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    Thread: Leaky sunroof in Eurovan

    1. 09-20-2006 01:49 AM #1
      I just purchased a 1999 Eurovan and I noticed (do to rain) that the sunroof leaks. Water leaks from around/through the front dome light that also houses the open/close switch. I have visually watched the sunroof close from the outside and the seals don't seem to be compromised, no cracks, tears etc. Is this a known problem for the van or am I just out of luck? Any suggestions would be great.

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      vw_jones


    2. 09-21-2006 04:26 PM #2
      The seals cannot keep all the water out.
      There is a raintray inside under the sunroof,
      which has drain hoses or pipes attached.
      You have to clean those hoses out. A old
      speedometer cable works good.

    3. 10-04-2006 12:51 AM #3
      Hey Vanmike, thanks for the tip, never would of guessed. I hope they are easy to find as the sunroof only opens 3/4's of the way "safety feature I suppose." Thanks again.

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      10-03-2010 03:35 PM #4
      I know this is old but anybody found a solution to this? I just removed the headliner to see where the drains are and guess what: NO drains at all!!! There is a tray there but it has no drains so once the water accumulates on the tray it will leak out when you make a turn through the vanity light in the center of the headliner by the rearview mirror. Great design VW!!!

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      10-04-2010 03:54 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by B5.5 4EVER View Post
      I know this is old but anybody found a solution to this? I just removed the headliner to see where the drains are and guess what: NO drains at all!!! There is a tray there but it has no drains so once the water accumulates on the tray it will leak out when you make a turn through the vanity light in the center of the headliner by the rearview mirror. Great design VW!!!
      Did you find the four little drain tubes that the hoses are meant to be attached to? Sometimes they can corrode and fall off. There should be one tube in each corner if it's the same as a mk3 Golf setup. If one or all (i've never seen all be missing - disconnected maybe, but never missing) are loose or gone, replace as applicable. Securing them with cable ties or hose clamps is fine.

      Sometimes when blowing them out with compressed air (my normal way to clean them) , they can come loose.
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      10-04-2010 05:06 PM #6
      Despite what Bentley indicates, I have yet to hear of anyone in the U.S. who has the water drains. Close attention to the seal is required because that is lilkely where the water is coming in.

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      10-04-2010 05:24 PM #7
      YEah there were no drain tubes in the Eurovans as far as I know... All other VWs had them but the Eurovan
      I removed the headliner piece and the tray and ordered a new gasket as this is where the water gets in. F+ for VW for the design!

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      10-04-2010 05:36 PM #8
      Wow, that is crazy if they don't have them..!
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      10-04-2010 06:07 PM #9
      I just went through this with our '03 about this time last year.

      There are no drains. There are two seals that are supposed to keep the water out - one is the glass-to-frame seal and the other is the frame-to-roof seal.

      On ours, it was the glass-to-frame seal that was leaking.

      Here's the kicker: the glass-to-frame seal is not available as an individual part. You have to replace the entire frame. But, the frame-to-roof seal is available as an individual part.

      VW realized that there was a problem and redesigned the glass-to-frame seal.

      This would have been about a $1300 repair for us but VW covered half the price (luckily).

      Sorry for the bad news - good luck with yours.

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      10-04-2010 06:28 PM #10
      It looks like mine is leaking on the frame to roof seal so I have ordered that for the whooping $14 and pray it will solve the issue... No way in hell I will be paying $1300 or even half that I will just silicone it permanently, remove the motor and call it done!

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      10-04-2010 07:06 PM #11
      Does anyone have one of the seals PNs? I can check the rest of world options to see if the other seal is available seperately in any other markets.
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      10-04-2010 08:53 PM #12
      I will let you know once I get the seal in, as the part number didn't show up on the receipt, it was on online order...

    13. 10-16-2010 05:16 AM #13
      On mine I found one of the round bolts that holds the glass to the frame was loose. Water was seeping in from around the bolt. With the sunroof open, try wiggling the bolts, or push up on the glass, mine had noticable movement.

      Had to have the dealer do the tightening as it required headliner removal, etc. Luckily I still had a month of warranty left.

    14. 10-21-2010 05:25 PM #14
      You are correct in that there are no roof drains for the sunroof. I too have gone through this mess and as a temporary solution (one year ago) used removable caulk to seal the sunroof. It has stopped all water penetration. The biggest problem with the water is that it gets into the relay and fuse panels, causing all sorts of trouble.

      I had the dealer look at it and they want to replace the entiry sunroof tray, saying that it is sagging. Problem was that they wanted $2,400 to do it. We recently moved to a place with a three car garage, so my plan for this winter is to remove the headliner and the support tray and design some sort of drain system to carry the water down the front pillars. Not sure yet how, but think I'll be able to figure it out. When it is done, I will post a description and photos, assuming it works.

    15. 02-07-2011 06:38 PM #15
      I took my entire sunroof assembly apart a while back (photos on EV_Update) and also discovered that there are no drains. For me, cleaning the rubber seals that make contact with the glass stopped the leaking for a couple of months, but it eventually returned.

      I'm with you jimpiper. I don't think the process should be too bad as earlier models did have drains. I plan on trying to install some drain tubes this winter. I think I will drill a hole in the two front corners and insert a grommit, then push a tube through that and down the A pillars and into the front wheel wells through another drilled hole/grommit.

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      02-07-2011 10:13 PM #16
      Well, I solved the problem at least for now, with a new sunroof frame to roof gasket. It is a piece of spongy insulating tape you can probably get from Home Depot, not necessarily from the stealer.... No more leaks for now... If that fails, I will be doing the drains for sure.
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    17. 02-08-2011 10:31 AM #17
      You are very lucky if that did solve your problem. I ordered one of those foam gaskets as well, but never installed it as once I had the assembly apart, I was able verify that that particular gasket was still good. My leakage is from the upper gasket/seal where it meets the glass. Apparently these shrink with age/sun exposure. I'm in a particularly warm climate, so that probably accelerated things.

    18. 05-15-2011 06:05 PM #18
      hello- I live in Portland, OR. and was just surfing the web for leaky sunroof. I, too, have an 03 Eurovan with a leaky sunroof. I noticed on your post that you were able to get VW to cover half of your repair. If you don't mind sharing, how did you accomplish that? And is there a contact # or person in VW management that you could share with me? Any help would be appreciated, Thanks, Tom

    19. 04-18-2012 10:55 PM #19
      Well, I installed two drain tubes in my sunroof, ran them down the a-pillars and into the footwells. After about 9 months, I can say that they've helped significantly, but have not cured the problem completly. I think I've had two or three times with minor dripping in nine months, where I used to have water just pouring out of my ceiling once or more per month. I'll post some pics asap.

    20. 05-24-2012 01:23 PM #20
      I too live in Portland and have an 02 Eurovan. The sunroof just started leaking last week! Now it is pissing down rain and leaking everywhere. I am curious if VW is offering any help with this or if it is waaaaay to late in the game to get any help. No drain tubes...REALLY???

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      12-16-2012 08:40 AM #21
      I am pretty sure VW will do nothing, I have an extended warranty but they do not cover leaks, how convenient :-) Problem came back so either the seal I installed failed again or the other seal needs to be replaced... I think I will have to either seal it permanently closed or pay up for the new seal...

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