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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-01-2007, 18:41 Thread Starter
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Rover 75 Water in the Boot

I own a Rover 75 1.8 Con. SE. Reg. 2004
For the past 6 months, I have found water, in the bottom of the boot, at times 2 - 4 cm`s.
The carpets are wet, with condensation dripping from the roof of the boot lid.
At the moment i do not have a clue where the water is coming from.

Any clues as to the source...and any ideas as to solving the problem ?
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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-01-2007, 18:43
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Very often the seals on the rear light clusters can let in water.
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I have a Rover 45. Don't have water in the boot, however I also suffer from condensation on the roof of the boot.

Light seal dont leak and no signs of water anywhere else.

This only happens when raining which in my area has been lasting for ages.
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my 420 saloon used to get condensation on the bootlid,no other visible signs of water ingress so it never worried me too much.
IIRC on the 400/45's there is alittle rubbery flapped vent in the boot that can sometimes cause a leak.
As for the 75 Id check the light cluster seals or if like my 400 it has a long rubber boot seal which go's all the way round and joins then check it joins properly.
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I own a Rover 75 1.8 Con. SE. Reg. 2004
For the past 6 months, I have found water, in the bottom of the boot, at times 2 - 4 cm`s.
The carpets are wet, with condensation dripping from the roof of the boot lid.
At the moment i do not have a clue where the water is coming from.

Any clues as to the source...and any ideas as to solving the problem ?
DAVIDASTILL


hi Dave
i have this problem as well - worrying when you have sat nav etc in boot!
it can be the boot seal rubbers but i replaced mine and still had the problem.
i have been told that water can enter the boot via the chrome metal strips that run down the side of the car! where the holes are.
it can be fixed by removing the inner boot carpet along the sides, finding the holes and then sealing with some silicone or something similar.
i have not got round to doing this yet myself but it all makes sense.
hope this helps . . . . john
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post #6 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-01-2007, 09:40
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hi dave. my 75 boot is the same .the rear lens are ok no signs of water but the roof of the boot is soaking .i read some where that the clips on the rear window are loose leting the water come in, as yet i have not had a look cause its always raining ,or finding some one who can do it for me .as its a bit tricky .if you sort it let me know so i can sort mine out
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post #7 of 49 (permalink) Old 14-02-2007, 11:31
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Angry Leaking boot ZT

It is a real problem!! My work stuff is continously soaking wet! I have had the Gen Rover windscreen clips done - Garbage! waste of £60, mine seems to be when I have driven in the rain, I have taken the carpet and board out of the back - I have a mould spot on the RHS behind the light cluster - I intend on taking out the light, carpet and checking all the above - I have noticed a hole in the rear panel which appears to be open does this open out to behind the bumper?? if all esle fails I am going to drill a hole under the spare wheel!!
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if all esle fails I am going to drill a hole under the spare wheel!!
My Dad had a Ford Anglia once, and the boot leaked from new. Nottingham's main Ford dealer's solution was to drill a hole in the boot floor to let the water out. They didn't even seal the bare metal edge of the hole. Suffice to say, it went back, and back again until the leak was cured.
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post #9 of 49 (permalink) Old 14-02-2007, 14:49
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Had same problem.
cured by putting sealent under boot seal and sealing around chrome trim fixings as mentioned in Johns reply.
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Thumbs up swimming pool in the boot.

I recently bought a 2001, 75 with the same problem.

Firstly remove all carpets floor and side wall and allow them to dry out thoroughly or your boot will stink of damp once you fix the leak!!

The side carpets come away with a little brute force.

Then thoroughly dry out boot (removing spare wheel), I used kitchen roll (lots of it).

then with the boot open pour water down the back window ( I used a kettle), not 2 much or the water will flow over the boot seal.

Then stick your head in the boot and look for drips (will probably take several kettles full to locate leak)

On my car the leak was coming in from one of the rear window clips. (These are quit tricky to see, look inside the boot to where the back window ends little black pointy clips (non technical term)). To fix this I surrounded the clip with ‘bog standard’ silicon seal, and hey presto leak fixed.

The same can be done for rear lights leaking (a hose would be better for this) .

