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Old 11 Jul 2016, 01:11 pm
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Question 08 Sunroof problems

My wifes 08 sunroof recently started leaking when it rains. I noticed that the rear edge of the glass/rubber seal does not come up all the way when the sunroof is closed. Is there a way to adjust this? It barely comes up to the seal edge. Anyone had this problem? Thanks!!
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Old 11 Jul 2016, 07:12 pm
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Default Re: 08 Sunroof problems

The opening is not a seal the rubber on the glass, its just restricts the amount of water it lets through where it drips into the sunroof gutters that drain from each corner of the sunroof frame.
There is a little adjustment on each side to raise or lower the back side of the sunroof and the small black headed torx screws are located about the middle near the glass on each side.
If your sunroof does not operate, open and close as it should the plastic tracks are probably broken and the sunroof must be removed to repair. The kit cost about $110.00
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Old 12 Jul 2016, 08:11 am
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Default Re: 08 Sunroof problems

Maybe the drains are stopped up? IDK, just asking.

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Old 12 Jul 2016, 11:41 pm
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G'day Bryanc, some good points here by the fellas. I suggest you perform a basic service and diagnostic of the sunroof. This is the procedure I developed and it is an excellent starting point before you take it to a sunroof technician, as it eliminates work and (hopefully) lowers your bill. Some use compressed air to flush the drainage tubes if they're clogged, but this can cause them to separate and leak anyway, which involves pulling apart the pillar the tube runs down and finding it.

At the very least, this should allow you to find the source of the problem, so you don't have to pay someone to test things and look in places that are fine.

  • With an assistant operating the controls, stand over the sunroof to note the tracking of the glass.
  • Test all sunroof positions, including tilt, tilt to closed, fully open, and fully open to closed. Note any pauses, slowing, noises (grinding, dragging, motor sounds) and tracking issues.
  • With the sunroof fully open, inspect the cleanliness of the assembly, including the drainage trough, drainage holes, tracks and rubber. Note any scratching, pitting or build up (of dirt or lubricant) on the tracks.
  • With the car on a LEVEL surface, pour water carefully into the drainage trough and check that it drains correctly in all locations. Water should appear from all drainage locations.
  • IMPORTANT: With an assistant, continually pour small amounts of water into the trough. Check the headliner, A pillars, B pillars and C pillars for dampness. Check the carpet underneath pillars for dampness. Check door sills for dampness.

  • Use a damp microfiber and glass cleaner/car wash liquid to remove all dirt from the glass seal and the sunroof seal.
  • Thoroughly wipe all dirt from the drainage trough.
  • If tracks are heavily soiled, especially with sand or other harsh particulates, gently wipe and remove all old lubrication and residue from the tracks. Use a combination of mild detergent or degreaser and cue tips/cotton buds, preferably wrapped in high pile microfiber to avoid scarring. Take your time.
  • OPTIONAL: With an assistant, remove glass from the assembly and carefully clean both sides. Place aside and follow the previous instructions to access more of the assembly. When reattaching, use correct torque.
  • OPTIONAL: If the tracks were fully cleaned, reapply a THIN layer of designated grease. Some suggest dielectric grease, others a 'rubber' grease used for o-rings and brake assemblies, others a specified Peugeot or Volkswagen 'sunroof' lubricant. The key here is an incredibly thin, even coating.

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