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Corroded boot floor - common when water problems have been allowed to persist

No alternative but to cut out corrosion and weld in new metal. If water is persistently lying in boot but not yet caused corrosion, onset can be delayed by drilling a small 3/16" drain hole in the boot floor at the lowest points each side of the centre rib until problems can be fixed. Waxoyl boot floor.

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Rusted wheel arches - common in well-used cars

Quite a problem because water under pressure from wheel spray will get in the smallest hole. Weld and reapply underseal as needed

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Towbar fixings - common where towbar is subsequently removed

Even when towbar is still in use holes in rear panel can leak water somehow running along the fixing bolts. Use rubber washer cut from old inner tube and copious amount of waxoyl around bolts

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Rear bumper fixing bolts - common

Originally a rubber gasket was fitted to prevent water ingress but they dont stand re-use when bumper is refitted. Cut new gaskets from old inner tube and run in copious amounts of Waxoyl

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Badge bar - rare but common if removed and refitted

There are seven rubber tube seals over the captive bolts. Bet a bottom dollar that on prior removal some will be lost and water gets thro' the bolt holes. Replace and use Waxoyl to enhance seal.

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Rear panel seam below and towards the outside of the rear lights above badge bar - common

A sneaky leak occuring below the rear light cluster looking for all the world as though it comes from higher up. Detect as described. Dig out old sealant and press in fresh seam sealer from inside and out with a kebab stick. Allow to set and touch up the exterior paint. Job done!

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Rear light gaskets - very common

Several solutions, Fit new lights and gaskets from Rimmer's ex-India stock. Beware purchasing undersize gaskets seperately from some sources. Its a matter of choice whether to use a sealant with new gaskets. A good sealant for this application is the black graphite (non-silicon) goo used by windscreen fitters to seal rubber screen surrounds. It comes off easily the next time the rear light clusters are removed. Alternatively use a conventional clear silicon sealant and suffer the difficulties of peeling it off next time the light are refitted.

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Spoiler fixing holes on Vitesse - rare unless spoiler removed/refitted, water exits on boot trim

When a spoiler is removed the rubber washers are unfit for purpose. Cut new washer from an old inner tube and use lots of Waxoyl. If any of the studs on the spoiler are badly corroded or missing they can be replaced by digging into the spoiler to uncover their metal plate and fixing a new stud by drilling and tapping. Fill and reseal the resultant hole with epoxy glass filler

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Rear wiper seal - common but only small amounts into upper boot area

Refit or replace sealing washers using a smear of silicon gasket. Should last a lifetime

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Rear quarter light window seals - rare

Dont use that useless liquid Captain Tolley "glass to rubber" sealent in a tube, but inject the stuff windscreen fitters use as mentioned for sealing rear light cluster. Alternatively find a good independent windscreen fitter in Yellow Pages and cultivate his friendship.

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Rear hatch seal - rare, but more common if damaged or hatch door is not tight

Rear window to hatch seal - common particularly if rear window is removed and refitted

New seals for both the above are/were available from Rimmer's ex-India stock

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Broken rear sun roof tubes - rare

These can get damaged or cut when careless bodywork restoration is carried out. Fit secondhand or new tubes as available

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Same tubes disconnected from exit hole - common if bodywork repairs carried out

Reconnect the tube outlet into the exit hole and seal with Waxoyl

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Badly fitting/broken rear washer nozzle clip - ? slight effect in boot, causes tailgate corrosion

Even new "Old Stock" Nozzles easily broken, handle with care when fitting or seal a broken unit to the fitting hole with clear silicon

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