gasket appears in good shape all around, but I
> suppose it's possible it may be compressed and not maintaining the seal with
> the trunk lid.
>
> Any ideas?


Does rear seat fold for trunk access. try a 100+w light in trunk, look
for light.
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