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sunroof removal and leak fixes
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Sunroof Removal Guide
  • Close the sunroof
  • Turn the little silver screw on the inside approx 90 degrees, don't force it any more than it wants to go
  • Push quickly on the rear of the sunroof from the inside, it will pop up
  • Holding it up, you will see a little catch ont the right if looking to the rear
  • Release the catch, and raise the sunroof out of the car

okay while its out

(from kritips post)

Basically, one of the seals in the sunroof was gone and one of the drainage holes was slightly blocked....the exact same symptoms were there in my situation, angle of car, where the water went..etc.


Clean and flush all 4 drainage holes...then for good measure unscrew the 4 screws that hold the lifter and the 4 screws on the on two slots for the front of the sunroof.

Pull down the roof inside at the front and remove the plastic holders...pull of the old seal, and liberally apply translucent silicone sealant around all the seals of the 3 pices you removed. refit, silicone some more, screw tight, silicone the screw heads

refitting
  • Refitting is reverse of removal
  • for help though, when turning the screw back up, get someone to push down on the sunroof the help it meet the thread
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I will be doing this asap, just back from holidays and ive got a puddle in my passenger footwell and can actually see the water dripping through the sunroof
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This is really helpful, thanks very much i will get this done tomorrow!
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Re: sunroof removal and leak fixes

Also used this guide - the only thing I'd add is some threadlock on the screws that hold the brackets - stops them coming loose.
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majority of problems with wet carpet i have found is the sills have 3 holes with a sort of lip on them look under car where the jacking point is .many folk jack on the drain points which closes them up leading to the sills filling with water which then drains into the car under the carpet .so while under the car get a fairly thick flat head screwdriver and locate the 3 bits ,one at the end near each wheel and one in the middle of the sill....prod the screwdriver into the hole and open it up dont be shy waggle it around and you could well get a load of water coming out .this should sort the drainage out .

if you also go into the car pull the plastic trill off the sill where the carpet is you will see a couple of round rubber covers pull them off pop a finger in and you will see if its wet and hopefully not rusty.

the rubber drain hoses run down just behind the door behind the plastic below the rear window..pull that off and behind the seatbelt mechanism you will find a rubber hose and the other hose is at the bottom on where the hinges are for the door .peel back the carpet and you will see a black plastic cover with usually 2 white electrical connectors pull them out the way reach in and you will feel the rubber hose.

next you can either push the hoses into say a plastic bottle then pour some hot water down the drain holes in the sunroof water should gush out and come out fast if its not blocked ...if there blocked or not flowing easily theres a few methods .

one is to get some thin wire type used for the brake cable on a mountain bike and thread it up the rubber hose till it comes out the sunroof or do it the other way round.

another way is to get one of those garden pressure sprayers and pop the ende of the rubber drain hose onto that and spray till it clears

or if you have a harden hose with one of those shower type multi function heads.set it to jet spray and hold it hard onto the drain hose and squirt away.

now you can do this with the sunroof open closed or removed

i took my sunroof out which is easy once you get the hang of it,turn the wee silver screw on the big screw on the inside half a turn open the roof up sort of half way and give the roof a quick tap and it should pop up then theres a wee latch mechanism push on that then push up the roof and dont be shy and it will come out .to refit push roof into tangs push down on it till its onto the main mechanism lock it all down then turn the silver screw .if its properly locked check by giving a light tap inside up the way and the roof shouldnt move if it does fiddle with the silver screw repeat.

ideally if the cars wet inside then the felt undercarpet sound deadening will be rotten so carpet can be left in or out while you scrape all the rotten under felt out

personally take the carpet out you will need to take the seats out ( dead easy 4 bolts ) the plastic centre console ( bit around gear stick ) only 3 bolts 2 are hidden under the gearstick gaiter theres a few other plastic bits that hold the caret down but there easy to spot and remove.

if you take the carpet out and all the old smelly felt if you take the sunroof out as well you can then really unblocked and check the drainage by getting a hose to the drain holes and squirting down mind and out the drain hoses back where they were and while your there check for rust in the wheelarches at the rear behing the plastic panels and take the hose into the inner arches and spray through back to front if you have cleaned all that out properly water should now gush out the 3 drain holes in the sills on both sides of the car

also check that the seal between where the inner sill and floor pan roughly where your left foot would be if you were a passenger in a rhd car is if theres water still coming through there once the drain holes etc are all good them get some silicone seal into there .

once the cars all dried out you could waxoyl or similar inside the inner rear arches and sills.

if your sound deadening was rotten depending on budget you could use foam carpet underlay or even cardboard

once this is all done fingers crossed no more leaks and no more steamed up windows.
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Re: sunroof removal and leak fixes

2 years since doing the procedure highlighted above theres been no more wet carpets all sei owners with a sunroof should so this esp to make sure the inner panels are not rotting
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