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mgrays

Active Member
Dec 9, 2006
363
15
Aberdeen
I have had a damp boot for a while and after drying out the carpet and leaving a seat down to dry out the boot I went hunting last night. So this may help someone.

The water was on the plastic sill when you opened the boot - sometimes to right as you look in and sometimes at the catch. It turns out the actual lever mechanism on the outside with the SEAT logo has two parts.. the outer part that seizes up.. and then a wee window at the bottom into the aluminium alloy mechanism. This window is factory filled with grease but after 4 years this has gone and the water can just flow down to the window and pool... then it runs into the boot via the mechanism. I filled the well and packed it with Vaseline (silicon grease would also do) and it held the water back. Really poor design as the window is at the bottom so the water will try and pool and get through. Need to remove the back door inside panel to see (5 Torx screws and then a gamble on how many bit of plastic you break..)

Anyway .. another reason for water in the boot :doh:
 

NickyJam

FR - gone, not forgotten
Mar 17, 2008
1,669
0
SW LONDON
take it back to SEAT...surely that sort of thing must be covered in their 5 year warranty if the seals have all gone :shrug: might as well try
 

mgrays

Active Member
Dec 9, 2006
363
15
Aberdeen
Car is 05 .. and not sure I would trust any dealer mechanics or even more likely the dealer trying it on to charge for the work.

There are no factory seals ... the factory just packs Silicon grease in there and hopes for the best. This works until you operate the lever for a while or more likely with what happened to me was the outer chromed bit started to siezed last winter so I worked it with some WD40 for a while.. and this must have flushed the grease out of the way so it leaked :(

And no..not the rear washers pipe .. that was what I was expecting but I very rarely use it so would have been surprised given the level of water damp patch..
 
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