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sunroof leaks.


hope i put this in the right section....my 89 toyota supra has a dealer installed, and it leaks now...ive done tons of reseach and found out that the company that made the roof for GM/toyota is out of business and parts are obsolete. i dont have the skills to remove it nor do i want to see the water damage/rust from this now massive leak...all my drain tubes are clear and flow freely. the leak is actually between the glass itself and the seal/wether strip on it and not the seal and the car as one might expect....ive come down to putting a bead of clear sylicone on it but i think its not going to work and if it does it wont work for long....anyone have any ideas on how i can stop or atleast slow the rain inside my car?

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So your saying that Sun Roof Is Leaking at the seal that is matted on the edge of the Glass piece . Ok I would think a Good Trim shop could remove that Glass section out of the Roof Tracks and either Replace that Seal of send it out to a Glass shop and have it done . You have to repair that soon . But if your money won't allow you to have it done . You might be able to Seal that Seam But you can't count on Silicone to do that Job . The Glass installers use Polyurethane Caulk type sealer but from what I have seen it's only made in Black so you need to clean out that Seal Gap and have a Steady hand with a good Caulk Gun to sealing it up . Also do that when it's not going to rain for about three days . That Polyurethane Sealer does not dry as Fast as Folk would think it would .

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yes that where the leak is...and its gotten really bad this winter 3' of snow will do that i guess...plus this is the first real winter this car has ever seen since it was a cali then new mexico car. ill call around and see what i can figure out about that...

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I understand that you have to do something real soon . That Polyurethane if applied correctly should do the Trick . Maybe even a Local Auto Glass Shop near you can seal it up .


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What other Toyota and GM models was the sunroof used in? Even though they are obsolite there must be a few stragglers out there?

In the past I have used a generous blob of vaseline on GM T top seals with some success. Very short term fix but helped seal the rain in my GN until I was able to replace the seals. First I tried to be cheap and use some Home Depot foam window gasket strips. It has adhesive on 1 side and worked for a while until the sun baked on it and they compressed and leaked again. I then sourced some stock GM gaskets and replaced everything. Even then it still had a drip every so often. LOL.

Is this a power sunroof or a removeable one? Worst case if the car is stored outside you can use some of that blue 3M painters masking tape on the sunroof itself. Medium adhesion shouldn't be a problem to remove or damage paint short term. Or a car cover even. Main thing is you want to keep the water out until you can fix it.

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well i did the silicone cause i actually read this too late...it has been through three storms already. some soft ones and some mean ones and all seems to be pretty well...i know it wont last for ever but until i could figure out what to do long term...in all honesty im tempted to save up about 5k and let a real paint and body shop have at this car..and if possible have the sunroof covered and filled in with new metal if its even possible. i would also like to have it painted back to pure white instead of this off white it is now....i will try to get ahold of some glass shops and see what they think they can do.

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