Water leak in a Ford Galaxy

I have a 55 plate Ford Galaxy which has developed a water leak near the tailgate nearside. I have been unable to trace where the water is coming in. The carpet is damp from nearside to about the centre of the car. This problem has only started in the last few months. I do not know if the water is coming in when the car is moving or when it is parked.

Asked on 29 October 2011 by rimsky1

Answered by Honest John
You can check the seal by drying both seal and mating surface then smearing the mating surface with lard or butter, then closing and re-opening the hatch. Wherever the lard or butter has not transferred to the seal is where the water is coming in.
Similar questions
I discovered a big pool of water in the driver side rear footwell a couple of weeks ago. Lifted carpet to get as much water out as possible and to try and dry it out - it's getting there, but periodically...
I have just discovered that my new B-Max is leaking rain water very badly in the offside boot area. A protective sheet that I had on the floor of the boot was found to be soaking wet. The car is now...
I have a two and a half year old Skoda Yeti which I've had from new. 18 months ago it had a leaking sunroof which my local dealer fixed. It's now leaking again, the dealer has had it for a week, they acknowledge...
Related models
True seven-seater that offers an enjoyable, car-like drive.
 

Ask Honest John

Value my car