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    Question VW Polo water leak

    Hi. My name is Liz, I am new to the forum. I have a much cherished 2003 Polo 1.9 TDI, which is a great little runner. However..... there is an annoying water leak from the top left side of the hatchback. When it is raining heavily water just pours in to the hatchback space of the car. I can't find out where exactly it's getting in!! Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Welcome to the forum Liz.

    Its nice to see you made an intro on your own.

    If your female perhaps you would like to make a comment in How many female drivers on here?
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    I'll have a look at mine in a bit (when it gets lighter!) Liz, and see if I can offer any theories.

    I had a leak via the nearside rear light cluster seal a while back, but from your description yours is coming from higher up than that area?
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    That is where the rubber wiring tube is, it could be detached due to someone doing some wiring repairs to the tailgate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete1 View Post
    I'll have a look at mine in a bit (when it gets lighter!) Liz, and see if I can offer any theories.

    I had a leak via the nearside rear light cluster seal a while back, but from your description yours is coming from higher up than that area?

    Thanks. Yes, the water is getting in right at the top left side of the hatchback. It's intermittent, so assume it depends on the angle of water hitting it. I have learned successfully not to spray water from a hosepipe when cleaning the car. I guess there is a problem with the rubber seal, but I can't see anything. Maybe I can just replace the seal - I would like to try and do this myself as the garage charges a fortune.
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    Thanks for your reply. I haven't had any repairs to the tailgate, but I guess the problem has to be with the rubber seal. I can't see anything wrong with it, but I will have a good look at the weekend to check if it's become detached, or even perished. Is it easy to replace? Sadly, my DIY skills with cars are almost non-existent.
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    No it is awful to replace, you have to remove the tailgate harness, de-pin all the terminals, pull the tube off, slid the wires through the new one and rebuild, a right pain and many hours work. Hopefully it is just detached at the roof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    No it is awful to replace, you have to remove the tailgate harness, de-pin all the terminals, pull the tube off, slid the wires through the new one and rebuild, a right pain and many hours work. Hopefully it is just detached at the roof.

    Thank you for the warning. Sounds like "don't try this one at home"! Hopefully just detached at the roof edge, will have a good look when it stops raining. I really appreciate your advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz Y View Post
    Thanks. Yes, the water is getting in right at the top left side of the hatchback. It's intermittent, so assume it depends on the angle of water hitting it. I have learned successfully not to spray water from a hosepipe when cleaning the car. I guess there is a problem with the rubber seal, but I can't see anything. Maybe I can just replace the seal - I would like to try and do this myself as the garage charges a fortune.

    Do you mean the rubber bellows around the wiring (A in my photo) or the rubber seal around the whole frame where the tailgate closes onto (B in my pic)?
    If you look closely at my photo, you can see that the wiring bellows has abraded the top edge of the seal. May be worth looking closely at yours to see if the seal has been worn right through in that area? https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ppa4j9s7n...75452.jpg?dl=0
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    I've just noticed there's also what looks like a small hole in the rubber wiring bellows on mine, when I expand the picture. A couple of convolutions up from the A end of it. Check yours for similar or worse damage.
    My car: 2003 Polo 1.4 BBY, Petrol
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