Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Warwickshire, England
Letting Water out of the Boot (trunk) in a 2008 Spider
I bought my wife a 2008 Spider for Christmas and when I checked it at the dealer I saw that part of the boot floor was a bit wet, but didn't regard as a serious enough problem to stop me buying the car as I am used to having water leaks in convertibles.
During February I started working through a few improvements to the car including removing the boot floor to dry it, and like the rest of you I found a couple of inches of water in the spare wheel well.
I dried out the boot floor OK, but haven't yet tracked down the cause of the leak, although like others of you the underside of the hood tonneau cover was also damp, so I removed and dried this as well.
I assumed that Alfa would have expected water to accumulate in the spare wheel well so looked for a way to drain it. I removed the tools and spare wheel, and then the triangular pyramid shaped bit of steel that holds the wheel in place. Underneath this is a round grommet about 1" in diameter. This was sealed in place, but I managed to lever it out with a screwdriver and all the water drained away.
I scraped the remaining sealant off the plastic grommet which has three small springy clips built into it, which by their nature leave very small holes in the grommet. After cleaning and polishing the spare wheel well, I re-fitted the grommet. If any more water does get into the spare wheel well, it should drain straight out again.
I hope this helps, and I will follow the advice from the rest of you about tracing the source of the leak.