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Trunk leak The trunk compartment in my '84 Accord is always wet or damp after it rains. I presume the gasket around the perimeter of the lid is leaking, but I see no obvious damage. Any solutions? Would household weatherstripping be worth a try? Spray-on foam? Thanks.

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Check for defective spot welds around the plastic inserts on the left and right sides of the trunk. If the spot welds burnt through the metal, there will be holes were water can get in. Use some JB Marine Weld to seal up any holes or cracks in the sheet metal. Also, check the rubber drain holes under those inserts, that are in the sheet metal of the car, to make sure they are not blocked with road dirt. Also, check the weather stripping on the outside of the car, adjacent to the trunk. If the rubber and chrome trim weather stripping is pulling out (on the exterior of the rear quarter panel), then water will leak through the little plastic attaching screws and into the trunk beneath the plastic containers on the left and right front sides of the trunk.

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  • Scottie Oct 13, 2011

    I forgot to mention, to remove the plastic storage inserts that are on the left and right sides of the inside of the trunk, you just need to remove the single Philips head screw in each one. Then, take each plastic insert out and then you can see the spot welds and the rubber drain holes. If there is dirt in there, clean it thoroughly until it is spotless so you can see if there are any other holes, cracks or other areas on the metal that might be leaking. After you take the plastic insert containers out, use a garden hose to shoot water on the outside of the rear quarter panels and check to see if there is any water leakage where the rear quarter panel trim is attached (if it leaks you will see water leaking on the inside of the trunk where the little white plastic trim connectors come through the sheet metal...behind the plastic insert containers that you removed).

  • Scottie Oct 13, 2011

    The reason I provided these solutions is because I own a 1984 Honda Accord and I had the same wet trunk issue. My gasket is in perfect shape, but I had leakage. The leakage was actually coming from three defective spot weld holes in the sheet metal behind the plastic container inserts and from the holes in the rear quarter panel that are used to attach the trim. The rubber drain holes in the sheet metal under the plastic container inserts were also plugged with road dirt. Once I sealed the defective spot welds, re-secured the trim, and cleaned the rubber drain holes, I no longer had a water leakage problem in my trunk.

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It is the gasket

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  • Scottie Oct 12, 2011

    Defective spot welds around the plastic inserts on the left and right sides of the trunk. Also, check the rubber drain holes under those inserts, that are in the sheet metal of the car, to make sure they are not blocked with road dirt. Also, check the weather stripping on the outside of the car, adjacent to the trunk. If the rubber and chrome trim weather stripping is pulling out (on the exterior of the rear quarter panel), then water will leak through the little plastic attaching screws and into the trunk beneath the plastic on the left and right front sides of the trunk.

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