There's more than one Toyota Camry out there with a leaky trunk.
Several weeks ago, you discussed in your column the problem one of your readers had with water mysteriously leaking into the trunk of a 1988 Toyota Camry. We encountered a similar situation a couple of years ago with our 1987 Camry. The trunk was always wet, and often had a pool of water in the spare tire well. I eventually realized that this condition existed even during long periods of time when it didn't rain. I finally discovered that the water was getting in while the vehicle was being washed. This car had been hit in the rear a couple of years earlier, and the body shop had failed to caulk around the taillight assemblies inside the trunk. As a result, water was entering the trunk through the resultant gaps. After this omission was corrected, we had no further problems. This automobile has since been taken over by our daughters. Had I known this was going to happen, I never would have fixed it. Considering the number of times it's been washed since they have assumed "ownership," the amount of water in the trunk would hardly be noticable!
TOM: Thanks for the info, Bob. We've also heard from Camry owners who DIDN'T have accidents who found that their leaks were due to faulty seals around the taillight assembly.
RAY: So if you've got a mysterious leak in the trunk of your Camry, ask your body shop to reseal the taillights before you special-order the Toyota bilge pump option.