Water in the trunk / taillights

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Khalil

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Just bought an older Tesla S. When I opened the trunk it started raining for 5 minutes. Lots of water in hatch. This car is a gorgeous 2013. I wonder if they would consider looking at it or repairing it. Right tail light also has water/condensation. First Tesla. Had BMWs all my adult life.
 

Khalil

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Passenger rear tail light has a bit of water and a lot of condensation. Yes it rained last week in Los Angeles. Hatch seems to also be collecting water. Anything I can do. Just acquired this 2013 model S.
 

JasonF

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I haven’t looked at a Model S hatch up close, but I bet it has drain holes toward the bottom to drip water into the channel around the back seal, and those are either clogged, or someone put sealant over them.

Speaking of sealant, this one I haven’t tried personally, but it could work in theory for leaking tail lights: If the housing isn’t cracked, it’s likely the gasket between the light and the body either wasn’t installed correctly, or shrunk a little bit. When I had a pool, the valves had a similar really thin gasket that would dry out and leak, and you could revive it by using a tube of silicone lubricant from a pool store. Tail lights don’t have to keep out nearly as much pressure, so I have a feeling that would work. Don’t use the whole tube, obviously, just apply a thin film with a finger - and wear protective gloves, silicone is really hard to get off of skin.