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Over the winter months I had water coming in through my ariel and into my immobiliser, rendering it useless untill dried. When I got paid I went out and bought some sealant. Sealed it up and it was fine. Took many many hard showers. All seemed fine.

Now after a really not very bad shower I went to drop the girlfriend home annnnnnnnd, my leg got wet from a stream pouring from the sunroof switch. Sun roof was closed, so all that leaves me with is the ariel again. Is this a common fault because I really dont want to be stranded again because I cant start my car untill I dry the little bloody sensor.

Any ideas on what I can do to fix it as I want the car working pretty sound. The engine is fine. Electirces are fine. Just needs some body work and this annoying thing fixed.

I wish my car was reliable :p
 

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Hi,

Have a search through the forums their is a number of solutions to resolving this problem.


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Hi Danny - did you remove the aerial and clean round it before sealing - yeh the sunroofs can leak and as suggested you'll need to check the seals and drain holes if any. One other short term solution would be to wrap the elctronic components board of the immobiliser in cling-film. Remember this is only a short-term fix and cannot be relied on as a good repair. It may not stop you getting wet but it may save the elctronics.:)
 

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Ah-ha. Knew I forgot to do something. I didnt remove the ariel. Will check all the drain holes etc at the same time.

Thanks everyone.
 

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Hi there, the best thing to do to re-seal your aerial is to take it of cut out a piece of an old cycle inner tube to fit the shape of your aerial seal and use aquarium sealer available from tropical fish stores to seal it, this does pong a bit for a couple of days but will work on slightly damp surfaces and if you go over the top with it you can trim it quite easily,
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Leroy - a good suggestion and I don't want to pour cold water on your idea (excuse the pun) of using a washer cut from an inner tube but I have tried this in the past and it fails fairly quickly as the rubber used in inner tubes is not ultra-violet light resistant as it is designed to be used in darkness. Furthermore it is not resistant to the silicon chemicals used in most sealants and ends up perishing at a fairly quick rate. What I do is to apply a good bead of sealant, place the aerial into position and tighten lightly (finger tight is sufficient) - let the sealant solidify and after an hour or so tighten things up fully without using excess pressure. This allows the sealant to form it's own washer so to speak. As a general rule good quality clear silicon sealant resists attack better than most although there are specialist sealers out there which are quite expensive.:)
 

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leaking aerial

My 1998 clio has just had a leak through the aerial and now I cannot use the central locking or start the car.I took the infra red chip out to let it dry and have dried around the interior light and sealed around the aerial,after waiting a couple of days to be sure all is dry I have just put everything back together and NOTHING !!!! HELP.
 

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Make sure you dry it throughrly ( i cant spell that word sorry ), take a good 5-10 mins with a hairdryer till its hot. Also remove the chip from the plastic 'dome' and dry that too. and the wires.

Then make sure its all put back together properly. I've had to do it a good few times so it should work.
 
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