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Rear Rain Water leak

My 97 Odyssey has a leak in the rear when it rains. it isn't coming from above. The wet carpet in the cargo hold forms mainly of the right side. Being in Florida it happens frequrntly and i am afraid of the floor collapsing from rust out if I don't find a solution.The rear tail light lens cover shows some rusty sediment in the bottom. If it is coming in from there; what can I do to stop it? If I can find a replacement should I ? And how can i get into that area to check and see if that is the problem spot? It definitely is not coming infrom the hatchback door. Although the leak appeared when I replaced it a few years ago... There is not sign it is coming in from above and the installer has tried three times but can't figure it out.

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It can leak into the van from the top of the door and run down the gasket. Or into the inner panel behind the trim. It could also come in thru a side window or door and flow back to the lowest point.
My guess would be the tail light as you suspect.
You may have to try using clear sealer between the light and the metal. The studs may have lost their sealer where they come into the inner panel.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

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  • Suzie Jul 15, 2013

    I just got off the phone with a friend who knows a lot about cars and trucks too like you Stephen:) He is coming over this weekend to try to get into the tailight section to try to trace it out. Tomorrow it goes in for the rear end clunking problem, first. I love this old Odyssey and won't give up on her yet!

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Hi, we also have a 2002 Toyota Rav4 and developed a leak in the front driver's side of the car. After much research, we discovered that the drain wells from our sun/moon roof were clogged. If you have one of these, I suggest that you open the sun roof and look carefully. You will notice some tiny little holes in front and in the rear of the sun/moon roof tracks. Over time, these become clogged with dust and debris. You need to find a long, sturdy piece of thin wire and run it down the holes. To test if you have properly unclogged these, take a small amount of water and pour it down the holes. You should see water coming out of the drain wells under the car around the rear of the front tires. Hope this helps.

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It sounds like a plugged drain line from the air conditioner. Most cars now run in the a/c mode whenever u turn on the climate control (even when heat is on). The passenger side front is where it would be wet, and the carpet and carpet pad act like a sponge and will soak up the water. Let me know how u make out.

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Yes Ive had this happen to my Toyota corrola and my dodge there are 2 different reasons why this is happening 1 of them it depends on if you have a sun/moon roof if so theres a vent in there so if any water or anything goes in it reroutes it too the outside of the car if its cloggeed water will spill into the car like that and just leave puddles the second thing is if you have it parked outside with trees all around theres vents up on the hood where the windsheild meets the hood they clog up so if you look along the back firewall which is under the hood all the way in the back theres a hole that gets clogged you need to clean that out and the easiest way to do that is get someone with a air compressor and blow air in that holke to push it all out it should fix all your water problems and if you have any questions let me know ill be glad to help, also please rate me.

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sounds like the air conditioning drain for condensation is plugged

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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SOURCE: water leak in the cargo area of my 97 Odyssey

Either the drain hose or the door gasket has gone bad and is not sealing correctly. The drain line you are talking about is located at the very top of the door. It is a long black flexible hose. You can take it off and either run water through it or take something long and pretty stiff and put it through to see if anything is blocking it

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