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Problem: when I close the sunroof the latch does not pull the sunroof tight enough causing the window seal to sit slightly above the roof allowing water to get into the sunroof trough.

I have checked the nuts that connect the sunroof to the window interior. The latch itself seems simple enough but nothing obvious sticks out as to why it won't pull tight enough.

Anyone have experience working on the manual latch itself beyond just making sure all the nuts are present and tightened?

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Kind of at the end of my rope with the sunroof. Getting ready to stick some caulk around the damn thing outside to seal it and write off the sunroof.

I'm actually trying to cover up the problem which is the drain on the drivers side doesn't drain AT ALL. I've taken the interior apart and pulled off the driver side outside wheel well and panel and can't find where the tube that drains is coming out. Unfortunately the tube itself quickly disappears into the frame of the car after connecting to the sunroof drain.

I've taken the wire used to pull lines through house walls and tried to unclog it. Whatever is clogging it must be huge or the tubes been pinched somewhere (manufacturer defect?). Had a mechanic use an air tool to blow the drain out with no luck.

I've replaced both interior and exterior sunroof weather stripping ($200). Now the only thing I notice is when the sunroof handle latches it doesn't pull the sunroof down enough to create a firm seal (even with the new sunroof gasket).
 

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Don't know how much I can help, but mine does also have an issue with sealing shut.

I took apart the actual latching mechanism and had some success after I did that. All I did was dismantle it and re-assemble; I'm not entirely sure if it helped but it seemed to.

You could also try taking it apart and adjusting the actual "catching" part of it to get it to pull down harder.
 

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Thanks for responding! I took the latching mechanism apart. It's very simply. Three bolts hold it to the roof, there are a couple springs that hold the part that attaches to the window to the body of the latch.

As you mentioned there really isn't much you can do. I didn't see where I could make any adjustments to it other than sliding the latch body further back on the roof.

The main problem is it pulls the sun roof down but as soon as you go to push the latch up into the closed position it releases slightly on the down force pressure it exerts which allows the seal to pop up a little.

We had a little rain the other day and no leaks so far but I'm waiting for some heavy rain to see how it does. Right now I don't pull the latch all the way closed, I have it almost to the point it closes.

I fear the only thing that may fix it is a brand new latch hinge part.


Don't know how much I can help, but mine does also have an issue with sealing shut.

I took apart the actual latching mechanism and had some success after I did that. All I did was dismantle it and re-assemble; I'm not entirely sure if it helped but it seemed to.

You could also try taking it apart and adjusting the actual "catching" part of it to get it to pull down harder.
 

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Thanks for responding! I took the latching mechanism apart. It's very simply. Three bolts hold it to the roof, there are a couple springs that hold the part that attaches to the window to the body of the latch.

As you mentioned there really isn't much you can do. I didn't see where I could make any adjustments to it other than sliding the latch body further back on the roof.

The main problem is it pulls the sun roof down but as soon as you go to push the latch up into the closed position it releases slightly on the down force pressure it exerts which allows the seal to pop up a little.

We had a little rain the other day and no leaks so far but I'm waiting for some heavy rain to see how it does. Right now I don't pull the latch all the way closed, I have it almost to the point it closes.

I fear the only thing that may fix it is a brand new latch hinge part.
Maybe a whole new latch hinge would fix the issue; you could also buy it to see if it does and return it if it doesn't. I've also read that a couple people have sprayed some silicon spray on the weather stripping to get it to form a better seal. I haven't personally tried it yet, though.
 
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