I have a new to me 09 exp'y xlt and I have noticed that I occasionally have a small water leak from the top of the rear glass. I am only seeing a drop or two, but I don't think something is right. Is this a common problem? Searched the forum and saw a post from an older model exp'y, I'm not sure if the design has changed at all since then or not. should I take it too the dealer? Any suggestions with out taking it to the dealer?
Yep it's a very common problem. I had two separate dealerships tell me it was third brake light, but the water is clearly penetrating around other parts of the seal. One dealership actually replaced the the third light assembly. Guess what? It still leaks all around the top of the glass/seal.
I read somewhere the fix is an oversized weatherstrip seal Ford has developed, but neither of the dealerships would listen to me.
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I had the same problem. It was leaking at the top of the liftgate. The first time they replaced the weatherstrip, still leaked. The second time they made some "adjustments" and leaked even more. The third time I think they finally got it right. They replaced the Liftgate's hinges. They said the hinges weren't closing all the way and the seal between the glass and the weatherstrip was bad. It has only been a week, but so far so good, It poured today and no water!!!
Yes my 07 did this too... My dealer worked and worked and finally replaced the weather strip with a bigger (fatter) one. This has really helped, but my Wife says it is still not perfect either, but livable only a few drops every now and then....
I had the same problem on my '08 Expedition. I had intermittent, slow water leak from between the top of the hatch glass and the weatherstrip. I have been to the dealer a total of 15 times, and it still leaks. So far they have tried:
1) Change weatherstrip (at least three times)
2) Make "adjustments" (numerous times)
3) Change out the glass window.
4) Change out the entire hatch assembly.
5) Bend out the flange on the hatch.
Guess what... still leaks. They told me that they never heard of such a problem before.
I have considered just caulking the hatch window shut and disengaging the latch, so it will never open - but I am concerned about dirt/leaves/debris building up in the dead space, which can lead to rust and corrosion - if I seal the window shut.
Mine we leaking pretty much this winter, but since it has gotten hot arround here, I have not noticed it leaking at all. So I will probably just wait until the winter to finally bring it to the dealer. Unless I bring it in for something else.
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