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Just opened the boot and had a load of water pour out of the boot latch once it was fully open. Seems to be rain water getting in there from somewhere, rather than washer fluid, but there's a worrying amount of it and it was there again after a short drive without there having been any more rain. Anyone else experienced this and should I be getting it looked at?
 

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Defo get it looked at Wookie,... there's a few electrical systems in the boot,... camera, tail lights, wiper, tailgate lifting , and locking to name most of them!
You really don't want any of that lot coming into contact with water that will potentially short out or longer term corrode stuff.

Very unusual that it's just happened, and so much of it but your confident it's not the washer fluid.
The only thing you could possibly do yourself is to remove the inner tailgate trim, and with the rear seats folded get someone to go over the car with a hose pipe on gentle slowly working up the back of the tailgate either side with you inside to see if you can see any leaks.

However if your still under warranty don't risk invalidating it by taking things apart yourself.

Regards JC.
 

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It has happened to me after automatic car wash. I stopped visiting it and it has never happened again. I didn't find where the water leaks in from...
 

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Jagscat2.0 said:
...However if your still under warranty don't risk invalidating it by taking things apart yourself.
On extended warranty now, so it's probably something they can wriggle out of actually being covered. :( Will get it booked in.
 

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I have had issues with water dripping from the tailgate, both the lock mechanism and the tailgate open/close button - https://www.fpaceforums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4505&p=61892&hilit=tailgate#p61892.

The dealer has looked into it several times. First time they fixed a grommet that wasn't seated properly and silicone sealed it. However, that didn't sort the problem and at a later date they discovered that the supplying dealer had decided to use different fixing holes to fit my personalised rear number plate but hadn't taped over the old holes which were letting in water. That seemed to sort the problem until a few weeks ago when I found water running out of the lock mechanism again. The dealer took another look but couldn't find anything. They said they could rack up huge costs and still not find anything so we are going to monitor the situation. I am going to whip the rear number plate off sometime and double check the spare holes are still taped over okay.
 

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Thanks Keith, that's really useful. I've got a private plate on mine as well so I'll take that off tomorrow and see what they've done.
 

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I took my rear number plate off today and aside from the two holes the current plate uses there were two sets of two holes near the top (one square one round), both covered up - one with some stickers that I couldn't even get a finger nail under and the other set with a bit of electricians tape which I could easily get off. It looked like the inside had been taped over with duct tape. I don't think this is the cause of my problem but I taped over both sets with some duct tape just to be sure. I did remember to take a photograph, but only after I had screwed the number plate back on. :(

Have you taken a look behind your number plate yet to see if you have any uncovered holes?
 

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Have you taken a look behind your number plate yet to see if you have any uncovered holes?
I haven't, I've been too lazy. I'll try to find time to do it and report back...
 

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Had the same issue on my second car. Was from number plate holes that hadn't been sealed properly when my cherished plate was put on. Water gets in when the car is washed, rather than rain.
 

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Interesting. I suspected it had something to do with washing it which would explain why the garage could never reproduce it.
 

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Hello Keith I know this is a old post but I have just read it did you get it sorted as I might be able to point you in the right direction
 

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Not really, no. There hasn't been a recurrence but since the last time I have been very careful with the hose when washing the back of the car. I suspect, but don't know for certain, that water from the hose gets in somewhere around the top of the rear screen under the spoiler and runs down. Rain wouldn't normally get in unless it is very heavy and there is a wind blowing in the right direction. This is just speculation though. Sorry, not much help.

Nothing has changed though so it can't be fixed.
 

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Hello again from experience I would say it's nothing to do with old number plate screws I would have a look at the gaskets around the tailgate lights if you pull the cover off the tailgate inner and see if there's any tell tale water lines under the lights. If you can't see any run the hose over the lights with the tailgate closed and re check if that's OK spray the hose up higher to check the top.but as I said my money is on rear light seals. Let me know how you get on Mark.
 

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That is very helpful. I never had the lights down as a possible culprit so I will investigate the seals and report back.

Thank you.
 

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Just a quick one Keith if you go on ebay you can veiw lights and tailgate inner to give you a idea what you need to look for and the easiest way to drain the tailgate is to remove the rubber bump stops in the tailgate don't forget to put them back in to the same depth 👍
 

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Thanks again. I'm currently working on cars in order of how much they leak which means the F-Pace is behind the Discovery 2 in the queue. :(
 

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Dsico 2 - do they not leak to let the water back out after a spot of fording? lol on our old FL2 i stuck the fan on full tilt and walked around outside - the lack of seal from the door seals was shocking... I could have dried my hair from the air escaping from a rear door ( if i had any hair!!)
 

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I had a brief non-Discovery interlude this morning and took a look at the F-Pace. I assume you are talking about removing the panel in the lower half of the tailgate rather than the whole tailgate trim?

How does it come out - I couldn't see any screws so do you just pull it and pop some clips?
 

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Yeah that's correct Keith and there only clipped on as I said have a look on e Bay they'll give you an idea where the clips are
 

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I finally got around to looking at this today. If I had realised just how easily the tailgate panel came off I would have had a go sooner. Anyway, I couldn't see any indication water had ever been inside the tailgate, let alone any tell tale trails. Certainly I couldn't see anything in the vicinity of the lights. I have previously tried to replicate the problem and failed dismally, but I will have another go when next the hose is out.

Interestingly I noticed that only one set of number plate holes had been taped over on the inside, not both. Given it was only in April that I taped both sets of holes from the outside, and it hasn't leaked since, I am beginning to wonder if it was these holes after all. Only time will tell.
 
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