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Water leak around trunk vent, not through

Hey all! New guy here just stepped in from next door in the Focus room. My issue is water in the saddlebag area of the trunk, but not coming from below and not coming through the vent flaps themselves. I grabbed a hose and ran water down through the drain in the channel next to the top of the taillight. Water is coming in where the vent is supposed to be sealed to the trunk body metal. Do I need to remove the bumper cover to fix/seal this up from the outside? I don't think it can be done from inside the trunk.
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Hey all! New guy here just stepped in from next door in the Focus room. My issue is water in the saddlebag area of the trunk, but not coming from below and not coming through the vent flaps themselves. I grabbed a hose and ran water down through the drain in the channel next to the top of the taillight. Water is coming in where the vent is supposed to be sealed to the trunk body metal. Do I need to remove the bumper cover to fix/seal this up from the outside? I don't think it can be done from inside the trunk.
Hers a picture of the vent with wetness you can see under it. EDIT: I rotated the picture so down is down now...
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Yes, I think you have to take the bumper cover off and have a look from the outside. If you pour water along the trunk I don't think it should be running down inside the rear fender?
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Yes, I think you have to take the bumper cover off and have a look from the outside. If you pour water along the trunk I don't think it should be running down inside the rear fender?
Hmmm... as far as I can tell there is a drain right beside the top of the taillight to get rid of water in the channel around the whole trunk seal. That's where most of the water wentwhen I poured it into that channel. Maybe there is supposed to be a hose there to direct it better to the ground?
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Check it out. I'm pretty sure water is supposed to drain at this point but is there supposed to be a hose underneath to catch the water and direct it to the ground? On mine it just runs along the body panel and gets caught up around the air vent seal, leaking into the saddlebag area.
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Thanks. Well the vent is on the side right? So somehow the water is running down and around to the side?
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Thanks. Well the vent is on the side right? So somehow the water is running down and around to the side?
I have attached a better picture. The carpet is peeled back and you can see the vent going through the right side of the trunk wall- it's the large black, sort of rectangular thing. There is a void between that trunk wall and the bumper cover- the part of the bumper cover that wraps around to right behind the rear wheel well. The water drains through this void and down to the ground, starting from the opening pointed out at the top of the taillight. So, the water flows along the trunk wall (the outside of the trunk wall in the void space) and down to where the vent punches through into the trunk itself. Water collects into what I have referred to as the "saddlebags", which are on either side of the spare tire well. There is a 3/4" rubber plug at the bottom of each "saddlebag" which is removed in this picture and you can see the hole it plugs into. If the saddlebag fills up with enough water it will spill over into the spare tire well, which I have seen reference to in other threads.

So what is my question anyway?.... Oh yeah- do I have to remove the bumper cover to seal around this vent? And second, is there supposed to be a hose to direct water straight to the ground instead of just running down through the void between the trunk shell and the bumper cover?
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Yes, I think you have to take the bumper cover off and have a look from the outside. If you pour water along the trunk I don't think it should be running down inside the rear fender?
Quick reply! The water has to go somewhere to be evacuated from the channel around the top of the trunk seal, and those holes next to the taillights I'm pretty sure are there to serve that purpose. Nowheres else for it to go...
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Okay, well this is my understanding. The water should be directed so it stays near the rear corner of the vehicle. The fact that is is somehow ending up running sideways tells me something might be blocked or dirty so the water is taking the wrong path under the bumper cover. That tube is the sunroof drain.

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