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Have a 2013 Nissan Frontier. There is water leaking in the rear of the cab on the passenger side. Took it to the dealership they could not find where the leak was. Took it to Waterleak Techniques and they said the water is coming in from the seam between the back of the cab and the bed. They have to slide the bed back and reseal the seam. They said they do about 5 Nissans a year for the same problem, anyone else ever had this problem?
 

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Lol seal the seam between the bed and the cab?!

No. Just no.


On the back wall of the cab you have a few things that can leak. The window, the third brake light, and the vents. Yes, vents.

The #1 spot is probably the brake light. I'd start there and see if you still have water coming in.

There is no seal between the cab and the bed. That's total bullshit. Do not let them move the bed to fix this. Even if it's the vents, you should be able to fix it from inside the cab.
 

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Thanks for responding, your right there is no seam between the bed and the cab the seam is on the cab wall. When they removed the back seats and the carpet away from the back wall there are seams in the cab wall that Nissan uses a seam sealer, a type of glue or silicone that has become brittle and cracked. You can see water and mud trails where water is coming into the cab. Unfortunately the problem is at the bottom of the cab not the top. I did check the third lights wish it was that it would have been a lot easier to fix. I do trust this company as we’ve had our company vehicles work on by them and they do a good job and seem trustworthy. Thanks again for the replies.
 

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Lol seal the seam between the bed and the cab?!

No. Just no.


On the back wall of the cab you have a few things that can leak. The window, the third brake light, and the vents. Yes, vents.

The #1 spot is probably the brake light. I'd start there and see if you still have water coming in.

There is no seal between the cab and the bed. That's total bullshit. Do not let them move the bed to fix this. Even if it's the vents, you should be able to fix it from inside the cab.
On any vehicle where the metal is fastened they use a white material called seam sealer, if it shrinks, cracks or otherwise affected you can get water. I had a brand new mustang have water enter due to a gap left during application. On the rear wall of the cab there must be a body seam just like on the roof there are two seams lengthwise that use this filler.
Personally I’d get friends and tools and do it myself.

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same issue here

I just bought a 2013 Frontier a couple weeks ago and I'm having the same issue. Dealer thought it was the rear window so they crammed some goop into the window seal above where the water was but that was not the problem. I'm getting ready to start puling out the interior panels and tracking down the leak. Wish me luck...

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Mine did the same thing. Nissan dealership could not find the leak because they were looking in the WRONG place. Can't blame them because where it was coming from I don't think anyone would suspect. Well it turned out to be just like m-bisson above suggested. It was the vent behind the rear jump seat panel. Who found it was "The Water Doctor." It took him about an hour to find it. He came to my place of work where I had access to a garden hose. I watched this guy go to work. He was like an intense bloodhound. After he exhausted all possibilities from above he "tore" off the rear panel behind the jump seat and found what he was looking for. It was indeed the rear vent frame around the vent. He sealed it up with some goop from the INSIDE and it hasn't leaked since. That was over four years ago. Normal charge would have been $200 but him and I hit it off as I was cracking jokes watching him work. He said give me 100 bucks.
 

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Mine did the same thing. Nissan dealership could not find the leak because they were looking in the WRONG place. Can't blame them because where it was coming from I don't think anyone would suspect. Well it turned out to be just like m-bisson above suggested. It was the vent behind the rear jump seat panel. Who found it was "The Water Doctor." It took him about an hour to find it. He came to my place of work where I had access to a garden hose. I watched this guy go to work. He was like an intense bloodhound. After he exhausted all possibilities from above he "tore" off the rear panel behind the jump seat and found what he was looking for. It was indeed the rear vent frame around the vent. He sealed it up with some goop from the INSIDE and it hasn't leaked since. That was over four years ago. Normal charge would have been $200 but him and I hit it off as I was cracking jokes watching him work. He said give me 100 bucks.
jkon, did he have to remove the rear seats to access the vent?
 

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No he did not have to remove the rear seat. He half-removed just the panel behind the rear seat and reached behind with his goop.
 

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Hi, I found this thread when trying to figure out where a potential leak was coming from. I noticed wet carpet under back seat driver side in my 2006 Frontier Crew Cab SE. So I pulled the rear cabin trim panel under the window, then the carpeting against the back wall, like suggested above. My wife helped by spraying the exterior "problem areas" with a hose starting from the center high mount brake light, then the rear window perimeter, then the gap between the bed & cabin. The leak was coming from the cabin air vent hidden beneath the back wall carpeting. As soon as she sprayed this area, I could see the water coming in around the seal, but the rubber flaps may also be old and not forming a good seal.

I've looked for a replacement vent part in suggested online parts stores with no luck- None of the parts diagrams show the replacement vent part, so I'm really not sure what to call it, or how to find it. If I can't find the part online, I may try to fix the perimeter seal with a good liquid sealant and see if it improves. Does anyone know what this part is called, the part #, or where to find it? Process photos below.
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Go to your local dealer, they can tell you what’s its called and if has to be replaced as a whole or if rubber seals are obtainable.
Not everything is easily found online.

