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Removing trunk vent?

Posted by justinj07, Jul 22, 2010

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  1. justinj07

    justinj07 Probationary Member

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    Water is coming directly from the inside of the vent and flowing through the flap.

    Would it be a problem to remove this and just seal it up? Is there anything attached? Any special procedure to remove it -- or can I just knock it out of place?

    There's a similar article I found, but the catch is that I don't have a problem with pressure, as my passenger side door is missing weather stripping anyway, and can let pressure out via there. And that also doesn't leak, at least not that I've seen.
     

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  2. AK Maniak

    AK Maniak Proven Member

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    I didn't even know there was a vent there, what is it for?
     
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    Most cars have them, its so the doors shut easy, it lets all the air out as you close the door, Ive seen someone who blocked this in another type of car and his sunroof popped up a bit every time he closed his door... LOL i warned him, I say if that sides leaking find out why, is the fender liner in there?
     
  4. justinj07

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    Car was in a wreck, bumper is not flush by any means, and so there are small but significant gaps throughout the rear. Body shops don't want to touch my car unless I'm willing to throw Gs at them
     
  5. Two4 Stroke Her

    Two4 Stroke Her Proven Member

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    Are you sure that's where the leak is coming from. Those flaps point down, how would water come in if it is flowing from the top to the bottom. I have never seen one leak.
     

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  6. justinj07

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    When it rains moderately, nothing major happens. When it pours, it starts gathering alongside that plastic vent and overcomes the flap and seeps in. It also comes from all around that vent, not just the flap. Then it flows directly from the rear to the front of the car due to the way the car is designed and the angle parked, and soaks the carpet in the front. This is becoming a huge annoyance as you can imagine.
     
  7. akira235

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    c,
    just seal the everloving hell out of the body of the vent
     
  8. justinj07

    justinj07 Probationary Member

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    Just to throw an update out for any that are/were curious...

    The cause of this leaking was most likely the fact that my bumper no longer sealed up against the frame properly, so water was getting directly to that vent shown in pictures above through a hole between the body and bumper. But this was not what caused the floors in the car to flood.

    I eventually swapped out shells to a 95 Talon TSi, and noticed a similar leak happening behind the drivers seat on the floor board, but not underneath the rear seat. Made me flip my s**t as one can imagine. I ended up tearing out all interior and got in there and watched every spot on that car for water as my buddy sprayed it down.

    The problem that I must have had in both the Eclipse and Talon was that the quarter panel windows were leaking. The Eclipse must have had both leaking, but my Talon only had the driver's side leaking. $65 at an auto-glass shop and about 2 hours of my time and the car's been dry throughout some serious (tornado-prone) storms. :hellyeah:
     
  9. Bud92gsx

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    That's kinda cool that it's in the trunk..On 1g's the vent is on both sides of the car, in front of the rear wheel.
     

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