July 9, 2005
Every time I washed the car I would find a puddle in the trunk right at the back of the car. Obviously there is a leak. I don’t ever plan on driving the car in the rain but having water laying in the trunk after a car wash can’t be good for my relatively rust-free car. The taillights were in such bad shape that I assumed they were the culprits but I fixed those and I still am all wet.
So time to find a leak. The best way I could think of to find where the water was coming in was to shut myself into the trunk with a flashlight while a helper hosed off the trunk. As there is no way to open the trunk from the inside this involves a bit of trust. Being a trusting sort I handed the hose to my wife and folded myself in the trunk. It was a tight fit but when she started watering the car it was clear that water was entering around the trunk lid chrome trim and running through the trunk lid. The water ran out around the latching mechanism and made my puddle.