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Old 01-04-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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Trunk Leak!!!!!!

Ever since I purchased the car, I always detected a faint mildew smell.
About a year ago, I decided to put the owner's manual zipper bag in the passenger side cargo net in the trunk. Somehow it got water damage, so I chalked it up to water dripping in when I would open the trunk after a hand wash.

Now mind you, I've now owned this car for 4.5 years and I've only NOW noticed that the carpet under the previous mentioned passenger side cargo net area in the trunk is saturated after I wash it. I did a hose test and determined it is seeping in from behind the passenger taillight where it bolts to the car. There are two unused bolt holes and it's coming in from the bottom unused hole. So I examine the gasket on the taillight and it's fine, so I get out some clear RTV silicone and close those two unused holes.

I try the hose test again and it fixed that leak, but now it seeps in just to the right of the latch. I pull away the weather stipping and see tons of "mildewy" goop and the possible spot where it could now be coming in. I'll try more clear silicone and see how that goes.

Anyone else had an issue like this, or is it just my luck that I received a "Special" car.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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In addition, check the expansion rivets which can become deformed if removed and should be replaced rather than reused. If you want PM email address and I will send the DTB.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:15 PM   #3
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I had water getting into the trunk lid after going through the car wash or heavy rain. My prior MB Dealer did a warranty repair but the service rep misunderstood my description of the problem. Their repair was to replace the rubber stripping around the trunk compartment..........which sounds like what you need, i.e., pull off the old stuff and install the new. They had to order the part......check with your MB Dealer Parts Dept. Incidently, it was nice to get a new stripping seal around my trunk, but I still got water into the truck lid. The second warranty repair included ordering and installing and painting a new low trunk lid piece with rubber gasket...........but it starting leaking again after 12 months. This time I DIY because it was too much a pain to go to the MB Dealer again and have them repeat the last repair. I applied 2-3 coats of Ruscoe Permanent Sealer myself in the seam between the upper and lower portions of the rear trunk lid........that did the trick and it's not visible using this clear sealer. This stuff is great, water proof, and is touted to bond to aluminum, steel, glass, wood, masonry, ceramics, fiberglass and rubber, and can be applied under water......I've used it for my other vehicles too, such as re-glueing the outside driver's rear mirror that came off and re-glueing weather strip.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:53 AM   #4
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Was your leak in the same area as mine?
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Old 01-05-2010, 01:58 PM   #5
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Was your leak in the same area as mine?
No, my leak was in the trunk lid..............no water was entering the trunk.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Exclamation 211 trunk leak

Hi,
I have a leak on my w211.
The water is comming down to the left rear tail light and make it through to the trunk where all the water is collected,
I have removed the seal and resealed it again, I have removed the plastics gutter on bothe sides removed the light
I have tried every thing still the problem exsists.

Please help me.
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Beware of water in the trunk near the spare tire area. There are electrical components down there you don't want to get damaged.
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #9
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The Law Office of Robert L. Starr is investigating complaints of water leaking into the footwell of W211 E Class Mercedes vehicles. If you have any information regarding this condition, and you are willing to provide this information, please either email Robert L. Starr at starresq@hotmail.com, or call 818-225-9040, and leave a message for Robert Starr.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:30 PM   #10
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:25 PM   #11
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I ultimately fixed the issue by removing the passenger side tail light assembly and applying a coat of clear RTV silicone on the back of the foam gasket where it meets the body and then re-installing it. No more leaks.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:31 AM   #12
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Water in trunk

I have fixed my issue, I went to mercedes dealer told them about the water leaking in to the trunk form the left side.

I had to replace the foam gasket which fits under the light, that has resolved all my problems.

The foam gaskets on the rear lights are the same for both sides, try swapping them round, that should solve your problem or get a new gasket from the dealers.

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Smile Trunk Leak 03 E500 repaired for $3.49 & 30 minutes

Had my 2003 E500 trunk (and Hood and roof)replaced due to hail damage recently. I then noticed the base of the inside liner of trunk was soaked after hand or auto car wash...I confirm the culprit in my case was water getting in at the trunk 2-part seam that runs above the license plate. $3.49 for GE Premium waterproof clear silicone(& it states it is sun and freeze proof). Used painters masking tape to protect both sides of the seam as I SLOWLY filled crack with one seamless line. The other trick is fill about 6-8 inches, then with clean finger run along silicone to create smooth slightly inward concave watertight barrier, then continue same process another 6-8 inches, so that in quick order you have professional seal. It has passed the car wash tests. $3.49 and a little time. The GE clear seal is avaialble at the LARGE BIG BOX Discount Giant we all know---

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