Help with water in boot W211

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  1. Benji1987

    Benji1987 Active Member

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    hello all
    I have an E55 W211 with a water leak in the boot. I have replaced both lamp gaskets and panel vents as I’ve been told they are common to go!
    Now I’m at a loss!
    Any ideas? I’ve stripped the boot out and seems to be coming from higher up near the rear windscreen but the screen is still genuine!
     
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    Quite possiby its the rubber seal that goes around the top and down the sides of the boot.
    When I wash the car and use a hose to clear the soapy water I can open the boot and there is water on the inside edge which is getting past the rubber seal.
    Replacing that is on my "to do" list next spring.
     
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    Benji1987

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    I have replaced the boot seal just in case and it hasn’t stopped it!
    Do you mean the plastic trim on each side of the boot runner that has a rubber seal at the edges running down past the rear lamps?
     
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    Petrolheed Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Did you put sealer around the boot seal, and could the boot lid lock stand any adjustment, still retaining the shut lines with the adjacent panels?
     
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    OneForTheRoad Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    3rd brake light or plastic panel number plate holder, leaking. buy black silicone and seal along the joints.
     
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    Benji1987

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    The seal had its own gunk inside it, I’ll have a look to see if there is any more adjustment.

    Is there supposed to be seals behind these?
     
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    [QUOTE


    Is there supposed to be seals behind these?[/QUOTE]

    there are seals behind fascia and behind 3rd brake light.
     
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    I have solved this problem on lots of cars over the years. Obviously it won't work on every occasion.
    Have a look under the rubber seal around the boot. Is it dirty and wet? If so clean and dry the inside of the seal and the metal lip it fits onto. Put standard electrical tape over the lip in one continuous length as close to the centre of the tape as you can, and press the tape into place.The lip will now have the top covered with tape.
    Replace the rubber seal.
    What happens is the water running down the the sides of the boot carries all the dust and grit with it. This gets under the sides of the seal. Using capillary action the water makes it to the inside and into the boot.
    It's a cheap non messy easy to do cure. If this is not the problem you have lost nothing apart from 4ft of tape and 10 minutes of your time.
     

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