Odyssey hatch leaks


#1

Every time it rains the back hatch of my 95 Honda Odyssey fills with water. I can drain most of it through the key latch, but there are several gallons of water in there. What do I need to do? Please don’t tell me that the entire back hatch has to be replaced.


#2

The first thing you need to do is figure out how it’s getting in. Check the hatch seals, window, wiper area, anything back there. Climb inside and have a spouse/friend use a hose and spray it down. have you friend focus the spray on the likely areas.

Getting the water out merely requires a shop-vac, and some time. Pick a sunny day and leave it open to air when you’ve got it as dry as you van get it.

Chase


#3

Take off the inside trim panel on the van. Go to a carwash and have a friend shoot it with high pressure water. This will hopefully help you figure it out. I would suspect the rubber body seal around the hatch or the one on the body needs to be replaced.


#4

Regardless of the good suggestions, you’ll have to go to a competent auto glass replacement business to get it dealt with. At that age, the worse case could be a rusting frame. Are there any telltale rust bubbles around the rear window frame/gasket junction ? If so, the entire hatch may need to be fixed by body shop or replaced by a junk yard serviceable one.

Best case problem IMO is a door/hatch frame and not window gasket which may be all that needs to be dealt with.