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    Water leaking from 5th tailight after rain or carwash

    GA SW,

    2004 9-5 Aero

    What do I need to replace to stop the water that leaks from my 5th taillight?

    Sunroof looks ok, but it seems like the source of my issue.

    Is this the culprit?

    Thanks,

    Mario

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    Frank Wulfers
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    Do you mean the center brake light? Sedan or wagon? I had an issue with water leaking and the rubber seal of the hatch was causing the problem as it was sealing good enough anymore.

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    I assume that you have a 9-5 wagon, unfortunately the only spare shown is a lamp assembly P/N 5335864
    On the saloon (sedan) the high level brake light is inside the rear window and cannot itself leak.

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    @Nord,

    Center brake light, yes.

    @Geoff,

    Sedan, I can assure you it does Sir. After it rains or a carwash, when I accelerate, it drips alot onto the back dash out of the center brake light. There must be a way that water travels from the sunroof to the above and out of the center brake light.

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    John Dudek
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    your sunroof drains are probably clogged

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    @turbo,

    How do I unclog them Sir?

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    John Dudek
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    Most likely the outlet of the drain is in the trunk. Behind the trim panels. You will have to pull back the trim, find the hose and pull it out. you can then usually push a wire clothes hanger down the length of the tube to help unclog the drain.

    It is usually a tedious, messy project.

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    So:

    1. The trim in the trunk or the ceiling in the car?
    2. Do you or anyone else have a link with this process documented already?
    (Your instructions are pretty clear, but sometimes theres a document or a post that has pictures)

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    There are four drains, two at the front down the A pillars and two at the back down the C pillars. Check the outlets under the back of the car first, they get clogged with mud.

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    Does anyone have images of these said drains? Never knew these were a thing, I bet thats why my rear quarter panel is rusted af.

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