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jim getman
post Sep 7 2009, 04:24 PM
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Just bought a 1986 740 GLE. seems to be wet in trunk on both sides. wheel wells and rest of car in excellent shape, undercoated well etc.. I suspect water getting in at taillights.

I never had a 740. Any ideas?

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post Sep 14 2009, 03:32 PM
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Jim,
They're great cars, so good luck and enjoy. I don't have great insights -- just a few places to look. How's the rubber gasket that lines the trunk? And do you still have the metal strip with rubber at the end of the rear window / rear part of the trunk lid? I reglued mine in place when I first got the car since it was loose. Without it, I think water would get in the trunk from the rear window runoff. I've had a little moisture on rare occasion inside the tail lights but my trunk has stayed dry. Good luck hunting down the source
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post Sep 15 2009, 09:13 AM
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If yours is anything like the 850 there is a drain that removes the water from the channel surrounding the trunk well. If that drain gets stopped up it could get in the trunk.
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post Sep 15 2009, 08:50 PM
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Let me guess, it's a sedan right? Probably a bad gasket around the taillights, also check the drains like others said. It could also just be that there is some dirt between the gaskets and the body. If it's the seals you'll probably also see water in the lights them selves.
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post Sep 17 2009, 06:55 PM
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thanks for the ideas....the taillights do have water in them at times.
guess this means a gasket?
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post Sep 21 2009, 12:54 AM
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Butting in, can a gasket be bought or it has to be made?
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post Oct 29 2009, 10:15 PM
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Here is my experience, I have a 740 sedan:
I had water accumulating in the trunk and in the tailights. In my case,

1/ the tailights were getting moisture because of junk building up agains the gaskets, solution: pull of the taillights, clean all parts, put a thin coat of Vaseline on the gasket, drill very small holes 1/8 inch or smaller, through the bottom of the taillights to allow moisture to drain and install the taillights back in.


2/ The gasket that goes around the trunk against the trunk lid starts leaking water into the trunk through capilary action. Pull it off where it is loose, clean the metal parts, put a silicone sealer on the metal and into the seal, then push the seal back in place.


This solved my wet trunk...
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post Oct 29 2009, 11:11 PM
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QUOTE (IC53 @ Oct 29 2009, 08:15 PM)
Here is my experience, I have a 740 sedan:
I had water accumulating in the trunk and in the tailights. In my case,

1/ the tailights were getting moisture because of junk building up agains the gaskets, solution: pull of the taillights, clean all parts, put a thin coat of Vaseline on the gasket, drill very small holes 1/8 inch or smaller, through the bottom of the taillights to allow moisture to drain and install the taillights back in.


2/ The gasket that goes around the trunk against the trunk lid starts leaking water into the trunk through capilary action. Pull it off where it is loose, clean the metal parts, put a silicone sealer on the metal and into the seal, then push the seal back in place.


This solved my wet trunk...



Thanks for the info... I'll try both items.
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QUOTE (jim getman @ Oct 29 2009, 11:11 PM)


Thanks for the info... I'll try both items.


Well,
here's my experience.
6 times removed sedan tail lights and finally got it dry...
don't bother about the leaking gasket or foam seal, you won't get it tight and you only spend your money on expensive silicone products.
Water runs in from the top of the seal, accumulates in the reflectors and in the aquarium under and around the reflectors finally spilling over the edge of the light holes in the back of your trunk.

Remedy: dril small holes in the bottom of all of the reflectors and between the reflectors in the bottom of the black plastic housing.
Cost: nill effect: 100% dry trunk.
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haha i have the same problem except im planning on building up my trunk with subs and amps etc etc and this has been stopping me from it because the water. im do all the following as well thank u man!
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post Sep 30 2010, 05:59 PM
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I had that exact same problem on my 89 740, used silicone to seal it up.
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My son's 2002 S60 had an issue with water. After it rained, you needed to open the trunk lid slowly to let the water that had accumulated inside the trunk lid to drain. It was caused by a missing clip under the plastic panel fastened to the outside of the lid. The repair:

1. Remove plastic clips holding fuzzy cover on inside of the trunk lid.
2. Remove fuzzy cover.
3. Disconnect power to license plate lights.
4. Remove license plate.
5. Remove license plate bracket.
6. Slide the plastic trunk lid cover about an inch or two towards the passenger side.
7. Remove the cover.
8. Count how many broken clips you need to order (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) .
9. Wash the 15 years of crap and dead spiders off the trunk lid (the part that's under the cover.


There is an alignment pin in the very center of the trunk lid. It's not a clip, but you might think that it is. If you're ordering clips, it might be a good idea to just order one of these, too, since it could be part of the leak.

Both of the license light holder clips were broken, so while I was in there I duct taped them in place.

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