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OK, 2015 SRT here. My 2009 never did this! Every time I wash the 2015, there's so much water held in the black plastic trim piece under the trunk deck lid that I can dry every spot of water inside the trunk drip channels, trunk lid, spoiler, etc. and every time I shut the trunk lid, more pours out and cascaded down over the bumper.

Is anyone else having this problem? Only way I can solve it is to take my high pressure DataVac blower and blow the water out of there with the lid open. And then the water splashes everywhere when it comes out.

I'm thinking about trying to seal it but I don't know where to seal. I think it must be dripping down into that area from where the spoiler attaches to the trunk lid? I don't see how that much water could get in that little channel unless it's leaking down from above.

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I feel your pain especially since my car is black. I don't know how or where but it holds what seems like gallons of water. I use a blaster sidekick to blow all the water out then wipe it down again. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it all out.
 

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Yeah my SXT plus does the same thing. I open and close it a couple of times real slow and then wipe it down and do it again. Pretty annoying.


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I'm gonna make it my mission to find out how it's getting in there. :) I've even avoided direct spray into the taillights when rinsing the back and still get it, so that's why I wonder if the spoiler isn't sealed to the lid or something. IMO, that would be bad! Maybe that's not it and it's running down the interior channels and into that plastic molding. I'll see if I can figure it out.

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I hear ya. I take a microfiber cloth with me while driving it after I wash it and just stop and wipe the drips occasionally until it finally stops. But yeah...it sucks.

My 13 did this though too.


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Open your trunk. Look under the trunk lid towards the side nearest the rear windshield. On each side see if there are 2 holes on each... Some came taped over, some came with no tape. The two inner holes seem to suck in the water running down the rear window, thru the trunk lid to the tail light area.

Mine were all taped and I left them that way.

Just take a look see...
 

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Yeah I had this problem with my 2012 SXT as well as I have it with my current 2014 RT. Hate it with a passion. Also hate how the lower front spoiler drips down as well after you wash it.

But my solution to it is after I wash it and give it a good rub down, I hop on the road and blow dry it @70 MPH!! Works the frustration out and gets most of the water gone!!

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I made sure to check the tape on the trunk lid before we ever washed it and pushed the tape on better than the factory did. Still collects a ton of water. We open the lid half way and let it drain for a while, then open it fully and more drains, then close it half way and more drains......its become part of the cleaning ritual. Very annoying. If someone finds a fix that'd be great.
 

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Open your trunk. Look under the trunk lid towards the side nearest the rear windshield. On each side see if there are 2 holes on each... Some came taped over, some came with no tape. The two inner holes seem to suck in the water running down the rear window, thru the trunk lid to the tail light area.

Mine were all taped and I left them that way.

Just take a look see...
I checked those holes. Mine are taped pretty well, but I don't think the water can get in the spot I'm talking about from those holes anyway. After closer inspection, the most likely culprit is the small gap at the top of the taillights: where the top/center portion of the taillight lens meets with the trunk lid. I may see if I can concoct some sort of rubber filler to slip in there. It's only about a 1/16 inch gap. A 90 degree (v shape) self adhesive plastic trim would work: if I can find one that's about 1/8 inch on both sides. I'll have to scour the internet more to see if I can find something. Looks like a 1/8 inch piece of self adhesive black weather stripping might work. So far, no luck finding any.

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OK, 2015 SRT here. My 2009 never did this! Every time I wash the 2015, there's so much water held in the black plastic trim piece under the trunk deck lid that I can dry every spot of water inside the trunk drip channels, trunk lid, spoiler, etc. and every time I shut the trunk lid, more pours out and cascaded down over the bumper.

Is anyone else having this problem? Only way I can solve it is to take my high pressure DataVac blower and blow the water out of there with the lid open. And then the water splashes everywhere when it comes out.

I'm thinking about trying to seal it but I don't know where to seal. I think it must be dripping down into that area from where the spoiler attaches to the trunk lid? I don't see how that much water could get in that little channel unless it's leaking down from above.

Mike
OMG! Somebody more anal than me! I didn't think that person existed...And it frustrates the hell out of me! I know exactly how you feel

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Same problem....I noticed condensation inside my rear window as well two days after washing it. Took it to the dealer and of course they can't duplicate the problem and said there were no leaks.


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Yeah this car is full of little areas that piss me off after a good wash or wax, The side markers, the mirrors, the trunk as mentioned, the door handles, blah, blah, blah. Now I wipe down the car with a cloth to dry it...then take the air hose to all the known trouble spots and blast it out. Then wipe down again and done.
 

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Yeah this car is full of little areas that piss me off after a good wash or wax, The side markers, the mirrors, the trunk as mentioned, the door handles, blah, blah, blah. Now I wipe down the car with a cloth to dry it...then take the air hose to all the known trouble spots and blast it out. Then wipe down again and done.
On the mirrors.....if you turn the body up by hand the water drains out...can't help you on the rest.
 

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on the mirrors.....if you turn the body up by hand the water drains out...cant help you on the rest
Even then it seems I have some come out and spray water on the door. That was just a tiny list. I didn't mention where the plastic meets the metal around the bumpers. Those damn plastic rockers, the gas cap area, in door/fender area, the water that pools in the plastic around the windshield just under the hood, the front spoiler is God awful...that's just off the top of my head. I usually spend about 15 mins after a wash with the air hose blowing them all out so I don't have those damn runs and hard water spots all over it.


I realize a lot of the things I mentioned are not exclusive to the Challenger but the Challenger just seems to have way more than its fair share of those annoying areas.
 

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I start with the leaf blower first, and my wife follows behind with a towel. still the trunk is a problem, I can blow the rest of the seams and such out and not have any further run off. I agree with mike, the water gets in behind the plastic lens assemblies and runs out the bottom over the top of the trunk. I would figure the foam tape would be the best route. stick the tape on the lenses, would be my first thought.
 

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I start with the leaf blower first, and my wife follows behind with a towel. still the trunk is a problem, I can blow the rest of the seams and such out and not have any further run off. I agree with mike, the water gets in behind the plastic lens assemblies and runs out the bottom over the top of the trunk. I would figure the foam tape would be the best route. stick the tape on the lenses, would be my first thought.
If you seal up where it's leaking from you might be opening up another can of worms. You need to find out where the water is getting in from so you don't end up sealing water in and cause the area to rust. Maybe try pouring small amounts over certain areas to see where it's getting in from? I use a compressor and raise my trunk and hood to let them drain. I also get drops from the fog lights area... just my 2 cents.
 
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