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03 Clio Sunroof Leak - Problem found, dont know how to fix....


My partner drives an 03 Clio with a factory fitted sunroof. Over the past few months this has developed a leak, which is driving us both up the wall. Up to now I thought it was a bad seal under the plastic rim of the sunroof, which I sealed (twice) with Tek7 black silicone. This initially appeared to stop the leak, however its come back (be-it not as bad).

The leak always appears on the passenger side just at the top of the sunvizer when its up. Today I poured water into the drain at this side, for which the water runs right through, however it also runs into the car (via passenger sun viser). I also did the same thing at the drivers side, which the water runs right through, however none comes through to the inside of the car.

Based on this I assume that on the passenger drain, there is a leak (or the area around the drain).

My question (be-it longwinded), is has anyone seen this before? I am not entirely sure how to fix it. I could silicone around the visible area and leave the hole free, however fear that the problem may be inside the drain. This area is also quite hard to get at, so not sure how to solve it.

If anyone could offer some advise / guidance it would be greatly appreciated.


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There are a number of threads on this topic, some with some very good suggestions on how to fix these leaks.

Start with a forum search for Clio sunroof leak, and see how you get on
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It seems to me that despite sealing the underframe and your sunroof is still leaking you mustn't have removed the roof before sealing it.
Repair of a sunroof on a Renault clio can be carried out by anyone who likes a bit off a challenge
Tools needed are ;
• one 10 mm
• ratchet spanner
• one sealer gun
• tube of silicone sealer clear or black is best one
• bottle of white sprit
• old rags to clean up
• glass cleaner
• latex gloves
• bog spreader/plastic card

Starting in the driver seat, open the handle on a manual roof, behind the handle you will see the joint in the trim which holds the headlining to the roof. Take hold of the trim by the joint, pull forward and remove the trim. Once the trim is removed the headlining can be pulled down slightly to reveal the 10mm bolts. The housing unit which contains the light is not fixed by screws and can just be pulled down in one complete unit. By holding the head lining down approximately 4 - 5 inches the 10mm ratchet spanner can be used to remove the bolts which hold the lower frame to the upper frame. Once all bolts are removed the sunroof drain pipes which are located in the 2 front corners need to be pushed forward to separate them from the sunroof frame. Once this is achieved the sunroof can now be lifted out starting from the back. Once the sunroof has been removed from the vehicle glass side down you will find that the roof was fitted with a damning tape from the factory, once you have found this you have now found the problem. Remove the damning tape with a flat headed screw driver. Clean the back with white spirits, wait for the spirit to evaporate. Whilst the spirit is evaporating the roof needs to be cleaned any damning tape which is stuck to the roof should be removed. Once dry then we can apply the silicone sealer to the upper frame of the sunroof. Don’t be shy when applying sealant i recommend going round twice. Using a pair of latex gloves pick up the sunroof and replace into position make sure that the sunroof is sat correctly remove gloves enter the car and begin to replace the 10mm bolts. Once all bolts are fully tightened the pipes which are located at the front can be reconnected. The headlining trim can now be put back and the interior light calving can now be pushed back into position. From the outside of the vehicle all excess sealer can be removed with a bog spreader or a plastic card. Do not use a metal scraper as this can scratch the roof. Once excess sealer has been removed using a rag and white spirit clean off the remainder the sealer once this has been achieved spray glass cleaner on glass and paint work and polish up. Job well done.
Do not carry out work on a warm day because by the time you have got all the bolts back into the sunroof the sealer will be semi set and this will be hard to remove.

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I'm also having this problem and have narrowed it down to the drain tubes leaking. Does anyone have any tips on removing the cloth lining around the sun visor so I can get a better look? Thanks.
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You will not have to remove the headlining. How to test your drain pipes On a manual roof remove the glass. This is done by pullin the handle at the back as if you was going to open the roof but don't push it all the way. you will see a small red catch which can be pushed to release the handle from the main frame once it comes apart the glass can be pushed all the way out. In the corners you will see a small hole in the front on both sides, use a bottle to pure water towards the hole the water should go down the hole and drain under the car via the bulkhead. If you find the water does not go down the holes then use a pieace of cable 3 core will do the job. Insert it into the hole which is blocked as push untill the blockage is removed. once removed replace the glass put the front hinges in first lower the glass down don't force, once down push the handle back into place make sure the red catch covers the pin.
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