How To Repair The Notorious Leaking Tail Lights

240 owners know the struggle of water leaking tails. Here’s the fix:

  1. Open the hatch and remove the plastic covers and the interior insulation (if still equipped)
  2. Remove the 6 nuts holding the center tail panel and remove the center tail light (8mm)
  3. Loosen the 3 nuts from the sides of the tails. You’ll find 3 total wire guides you’ll need to remove.
  4. Remove the 8mm bolts that hold some brackets that the interior fabric in place, and pull the tails out carefully.
  5. When you remove the tails, you’ll see black residue. This is what seals the light. Make sure you clean it COMPLETELY from both the tail and the car.
  6. If it doesn’t come off easily, try using adhesive remover or other solvents that won’t damage paint.
  7. Now you’ll need to replace this seal. This can be bought at your local auto parts store. It’s call Butyl Rubber. It’s used for windshields and lights. This should cost less than $10.
  8. Press the Butyl Rubber into the two grooves surrounding each assembly.
  9. Reinstall in reverse order.