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Old Jun 29th, 2020, 20:20   #1
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Default Water in boot

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Looking in wife's 2003 XC90 and found 3 or 4mm of water below the battery. No sunroof but we have roof bars. From best I can see its running down the side of the tailgate and then along the underneath of the tailgate/lower hinged flap and leaking through the seal at the middle. But I am not certain at all. Anybody any ideas?
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Dry out the back
Remove the access panel to the boot floor.
Remove any stuff that's in there you can remove. You want as much visibility of where the water might come from as possible.
Sprinkle talcum powder over all the rubber seals and the metal work around the tailgate seal, over the rear cargo area so there is a white powder coating on everything.

Now you can see a water trail when it happens, and see where it comes from.

Close up the car.
Park the car in the rain, or hose down the car liberally.

Open the tailgate and look for the water trail.

Can be as simple as the boot rudder seal not sealing tight enough any more. Replace with new, OR do the hack of putting 1/4 inch plastic pipe inside the rubber seal air space to give it more volume.
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Hi,

Looking in wife's 2003 XC90 and found 3 or 4mm of water below the battery. No sunroof but we have roof bars. From best I can see its running down the side of the tailgate and then along the underneath of the tailgate/lower hinged flap and leaking through the seal at the middle. But I am not certain at all. Anybody any ideas?
Have your rear lights been changed/replaced ... if so, most bodyshops do a shocking job and almost never replace/renew the grey foam sealing pads on the rear of the lights ... guess what .... the water then enters the car via the rear lights.

worth checking ... removal is via 2 hex nuts ... careful you dont drop them into the floor/boxsection ... PIA to retrieve.

Hope it helps.
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Good suggestions already.
Mine was slightly different in that it was running down inside the upper boot lid and appearing as a pool on the top of the lower tailgate about 6 inches from the edge. From there it could run inside.
The actual cause was a gap between the inner and outer upper boot lids between the hinge and the corner.
If you suspect this remove the inner tailgate trim and check for water on the rear window lower edge, it should not be effected if the issue is the seals.
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