2006 Equinox water in spare compartment and wet backseat carpet!
Hi, I am alos experiencing a problem with water accumulating in the spare tire compartment of my 2006 Chevy Equinox. The carpet in backseat area was soaked! No one seems to be able to figure out where the problem is originating. Meanwhile is vehicle is beginning to have a mold/mildew ordor.
Re: 2006 Equinox water in spare compartment and wet...
I am going threw the same situation with the leaking water under the front dash and standing water in the carpeting causing mold..... also i had a leak in the back hatch causing standing water in the spare tire hold. Just took it to the dealership and its a sealant leak, apparently its common in 2006 Equinox's. Mine is costing $850 to fix the seals, but would be $2000 to do the seals and carpet. My partners' dad is going to replace my carpeting, but i am having the dealership fix the seal leaks.
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If you have a center brake light in the trunk lid. This is how the water gets in the well. I silicone all them. Sometimes the rear spoiler will let water in also. I also drill a hole in the bottom to drain the water. Sometimes there are plastic plugs you can pop out under the spare tire.
If you take the spare out and remove the carpet (if there is carpet), theres usually a drain plug on the bottom of the vehicle....You can also crawl underneath and see it....It has probably dry rotted.....You can order a new one or seal it both bottom and top with something like rubber in a can....
i have this exact same problem on mine. i see the plugs too, not sure if this is for wiring or possibly to let water out if it ever got in. but doesn't seem to be where the water is coming from. had the problem for years but finally took off the carpet on the walls. there is dust on the metal from it being untouched for so long. but i can see water streaks in the dust and i followed it. for mine atleast, it seems to be coming from where metal meets at the front of the trunk where the latch is at. looks like weather stripping should be protecting it, but its so old i dont think its doing its job. when i pulled the weather stripping off a bit, it had water inside. it has to be getting inside somehow and coming over the metal. defeating its purpose. im just finding it tricky to find the type of weather stripping the car came with as other generic types dont seem to be doing the job
Pending where you live, it may be condensation build up in the spare tire itself due to the heat inside the compartment...try taking the tire out for a time period and drive without a spare. That sounds risky yes...but it could be just the spare itself. In that case you'd just need to go out and purchase another spare and take the old one back to the dealer and tell them that something is wrong with the spare that you are giving them. If its not the tire...go to the dealer and have it looked at by a mechanic.
Hope this helps :)
i have had this same problem on my 05, you need to check your "cabin pressure release valve cover" its located below the driver side tail light underneath the bumper. so if you look directly underneath the light laying on the ground you can run your hand up the bumper and feel it, its a rectangle hole. i had to go the dealership to have them identify it for me. but thats is where my water leak was coming in from.
i'm assuming with wear and tear after 4-5 years of road it probally cracked and gave out and is letting water in through there. this has been verified by me as well.
Here is the best way to find out where the water is coming in. Get inside the trunk and have someone you trust close the trunk. make sure you do it when it is daylight or a well lit garage. while you are in the trunk with the lid closed you will be able to see light where there is any gap around the trunk seal and that will be where the water is coming in. some times the sides of the trunk opening gets bent down causing the trunk gasket not to seal properly.
I had the same problem. It is due to a leak in the weather stripping on the back gate. My dealer replaced that. Now, the front of the truck is getting soaked on the inside because the weather stripping around the doors are cracked. I am considering buying a car cover because I can't afford 1000 bucks for something so stupid. Never had this problem with any other Car or SUV.
U need to carefully check the seams of the sheetmetal for any sign of water or dirt from the road, there is no common leak on these cars, in fact they seldom leak anywhere, the water is most likely splash up from the road, unless u left something out like it was sitting when this water accumulated. Let me know that info.
I ran into this same problem. I took my 2006 Equinox to a dealer and they found that the water was coming in where the wire harness for the hatch back goes in to meet with the rest of the car on the passenger side near the hinge. There was no sealant there. They put some sealant on and problem was solved. It might be a good idea to look here first.