Leaky Trunk! - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


2000-2005 Discuss your 2000-2005 Bonneville SE, SLE, and SSEi Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-17-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Atlantis is on a distinguished road
Default Leaky Trunk!

my bonny'* trunk has a leak! (2000 SE)

i collected about 1/3 bucket of water from the spare wheel well. After analyzing where the leak is from by spraying water from a garden hose onto the closed trunk, then opening the trunk to see where the leak is leading from, i saw that the leak is coming from the rubber lining that is supposed to insulate the trunk. its leaking in this region:



i removed the rubber lining in that area, scraped off as much of that 'glue' stuff that'* been holding it in place (not very well though) and put some caulking (like that caulking you put around window trims to keep water out. hopefully that would work, cuz i dont know anything else i could use ???? ill post the results later when the job is finished and tested
Atlantis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 08:11 PM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Groton, CT _NEBF 05, 06, 07_
Posts: 2,703
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
markwb is on a distinguished road
Default

Atlantis, are you referring to the rubber seal strip that goes around the trunk perimeter?
markwb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 09:48 PM   #3
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Waterloo, NY
Posts: 809
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
swartlkk is on a distinguished road
Default

I had the same leak on my bonnie. Pulled up the trunk seal all the way to where it turns back to horizontal, cleaned off the mounting area and inside of the seal itself, and sealed with some silicone RTV. I haven't had an issue since.

I don't believe that mine leaked at all while sitting outside in the rain, only when driving in the rain.
swartlkk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 11:17 PM   #4
Senior Member
Posts like a Northstar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Bellbrook, Ohio
Posts: 547
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
compyelc4 is on a distinguished road
Default

I did the same thing as swartlkk to fix my leak about 2 weeks ago. The water was actually going under the bottom outer edge of the rubber gasket, then up and over the metal trunk "lip", then back down the inside. I knew this because the inside of the gasket was wet but the top edge of the seal remained dry. I opened the "ski hatch" in the back seat while my wife pumped water on that area of the closed trunk. With a flashliight I could see the water tricking down into the trunk. I'd guess about a teaspoon full every 5 seconds.

There is no way normal rain could do that. The way I figure it the water collected over several years of manual car washing. I had at least 1/2 gallon water sloshing around in the spare tire well and never knew about it (like who looks down there if the jack is never used?!!). The trunk always seemed dry. Funny that I never heard the sloshing.
compyelc4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2006, 11:24 PM   #5
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Waterloo, NY
Posts: 809
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
swartlkk is on a distinguished road
Default

Mine wasn't actually going into the spare tire well as much as it was flowing across the trunk floor and down into the drivers side rear footwell as evident by the water spots on the trunk floor. Weird, but true.

Wasn't a bad weather deflector in the door as I had originally expected, took apart and resealed only later to have water in the rear footwell again. Soaked the rear floor real good one rain filled week and got my laptop which is actually still running good!
swartlkk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2006, 01:04 PM   #6
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Atlantis is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by markwb
Atlantis, are you referring to the rubber seal strip that goes around the trunk perimeter?
yes, you are correct, that is what it'* called.

well it seems that my trunk is now water-tight, but this compound i used (the window caulking stuff) is a bit too soft, but it holds fine... maybe a more permanent solution will have to be done later on.

also, i am going to go to the GM dealer soon because i need to get some parts replaced in the trunk:

there are 10 plastic "bolt" type things, 2 big ones on the floor, and 8 small ones on the sides, i think you all know what im talking about, i need to replace them because their threading is stripped and wont hold.

also, i need to replace that plastic shroud in the rear wall of the trunk, because the 4 'clips' that hold it in place are broken off (i dont know how many of you took it off, but it is held in place to that medal "lip" you guys were talking about by 4 "clips"

maybe because this shroud is broken is wobbly/flopping around, that the rubber seal strip leaked :*



anyways, does any1 have any idea as to how much replacing these 10 'bolts' and the plastic shroud would cost?

thanks
Atlantis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2006, 05:24 PM   #7
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Waterloo, NY
Posts: 809
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
swartlkk is on a distinguished road
Default

My plastic shroud is held on by 4 magnets. If you were to use some strong adhesive, you could just re-attach them to the plastic and be good to go. I had to do this to mine after pulling it off one day and realizing that 3 of the 4 were still attached.

As far as the clips... They shouldn't be too aweful bad... But you may want to browse through your local junk yard to see if you can't find some replacements.
swartlkk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2006, 07:49 PM   #8
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Groton, CT _NEBF 05, 06, 07_
Posts: 2,703
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
markwb is on a distinguished road
Default

You can use tooth picks to swedge into the threaded part of those *****, then thread them onto the studs. They hold real good, you would be surprised.
markwb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2006, 08:51 PM   #9
Senior Member
Certified Car Nut
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Quincy, Ma
Posts: 15,341
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Gumball is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by markwb
You can use tooth picks to swedge into the threaded part of those *****, then thread them onto the studs. They hold real good, you would be surprised.

Oooo Good idea Mark, i'll have to try that. I have a couple loose as well.
Gumball is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2006, 02:36 PM   #10
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Atlantis is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by markwb
You can use tooth picks to swedge into the threaded part of those *****, then thread them onto the studs. They hold real good, you would be surprised.

wow, i never thought of that. sounds like it'* worth a shot.

i'll let you know how it goes, thanks!
Atlantis is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Leaky trunk wolffpac2b 2000-2005 2 08-04-2008 11:06 AM
leaky trunk lid - help? jwakamud 2000-2005 7 10-18-2006 05:36 PM
Leaky Trunk? BrightonBonneGXP Bonneville GXP/ Northstar Powered Cars 5 09-26-2006 08:36 PM
Leaky coolant, leaky tranny. Boreas 1992-1999 6 02-23-2005 08:18 PM
Leaky leaky... Krazy Kyle General GM Chat 15 08-16-2004 02:21 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:37 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.