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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 04-23-2013, 01:46 PM
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Sunroof drain cleaning?

Dealer wants $150 to clean my sunroof drains. Is there a sticky DIY cleaning procedure for e60's? I've been noticing a lot of people having issues with water in the trunk and footwells as a result of dirty and clogged drains. Thanks!!
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:08 PM
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I have never seen a drain cleaning procedure posted, but then I live in SoCal so it isn't really an issue here. Both rainy days we get here are pretty light.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:16 PM
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Dealer wants $150 to clean my sunroof drains. Is there a sticky DIY cleaning procedure for e60's? I've been noticing a lot of people having issues with water in the trunk and footwells as a result of dirty and clogged drains. Thanks!!
Which dealer are you going to, Stevens Creek? Never had that service offered before.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:20 PM
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If you are at all concerned, then pay the $150 - vs $3000+ for new electronics...or if you have a sedan, you can have the electronic relocated higher...
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:18 PM
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Dealer wants $150 to clean my sunroof drains. Is there a sticky DIY cleaning procedure for e60's? I've been noticing a lot of people having issues with water in the trunk and footwells as a result of dirty and clogged drains. Thanks!!
forget that Bro,, i just cleaned mine out,,, super easy,, u can get it done in 45 minutes taking ur time.. if ur interisted i can post some pics,,After cleaning them out the water flows right out,,, quick..
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:28 PM
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forget that Bro,, i just cleaned mine out,,, super easy,, u can get it done in 45 minutes taking ur time.. if ur interisted i can post some pics,,After cleaning them out the water flows right out,,, quick..
Please post some pics. To the OP the dealer probably quoted $150 cause there probably at $150 per hour
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:25 PM
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First thing u do is remove the rear tires and the plastic fender well covers.
Then look at the top of the fender wells and you will see a cross shaped rubber piece. That stupid rubber piece is the culprit and the reason for all the problems.. it gets clogged and the water cant drain out fast enough, and backs up all the way up and overflows on the headlinner... U can see the dirt and grime in there, and is what stops the water from draining out.
take tha rubber cap off and run some weed wacker wiire up the drain hose (about 3 feet ) till it stops at the corner of the sunroof..
Then gently blow air into the drain hose with a tire filler and blow it out.. U can hear the air come out inside the sun roof. The water rushes out really fast now,,,, when i did the water test before,, it took a really long time. for the water to drain out
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:34 PM
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After blowing out with air... I cut the cross shaped rubber piece and made a larger opening so it will never get clogged again and reinstalled it.. After i drank a cold one ,,,put everything back it took like 40 min.. I think if u get pro active u can knock it out in 30 min.. So guys thats all there is to it.. hope this helps.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:40 PM
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First thing u do is remove the rear tires and the plastic fender well covers.
Then look at the top of the fender wells and you will see a cross shaped rubber piece. That stupid rubber piece is the culprit and the reason for all the problems.. it gets clogged and the water cant drain out fast enough, and backs up all the way up and overflows on the headlinner... U can see the dirt and grime in there, and is what stops the water from draining out.
take tha rubber cap off and run some weed wacker wiire up the drain hose (about 3 feet ) till it stops at the corner of the sunroof..
Then gently blow air into the drain hose with a tire filler and blow it out.. U can hear the air come out inside the sun roof. The water rushes out really fast now,,,, when i did the water test before,, it took a really long time. for the water to drain out
Nice write up. My ride is usually garaged but I think a little preventive maintenance goes a long way.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:05 PM
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Nice write up. My ride is usually garaged but I think a little preventive maintenance goes a long way.
I have a garage queen too, and she sits in the garage all week. Only drive her on the week ends and my drains where clogged.but its not the drains that are clogged,, its that stupid rubber piece on the end of the drain hose that gets clogged...If any of u guys have water stains on ur head linner,, Someone said to use woolite ,, just wanted to say it worked good and got the stains out. Cant even tell they where there.. even after being on my head linner for over a year..
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Good post!!!

