1997 Honda Odyssey Q&A

1997 Honda Odyssey Question: Rear storage compartment carpet wet, after it rains

Noticed when it rains, the rear storage compartment (where the third row seat folds down into) carpet is wet..not sure where the water is coming from..seems like the carpet on the sides in this area are wet so wonder if somehow water is seeping in there some way. Any suggestions? Dennis Lynn -
Answer 1
It is best to look for water leaks when everything is dry. First is the door seal or door, damaged in anyway? Ensure the sliding door closes fully and its seal is OK also check the rear windows and seals Do the doors close flush with body? Ensure the door seal makes good and uniform contact with the door (particularly important if the vehicle has been involved in an accident. You may need to pull back carpets pull back the carpets and sit inside the car (you may need a flashlight) and get a friend with a garden hose to spray water around the door jams to determine if the water is entering the doorway, tailgate or window glass area. Spray water around the door and glass area, tailgate and lamp area. Look as best you can to determine where the water is leaking in from. Is there any rust around the windscreen area or body work? If you have a sun roof there is a drain tube at each corner of the roof to channel away water. A blocked drain may cause water to fall from the sunroof area water can also come up through the floor pan as you drive through water on the road, if any rubber bung or “seam sealer” has been disturbed or is missing.You may have to remove the carpet or plastic trim panel to pin point the leak. -
Comment 1
thks autotechpat for the suggestion. Dennis -
Answer 2
I have a 96 Odyssey and finally solved the water in the rear storage compartment by caulking around the top of the taillights. On these older models the seals dry out and begin to leak. A little black caulk and problem solved. Adam -