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Water in spare tire compartment of trunk after heavy rain.

My trunk was full of water in the area where the spare tire is kept. The dealer said it was due to the recessed area around the license plate not being sealed properly. I consider this to be a design flaw on the part of GM. I had to pay $248.00 to have this sealed by the dealer. If they can seal around doors and windows why can't they properly seal areas in the trunk? (Many people do not check the spare tire compartment unless they have a flat.)

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  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    I also have the same problem with my 01 aurora. I keep alot of reference material and books in my trunk and they were all getting damaged, not by water falling down on them but from the evaporation. I will check the licsense plate area,Thanks

  • mafoster67 Jan 19, 2009

    Perhaps the GM dealer needs to better train his ASE mechanics to find the problem from the first report of trouble??

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I had this issue on my 2008 Torrent. It has something to do with the gasketing seal around the back hatch. GM issued a Bulletin to their dealers on how to fix it which means it is an ongoing problem with the Equinox/Torrent platform. I pushed the issue with GM and my dealer saying that although it wasnt a warranty issue it WAS a design flaw and they paid 2/3 of the cost to repair it :)

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  • Jennifer Schilling Jun 27, 2012

    Posted too soon, my point is...check for bulletins, they are admission of poor craftsmanship. You may have abrgaining chip on repair costs if they have issued one.

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This really is a design flaw on the 2001 aurora, mine does the same thing, you'll notice that after the rain or when you wash it and then open the trunk, water pours in. I could never stop it from leaking in but there is a way to keep your trunk water free. there are 3 drain plugs in the bottom of your trunk under the spare tire. They're plastic, just pop one out or fold it back a little.

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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.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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    yadayada Jan 19, 2009

    Water leaks are every tech's nightmare, often the water comes in in places that are hidden by all kinds of body parts, it then runs along seams and deposits far away from the actual leak. I gave u the info u need to try and track this leak down, also i asked for info info about when the leak occurs that u never provided, just trying to help u hear. I don't understand why after taking my own time (not an employee of Fixya) to help u gave me a TFT rating?. Well anyway good luck and try the suggestions I gave, u may get lucky and see it.

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    tararawr Apr 29, 2012

    I had this happened to me and when I changed the rear brake light I didn't have it sealed properly when I put the brake light cover back on and it flooded my tire compartment...

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