Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

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Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

Postby RhodyM20 on Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:07 pm

Hey guys,

So my '88 has a non-functioning interior trunk release. Is this usually a result of a snapped cable or is something else at work?

Second, my trunk tends to collect water on the driver's side. In the BMW world, this is almost always a tail light gasket but I have a feeling it could also be associated with the drain tube that exits down there. If it's the former, are tail light gaskets still available? And if it's the latter, what is the fix?

Thanks!

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Re: Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

Postby Huck369 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:27 am

The power antenna is a common leak point on them on the driver's side (for left hand drive cars, as you don't have your location filled out ;) )
Sometimes the trunk is sprung a bit and raised up off the gasket a bit too, which can cause leakage.

They can leak around a tail light, but that's not common, unless they have been removed before, or some impact damage in the area.
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Re: Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

Postby Huck369 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:30 am

Sorry, missed the trunk release question, there is a trunk release bypass near the latch on the trunk lid, it may be switched off, to dis-able the cable, if not then yes, probably a bad cable
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Re: Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

Postby RhodyM20 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:24 pm

Thanks Huck. I'll check it out tonight.

Re: trunk leak: is there anything from the C-pillar up top that can cause a leak? Not sure if the lid has been tweaked....maybe I should invest in a new gasket regardless.
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Re: Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

Postby crazyhorse_001 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:31 pm

Unless its a sunroof car the 3 main causes of water in the trunk are the seal, antenna, and ... rust. If its a sunroof car, the drain tubes can be stopped up, popped off, or rusted off causing water to pool in the headliner. From there it can get anywhere seemingly at random lol
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Re: Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

Postby grossgary on Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:32 pm

Did you check the antenna yet?
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Re: Trunk release and trunk leak: how to fix both?

Postby RhodyM20 on Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:19 am

grossgary wrote:Did you check the antenna yet?


I see no evidence that the antenna is the source of the leak...I do have to replace it at some point, but the grommet is tight and it feels like the seal wouldn't be a source of water coming in.
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