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Trunk leaks - Sonata 2003

Original owner of 2003 Sonata. During recent rain storms have experienced water in trunk, no apparent reason/cause.

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It come from the tail light, No big deal to do, Dry your trunk when you can to avoid rust build up.

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Whats your weather stripping look like? dry rot? smashed down? toren? or may be comming thru back window? hole in trunk? thats all i can think of. happy hunting.

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