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Old 08-07-2019, 05:18 PM
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Sunroof leaking on front passenger side

A nice dťjŗ vu moment for me today. As Iím getting out of the car today, I noticed that there was water on the passenger floor and drops on the seat. I looked up and noticed that the front right corner of the sunroof cover was wet, as well as the area under it. I was never able to figure out why my e39ís sunroof was leaking and it got to the point where we had to put silicone on it to stop it leaking so Iím hoping that it doesnít get to that. Car is an 07 530xi and itís a sedan.


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Old 08-07-2019, 07:47 PM
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It could be as simple as the drains being clogged. It's a pretty common issue, my old 5 series had it too. It can also be that the gasket is old and is letting more water in than was intended and it's not draining out fast enough.
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:51 PM
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Found it. I poured some water down the drains and on the passenger side it did not drain. On the driver side it drained. So what will be the next step? And of course itís thunder storming right now.


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Old 08-08-2019, 06:40 PM
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Try a search here I recall several step by steps for clearing the drains.
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:15 PM
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If it's leaking on the front seats, I'd guess the front drain is probably clogged. That ones not too difficult to clear, something that worked on my old 5 was getting some line for a weed-whacker and just gently using that down the drain to loosen and clear the debris. Or you could be lucky and find the clumpy blockage is right at the top and you can just use a small pick to pull it out.

For the rear drains, it's a design fault and there's a really handy guide on here on how to clear it:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=955386
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:07 PM
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If it's leaking on the front seats, I'd guess the front drain is probably clogged. That ones not too difficult to clear, something that worked on my old 5 was getting some line for a weed-whacker and just gently using that down the drain to loosen and clear the debris. Or you could be lucky and find the clumpy blockage is right at the top and you can just use a small pick to pull it out.

For the rear drains, it's a design fault and there's a really handy guide on here on how to clear it:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=955386


Ok, that sounds good. Iíll try it out and report back.


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Old 08-12-2019, 12:58 AM
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what i would do immediately is remove the seat and pull the carpet (*idk if you got a few drops of water, or a fuel buckets of water)

a air compressor with a air nozzle from below the car.. is how i cleaned it out...

Opened the sun roof all the way.. blew the stuff up and out all over the inside of the car
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:57 AM
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what i would do immediately is remove the seat and pull the carpet (*idk if you got a few drops of water, or a fuel buckets of water)

a air compressor with a air nozzle from below the car.. is how i cleaned it out...

Opened the sun roof all the way.. blew the stuff up and out all over the inside of the car


It wasnít too much water. Itís all dried up now. What about using an air compressor from the top down instead of from the bottom?


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Old 08-13-2019, 02:44 PM
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Ok so I tried the wire method and we couldnít get past the bend in the tube. Iím going to visit a friend and use his air compressor. This is probably going to be difficult to explain in writing but how much compressed air is needed? Mainly so that I donít use too much and break something.


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Old 08-13-2019, 02:50 PM
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Ok so I tried the wire method and we couldnít get past the bend in the tube. Iím going to visit a friend and use his air compressor. This is probably going to be difficult to explain in writing but how much compressed air is needed? Mainly so that I donít use too much and break something.


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Your car isn't made of glass, stick the air hose nossle in the drain port (Inside the sunroof opening) and blow away. Give it a few seconds and try pouring water into the drain tube from the top, if it doesn't drain, repeat the process until it does.
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Hey all - any particular reason those plugs on the end of the drains are there? To prevent this from clogging again, I was going to remove the rear ones.
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:36 PM
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I expect they're intended to be valves to keep air from blowing up through the drain lines when you're running on dusty roads, perhaps to keep the drains from clogging. There's something similar on the cowl drains.

I remember way back on the 2002 the little cowl drain pods on the firewall that would fill with crud then nothing got through them.
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