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#78 of 171 2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING TOURING SEDAN
Jun 01, 2008 (5:07 pm)
I purchased a 2007 Touring Sedan about 9 months ago. Approximately 4 months ago, I opened my trunk (something I don't have to do very often) and noticed the carpet on the passenger side looked wet. I pulled the carpet up and there was water literally standing in the spare tire well. The padding under the carpet was saturated about halfway across the trunk. I took the car to the dealership for the tech to check out and he ended up finding a whole in the body where it had not been completely welded; however, that hole was on the driver's side. The tech repaired that, but 2 weeks later, after a hard rain, the trunk was in the same condition. I took it back to the dealership and they replaced all of the seals. Another 2 weeks and a couple of rains later....same problem. Back to the dealership again....this time, their solution (this is almost hilariously funny) was to tape over the passenger's side trunk vent. They've now decided that the water is coming in through this vent. This "solution" messed up the airtight seal of the car and made my son and myself terribly sick due to the fumes that entered the vehicle. The car went back and the tape was removed and of course the car leaked again. #5 trip back to dealership and they finally decided to replace the vent. It rained last weekend and I took the car back Tuesday (5/27/08) and they've had it ever since. They have "fashioned" some molded plastic covers for these trunk vents to channel the water away from the trunk and back down out of the vehicle. They also re-aligned the trunk lid, but won't know if it worked until it rains again. Now......my question..........has anybody else had this problem? Chrysler says that no other problems of this nature have been reported on this particular vehicle or any other. I just wanted to check here as well. Thanks for letting me "vent" (lol) and ask my question!
#79 of 171 Re: 2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING TOURING SEDAN [lorileigh]
Jun 01, 2008 (5:42 pm)
Now......my question..........has anybody else had this problem?
Yes, same thing here with mine. I bought my Sebring Limited Sedan last September. My car stays parked in the driveway, so it gets the full force of any rainstorm. Although I don't check the trunk often, I have found standing water in the spare tire well.
The one time when there was a considerable amount I just wiped it up with a few rags. I haven't taken it to the dealer (yet). If I do maybe I should print out your story to show them and perhaps save them some trouble-shooting steps to getting it corrected in one trip.
Let me know if this last trip to the dealer has fixed the leak for you. Thanks.
Edit: We had a rather intense rainy weekend, so I figured it was time to check the trunk. I just went out and inspected it and the spare tire well is dry.
One way to see for sure where this water is leaking in from would be to remove the trunk liner panels (I believe there are 3), lower the rear seats, get in with a flashlight and have someone spray the back end with a garden hose. Try to simulate the force and water volume of a rainstorm, not some pressure you'd use to powerwash the deck.
I had the trunk panels off when I was installing a backup camera (pretty cool results - PM me if interested) and I noticed those trunk vents. I think the louvers are tilted downward, so I don't see how water can be getting in there. I guess it's possible.
If I ever notice any water inside the trunk again I think I'm going to try the above diagnosis before taking it to the dealer multiple times and maybe I can explain to them exactly what's happening. I'll include your story, too, of course.
#80 of 171 Re: 2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING TOURING SEDAN [lorileigh]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 01, 2008 (7:10 pm)
Has anyone ever checked the tail light gaskets on this car? The vent diagnosis is interesting but doesn't make too much sense, as it would require that every Sebring made have a trunk leak. I wonder if you could lay some newspaper down near the tail lights, where they are bolted to the inside of the trunk, close the trunk and put a hose on the back of the car.
#81 of 171 Re: 2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING TOURING SEDAN [tedebear]
Jun 03, 2008 (4:33 pm)
Thanks much for your input. I just picked my car up from the dealer about an hour ago. If it is actually fixed remains to be seen. I, of course, have to wait for the next rain. I will say this for the dealership...........they had my car for a week (today) but provided me with a SWEEEEET ride (brand new; not a rental) a 2008 Sebring Convertivble. I enjoyed it immensely the 7 days I had it and had the top down every chance I got. LOL
#82 of 171 Re: 2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING TOURING SEDAN [lorileigh]
Jun 04, 2008 (1:09 am)
Did you check the drain holes? The drain holes are actually slits in the seams that run just under your doors on both sides. They are located along the length of the bottom of the car where the body is welded together. It is a finned plate that has 5 to 6 hill-like slots in it. Take a paper clip and clean them out. Also, you can crush the seam that the drain holes are on and therefore plug one or more of the drain holes. Just unbend the seam and your problems will be over.
#83 of 171 Re: 2007 CHRYSLER SEBRING TOURING SEDAN [lorileigh]
Mar 11, 2009 (5:04 am)
My 2007 Sebring Limited has the same problem. Today it is at the dealer for the 3rd time because the trunk still leaks. Muddy water is obviously coming in thru the vent on the passenger side of the trunk -- I can see the trail.
#84 of 171 Water leaking inside of 2001 Chrysler Sebring
Apr 21, 2009 (6:22 am)
I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring, just recently water is leaking into the car I believe where the rubber gaskets are near the window shield. Is there an easy fix to this problem instead of going to the dealership to have it fixed?
#85 of 171 Re: Water leaking inside of 2001 Chrysler Sebring [kelbel1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 21, 2009 (6:43 am)
If you mean the windshield gasket, that's pretty easy---just try some LATEX black caulk. It washes off with water (before it sets) and you can apply it neatly with your wet finger.
If you mean the "squeegee" gasket on the side windows--that could be trickier. Generally they slide off and shouldn't cost very much to replace.
#86 of 171 Re: Help Chrysler Sebring Convertible [lady5]
Apr 30, 2009 (5:57 pm)
I have a 1998 comvertible jxi and my back seat leaks water, and the trunk gets wet also so have you found where the leak is coming from?
#87 of 171 Re: Help Chrysler Sebring Convertible [cleinmark14]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 01, 2009 (8:06 am)
Usually if water is coming in the trunk, that accounts for leaks under the back seat. And usually, trunk leaks come, oddly enough, from the gaskets around the BODY of the tail lights (not around the lens, but around the entire assembly).
So you step on the brakes and water sloshes into the passenger compartment.