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Old 01-31-2020, 08:09 PM   #1
jkeyzer
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Default 04 wagon roof leaking into spare tire well

I have a 2004 WRX Wagon that has been collecting water in the spare tire well when it rains.

It appears that water is coming in the roof and running down inside the frame rails. I ran a hose on the roof and I can see the water dripping down inside the rail but it's hard to tell exactly where it's getting in.

I think it may be coming in this gap in the body seam just behind the right side roof rail (photo link below). Has anyone seen this before? I was hoping it was the rail attachment points that were leaking but this looks like it will be harder to fix, requiring seam sealer and body work.

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Old 02-01-2020, 07:35 AM   #2
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If you have a roof rack on the car and carried above its recommended weight, this may have tweaked the mounts as well as opened up that seam. Did it do this before?

I would recommend to take the headliner/pillars out and get to the roof rack mounting points and have a look. Chances are it's split the seam beyond what you're seeing and you may have some bodywork ahead of you.

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Old 02-11-2020, 01:29 PM   #3
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I haven't overloaded the rails before (that I am aware of). I use the rack very rarely, maybe a handful of times in the past 15 years.

I removed the rails so I could inspect the seam sealer along the entire channel. It's just open at the rear corners as shown in the photo. I'm guessing that corner failed first because it's a fairly tight radius and is exposed to the elements (sun, wind, rain etc).
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