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Old 11-24-2011, 11:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sunroof leak /drain tube location(s) 90' Camry LE

Sunroof leak /drain tube location(s)


Only happens during a heavy rain, which we have been having for about a week and a half….

I have a (slow) leak in the forward corner on passenger side. If the car is parked nose up, no drips, on level ground or nose downhill, leaks. I suspect a plugged drain tube.

Question:

Will the headliner need to be removed to clear the tube?, or is there access from the recess where an air hose my free it up.

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Old 11-24-2011, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its been like 5 years since I replaced my sunroof cables. I think the drains are towards the rear of the sunroof. I had to remove the headliner to get in there. There was a lot of crud, dead leaves and stuff in there that I scraped out. Sunroof works fine and seals out heavy rain. However, the switch is touchy and I have to play with it some to get it to open/close.

You sure it's closing completely?
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Sunroof moves back/forth, up /down. I have not checked to make sure it is closing, because it is a random drip I am thinking it maybe a plugged drain.

Here in Oregon, I live in the middle of a coniferous forest, 100 ft + trees. I have learned that Fir needles are the most persistent thing on earth, they can even work their way/through to the bottom of a slab of concrete (….not really).

{Interesting fact} Their natural designed is to create a dam in a flow of water, no matter how small or how large .. it helps to prevent soil errsion

I expect I will find my drains plug with fir needles.

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Do I have to pull all of the window molding/trim to remove the headliner to clear the drains
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If I recall correctly I had to remove all the plastic trim around the headliner edge and the switch/maplight panel and then the headliner came out in one big piece which was a bit awkward to get out the door.

My guess is you will indeed find tonnes of fir needles in there and they'll have a tendency to fall into the car interior once you start pulling the one piece headliner out.

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There is a drain on each corner of the sunroof that lead to each of the four corners of the car... If you have a lot of evergreen leaves around, then yes... you may have a clogged one.

I haven't had a sunroof Camry, but I think you might be able to at least get to the drains by pulling the sunroof trim and getting to it from there... or find the drain behind the front wheel and blow air back up it...

Oh, and while you are at it, pull the back side of the front fenders and clean out those leaves.

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Thanks fellows, will do.
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OK fellows I am done procrastinating . I swear this Sunday (3-25-12) I am going to fix my leaky Sunroof. It’s only been 5 months since my first Q post on this

With all the rain and snow we have been having around here, my portable space heater cannot keep at night (I.E. dry out my carpet…)

What’s a fellow to do....
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I (hope) finally cleaned my sunroof drains

I opened up the (front) lower fender area, I had to remove the mud flaps to fully access this location. Using a long shaft screwdriver I was able to remove enough compost (dirt) to fill a 3lb coffee can.

However I could not see the bottom end of the drain hose. I am not sure where the hose ends once it comes out of the windshield post ?
Blew air through the upper drain port, and fished a piece of tie wire into the tube as far as I could (~ 28”)
Now we’ll wait for rain/snow to see if it leaks.

PS> You can visually inspect part of this area (for debris build up) by shinning a flashlight in the port where your lower door hinge is mounted (front only, I did not work my rear drain hose)
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