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2007 rabbit flooded /clogged sunroof drains?

My 2007 rabbit flooded after 16, 000 miles no signs except water on floor on the drivers side & drops on the ceiling on the drivers side. Took my car to VW for service immediately who diagnosed that the sunroof drains were clogged (the window has been closed the past month) and that the repair is not cover under the car's warranty but must be covered by my comprehensive insurance. This seems extreme as I have had the car well maintained by VW. Will my car continue to have trouble with the sunroof drains. Could anything be defective? Shouldn't the warranty cover this? Thanks for your help Kate

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It is rare sunroof drains become clogged - but the drain hoses sometimes become displaced, perished or otherwise fail to do the job.

There are a few reasons why drain hoses fail - It is possible they weren't fitted correctly when the car was new, they could have been cut a few millimetres too short for instance, or fitted in such a way they were stretched, flattened or twisted. If natural rubber hose was used it can perish quickly in some environments and if synthetic hose was used in an area where the summers are very hot and long the hose can actually become shorter. Subsequent work could have been a contributory factor if there has been any - accident damage for instance...

I have never even heard of a sunroof drain becoming blocked by natural means - mud, leaves or other detritus, not even in rainy, muddy old England.

Mostly a sunroof drain will give no trouble for the life of the car so when one does give trouble it places a huge question mark over the original installation or the quality of the materials. Whether or not the warranty would cover either of these depends entirely on the small print - and of course you would need to trust the assessment of the people doing the repair...

I have maintained many cars fitted with sliding sunroofs and I consider it an essential part of the service to open the sunroof, to spray lubricant onto the rails and cables as far as possible and to test each drain with a pint or two of water. I don't think the dealer service is as comprehensive.

I have not heard of anyone claiming on their insurance for what is essentially a wet carpet caused either by bad or no maintenance or poor manufacture and I think any insurer would frown at the very idea.

Yes I do think the problem will be ongoing unless the cause of the blockage is positively indentified and rectified, though the resulting bill could be painful due to the sheer number of hours it can take to remove the headlining for proper access. If the cause is found to be an unnatural blockage you might be able to persuade VW to make a contribution, though in reality you are firmly in a very dark grey area and likely to have to foot the entire bill unless the dealer is on your side.

Good luck!

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Dear Kate,

Unfortunately, sun roof drains do plug up.
Here are some reasons:
1) insects get in them and build nests ( spiders, wasps, etc.)
2) Some are crimped when installed at the factory.( Yes, I have seen this).
3) Some debris ( dirt, dust, pieces of leaves, etc.) can run in to the drain accidently when the sunroof is opened.
Also, know that no amount of dealer servicing can catch this ahead of time.
Cleaning sunroof drains is not done anywhere by anyone until they give you a problem.
God bless your efforts.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017

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the drains can be cleared buy opening the top and locate the drain holes in the corners....use compressed air and a blow gun to blow through the drains. if problem comes back<sounds like your does> the drain hoses come disconnected or pinched closed, only way to access them is remove the headliner and you will see all 4 hoses, inspect them and make sure they are connected and not pinched closed

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