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I did blow out the two drains in the sunroof, but they "seemed" to be clear. I could only see the two front drains, could not see them in back becasue the glass roof does not retract back far enough.
I have read that the Mitsubishi cars (Eclipse) have had some problems with leaks.
I looked at the rubber wiring boot from at the firewall and it still appears to be in place.
What next ? How do I get to the fresh air vent drain holes under the wipers? There is a black plastic screen across that area and it looks like it's held in place with clips that will break if I remove it. Any one else with the Eclipse and leaks?
Thanks ! Tim
I think the fresh air vent drains are indeed your problem.
Thank You ! I'll email you in a few days...
TSB 02-42A-017 Nov 2, 2002
It does not seem to be wet along the door strip at the bottom or the side of the door, plus I've witnessed the drip under the dash.
When your friend at the Mitsu Dealership tells you how to remove the screen over the vents, I'll check that next and then just keep going down the list.
Thanks Again for everyone's help. Tim
Also they suggested to be very very careful about using compressed air to blow out sunroof drains--you must use gentle pressure or you will blow off the rubber tubing inside the headliner and then you have a real problem getting at those.
Thank you for getting that info.... it is a great help. I already blew out the roofdrains but I don't think I blew off the drain lines because I can hear the air coming out at the windshield, but I'll have to run a water test to be sure.
I'm in Baltimore so I can't stop by to see how the tool is used. Do you know what the tool actually is called or the part number? I can order one thru my local dealer.
Did they give you any other suggestions about what to check as far as leask are concerned?
Thanks again. Regards, Tim
If you do all that and you still have water dripping on your foot, I might suggest using a black LATEX (not silicone) caulk...it cleans up with water and you can put in on your wet finger and squish it around the outside of the windshield, and then clean up the extra easily with water. Overnight it will cure and you'll have a good windshield seal that you'll never notice.
Thanks again !!! Does the TSB concerning the mirror leaks have a description of how to repair it ? What to do ??
I just had a thought, let me have your opinion/thoughts. I was just looking at that "Garnish" and pondering taking it off, then I looked in the wheel wells and see a black rubber tube on each side running down. I believe it's the drain hoses that come from the drains under the Garnish... right ?
If so... can I find the end of them and try blowing them clean/free from the end in the wheel well ? Can you think of any harm that might do ? The only thing I though was that the gunk I blow out ( if there is any) might just run back into the drain. But it would be a lot easier than removing the parts.
What can I "SAFELY" use to remove the adhseive without harming the heating grid strips ?
I was planning to atempt to either blow out the drain lines ffrom below OR remove the Garnish and clean the drains out, but before I did that... just for kicks... I took a cup of water and poured it on each side right below the wipers. It drained immediately from the drain on each side right behind the wheel well. So I am sure that THOSE drains a clear. Before I do anything else, I wonder if I should wait for some really good rains and see if it leaks anymore, since I blew out the sunroof drains I "ASSUMED" they were already clear, but maybe not. I did not do the drain test before I blew them out.
What do you think the next most likely area would be for the leak(s) ?
Yes, it was dripping on my left foot... but was also wet on the passenger side.
No rain in the forecast for the next week, but I'm going to pay attention to what happens in the next rain, or maybe get the hose out and try a few tests ???
BTW, I posted a question about removing tape adhesive from the rear inside window with the defroster grid on it.
I have successfully used "GOOF-OFF" to remove all traces of the adhesive. No harm to the grid !
I know there is water somewhere in the body and it's not in the door.
Any ideas on getting this fixed without costing an arm and a leg?
I know I'll probably have to take it into the dealer, but would like to avoid.
I think there may be a broken seal at the bottom of the windshield.
Thanks, any advice would be welcome.. drip drip
Do you have any advice? Thanks
1) How do I get the car dried out so that I can see how much it's still leaking? The insulated padding under the carpet is soaking and sloshing.
2) It seems to me that this is not normal. Any advice on if I'm gonna have to pay that $800?
Where would the sunroof drain leak show up?
A broken sunroof drain or loose sunroof drain tube (hose) might show up as a leak at the front kick panels on either side, or under the rear seats.
Can be a fairly long time between incidents, but have also had incidents in short time frames (days apart).
As a quick fix, I caulked the windshield seal with a clear silicone and that seemed to work for about 6 months. After a heavy rain recently, the roof started to leak again.
I don't have a sunroof, and I don't see how rain can get into the interior roof from the outside with all the cracks sealed over with silicone. The door is dry, the dashboard is dry...everything but the passenger seat, the sun visor, and nearby interior roof is dry. Any ideas??
Silicone is not a good choice for car windshields...a water based latex caulk is better as you can squeeze it into cracks and under the rubber seal, and it washes up instantly. But now the silicone will probably prevent you from making a good seal anymore, so you may want to pop the windshield and do a new seal...shouldn't cost too much unless....gulp...the old windshield breaks, which is very possible.
I wouldn't think that so much water could get through both the original seal itself, which only had minor separation from the frame/glass interface, and some silicone sealing. I mean, I'm talking enough water to soak all the way through the seat cushion...an interior roof and sun visor that is just sopping wet after every rain. I'm afraid that resetting the windshield won't solve the problem and that there is another entry point, such as edges above the passenger door, funnelling the water down into a gap in the frame and letting it into the roof. Is this possible? On a ballpark number, how much would it cost to have a body shop look it over and find the problem? fix the problem?
*Has anyone else had a similar problem?
*Any thoughts on where to look for a leak that is soaking such a large amount of the car? I suspect it was going on a few weeks before we discovered the problem. :-(
*Does adding sealant and fixes like this usually fix the problem for good, or do leaks typically recur?
Any thoughts?? Please help, my husband just wants to sell it.
ANY HINTS! THANKS!!!
hope this helps.
23 year water leak expert