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Old 04-06-2023, 06:07 PM   #1
C0lsanders_
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Just discovered some sort of leak in my 2016 hatchback's hatch. As far as I can tell, it's coming in the upper, coming in to the plastic trim (this piece: https://www.ebay.com/itm/283786632157), then dripping down inside, mostly once I open the hatch. First noticed it a few weeks ago, when it seems the water ingress damaged/destroyed a dashcam I had mounted back there, so some IS getting in with the hatch closed.
Having inspected it, I can find no issues with the trim, the hatch frame, the hatch seal, the hatch hinges, etc. Wondering then if anyone else has encountered a leak back there, what might be causing it, and what a fix might be.

EDIT: Additional research shows it likely to be the third brakelight gasket. I don't think I have the tools on hand (out of town, living in a hotel), but as soon as I can open it up and look at it, I'll update here again. Still, any others with experience, please chime in.
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Old 04-07-2023, 02:45 PM   #2
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do you have a sunroof?
is the rear most section of the headliner wet/water stained/damp?
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Old 04-07-2023, 02:45 PM   #3
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Old 04-07-2023, 08:57 PM   #4
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EDIT: Additional research shows it likely to be the third brakelight gasket. I don't think I have the tools on hand (out of town, living in a hotel), but as soon as I can open it up and look at it, I'll update here again. Still, any others with experience, please chime in.
It was the third brake light gasket that was also leaking for me. Added some weather stripping and tightened it down.
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Old 05-28-2023, 05:32 PM   #5
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Sorry for those that replied. I never got notified of them.

Anyways, I got it figured. Yes, third brakelight. Removed it, cleaned off the old seal (which was pretty bad), and put on some new gasket stuff from Autozone. That was something like a month and half ago now, have had no issues since then.
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