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Liftgate water leak

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Jobert, June 6, 2018.

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  1. Jobert

    Jobert Member

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    My 2002 V8 XLT has a liftgate water leak that I think is leaking at the seal. I got it in August 2015 and it's been leaking since then. When it rains the bottom of the seal is soaked and the little bit of carpet surrounding the catch is always wet and has rusted the catch. I don't see any other water or moisture in the area.

    The other day it rained and I opened the liftgate and found some moisture on the sides of the seal so I think the seal is where the water is coming in.

    I did a search and didn't find any similar problems.

    I imagine that I can find where the water is getting in using the hose (haven't tried that yet) but I'm wondering if any others here might have had this problem?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. MyExplorer03v8Lim

    MyExplorer03v8Lim Active Member

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    I have the same exact problem, and cannot pinpoint the source of the leak. Did you resolve this?
     
  4. Jobert

    Jobert Member

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    It's been awhile since I've logged on & I see that your post was dated April 26, 2019, so I'm just now replying.

    Did you ever find the source of the leak?
     
  5. TechGuru

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    kydirtscooter Active Member

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    Chmsl leaks when foam deteriorates from age. Also check weather strip. They can shrink and look fine but pinch weld is not making contact with backside of seal.
     
  7. Rayan

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    Mine was leaking in from the 3rd brake light. Good luck!
     
  8. mountaineer2004

    mountaineer2004 Elite Explorer

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    In this case, silicone is your friend.
     
  9. TechGuru

    TechGuru Well-Known Member

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    Upgrade to LED before sealing that brake light on with silicone...
     
  10. Maihi

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    Had the same problem... the rubber seal below, the 3rd brake light, was drooping downward so I pressed it back upwards tightly into the space between the glass and the hatch frame and presto no more leaks. I frequently check the rubber seal hasn't dropped down again and check after any rain for wet spots. Still dry and no more stinky stagnant smells to this day - good luck to you all..
     
  11. Drewmcg

    Drewmcg Elite Explorer

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    On my '02, the rubber weatherstrip between the rear GLASS and the rear hatch failed. (Not the weatherstrip between the hatch and the body.) They're hard to find and expensive. Just ordered one on Ebay.

    When I would lift up the rear hatch after a rain, water would drip out of the raised hatch, and the bottom edge of the hatch was starting to rust.
     

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