4k taking on water

Doyt W. Echelberger Doyt at NWOnline.Net
Thu Dec 12 16:02:26 EST 2002

At 05:35 PM 12/12/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>My 4kq was also leaking at a variety of places under the dash, could never
>narrow it down to a specific place. I checked all along the windshield gasket,
>and never saw a really obvious place where water was getting in: no
>evidence of
>drips in the dust or anything. However, after I had them squirt the goop under
>the window gasket, the leaks stopped. They were sure I was wasting the few
>it cost, but I had them do it anyway and no more leaks. I'm saving up
>those few
>more $$'s to have them do the back window as well as I'm still getting
>water in
>the trunk.

It's the trunk rain gutter AND the tail light assembly gaskets. The trunk
gutters have holes drilled in it with a rubber plug in each hole. The
rubber plug acts as a stop for the trunk lid when it comes down, but the
rubber gets crumbly and the thing leaks when it rains, or the plug is
totally gone and only the hole remains, perhaps masked by debris.  Hard to
describe the location.....Find the lower ends of the trunk rain gutters,
just a few inches toward the midline at the sides of the tail light
assemblies. Follow these gutters up and see that they curve forward and
level off, before traveling to the line below the rear window. Just past
that curve are the rubber plugs I'm talking about. I sealed mine up with
epoxy putty. And I took off the taillight assemblies and replaced the gaskets.

Doyt Echelberger
talking about a deceased 86 4kq in Ohio  USA

>  I also need to seal up the tail-lights as well.
>'86 4kcsq
>kent, wa
> >
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> > Message: 11
> > From: "The Loves" <theloves at localaccess.com>
> > To: <quattro at audifans.com>
> > Subject: 4k taking on water
> > Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 23:15:15 -0800
> >
> > The 4kq has water leaking into it just below the driver's side pillar
> at the
> > windshield.
> > The water is coming down the carpet at the hood release location when
> > sitting or driving. The glass people say they really don't think it is the
> > seal at the windshield.
> > Could the sunroof drain be the culprit? If so, where does it drain to?
> > The door seals are fine as far as I can tell.
> > Any help on this matter is greatly appreciated.
> > I'm going to tear into it tomorrow anyway but any directions would help
> > (like how to remove the pillar trim?)
> >
> > TIA
> >
> >
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