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We have a 2011 Rav 4 and have a problem with water getting

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Hi, we have a 2011 Rav 4 and have a problem with water getting into the cargo area under the boot, not sure where the water is coming from and it only seems to be when it rains
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Australia Car
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

There are quite a few places where water could be coming in. It could be coming in past the liftgate seal due to damae to the seal itself, the liftgate may not be closing fully due to a hinge, adjustment issue or damage, it could be coming in through one of the quarter windows, it could be coming in through the antenna or seam sealer at sheet metal joints.

Try and look for signs where water has been, especially at the headliner area where it would leave the most visible evidence. If you're unable to see any trails you can remove trim panels and see if you're able to see anything that way.

Odds are you won't be able to see where the water is coming from unless it's actively coming in, unless you can see stains in the headliner or something of that nature. What usually needs to be done is remove trim panels for visibility and have one person in the vehicle and a second person outside running a garden hose over the entire area, while the person inside watches for the leak.