Leaking Gaskets May Allow Water into Tail Light Assembly on Honda Accord

Leaking gaskets around the tail lights can allow water entry into the tail light assembly. New gaskets should fix this concern.

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Average mileage: 151,122 (20,000–284,000)
12 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012
64 people reported this problem
32 people shared problem details
1998 Honda Accord70,000
Water had leaked into drivers side rear brake light so I ended up using some caulking to seal it up
1999 Honda Accord129,000
Water leaking into both tail light housings. Passenger side is minor, driver's side fills about one third full with water and empties into trunk when trunk lid is opened. Probably just run a thin film of silicone caulking around tail light assembly, less cost and hassle than replacing gaskets.
1991 Honda Accord197,652
gasket leaked around lights replaces gaskets working fine now
2000 Honda Accord120,000
Driver side tail light assembly fills with water. When the trunk is opened, the water pours out through the lamp socket into the trunk. I took the tail light assembly off the car and filled it with water. The water leaks out through the top edge between the lens and the black plastic body. A bead of silicone sealant along that top edge should fix the issue. Otherwise I'll need purchase a whole new assembly since the lens and black plastic body are glued together.
leaky gasket around taillight
2001 Honda Accord284,000
I have the same problem. Water getting into the Passenger Tail Light and leaking into truck. Now, my taillight is filled with mold. I am thinking with all the people that have reported this problem, Honda should have had a recall on this part. Hope to get my fixed or replaced soon, at my own expense.
1999 Honda Accord280,000
passenger side tail light fill up with water and leaks into trunk. driver side tail light leaked abot a hundred k mile earlier, had to buy compleat tail light assy. to repair leak,(and they are kind of spendy)
2002 Honda Accord197,000
tail light leaks
2001 Honda Accord170,700
My right brake light fills with water and leaks when trunk is opened.My sun roof leaks also and I bought this car used.
1998 Honda Accord260,000
Tail light seal had to be replaced
2012 Honda Accord20,000
water leaking into tail light
1990 Honda Accord152,000
Every time it rains or snow melts my back drivers side back light has about a pint of water in it,i took looked at everything yet this occurs all the time.Bob Colo.
1992 Honda Accord94,500
Gasket at tail lights leaks terribly. The design channels most of the water from the back of the car into the trunk around the tail lights.
1998 Honda Accord135,000
After/during rain, water drips into trunk lid, leaks when opened. Condensation in tail light assembly.
1998 Honda Accord125,000
Drivers side of brake light assembly holds water then leaks all over the trunk
1998 Honda Accord125,000
Leak in driver side tail light - water runs into truck when lid opened.
1990 Honda Accord125,000
Both tail lights leaking.
2004 Honda Accord74,000
water runs out of taillight assembly when trunk is open
1998 Honda Accord122,300
Trunk Tail lights on the passenger side have moisture inside the fixture and noted a cup of water under the trunk tire.: Plan new gaskets.
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