Dampness in rear cargo area

Mar 28, 2018
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Hello,

Wondering if anybody else is experiencing some dampness (the area is about a foot long, from the base of the hatch, and goes just about from left to right, nice rectangular shape) in the rear cargo area. I also keep a weather tech mat and curious if maybe the mat is retaining some moisture or there's a leak someplace. The headliner above the cargo area is dry. Thanks in advance
 

pnwbasic

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Aug 8, 2018
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I had this same issue. I was getting a stale wet smell. I finally traced it to the back trunk underneath a big “bug out/emergency kit” Rubbermaid bin I have in the back. There was moisture collected under the bin and the carpet mat was wet. I think there may have been condensation on the bottom of the box when I put it in but I have no clue really where it’s coming from. Do you have anything in the back?
 
Mar 28, 2018
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Yes. I have tons of gear. Maybe I'll offload everything and see if I still have this issue. I replaced the weatherstripping (~$100) no luck. Threw a towel underneath to help soak up some moisture.

I called weather tech and they've never heard anything like that before. Thanks
 

JuneBugg

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My 2005 has a bad leak above the tailgate. I've removed the plastic trim which houses the interior cargo light and located the leak dripping from a seam in the metal above it. I cannot for the life of me determine where the water is entering. I've removed the 3rd break light bezel (no rear spoiler), but it was dry behind. I thought the rubber boot covering the wires for the third break light may be cracked or seal compromised, but the wires are dry under the trim panel. The weather strip seems intact as well.

Any other experiences or suggestions for this? Thank you.
 

155MPH

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Same issue. Pulled the carpet and found a good bit of coolant from the rear heater core. Going to investigate more this weekend and will update with a solution.