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Old 04-24-2013, 07:52 AM
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What about the front drain hoses? Mine are not clogged but i want to clean mine out when i have free time over the weekend. I see the front drain out in between the front door jams.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:52 AM
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What about the front drain hoses? Mine are not clogged but i want to clean mine out when i have free time over the weekend. I see the front drain out in between the front door jams.
My front drains were clean and drained out quick, so I left them alone, there is a rubber elbow that points downward right next to the top door hinge, the front ones don't have that stupid cross shaped plug on the end, so they drain out good, the back ones are the problem, ill post some pic of the front ones later today
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:55 AM
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My front drains were clean and drained out quick, so I left them alone, there is a rubber elbow that points downward right next to the top door hinge, the front ones don't have that stupid cross shaped plug on the end, so they drain out good, the back ones are the problem, ill post some pic of the front ones later today
O ok, my font ones are good also. I poured a cup of water down the front and they drained fine. I want to take that cross shaped plug out of my rear drains just to be safe.
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O ok, my font ones are good also. I poured a cup of water down the front and they drained fine. I want to take that cross shaped plug out of my rear drains just to be safe.
Ya ,, that plug is useless, it's amazing to me a 25 cent piece can cost thousands of dollars worth of damage, That is an engineering blunder, a total stupidity,
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:54 AM
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Ya ,, that plug is useless, it's amazing to me a 25 cent piece can cost thousands of dollars worth of damage, That is an engineering blunder, a total stupidity,
Still, it's a great write up you got here. Nice work Bro
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Ya ,, that plug is useless, it's amazing to me a 25 cent piece can cost thousands of dollars worth of damage, That is an engineering blunder, a total stupidity,
And you would think they would test these things but putting stuff in the channel to see how it gets stuck. Dam German's, seems like they focused on power and left everything else as trial and error for the customer LMAO! Just kidding.
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And you would think they would test these things but putting stuff in the channel to see how it gets stuck. Dam German's, seems like they focused on power and left everything else as trial and error for the customer LMAO! Just kidding.
LOl, actually the German fault is to OVER engineer everything.
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Great write up, i'll be doing this very soon. I relocated my electronics last spring, but I'd prefer to not have any water backing up causing any other damage.

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Old 04-24-2013, 12:31 PM
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Still, it's a great write up you got here. Nice work Bro
Thx bro,, actually i got tierd of looking at the water stains on my headlinner..Then ,it was more like exploratory surgery, when the water didn't drain out on the passenger side I started looking for the drain hose on the driver side cause it was draining water out, had a hard time finding it . The water was just leaking out the back of the plastic fender well cover, So that's when I decided to take the cover off , looked up and there was that dumb ass rubber piece all clogged up,,
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And you would think they would test these things but putting stuff in the channel to see how it gets stuck. Dam German's, seems like they focused on power and left everything else as trial and error for the customer LMAO! Just kidding.
I'm like dumb founded by that, they had a serious brain fart,, LOL,,,they only put that rubber piece on the rear , and not the front ,it's just stupid .
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Heres the end of the front drain exit looking straight down over the pasenger door hinges.... Bmw got the front right... Good thing they left the caps off on the front side....
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Heres the end of the front drain exit looking straight down over the pasenger door hinges.... Bmw got the front right... Good thing they left the caps off on the front side....
That's how mine looks also, thanks.
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My guess is that because the front drain is inside the door jam that it is protected enough to not put the other piece on the end. The rear drain is probably exposed, so they wanted to keep out dirt and debris (from the outside) by using the end piece. Unfortunately they didn't think that the dirt and debris would come from up above.

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I'm like dumb founded by that, they had a serious brain fart,, LOL,,,they only put that rubber piece on the rear , and not the front ,it's just stupid .
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My guess is that because the front drain is inside the door jam that it is protected enough to not put the other piece on the end. The rear drain is probably exposed, so they wanted to keep out dirt and debris (from the outside) by using the end piece. Unfortunately they didn't think that the dirt and debris would come from up above.
Actually the rear is not exposed at all, it's behind the plastic fender well cover, the pics I posted are after the fender well covers are removed.The Deal is water pushes dirt and grunge down the cassette rails and down the drain tubes , and gathers on the inside of that cross shaped rubber piece.
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