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Old 04-28-2003, 04:46 PM
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New water leak, but I know where it'scoming from....

Hi,
I had what I thought was one big water leak in the trunk. I replaced the rear windshield gasket and it severely reduced the leakage, but there is still some. I had my sister blast the car with a hose while I climbed into the trunk with a flashlight. I identified the new leak, take a look below. It's kind of odd. Any ideas on how I should get it rid of it? The water entry point is circled, and yes, it really is that little clip. As far as I can see, it is NOT coming from the rear light unit. The water leaked down the path highlighted by the green line and accumulated in that well. Luckily, there is no rust. Thanks!

Alex

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Old 04-28-2003, 04:57 PM
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New tail light seal should do it.

When I asked an MB service advisor about a similar leak in my 300SE, the first thing he checked was the tail light seal.

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Old 04-28-2003, 05:21 PM
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But it's coming through that little clip I think. By the way, how do I remove that body moulding? Thanks.

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Old 04-28-2003, 10:10 PM
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Dieselhead,

Did you remove the inner fender lining (black plastic molded item)? Jim
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Old 04-29-2003, 01:18 AM
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Alex,
As you probably figured out, the red clips hold the protective rub stip that runs along the side of the car. Normally you can remove the rub strip (and get at the red clips) by carefully prying off the rub strip from the outside. Since you have such good access from behind though you should be able to push on the "pin" in the center and the rub strip will come off. Just be careful you don't bend the trim piece if you only remove/loosen it in a couple of spots. My guess is if you push it out part way and shoot a little silicone seal in there before pushing the strip tight again your leak will be cured.
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Old 04-29-2003, 07:34 AM
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Also, make sure the little heart valve shaped drains at the bottom of the sidewells are clear. To clear them, just reach underneath with your finger and wiggle the heart valve shaped part. If that doesn't work, stick a screwdriver in there to allow the water to drain out.

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