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Hi, I found this thread when trying to figure out where a potential leak was coming from. I noticed wet carpet under back seat driver side in my 2006 Frontier Crew Cab SE. So I pulled the rear cabin trim panel under the window, then the carpeting against the back wall, like suggested above. My wife helped by spraying the exterior "problem areas" with a hose starting from the center high mount brake light, then the rear window perimeter, then the gap between the bed & cabin. The leak was coming from the cabin air vent hidden beneath the back wall carpeting. As soon as she sprayed this area, I could see the water coming in around the seal, but the rubber flaps may also be old and not forming a good seal.

I've looked for a replacement vent part in suggested online parts stores with no luck- None of the parts diagrams show the replacement vent part, so I'm really not sure what to call it, or how to find it. If I can't find the part online, I may try to fix the perimeter seal with a good liquid sealant and see if it improves. Does anyone know what this part is called, the part #, or where to find it? Process photos below. View attachment 312681 View attachment 312680 View attachment 312679
Hello,

Did you sort this out yet? I live in Seattle and it's been raining non-stop nearly the entire month of January and water is getting in. I find wet carpet on rear pax side, I suspect water is coming from that bloody vent you show. The truck is parked on a slight slope towards the pax side, this probably exp0lains what water ends on the opposite side of the vent. It's raining like hell this afternoon and can't be out there working in this. Was it easy removing that plastic top part and the lower formed carpet type panel out of the way? What did you end up sealing this with, plain old silicone would work?

Thanks in advance for any information.
 

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Hello,

Did you sort this out yet? I live in Seattle and it's been raining non-stop nearly the entire month of January and water is getting in. I find wet carpet on rear pax side, I suspect water is coming from that bloody vent you show. The truck is parked on a slight slope towards the pax side, this probably exp0lains what water ends on the opposite side of the vent. It's raining like hell this afternoon and can't be out there working in this. Was it easy removing that plastic top part and the lower formed carpet type panel out of the way? What did you end up sealing this with, plain old silicone would work?

Thanks in advance for any information.
Had the same issue a few months ago. Apparently one of the items I keep behind the rear seat moved the vent and slightly bent the metal when I put the seat back up. The plastic trim pulls off pretty easily - it's just held on with those plastic push clips. I cleaned all the grime off the vent, straightened the metal out, and, before popping the vent back into place, I added some black silicone sealant around the edge. Hasn't leaked since.
 

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Had the same issue a few months ago. Apparently one of the items I keep behind the rear seat moved the vent and slightly bent the metal when I put the seat back up. The plastic trim pulls off pretty easily - it's just held on with those plastic push clips. I cleaned all the grime off the vent, straightened the metal out, and, before popping the vent back into place, I added some black silicone sealant around the edge. Hasn't leaked since.
Had the same issue a few months ago. Apparently one of the items I keep behind the rear seat moved the vent and slightly bent the metal when I put the seat back up. The plastic trim pulls off pretty easily - it's just held on with those plastic push clips. I cleaned all the grime off the vent, straightened the metal out, and, before popping the vent back into place, I added some black silicone sealant around the edge. Hasn't leaked since.

Today it is raining and water is getting in. I looked at the vent, and it did have some water droplets on the inside, so water is getting in that way, but I didn't see water dripping down the wall underneath the vent, so I applied some clear sealant and secured the vent back in. After a few hours, I checked on it again and water is seen on the inside of the vent, maybe that's normal because the bottom of the vent is built with a basin so water should be collected there? But water is getting in on the other side, somewhere between the double wall. I looked at the top of the window and I don't see the roof liner being wet, or feel it is wet. I've read somewhere that the 3rd light may also be the cause for a leak, but in those cases, you can see the roof liner soaked and water dripping down the window and back wall, I don't see that in my truck. I also read to have a look on the outside back of the cab wall. I have a truck toolbox installed and it's covering the seam, but I can see on one side the pax side seam exposed, metal bent and no sealant. I have a feeling this is where the water is getting in. I bought the truck second hand and not from a dealer. What type of sealant should I buy to try to cover this area as much as possible?

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Have a 2013 Nissan Frontier. There is water leaking in the rear of the cab on the passenger side. Took it to the dealership they could not find where the leak was. Took it to Waterleak Techniques and they said the water is coming in from the seam between the back of the cab and the bed. They have to slide the bed back and reseal the seam. They said they do about 5 Nissans a year for the same problem, anyone else ever had this problem?
The back seat in my 2004 Frontier keeps getting wet when it rains. No water marks on the headliner. Where is it coming from?
 

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The back seat in my 2004 Frontier keeps getting wet when it rains. No water marks on the headliner. Where is it coming from?
Hello,

Hard to know. I had a heck of a time trying to find the leak in my truck, but I believe I found it. Mine was leaking because the gutter on the back window was blocked or clogged. I cleared that channel and it appears that the leak has stopped. But will know more during the winter, because it hasn't been raining heavily here in months, yeah I know, Seattle, no rain!!!
 

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Have a 2013 Nissan Frontier. There is water leaking in the rear of the cab on the passenger side. Took it to the dealership they could not find where the leak was. Took it to Waterleak Techniques and they said the water is coming in from the seam between the back of the cab and the bed. They have to slide the bed back and reseal the seam. They said they do about 5 Nissans a year for the same problem, anyone else ever had this problem?
 
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