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Old 09-11-2015, 05:32 AM   #1
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Water in trunk lid


I need to know how to remove the round light/reflectors on the trunk on either side of the 3rd brake light. There seems to be water and debris floating in them and I need to get it out. THANK YOU

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What kind of car?

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I think its a 2004 Impala based on another thread.
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Taillights are kept dry one of two ways, by keeping the entire back of the lens inside the trunk and protected by the trunk gasket, or by gasketing the lens housing itself against the weather. Whichever method your vehicle uses must have failed.

The light enclosures have to be removed and drained and you have to figure out how rain got into them. Sometimes this happens when the vehicle is in a rearend accident and the body shop fixes it so it looks good but not waterproof. Water may have also affected the electricals. You may not have working brake lights which is bad for you if someone runs into you.

Taillight lens enclosures can get very expensive, so try to fix them first. On the inside of the vehicle look for several long studs from the plastic that go into the vehicle and have nuts on them inside the trunk to hold it all in. There may be some kind of trim panel on the inside of the trunk that covers the back of the lights. You have to remove those big lenses and drain them and clean them out and dry the electricals and then figure out how to keep them dry.

It sounds kind of silly, but anytime you look at used cars, you should check the taillights for water.
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