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'97 Clio leaky sunroof and central locking FIXED

I had the leaky sunroof problem on my daughter's '97 Clio. I took it to a local body shop who recommended a specialist sunroof repairer. Apparently the sunroof frame distorts over time and the best solution is really a new frame. I tried the silicone sealant idea which was ok for a few weeks but then it leaked again so I bit the bullet and got the new frame. The part cost 238 and labour was 70, total cost with VAT 363. A lot of money but apparently should be good for many years.

As a result of getting wet, the infra-red central locking receiver had stopped working. I dried it out and cleaned up the contacts, which just about got it going but it would only work if you held the key an inch or two away from it. I got a new receiver (part number 77 00 835 095 "Eye Receiver"). Cost me about 30. It's dead simple to change, just pull it out from the roof housing, disconnect the multiplug, clip the new one in and that's it - now the remote locking works like new. There was no need to to resync the keys or anything. Just fit the new receiver and you're done.
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Originally Posted by madnoel10 View Post
I have 1994 model and despite all the rumours have never found the so called drain holes -I don't believe they even exist and if they did where do they drain to. I have searched the Internet and the Haynes manual and also spoke to Renault technicians. I know some cars have drain channels and hoses which usually lead into the front wheel arches or front bonnet scuttle. Its most likely to be the aerial as already said. If you take it to renault thay say it needs a new rubber seal (cost 250 plus - not worth it I say). Try the aerial seating first -failing that open the sunroof and clean round and underneath the edge of the rubber - its usually full of gunge and then treat it with a silicone rubber spray (available at good motor factors). By doing htis I have been able to solve the prob and open the sunroof at least once a month - if you can park it up somewhere safe and leave it 24 hours or more it lets the rubber expand to its natural shape. Maybe I'm wrong but if any body knows the whereabouts of the so-called drain holes and hoses please let me know.

The drain holes are only on the later models I believe.
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Excellent info from ChrisG there.

Nice one.

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Hi ChrisG - excellent post. Apparently that's what Renault recommend. But I've heard another solution from a guy who fits double glazing windows to houses. He removed the sunroof frame cleaned and dried it well out with a hairdryer. Wiped it down with meths and applied a thick bead of high-quality clear silicone around the frame and left it to dry for a day until the silicone had become firm (soft plastic consistency). He then refitted the sunroof and has had no probs since. Apparently leaving the silicone to dry acts as a gasket which can be compressed during fitting.
P.S. I have a similar prob with the infra-red receiver - You say you got a replacement for 30 - would mind letting us know where as I can't seem to source one in my locality.
Well done and many thanks for an interesting post!
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Hi madnoel10,
Yes, I suspected that removing the sunroof frame and refitting it with plenty of good quality silicone would do it. I did that on my Espace a few years ago and it has been fine ever since. Actually I used a hard setting black gutter repair mastic! But it was a fiddly job. That frame was rivetted in and I had to drill the rivets out and then adapt the frame to screw it back in. Maybe the Clio is easier but I didn't have the time to look into it.

I got the infra-red receiver via a mate who works for Renault as it saves me a trip into town, but I'm sure it's just a standard part you could order at any Renault garage. The interesting thing is that it fixed the problem and didn't require any reprogramming. I just clipped in the new receiver and now the central locking works perfectly.
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