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Old 02-23-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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Smile DIY Taillight Gasket Replacement (Water in Trunk Fix)

This is for the 02-04 RSXs that drive around with a pool of water in their trunk.

Here’s the pool


We need to find out where the leak is.
Remove your carpet, foam board, spare tire, taillight access lid, (and plastic cover if you wish).

To take off the taillight access lids, just pull… very hard


I took off the plastic cover. You don’t have to but it’s quick and it makes the job a little bit easier.
There are only 4 snaps. Just pull and they’re out.


After removing the carpet, foam board, spare tire, and taillight access lid; run water down from the top of the hatch and let it flow through the taillight. Do this until you notice where the water is leaking through.


Here’s the problem


For most people, the problem is usually that their taillight gaskets are bad.

I ordered my new taillight gaskets from acuraoemparts
Part Number: 33502-S6M-A11
Their minimum quantity is 2 so you would pay $16.16 + shipping

These are the gaskets


First thing you need to do is remove your rear bumper
s2k_3.11 has a great DIY for removing your rear bumper here http://forums.clubrsx.com/showthread.php?t=542715


Now that the rear bumper is off, you can move inside the car
Turn the bulb sockets 45 counterclockwise to remove the bulb sockets. Pull the small plug at the end out.


Remove the mounting nuts. There are four 8mm nuts on the inside, 2 screws on the outside (you already took one out when you took off the rear bumper).
I also removed one of the mounting bracket nuts (10mm) to gain full access to the taillight.



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Old 02-23-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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Remove the taillight


Now you can access the old gaskets




Peel the old gasket off. It’s very sticky in some areas. Be careful not to break any of the plastic rods. Put the new gasket on.


Replace the taillight and secure it. I did my other taillight also even though it didn’t leak. Secure everything back in the order you took it off. After everything is back on, run water through the taillights again to see if it continues to leak. If it does, I don’t know what to tell you :/

BUT it worked for me so it should work for you

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Old 02-23-2008, 07:21 PM   #3
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Nice write-up

Hopefully I don't have to do this with my JDM tails
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:22 PM   #4
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nice writeup.

and yes you should blackout your headlights
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:52 PM   #6
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:45 PM   #7
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Thanks! I found quite a number of threads about water leakage so I decided to do it myself and help some people out
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:26 PM   #8
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Old 04-02-2008, 08:53 PM   #9
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I just noticed a pool in my trunk a few hours ago. NICE!!
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Subscribed! Even though I got mine fixed under warranty I'm sure it will happen again later down the road. Thanks for the DIY! Pretend +rep
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:46 AM   #11
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I love how your spare tire well doesn't seem to have alot of rust even with the amount of water in there...
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Subscribed! Even though I got mine fixed under warranty I'm sure it will happen again later down the road. Thanks for the DIY! Pretend +rep
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I love how your spare tire well doesn't seem to have alot of rust even with the amount of water in there...
I know i was surprised as well. I dont know how long the water had been there until i finally heard it swishing around
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:53 AM   #18
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life saver....my car smelled like a locker room from all of the water
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just had to do this...thanks for the write up
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Great writeup, I just did this to my car today as well
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:53 PM   #24
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yea i had the same problem, i didnt feel like ordering a new gasket.. so i just took out the tail lights and on the old gasket you can see where it presses against the car. and i just put some cock(idk how to spell it) around the taillight gasket and no leaks since

cost like 3 dollars =)
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:19 PM   #25
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Thanks bro i`ve been trying to find the problem for about two months.Now I know what it is
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