the sunroof on my 3 door is just starting to leak, the mechanism is stiff and I don't need or want a sunroof. I did briefly toy with replacing the entire roof, but price has permanently stopped that.
I spoke to the local specialist and the dealership and the advice I was given was - wipe down the sunroof and roof with a solvent that will evaporate - brake cleaner was mentioned. Then run good quality masking tape around the edge of the roof parallel to the sunroof rubber. Seal with black silicone sealant and rub a finger over the sealant to give a good edge.
This sounds good. I also intended to remove the handles from the inside or you can guarentee that someone will try and open the sunroofs.
Assuming this is the best course of action (and please correct me if it isn't - and no I don't want to replace the sunroof assembly) - I have a couple of questions...
1) What is the best solvent to use - turpentine, paint preparation wipes, brake cleaner, etc?
2) What is the very best sealant to use - I don't just want one that'll do, I'm happy to order one off the internet if needs be, I've heard of Sikoflex (or is it Sikaflex/silkoflex? But never used any.
3) Can I just remove the handles or do I need to seal the mechanism with a screw? Can I replace the roof consoles with some from a non-sunroof model that never had handles in the first place.
I am looking to do a really neat, long lasting fix here.
Many thanks for any help.
Last edited by chittybangbang on Sun 15 Mar 2009 12:40 am, edited 1 time in total.