If ever there was a maintenance problem to rain on your parade (so to speak) it’s a leaking sunroof.
There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the car in the midst of winter with freezing rain dripping onto your head! Fortunately, a leaky sunroof is usually a fairly easy problem to fix.
Most of the time a leaky sunroof is simply a matter of a clogged up drain tube. The result is that the water overflows inside the vehicle. This is usually no more than a 20-minute repair.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to carrying out the repair yourself:
- Open up your sunroof and locate your drain holes: they’ll usually be found in both front corners. (The tubes run through the door pillars and then drain through).
- DON’T start poking through the tubing using coat hangers or blast them with compressed air: doing so risks piercing the tubing, which could result in the whole tube having to be replaced. Also, don’t disconnect it from the drain hole.
- The best way to remove any debris is with a traditional vacuum cleaner and a trap adapter: these can be fitted to the end of the metal part of the neck of the vacuum cleaner to send all the air through a smaller piece of tubing.
- Simply attach the adapter end of the tube to the drain hole and then turn on the vacuum cleaner: any debris should be sucked through.
If the sunroof still doesn’t clear, then it’s probably a good idea to take the car to a specialist: at this level, you’re actually talking about bending and moving the metal to get a better fit, and that’s not really a DIY friendly task.