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Old 04-01-2001, 08:20 PM
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Today it is raining very heavily in Auckland, New Zealand. And to my alarm I have noticed a large wet patch on the front lefthand seat.

This has not been caused by my passenger being frightened by a dose of wet-weather wheelspin from the 2.8l straight-six. Instead, it's a steady drip from the point where the A-pillar meets the roof.

I suspect that the sealing in the sunroof has worn out and is leaking water. Before I have everything ripped out, could anyone confirm this suspicion? I'm also hoping that this does not mean extensive rust has developed around the front of the roof ...
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Old 04-01-2001, 11:10 PM
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had the same problem in my SEC took down the headliner and found the metal sunroof drain tube rotted away.the damage was extensive so i put a peice of rubber fuel line inside the drain to by-pass the rotted part of the tube than silcone all affected areas worked like a charm.hardest part was removing the headliner without damaging it
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Old 04-02-2001, 12:15 AM
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KIA ORA!!

Our Kiwi buddy ... nice to meet someone from the Pacific. I was in Manurewa in 1988 as an AFS exchange student. I have many fond memories of NZ. Been everywhere and done everything.

Anyway, the leak on your front left could be possibly coming from the left tip of the windscreen that is caused by rusting on the inside.

It is quite a job for a DIY person as you might have to remove the windscreen without causnig much stress, and then cleaning out the lining which would be rusted. Then its simple application of antirust, and then to re-seal the gasket and popping back the windscreen.

I would suggest going to the shop for this job.

I doubt its coming from the sunroof.



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Old 04-02-2001, 12:17 AM
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Confirmation Test

Woopsy. I forgot the basic cardinal rule before jumping into a dire conclusion.

Do a test first to find out for certain where the leak is coming from. If its from the windscreen as posted earlier, pour water down directly onto the windscreen making sure the water falls through the roof. Observe to your satisfaction that the cabin does not leak.

If this test is dry on the inside, then start pouring water all over the sunroof and then observe again ... bound to be one or the other.
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Old 04-02-2001, 02:13 AM
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Many thanks for the advice!

I had a new windscreen and rubber put a month ago, and I have noticed a slightly damp seat in the past - before the screen was replaced.

Today's rain is extremely heavy, and it is the first time I have seen a physical drip. So I suspect that the screen might not be the cause?

I asked the screen people to check the windscreen surround for rust, and they reported that it is okay.
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Old 04-02-2001, 03:00 AM
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Chris - have you conducted the water test? From your narration, I would put my bet on your windscreen sealing.

I would suggest taking it back to the shop you got it fixed and tell them the problem. It may not be rust since you've just changed your screen.

They may have to check the seals around the screen once again.
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