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Leaking RX4 rear door seal ?

Hi,

I seem to be having problems with the seal on my RX4 rear door. The well where the car jack is located seems to keep filling up when it rains. As far as I can see the water seems to be coming in round about where the rear door hinges are.

Has anyone had this problem or have any suggestions on how to fix this rather irritating problem??

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Happy you have the problem too as I am going mad trying to work it out, unhappy for us both though.
I find mine doesn't leak when the car is parked with the rear down below the level of the front, our driveway is slightly inclined so if there's rain coming I park up the drive. Found this out because our last place had a driveway the other inclination and it didn't leak there much i don't think. I have twin sunroofs and thought the rear one might be leaking. i am going to try vegetable dye in a little bit of water to see where it's coming form. I will post the results here soon.
Cheers from a downunder Rx4.
I will have to posta link to our google house pic as the Rx4 is in the driveway
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Glad to hear that someone else is suffering with this problem. It's an fffing pain!

My car is in a similar situation in that it is parked on a sloping drive at home. The rear of the car is elevated above the front and the well for the car jack fills up with water.

Water appears to be coming from the top of the rear door near the hinge. I think the seal near the hing is not tight against the door as there is no black stripe running round the hinge end interior of the door like there is on the lock side of the door.

When water leaks into the car it travels down the inside of the hinge side of the door next to the rubber door seal untill it hits the bottom of the rubber door seal. Her it accumulates and as the car is on a slope it runs into the car by travelling over/under the grey plastic mount covering the door seal at the bottom. If you park your car with the front wheels higher than the rear wheels then the water will leak out between the seal and the grey plastic (interior) liner of the door and the car will not flood. There is a slight slope on the top of the rear door to shed rain. When the car is sloping forward this slope disappears.

I don't think my problem is a sun roof issue.

Will try and sort out some pictures.

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Yep sounds like the same issue doesn't it.
Just park the car with the nose higher when it's going to rain.
Last year we went to hervey Bay on the mid north coast of Qld and it absolutely p*ssed down for most of the 10 days we were away. The car hardly leaked at all because it was level or moving, even driving in torrential cyclonic downpour it stayed dry ..........like trying to work out what the wife is thinking....give up
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I think I've figured out where the problem lies!

The RX4 rear door has a black window seal on the top which seals against the top window when the top window is shut.

This window seal is held down at either end by what appears to be a adhesive rubber pad. The window seal looks like it is fully sealed to the door at its ends but it is not!

The window seal shape means that water gets trapped at its ends when the car is facing down hill. Trapped water then flows under the ends of window seal into the car. Water trickles down the inside of the rear of the car door onto the bottom of the door seal. Water then floods over the bottom of the rear car door seal into the car.

If the car is facing uphill (front wheels are high) then not as much water gets in, and the water that does get in will trickle out between the bottom of the rear door car door seal and the rear card door, as it is more difficult for it to flood over the rear door seal into the car when the front wheels are raised.

I've just used silicone adhesive to fully seal the rear door window seal (at its ends) to the car door.

I will let you know what happens today as we've got rain scheduled this afternoon.

Hope the above makes sense.
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