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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:40 PM
Mattochan Mattochan is offline
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Another roof leak.

It's raining in my car and I have found the culprit. There is a small gap where the seal for the roof meets the seal for the front window pillar. I tried tightening the roof latch but the gap remained. I can't tighten any more because it was very difficult to after the 1st adjustment. Any thoughts on what I should do?

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Old 02-23-2012, 02:17 PM
dkindig dkindig is offline
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I have the same issue on the passenger side where the top meets the A-pillar. Even with the hooks reasonably adjusted I can see light through the gap there. There are two possible solutions others have done, depending on the gap.

One is to place a layer of black silicone on the end of the seal (on the A-pillar), covering the cone that inserts down into the seal, to make it a little thicker and close up the gap. The other is to cut a piece of rubber sheet and glue it over that area with silicone. I've read that a bicycle inner-tube works well for raw material. Just pick the method you think you need and then prop the top open for a day while the silicone dries.

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Old 02-23-2012, 03:43 PM
Mattochan Mattochan is offline
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Thanks. I think I have a rubber that will work for the repair.

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