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Smelly And Filled With Water 08 Es350


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I just noticed moisture type of smell in my trunk of 08 es350 so i removed everything from it and noticed on the left side of the trunk there is a deep dip and there was a lot of water. there is a rubber plug that i pulled out to drain the water but where this water came from? and why its not draining?

is this rubber supposed to be there or should i remove it?

can you guys check your trunks and help me out here please.
I'm sure it'll be back if it rain.

any of you had this issue? is there a drain thats plugged?

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dewana421,

First off, put the rubber plug back. It keeps water from being kicked up by the tires into the bottom of that recess, but as you've discovered, it can be pulled out to drain any water that finds its way in from above.

Two, take the car back to the dealership and have them fix the leak, something they should have done before you picked the car up. It is possible that they weren't aware of the problem before you took delivery, so give them the benefit of the doubt.

The water can only get in that recess in one of 4 ways:

The sunroof rear drain tube on that side is plugged and water is overflowing the drain channel, or the plastic drain tube has come disconnected from the drain channel, or the plastic drain tube has split.

The rear windshield is leaking.

The rear tail lights on that side have a gasket that leaks.

The trunk seal is leaking.

All that is required is to do a little detective work from the outside of the car with a garden hose, starting from the lowest parts of the rear of the car and working upwards. Hopefully your dealership will do a good fix and make you happy. Good Luck!

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dewana421,

First off, put the rubber plug back. It keeps water from being kicked up by the tires into the bottom of that recess, but as you've discovered, it can be pulled out to drain any water that finds its way in from above.

Two, take the car back to the dealership and have them fix the leak, something they should have done before you picked the car up. It is possible that they weren't aware of the problem before you took delivery, so give them the benefit of the doubt.

The water can only get in that recess in one of 4 ways:

The sunroof rear drain tube on that side is plugged and water is overflowing the drain channel, or the plastic drain tube has come disconnected from the drain channel, or the plastic drain tube has split.

The rear windshield is leaking.

The rear tail lights on that side have a gasket that leaks.

The trunk seal is leaking.

All that is required is to do a little detective work from the outside of the car with a garden hose, starting from the lowest parts of the rear of the car and working upwards. Hopefully your dealership will do a good fix and make you happy. Good Luck!

The car was sold as is so I doubt they will do anything specially when it's not a Lexus dealer.

I'll try out the other methods. It's been raining here and ever since I drain the water I have not seen any more water in there even after rain. Weird.

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