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Old 12-02-2006, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Anyone permanently seal Moonroof???

Mine is leaking and it isn't a drain issue, it is an issue of the seal on the back edge of the glass not sealing against the car. You can see daylight through it. It has been like this forever, but before I could jockey with the switch and get it to seal. Well, it just won't seal anymore and I'm sick of it. And from my understanding there is no way to fix this short of a new piece of glass. Not spending that much money on it.

I basically never use it, so I'm considering sealing it closed and disconnecting the switch.

Anyone ever do this?

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Old 12-02-2006, 04:06 PM   #2
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You really want to seal it up for good? Hmm...

A generic DIY would be to open it up, run a big bead of silicone sealant around the edges & contact surfaces, and then close it.

Any excess that pushes out can be wiped away before it dries.
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Old 12-02-2006, 04:51 PM   #3
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You really want to seal it up for good? Hmm...

A generic DIY would be to open it up, run a big bead of silicone sealant around the edges & contact surfaces, and then close it.

Any excess that pushes out can be wiped away before it dries.
I can't think of any other way to fix the problem, short of dropping a lot of cash at it, and frankly this car is going to be on to a new home in about 20 months, I hope.

Do you have any other ideas? I really am not sold on my idea, but I don't have any others.

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Old 12-02-2006, 05:52 PM   #4
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You can't just get the rubber surround for the glass? Have you tried allsubaru or suburuparts or anything?
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:19 PM   #5
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one of my "fun" cars had a moonroof which wouldnt pass saftey tech, so i pulled the glass & motor and riveted/sealed on a thin sheet of aluminum, cut to fit, painted to match, to cover the hole. worked great. looked good.

windshield sealant works perfect.

the boys at grassroots motorsports did the same to a civic i think, they might have the article online.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:29 AM   #6
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There's a drip tray that slides in place to keep water from leaking in along there. If you reach up into the gap that it retracts into, it's there. I'll take a picture of it in the morning when there's light.

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Old 12-03-2006, 10:05 AM   #7
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If you're going to be selling the car in 20 months, keep in mind that people generally aren't going to want to buy a car with a moonroof that's been ghetto sealed shut with windshield adhesive.

What about using a strip of adhesive foam rubber weatherstripping? Open the moonroof, put the weather strip either on the back edge of the glass or on the front edge of the opening in the roof, and then close the moonroof. That should work (I've used the stuff for years to seal up leaks in my Mustang's poorly designed convertible top), it would be easily reversible, and it would cost you all of $5 or less.

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Old 12-03-2006, 11:31 AM   #8
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If you're going to be selling the car in 20 months, keep in mind that people generally aren't going to want to buy a car with a moonroof that's been ghetto sealed shut with windshield adhesive.

What about using a strip of adhesive foam rubber weatherstripping? Open the moonroof, put the weather strip either on the back edge of the glass or on the front edge of the opening in the roof, and then close the moonroof. That should work (I've used the stuff for years to seal up leaks in my Mustang's poorly designed convertible top), it would be easily reversible, and it would cost you all of $5 or less.

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yeah, that is why I guess I shouldn't have said permanently seal. Your idea sounds like a good one, I'm just having trouble visualizing what the stuff will look like. Kind of a long shot, but do you know where I could find a pick of what you're talking about?

thanks Pat.

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Old 12-03-2006, 11:31 AM   #9
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There's a drip tray that slides in place to keep water from leaking in along there. If you reach up into the gap that it retracts into, it's there. I'll take a picture of it in the morning when there's light.
A pic would be great.

Thanks

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Old 12-03-2006, 05:52 PM   #10
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I very much doubt that you'd have to replace the glass. Most likely you can bring the sunroof down enough to make it seal either by removing the factory shims or adjusting the bolts that attach the whole sunroof assembly to the roof.
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:00 PM   #11
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yeah, that is why I guess I shouldn't have said permanently seal. Your idea sounds like a good one, I'm just having trouble visualizing what the stuff will look like. Kind of a long shot, but do you know where I could find a pick of what you're talking about?
Not the best picture, but this stuff - http://www.frostking.com/windoorweather.php . If you go to Home Depot/Lowes or even the hardware section at Walmart you'll find the stuff in various widths and thicknesses. At the hardware stores it'll be in with the insulation stuff. It's normally used to seal around windows and doors in the house, but it works on the car, too.

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Old 12-03-2006, 07:57 PM   #12
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Anyone ever do this?

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Yes, yes I have
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:22 PM   #13
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Yes, yes I have
gee thanks for that post. Any tips/suggestions/etc?

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Old 12-04-2006, 11:16 AM   #14
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I have a good glass i could sell you... CHEAP!! $40 + shipping.
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Old 12-04-2006, 11:38 AM   #15
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I have a good glass i could sell you... CHEAP!! $40 + shipping.
If it really is the glass, take up this offer, or just find a spare in a junk yard.
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Old 12-05-2006, 09:56 PM   #16
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Sorry it took me so long to post this:

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Old 12-05-2006, 10:44 PM   #17
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If it really is the glass, take up this offer, or just find a spare in a junk yard.
Problem is that I'm in grad. school now and finding the time to do this is impossible. I know I could pay someone, but being unemployed doesn't make that very plausible. I think I'm going to try Pat's idea and see if some weather stripping will work. Might look ghetto as hell if you get up close and look at it, but frankly I don't care, I just don't want water coming in.

Thanks for the pic. But I think part of the problem is that I don't have the sunshade of what appears to be a drip tray in my car. It isn't there/hasn't been since I owned it. Not sure what happened...

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Old 12-06-2006, 01:00 AM   #18
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It wasn't there when i bought my car because it was about 3/4 of the way to the rear hatch up inside the headliner. Peek in there with a flashlight.
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It wasn't there when i bought my car because it was about 3/4 of the way to the rear hatch up inside the headliner. Peek in there with a flashlight.
I'll have to check on that. Thanks!

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Fyi- this weekend my old sunroof is being thrown away...so if you'd like that glass, let me know now. Also, installation and removal takes just over an hour... so its not that time consuming. I've had to do it five or so times...
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