Has anyone come across a leaking sunroof on a saab 9000 cde 2.3i.
every time it rains heavy i have water running down the passenger side windscreen pillar. I have removed the headliner and checked the drainer hose, which is both free running and it has no splits down it. I thought that it maybe the subroof seal which had srunk allowing too much water into the sunroof draining tray & causing an overflow ?
Has anyone had a similar experience ?
01-26-2001, 02:34 PM
There are I believe, four drain hoses, one at each corner. If one or some of the others are blocked maybe the drain away is not quick enough causing overflow.
02-15-2001, 10:19 AM
I have a 9000 Carlsson, with similar problems due to a leak. My leak comes through the centre console where the light is, in front of the sunroof. I have push-rodded the two front drain holes, both work well. I was unaware that there were other drainage routes. I have had to drill holes in the plastic panel to drain off the water into a pot, otherwise the dips in the panel fill up with water completely. I have tried re-sealing the sunroof to no avail; no part of the roof lining seems to get wet. I'm also at a complete loss. My next step is to duck tape the sunroof, just to prove to myself that it is to blame!!!! Believe me, it's very annoying
02-15-2001, 12:50 PM
Mine was doing this to and I had the drain holes cleared out and it got better but still caused problems from time to time. Make sure that when you close the sunroof that it has seated properly - I find that mine tends to bounce through its proper resting position.
02-16-2001, 04:42 AM
When I had a '89 9000 Carlsson I had water coming in and collecting under the handbrake handle recess (2 inches worth) via the overhead console. This turned out to be corrosion of the windscreen aperture. Eventualy the mastic doesn't stick to the rusty bits and lets in water. The interim fix was a replacement windscreen. The proper fix (not achieved before the car was written off) would have been to remove the winsdscreen, cure the rusty aperture and put a new screen in! Apparently early 9000s are prone to rusting here.
In my '92 9000 CSE I have had water collecting in the same place when the car is parked on a very slightly inclined drive (bow down). Checked the drains which look clear and have no water pooling of water around them. Looking through the notes from the previous owner he found that vaseline on the edges of the sunroof would solve the problem. I have done this and it works. But the sunroof is designed to allow some water past the edges and drain through the drain holes. I believe the problem is that there isn't (or doesn't appear to be a seal between the metal of the roof and the sunroof suround that collects water which then drains out of the drain holes. I am going to seal that gap with mastic as I think capillary action under the roof and forwards to the console in the headliner is causing the problem. Its a nice sunny day so I will try now.
02-16-2001, 06:26 AM
The exterior silicone sealer worked a treat. A little messy when you use your fingers to get it well into the gap. As well as the front I did the RH and LH corners. Plenty of paper towels took the excess of the front edge of the roof (the mating surface) and the flat black surfaces. It is curing nicely in the sunshine. Black silicone would have been more inconspicious than white (but who looks into the sunroof aperture from above - apart from when trying to find leaks)?
'92 9000 CSE Auto lpg
03-26-2001, 12:56 PM
A month on and no more leaks even in torrential rain when parked in the offending position that caused the leaks originaly.
Now for the confession and lesson. When originally looking at the problem I tried poking the drains, with what ever came to hand (as you do) and I found out that plastic chopsticks aren't very flexible, at all! Unfortunately the driver's side front drain now has half a chopstick in it! It slid down the tube very easily so it can't be blocked near the top!! Can any one tell me where the driver's side sunroof drain runs/comes out!!!!
9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo Auto lpg (Cantonese style - hopefully temporarily!)