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Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, Water in rear jack compartment? in Cadillac SRX Forums; I have the problem as well. My car has a 2/27/04 build date so the did not fix the problem ...
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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    I have the problem as well. My car has a 2/27/04 build date so the did not fix the problem by then. Taking it to the dealer on Thursday. I'll post what the find. Initial view was leak coming from above trim - not dirty so not street water. We'll see what they find.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Spent a few hours dealing with the problem. I removed the rear bumper(yes....), and discovered that there is a rubber plug behind the drivers side tail light. Had to stick my hand up there, but it sure beats removing the tail lights(must strip almost the whole interior from the rear doors back). Pushed the plug in place and used some sealant so everything will be OK I guess. I removed the rear sill cover, picked up the carpet/insulation and installed a heater/blower for 48 hours. That dried up things. BUT the most important point is the following. If the water is coming from the small hole in the inner sill (as per dualcams34 post) then it also collects to the lower left and right rear body panels. That is where the cabin ventilation extraction louvers are. Can't get to them unless you remove the bumper. There was about an inch of smelly water in there. Make sure your dealer checks/removes any water from there. Build date 03/2004.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    My '04 without Ultraview is wet too!

    It seems like all of them are.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Our '04 (build November '03) was driven in lots of heavy rain and never a leak. Go figure. Now in '05 and not enough miles to know if we have any issues.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    they called me and told me that water was coming in from under the liftgate

    don't exactly know how that happened without getting the acarpet above the jack compartment wet but i guess we'll see

    took it in thurs carpet not dry fri
    the took out the seats and detailed the interior "whatever that means"

    i'll report back when i get it
    loaner car for the weekend

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Quote Originally Posted by paci
    they called me and told me that water was coming in from under the liftgate

    don't exactly know how that happened without getting the acarpet above the jack compartment wet but i guess we'll see

    took it in thurs carpet not dry fri
    the took out the seats and detailed the interior "whatever that means"

    i'll report back when i get it
    loaner car for the weekend
    Let us know paci, water ends up there because it "drains" from the "D" pillars, high or low.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    they showed me where the put some sort or additional "barrier" looks like caulk for the uneducated like me then they put the rubber gaskets back on

    the water was coming from the top and around the entire liftgate then under the door into the jack compartment

    must be some direct drain into the well because there were no water marks on the surface

    they explained that the water will now drain out the rear of the car from the top
    not sure i see what they are saying
    perhaps the educated can comment on my note and clean it up

    they did say that this was teh first SRX they saw with this problem
    probably because nobody looks in the jack well unless they need the jack or read this board
    thanks OP

    we'll see if it is fixed

    they also told me to use my parking brake as much as possible execpt when freezing to keep the brakes primed and prevent soft braking anyone know about this - they tell me it's common knowledge - i've never heard of it

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Thanks to all of you on this board for the heads-up on this one. After reading this post I ran outside and check the jack compartment and guess what?.....Yep, about 2" of water and rust starting to form on the jack. Sponged out the water and added several days worth of newspaper. The next day I bought a container of moisture removing crystals and put that in the jack area along with several other small packets of this material and an odor inhibitor container. My assembly date is 04/04 so I'll be going back to the dealer on the jack compartment problem as well as the mis-aligned front fenders. Thanks again to all of you for keeping on top of this vehicle. Everything I read here is a true education in SRX ownership. Let's hope we can fix all these petty little details and enjoy this great auto in the near future.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Red tornado,
    you have now taken care of 40% of the water situation. There is more water under the carpet where the foam insulation is. If you stick your finger around the spare lowering nut you will find more water. Only way to get rid of this is to remove the rear sill cover ( slide off the cargo fastening hook bezels, and pull up the sill cover-it snaps into place and off). With your jack area empty of everything (don't forget to remove the jack securing plastic nut) slide your hands between and under the carpet/foam and inner sill area. Pull up the carpet and place two small blocks of wood (3-4 inches thick) between the metal floor area and the foam insulation. Leave it like this for about a week and it will dry, as long as more water does not come in.
    Let us know where your leak came from.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Thanks Krug300...I'll surely check all that out and will let you know the outcome.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Thought I would bring this back to the top to see if anybody else is still having problems with this. My 2006 AWD V6 has lots water in the jack area. I took it into the dealership today and it is (of course) the first time that they have ever heard of the problem.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    I just checked my 06 SRX withe 6500 miles and the jack compartment is dry. However, I ususally drive my AWD truck in bad weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5 rv View Post
    I just checked my 06 SRX withe 6500 miles and the jack compartment is dry. However, I ususally drive my AWD truck in bad weather.
    I just opened my 2005 SRX with 16K and it is very wet and the jack is rusted. I also see stains on the interior roof under the right top and center section.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    thought I check if I have the same problem, and sure enough...wet as can be.

    Have an appointment with the dealer for creaking roof and things, so I'll add 'water in jack compartment' to the list.

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    Re: Water in rear jack compartment?

    Have you dealer remove the plastic tailgate sill. Pull up/away the carpet that comes up to the sill (after removing jack, headrest tray if car has 3rd row seats, etc). There is a quarter inch hole in the middle of the inner surface. That's where the water ends up, and down to the area beneath the carpet.
    Remove the rear tailgate rubber weatherstrip/seal. You will see that the "outer body" mates to the "inner body" and the weatherstrip fits over this joint which runs around the rear opening of the car. Apply sealant all around this joint and re-install the weatherstrip/seal. New seals come with glue/sealant preapplied. The other (much less) suspicious points are the seals where the tailight screws come through the body. You have to remove the rear trim to check how tight the 4 nuts holding the two tailights are. It took me almost a dozen visits to the dealer to finally locate the suspicious point of water entry (behind the rear door seal).

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