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Rear hatch seals

Post by Crowther » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:43 pm

It was bound to happen eventually. Water is finding its way into the boot. I've removed the trim and the tailgate drains look OK. The water is either getting around the glass seal, or the body seal. Is this the right seal for a 5a?
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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by DarrylWebb » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:22 pm

That looks like a good seal to me. Others on here will have better first-hand experience than me. Until they pop in..
.. have you tried adjusting the tail-gate latch for a tighter fit against the seal? Have you replaced the T-seal on the tail-gate also?

Mybe the true test is to place some old sheets or similar inside the car, then lightly hose the back of the car to see where it's getting in. I believe this is how TVR tested for water-ingress :)


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Crowther » Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:49 pm

Thanks Darryl. I will try adjusting the latch first.
On a related note, does anyone know what the wadding is that's stuck to the backside of the tailgate trim, and the underside of the cubbyhole lids?


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:27 pm

The seal in your photo looks like it's one of the "tube-type" seals, like a door seal? In that case it's certainly not the original type for a 6a, and I believe the same applies to the 5a. It is the type commonly supplied by the traders, these days. The originals were a flap-type seal, which has the advantage that it fits against the hatch better, and doesn't risk blocking the drain holes.

I suspect this one from Woolies might be the one, but I can't remember for certain?

[edit - Yes, a quick search threw-up this thread, which does seem to confirm that. :) ]


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Crowther » Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:03 pm

Thanks Roger, as always. With the hatch closed I can see how the drain holes are obstructed with the tube seal. I will replace it straight away. It rains up here. Constantly...


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Crowther » Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:48 pm

I've ordered the correct seal from Woolies. By a happy coincidence they seem to be based in my home town Bourne, home of BRM. Should the seal be fitted dry?


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by 1969SE5 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:28 pm

great thread, looks like mine is wrong as well !! would never have realised... will also order from woolies......


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Crowther » Sun Feb 21, 2016 11:38 pm

I don't think I've started a great thread before. Well done me. Glad to be of help...


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Terry H » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:01 am

I bought the correct ones as Roger mentioned from Woolies, after getting the wrong ones supplied by GW. One thing to remember when fitting is let them acclimatise before fitting, cut them over length as they will probably shrink, mine did, use the rounded side a rubber mallet and tap gently into the rounded corners of the hatch. I put my join on the bottom where the lock is, some will say put it at the top :w if it's at the bottom most of the rain will go down the drain holes before reaching the join. I didn't put any adheasive on mine. Hope this helps.
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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Crowther » Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:26 am

Thanks for the tips Terry. I think I'll put my join at the top purely because the T-seal also joins at the bottom and has a slight gap. I suppose I could just replace the T-seal at the same time of course.


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:48 pm

Interesting, Roger. GW supplied me the tube-type. I'll watch to see to see how that performs.


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by 1969SE5 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:08 pm

new flat type seal now fitted, much improved the close and feel of the tailgate.....many thanks


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by lambo911 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:14 pm

Can you post a picture please?


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by Crowther » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:17 pm

Mine is fitted too - thanks fellas.
Just a tiny amount of water is finding its way through the frame now but a bottle of Captain Pugwash's Back, Sack & Crack Cure is sorting that out...

I'll put a photo up but it might have to be tomorrow...


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Re: Rear hatch seals

Post by dille » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:10 pm

Hi,

could anybody help me finding the right seal. I already ordered a wrong one ;-(

http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/c-341-single-track.aspx

Thanks a lot!
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