Long winded but Hope this helps!
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we change quite a lot of the foam rear light seals which split causing this problem but i think they are now on back order with no factory date.
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post #12 of 49 (permalink) Old 15-02-2007, 02:58
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water in boot

I had same problem,for 2 months i tried everything like climbing in the boot whilst my wife put the hosepipe all over (nothing) but soon as it rains, (yes) boot side full of water ,I thought at first going to the pet shop for some fish, but then I read some of the threads here, ( bingo) all it was as described by our very own 75 men (brilliant people) It was the rear lamp seal, mine was the nearside, but yours may be tother side (lancashire slang), The rubber seal splits (mine was at the bottom), allowing water to pass into boot,(yes I thought it couldnt be that (but it was). I dried the rubber sponge seal then used super glue,been fine ever since.(anybody want to buy some goldfish). teebee.
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post #13 of 49 (permalink) Old 15-02-2007, 07:03
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I've had the same problem, the guy who looks after my 75 got into the boot while I sprayed the car with a hose. Turned out to be comming from the back clip which holds on the chrome strip, a small drop of silicone and problem solved! I'v had no other problemes with leakes in the boot thow.
(just engines!)

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post #14 of 49 (permalink) Old 30-01-2009, 19:45
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Do you park on a slope, front downhill. I have had trouble, with a Honda. The water not draining puddling up along where the boot hinges and creeping past the top of the seal. Park the other way round and problem solved.
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post #15 of 49 (permalink) Old 23-02-2009, 09:33
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Same problem, Rover 75 cdti seals split on left hand lamp assy. the water was running into the boot and filling the well but had also splashed forward when braking, the whole rear carpet was wet underneath, I am removing the carpet to dry it out now
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just sorted the same problem out with my 75. A word of warning regarding it. the mat was soaked so had to dry it out. The warning is regarding where the water had managed to reach.
I had to take the back seats out to check the ADS sensor connections and under the seat was a centemeater of water and the soundproofing was soaking wet. water had also reached the rear carpet.
If you have never checked this before when u have had a leak in the boot check it now. The soundproofing took over 3 days to dry out.
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I was already planning to take out my back seat (once summer arrives) as although my carpets show no sign of moisture I'm sure lots of rain went under the foam underneath back seat before I got the car as the light seal was leaking before/when I got the car.

I can't wait to remove the back seat and lift up the carpet - it'll be so much fun
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post #18 of 49 (permalink) Old 22-11-2009, 18:50
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Angry MG ZT Boot leaks......

My MG ZT has also devolped leaks in the boot in this vile november weather!

I was only trying to find out why the bulb failure light was lit on dash.... (wished i'd never opened the boot now!!!!)

Found the nearside rear light seal had split and light cluster was full of condensation - hence poor contacts/dampness of bulbs causing dash light, clear siliconed sealed that daft foam seal back together and refitted when it had all dried. That appears to have curred that one!

When I came to the car the next day I found 3 more minor leaks. About 4 of my waistline moulding black clips are letting water slowly run in above the rear wheel arch. (both sides of the car) ....

I wrongly/rightly decided to take off the near side trim moulding. Broke 4 clips in doing so..... Ordered 10 replacements from rimmer bros @ a cost of about £1.80 ea. I have insulation tape over the holes to stop more rain coming in whilst i wait for them to arrive!!!! Desperate measures for deperate times!

My theory is to remove both the outer trims from the car. Replace all the clips and clear silicone them back in when re-fitting as I cannot see/get access to the rear of the clips that are closest to the rear doors (from inside the boot) .... I'm suspecting that they are leaking too after reading perserver's thread as the soundproof matting under the rear seat on the curbside is saturated (unless there is yet another leak!!!) I cant work out where the water would end up if it follows the contour of the wheel arch towards the front of the car????

In addition to the rear lights and moulding trim leaks, there is also a fresh pool of water under both of the black boot vents.... I've read some people have re-sealed them sucessfully.... Can anyone comment if they managed it without taking off the rear bumper to gain access? Did you run a bead of silicone around the vent from inside the boot? Does that work???? Comments please.

I really don't want to take the rear bumper off.... I feel the car is enough bits at the moment..... in my kitchen I now have contents of boot, all the carpets, sparewheel, tools, the whole rear seat, all around the radiator...... Even considered kicking my mk2 escort out the garage into the rain for it to take cover!

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Fortunately my vents didn't leak but that was probably the only thing that didn't.

I think most of the people that removed the vent had to as it was either upside down or not fitted correctly. I siliconed around the edges of both mine from inside the boot just incase they were letting in water - it can't do any harm and it may save you from having to remove the bumper.

You might also want to check the bottom of rear windscreen where the weather flap runs along the base. MGR decided to fit one on mine where there the flap was 2" short on one side which welcomed the rain into the boot above the wheel arch until I managed to block it.

Also check the hinges for the boot lid as they can let in water as mine did.
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I have repaired two 75's for the same problem!

As mentioned on here somewhere, remove rear lights, clean apertures and lights, wash and dry the old seals (new ones are hard to find!) then silicone the foam seal to the light unit, AND silicone the light unit into the aperture.


Hey presto.. no more leaky boot
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