Hello all. I gave the new to me `04 Discovery II its first bath today and noticed water got past the rear tailgate door. All the rubber gaskets/seals and such appear to be in place. There were droplets on the inside of the tailgate window and the rear section of the rubber mat was wet so a fair amount of water got through. Is this a common problem that I simply need to live with or is there perhaps an issue to diagnose and correct?
Thanks Miami. LR must have planned for leaks; I removed the tailgate inner panel last weekend and I was surprised to see the plastic "membrane" attached to the door. My guess is this is what prevents moisture from getting inside the door if/when there is a leak. Those clever Brits. Now, if they could have designed it so it wouldn't leak in the first place...!
Its really simple to resolve this issue, the Water comes from (lack of Maintenance)
#1 ) Clean the Rear Gasket Seal and Painted Body where the Seal comes in contact with, using a Terry Cloth Towel like a Wash Cloth and Warm Soapy Water. Simply cleaning the old residue off the seal allows the seal to make full contact with the painted surface of the rear door. (lack of Maintenance)
#2 ) Re-Adjust the Rear Door Striker Plate so the Rear door Pulls Tighter against the Seal.
You will know when you have this problem when you see the white streaks on the 3rd Black Plastic Brake Cover attached to the 5th door below the Top of the Door Seal. Also you will see corrosion on the D-Ring Tie Downs on the Carpet on the Floor.