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Just bought my Terrain and when putting in an all weather cargo area mat yesterday, I glanced at the spare tire area and saw water pooled there. From other threads, it may be taillight area letting it in. Curious if anyone else has had this issue on recent models. The back of the car is not wet - neither cargo area nor back seats - just the spare well. Also - what is the white stuff in there? A sealer? Did they just do a poor job putting it on with that mess of it in the middle of the well?
 

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Looks like they did a messy job with the white seam sealer. Bring it into the dealer with some water in the tire well so they see water and track down your leak while your in warranty.
 
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Thanks. Appreciate feedback. Yeah - so it sounds like the sealer is normal to be applied in that area - just a messy job of it. Admittedly, I didn't glance much as the spare tire area when buying.
 

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I've never seen such a sloppy job! Doesn't look factory to me ... and makes me wonder if the Dealer knew about the leak and did that to stop it?

Another possibility - and I hope this isn't it ... is - it took a rear end hit and that's part of the finished repair?

Before going back to the Dealer, you could take it to a car wash and sit back there to watch the water coming in, or even better - have someone spray the top of the vehicle with a garden hose while someone else is inside watching and listening for the water. You'd want to spray for about a minute, then stop, listen, and watch ... then repeat until the water starts to trickle in.

In the future, when buying any car (new or used) ... make sure you look over every inch of it. A co-worker just bought a sharp-looking 2020 Toyota Camry with about 20,000 miles on it and never looked in the wheel well! We were out in the parking lot leaving on Friday and he was showing me the stuff he may have overlooked:

1.) The very bottom tip/corner of the driver's door appears to be bent inward slightly (although the paint's not damaged). That's the kind of thing ... you gotta get down low and really take a close look!

2.) NO SPARE TIRE in the wheel well !! I told him to look up the Monroney sticker for the vehicle to see if it originally came with one, and if it did - I'd be right back at the Dealership to make them give me one (because the Dealer surely knew that spare was missing)! The well was rather large, and it looked pretty beat up back there (like there was one there previously), so I'm guessing it's supposed to have one, but then again ... so many new vehicles nowadays aren't coming with spares ... just a can of FIx-A-Flat (or whatever it is).

Just another bad idea from a bean-counter somewhere that's managed to catch on with most every automobile manufacturer.
 

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I wonder if it's robot applied and it hiccupped, kept oozing out instead of shutting off.
 

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Just bought my Terrain and when putting in an all weather cargo area mat yesterday, I glanced at the spare tire area and saw water pooled there. From other threads, it may be taillight area letting it in. Curious if anyone else has had this issue on recent models. The back of the car is not wet - neither cargo area nor back seats - just the spare well. Also - what is the white stuff in there? A sealer? Did they just do a poor job putting it on with that mess of it in the middle of the well?
If you have a sunroof the drain tubes could be clogged. We just had that issue on our 2018.
 

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Another possibility.. Pressure relief vents (to outside) are located between wheel well and outside behind rear bumper cover.. Stuck open, water can blow through vent accumulating in the wheel well
 

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I've never seen such a sloppy job! Doesn't look factory to me ... and makes me wonder if the Dealer knew about the leak and did that to stop it?

Another possibility - and I hope this isn't it ... is - it took a rear end hit and that's part of the finished repair?

Before going back to the Dealer, you could take it to a car wash and sit back there to watch the water coming in, or even better - have someone spray the top of the vehicle with a garden hose while someone else is inside watching and listening for the water. You'd want to spray for about a minute, then stop, listen, and watch ... then repeat until the water starts to trickle in.

In the future, when buying any car (new or used) ... make sure you look over every inch of it. A co-worker just bought a sharp-looking 2020 Toyota Camry with about 20,000 miles on it and never looked in the wheel well! We were out in the parking lot leaving on Friday and he was showing me the stuff he may have overlooked:

1.) The very bottom tip/corner of the driver's door appears to be bent inward slightly (although the paint's not damaged). That's the kind of thing ... you gotta get down low and really take a close look!

2.) NO SPARE TIRE in the wheel well !! I told him to look up the Monroney sticker for the vehicle to see if it originally came with one, and if it did - I'd be right back at the Dealership to make them give me one (because the Dealer surely knew that spare was missing)! The well was rather large, and it looked pretty beat up back there (like there was one there previously), so I'm guessing it's supposed to have one, but then again ... so many new vehicles nowadays aren't coming with spares ... just a can of FIx-A-Flat (or whatever it is).

Just another bad idea from a bean-counter somewhere that's managed to catch on with most every automobile manufacturer.
No spare is also being used by automakers for weight savings to eek out every last mpg possible for CAFE.
 
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