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Wet boot carpet
#1
Hi , my 64 plate XTR has been getting a wet boot carpet even when not driven but just left in the rain.

It is worse on the drivers side near the tailgate, could it be the seal around the rear lights?

By lights I mean the tail, stop, side and reversing cluster.
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#2
Possibly, but more likely leaking sliding door rail. There's 7 points of failure. These vans are like colanders    

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#3
I've a thread on this a while ago, the side rail issue I sorted one day only to find the leak was still present. Searching on another forum the rear lights was mentioned along with the tailgate rubbers stops attached to the van body itself.
Tail lights removed these stops where loose creating a gap between the stop & the van body.
The way the van body is made it channels the water from the top of the van down over these stops, then with them been loose the water leaks inside making the boot carpet soaking wet.
All sealed up with 922, along with a thin covering over the foam seals on the back lights & now the leak is no more.
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#4
I've managed to remove the lights and noticed that foam rubber seal is wet and the feed cable to the lights is wet, so I have covered it with grease in the hope it will stop the leak.

But I also noticed that the tailgate "bump stop" next to the lights is loose when not under pressure, so I've screwed out the rubber stops in the hope that it will close up any gap that might have been there.
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#5
(31-12-2023, 09:24 AM)Onion_Bhaji Wrote:  I've a thread on this a while ago, the side rail issue I sorted one day only to find the leak was still present. Searching on another forum the rear lights was mentioned along with the tailgate rubbers stops attached to the van body itself.
Tail lights removed these stops where loose creating a gap between the stop & the van body.
The way the van body is made it channels the water from the top of the van down over these stops, then with them been loose the water leaks inside making the boot carpet soaking wet.
All sealed up with 922, along with a thin covering over the foam seals on the back lights & now the leak is no more.

Hi, I've had this problem for a while. I have sealed up my lights with flexible white sealant but still have the same issue so I'm left thinking that it must be the door slide. Do you (or any one else) have any tips on how to seal it on a multi space? Looks quite simple on a normal van but there's alot of plastic in the way on mine. Seems like I'd have to remove the door?
The water on mine appears to collect in that little cubby hole.
I'm currently thinking of having to cut drain holes and attach 6mm tubing to just drain the water. I've converted mine to a camper but having to disassemble and remake wooden parts that are going rotten from the water. Bloody nuisance!
Many thanks, Andrew 



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#6
I found that getting some kids painting kits with water soluble paint and painting it on round the suspected areas . Any water leaks coming in leave a trail where the leak washes away the paint.

On my B9 the sliding door rail is tightened from the outside. I took it off and put sealer behind it and refitted. Leak stopped
2020 Rifter 1.5 allure
2010 B9 red XTR w a v. 
2001 1.9d DW8B white  Berlingo  
2005 2.l green Berlingo
2001 1.9d DW8B white  Berlingo 
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#7
Hi Andrew, mine collected in that cubby hole you are on about...if you lift the tail gate & remove the lights you'll be able to see better, just above the boot stops the body of the motor has been made in a way the when it rains the water runs down its channelled to run directly over the boot stops.
Mine were loose, I sealed them both from the outside with sikaflex, expensive but will last.

https://www.screwfix.com/c/sealants-adhe...brand=sika

Seal all around the boot stops & also smear a thin layer around the top sides of the foam seals on the lights that fit between the light itself & the car body.

The door rails....you'll need someone to help, open the door & start at the doorway, only one bolt, loosen it then side the door to the front, then proceed with the rest approx another 4-5.
The rail should come off, you'll have to re-open the door to do this. Two locating dowels & the bolt holes along with some rubber bung thingys..
Seal all the holes, replace is the exact opposite, second person holding the door.

My bet is it's the boot stops, sorry no pictures I can find them for some reason.
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#8
(31-12-2023, 12:36 PM)brodfather11 Wrote:  I found that getting some kids painting kits with water soluble paint and painting it on round the suspected areas . Any water leaks coming in leave a trail where the leak washes away the paint.

On my B9 the sliding door rail is tightened from the outside. I took it off and put sealer behind it and refitted. Leak stopped

Good idea! I'll give this a go, thanks for the replySmile
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(31-12-2023, 06:13 PM)Onion_Bhaji Wrote:  Hi Andrew, mine collected in that cubby hole you are on about...if you lift the tail gate & remove the lights you'll be able to see better, just above the boot stops the body of the motor has been made in a way the when it rains the water runs down its channelled to run directly over the boot stops.
Mine were loose, I sealed them both from the outside with sikaflex, expensive but will last.

https://www.screwfix.com/c/sealants-adhe...brand=sika

Seal all around the boot stops & also smear a thin layer around the top sides of the foam seals on the lights that fit between the light itself & the car body.

The door rails....you'll need someone to help, open the door & start at the doorway, only one bolt, loosen it then side the door to the front, then proceed with the rest approx another 4-5.
The rail should come off, you'll have to re-open the door to do this. Two locating dowels & the bolt holes along with some rubber bung thingys..
Seal all the holes, replace is the exact opposite,  second person holding the door.

My bet is it's the boot stops, sorry no pictures I can find them for some reason.
Thanks for the info! I'll try doing this this week and see what happens. Not totally sure what you mean by boot stops but I'll have another look and work it out. 
I previously sealed around the lights but didn't make abit of difference so I don't think it's that. Hopefully it stops raining sometime this year so I can actually try fixing it Wink
Thanks again and happy new year.
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(01-01-2024, 06:30 PM)lavericklavericklaverick Wrote:  
(31-12-2023, 06:13 PM)Onion_Bhaji Wrote:  Hi Andrew, mine collected in that cubby hole you are on about...if you lift the tail gate & remove the lights you'll be able to see better, just above the boot stops the body of the motor has been made in a way the when it rains the water runs down its channelled to run directly over the boot stops.
Mine were loose, I sealed them both from the outside with sikaflex, expensive but will last.

https://www.screwfix.com/c/sealants-adhe...brand=sika

Seal all around the boot stops & also smear a thin layer around the top sides of the foam seals on the lights that fit between the light itself & the car body.

The door rails....you'll need someone to help, open the door & start at the doorway, only one bolt, loosen it then side the door to the front, then proceed with the rest approx another 4-5.
The rail should come off, you'll have to re-open the door to do this. Two locating dowels & the bolt holes along with some rubber bung thingys..
Seal all the holes, replace is the exact opposite,  second person holding the door.

My bet is it's the boot stops, sorry no pictures I can find them for some reason.
Thanks for the info! I'll try doing this this week and see what happens. Not totally sure what you mean by boot stops but I'll have another look and work it out. 
I previously sealed around the lights but didn't make abit of difference so I don't think it's that. Hopefully it stops raining sometime this year so I can actually try fixing it Wink
Thanks again and happy new year.
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