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Old 03-29-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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Default If you have a SUNROOF, READ THIS TODAY!

I learned the hard way that you must clear the drain lines for the sunroof on a regular basis. If you slide the sunroof open and look in the front corners of the trough (trawf) there are two drain holes. Use a blower on an air compressor to force air and trash through the drain lines, which discharge below the body. Use a rag to clean the trough. It doesn't take much to clog these lines. When the lines are clogged, the trough will overflow onto the headliner, run down the "A" pillar and discharge under the carpet. It may not be obvious that this is happening until something starts growing and stinking in your carpet.
I learned this lesson the hard way.
I hope none of you have to do the same.

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Old 03-29-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: If you have a SUNROOF, READ THIS TODAY!

Opened mine today for the first time in months with no problem, but thanks for the tip, will definitely look into your suggestion.

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Old 03-30-2011, 05:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: If you have a SUNROOF, READ THIS TODAY!

I believe these drain lines are known for coming off inside the vehicle below the sunroof. I would think using compressed air could cause the line to blow off without someone noticing.

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Old 03-30-2011, 08:17 AM   #4
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Default Re: If you have a SUNROOF, READ THIS TODAY!

Sounds like a great idea. How did you clean yours? I have an air compressor, but I do not want to damage the lines and create a problem where there currently is not one.

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Old 03-30-2011, 12:44 PM   #5
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Default Re: If you have a SUNROOF, READ THIS TODAY!

Always keep the sun roof closed when parked, especially if parked under/close to a tree and especially this time of year when all the little blossomy/bloomy things start falling off the trees.

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Old 03-30-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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Sounds like a great idea. How did you clean yours? I have an air compressor, but I do not want to damage the lines and create a problem where there currently is not one.
Looked at mine today holes look very clean..... I'm thinking of just pouring a little water down them and see if it comes out right away, if it comes out fairly quick I'm calling them good.

I too don't like the idea of using compressed air into an area I don't fully understand how it's all held together.

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Old 03-30-2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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Default Re: If you have a SUNROOF, READ THIS TODAY!

The tip of most blowers is small and will not form a tight seal against the hole. Even blowers with the tapered rubber ends probably will not seal to the hole due to the angle of access. Since there is not seal there is no pressure build-up in the line or on the fittings. The pressure would hit the blockage and exhaust back up the tube and out of the unsealed opening around the blower tip. Most of them are not going to be plugged, but could have debris in the line which could slow the flow.
This happens because there is NO seal between the sunroof and the roof. The seal is between the sunroof and the sunroof frame/body. Keeping your sunroof closed, whether near trees or not, WILL NOT make a difference. Every time it rains or you wash your Saturn, dust, dirt, pollen, acorn tops, leaves etc. get washed down between the sunroof and the roof and end up in the trough or the drain lines.
I don't care what method one uses to clean the lines, my point was to clean them to prevent a problem.

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Old 10-24-2011, 11:12 AM   #8
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I like this idea,....thanks. I'll be doing this this weekend.

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Default Re: If you have a SUNROOF, READ THIS TODAY!

My sunroof was leaking. The hose from the drain assembly was loose. (It is underneath the headliner, by the visor mount, and runs down the pillar assembly.)

An auto glass shop put a hose clamp on the drain hose to keep it tight on the assembly. Works fine.

Total cost, $80.

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