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Old April 10th, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Leaky Sunroof: Seeking Suggestions

Please forgive me for being new to sunroofs in Land Rovers (and possibly not knowing the basic lore of how to deal with them). I have a Defender sunroof in my Series IIA (aluminum roof) that's leaking around the hinges, primarily the left one. The water appears to be coming around the sides of the hinge. I realize that these vehicles aren't water tight but the right thigh of my pants often ends up quite wet after a drive in the rain.

When I installed the sunroof, I was sure to seal both inside and out between the sunroof and the top. I also sealed the round pieces that hold the hinge to the sunroof glass. This helped a bit for a while but I'm back to water seeping through.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 03:41 PM
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Mine is doing the same thing, leaking through the left hinge. I was planning on replacing the hinge and re-sealing it. I'll let you know how mine turns out.

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Old April 10th, 2006, 05:22 PM
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Mine does the same periodically. I've found the easiest thing to do is to clean the rubber seal with a good silcone based rubber protectant (like Mother's back to black). Just simply cleaning it and keeping it protected seems to work generally. Also, don't crank the sunroof all the way shut, leave it a 1/4 turn or more. For some reason, the seal doesn't like to be completely compressed.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I'll try the rubber protectant and the not-completely-shut idea. If those don't work, then replacing the hinge is next.
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Old April 12th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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I tried everything to get my sunroof not to leak. I ended up needing a new seals, the top and bottom kits...

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Old April 12th, 2006, 02:18 PM
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I ended up needing a new seals, the top and bottom kits.

Is this something that Rovers North would stock or will I end up going elsewhere to find this?
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Old April 12th, 2006, 04:17 PM
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George at Rovers Down South has both the upper and lower assemblies. RN carries them as well, but they are not cheap.
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Old April 13th, 2006, 03:18 PM
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Thanks, Eric.

I loosened the sunroof crank by a quarter turn yesterday and the truck was dry this morning. Then again, it didn't rain last night.
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Old April 13th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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Ok, since we're on the topic. Anybody else have issues with the glass being curved differently than the roof panel? My glass is higher in the middle than it is on the sides, and the middle portion barely even touches the sealing surface.

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Old April 13th, 2006, 03:33 PM
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Mine is curved something like how you describe. I'll try to get some pics today that I can share tomorrow.
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Old April 14th, 2006, 11:58 AM
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Ok, since we're on the topic. Anybody else have issues with the glass being curved differently than the roof panel? My glass is higher in the middle than it is on the sides, and the middle portion barely even touches the sealing surface.

-Hans

Yes mine is the same way. The galss is tempered and prone to break if hit just right. '

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Old April 14th, 2006, 05:50 PM
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I tried everything to get my sunroof not to leak. I ended up needing a new seals, the top and bottom kits...

EwS
What seals are we talking about, and what are the "top & bottom kits"?
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