100 Series rear qtr panel leak

Submitted: Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 19:40
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I'm just back from Kakadu in the wet - very wet - in fact even South of Tennant Creek was alleged to have had 12" in 36 hours!

Anyways, we travelled through quite a bit of water - not very deep mind you - maybe 300-400mm at most, although sometimes a few hundred metres of that.

Somehow I've ended up with a lot of water coming into the rear driver-side quarter panel.

Does water come in the air vent at the rear?

Could a lot of water get forced in the holes around the wiring grommets for the tow bar (looks like a rather shoddy job and it is on that side) or would this just let in a small amount of water?

How does one test out the fording ability of your rig?

Ciao for now
Andrew.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:12

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:12
Andrew

How far into Kakadu did you get to? I believe that the rain has been pretty constant up there.

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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:02

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:02
Hi there Willem,

Well we did the usual wet season things:

1. Jim Jim and Twin falls roads are closed so you have to do this from the air - and the monsoonal trough sitting over the top of us meant we had no great light for photography. Similarly Gunlom road.

2. Ubirr was open when we first got there, but 700mm of moving water at Magela Creek to negotiate to get in there and usual wet seasons restrictions (afternoons only). Magela Creek subsequently went to 1.3m and was classed Impassable and Ubirr was closed. Unfortunately Guluyambi hadn't put their boats in on the Magela yet (too much turbulence) so we couldn't go back out there as we had wished.

3. Yellow water was very high and the bird life was down a lot - there is so much water out there that they become rather scarce

4. Nourlangie rock was great

Also visited Litchfield - heaps of water there and lots of 2WDers got stuck in there I'm sure, and Katherine Gorge - once again, with lots of water.

On the way back the underpass under the Stuart Highway near Batchelor? for a magnesium mine to ship ore to the ADL-DWN rail line was totally flooded out and the foundations of the bridge were being undermined - 10km/h limit, but I bet there will be much more chaos as the repairs and reconstruction are done - I think some hydrologist or engineer someone is sweating his job as we speak!

So yes - lots of water, and not ideal for photography damn it, but still had fun out there, including Boggy Hole on the way up.

Ciao for now
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:07

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:07
Thanks for the feedback, Andrew.

Sounds like a typical wet season.

I spent 20 years of my life up there until the time when the heat and the age didn't mix. These days with bitumen roads everywhere you can access more places in the wet.

There is an underpass near Hayes Creek that also used to fill with water in the wet.

It is great to be able to see the water gushing along the streams creeks and rivulets and by September everything has dried up to isolated puddles.

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Reply By: Peter 2 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:57

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 20:57
You might find that it is actually getting in around the side rear window seals.
Remove the inside trim, get the hose and carefully run it around the window, slowly getting higher until the water starts to appear inside.
Water from underneath would normally be dirty whereas water from up top will be cleaner.
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:03

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:03
Thanks Peter - I was looking at that tonight.

Will get the trim off in the morning.

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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:12

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:12
Another source of leaks can be behind the tail lights or even through them but the Tojo ones are usually mounted on the outside.
Anywhere any trim is attached and penetrates the panels can be a leak source too.
A trick a mate showed me was to put food colouring in the water, bright purple or similar, makes it easier to see ;-))
Do 100's crack around the C pillar like 80's?
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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:21

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 21:21
Thanks Peter again.

this 100's sure not to be cracked around the C-pillar.

'for I got it, it had taken a tribe of kids to school in inner-city Melbourne - hadn't even been to the shopping centre carpark.

I've only done 18K's in it in the last 2 months of which only 4 or 5 is dirt or offroad and that mostly sand.

The tail lights are screwed in from the outside, but you are absolutely right that they could be the source of the leak - tell the dealer to "fix it" and see what happens!

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Reply By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:26

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:26
Andrew.

Do you have a roof rack?
If so the water may be comming in through the bolt holes.
Have just fix that problem on my 100 series.

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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:39

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:39
hmmm - I'd like some more info on this.

My roof rack uses two bolts at each of the three locating points, but I think the centre point has three holes/nuts so one has no bolt in it - I didn't dream that it would let the water in!

Is that what you mean?

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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:49

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:49
Sorry Andrew but thats exactly what I mean.
I didn't dream it would either but it does.
At least its only 10 minutes to fix.

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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:53

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 08:53
Andrew.

Don't just replace the missing bolt.
Seal the thread on the fixing bolts as well and maybe even the area around the hole.
This is where mine leaked.

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Follow Up By: Vivid Adventures - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:14

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:14
cool - thanks very much Wim!

Andrew gets out the socket set again - damned roof rack took ages to put on!

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Reply By: Vivid Adventures - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 18:13

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 18:13
For the record - it was the rear roof rack mount - God knows where it leaks but it was leaking despite loads of silicon - perhaps the bead had broken or was dirty to start with.

Many thanks to all who helped
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