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Old 10-27-2012, 10:44 AM
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Want to replace tail light gaskets

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I've been getting water into my trunk and rear seats, I am going to try replacing the tail light gaskets (which by the looks of it is the common cause).

I phoned two local body shops asking if they could replaced the gaskets and they said that I need whole new tail lights. But from what I read on the forums people just have the gaskets replaced. Am I an idiot or are the body shops trying to give a kid the run around?

Edit: I know about the rubber plugs, but I actually want to fix the problem.

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Re: Want to replace tail light gaskets

I had the same problem with the gaskets on my 2000. Remove the tail-lights and by hand remove the gasket from the light. If it sticks to the body, be very careful getting it off. I used a straight edge razor blade. After taking the gasket off, rinse it-carefully- and make sure it and the body panel are as clean as possible. Take some thinner/grease/adhesive remover to the body panel and tail-light housing. They have to be spotless for the gasket to work. Caution as some removers will react with the plastic. The right side most recently leaked and clean/reinstall was all it needed. The one on the left still leaked when I cleaned it a year ago. I removed and cleaned the gasket again and used some glazier's butyl as it remains flexible. I'm in the glass business so I wanted to be able to get it back off with a razor blade and yet have a new bead of adhesive stick if I ever have to remove it again--unlike silicone that won't stick to itself. Buying a new gasket is a crock, and replacing the whole light is someone trying to screw you royal. You could put the entire thing in with butyl if your gasket is roached. The glass companies locally use various types of butyl--you don't want hot-melt. You want the stuff that cures like RTV and remains flexible.
Other than that, you would be better off finding someone with a sheet of foam and cutting your own...The glaziers also use an assortment of flexible foam tape(various widths and thicknesses available. Just don't use the grey double-sided tape--use the black stuff(adhesive one side) approx. 3/8" wide x 1/4"-5/16" thick. I can't tell you if better to put on tail-light housing or the body. Overlap the corners 1/8" if you have to join it to itself to make a bend.
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Re: Want to replace tail light gaskets

thanx for the tip there glass art peoria..

hurricane coming in tonight where i live so i'm figuring there'll be a puddle in my spare tire area.
mine only leaks sometimes if wind blows a certain way vs the way my car is parked.
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You can order and pick up the gaskets at Honda and the replacement is very easy. Will post a link when I find it. Total cost a bit over $20.
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Re: Want to replace tail light gaskets

Here's the link.EXT: 5th gen - Tail Light Gaskets (Lots of Pics!)
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Re: Want to replace tail light gaskets

I had a lake in my trunk a long time ago too. Thought it was my gaskets and turned out to be my sunroof drain lines were clogged with dirt.
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Re: Want to replace tail light gaskets

Vote 2 for sunroof drains, mine came loose, just had to plug them back in the rear quarter drain outlet
Also replaced taillight gaskets, cheap and easy job.
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