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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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"Car wash WILL make sunroof leak"

That's what the Subaru dealer told me this morning, when I called to make an appointment after water drops started coming in through my sunroof when I took the car through a car wash yesterday.

Is this even remotely TRUE?

I have had countless (non-Subaru) cars with sunroofs, with many miles and years on them, and NONE ever leaked in a car wash!

FYI my car is a 2014 Limited 2.5 with 1,000 miles on it. It's 2 months old.
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I'm with you, NEVER had a leak with any other car with a sunroof...about 700,000 miles worth.
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That's what the Subaru dealer told me this morning, when I called to make an appointment after water drops started coming in through my sunroof when I took the car through a car wash yesterday.

Is this even remotely TRUE?

I have had countless (non-Subaru) cars with sunroofs, with many miles and years on them, and NONE ever leaked in a car wash!

FYI my car is a 2014 Limited 2.5 with 1,000 miles on it. It's 2 months old.
The typical drain hose is probably plugged up. I guess it is possible, factory debris, dust. Do you live in a warm climate that you had it open?

The alternative is that something was not installed properly.

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Shouldn't happen. You have a warranty. Stealer should service without question.

Hasn't happened with three different Gen 4 Outbacks.

Suspect the stealer is trying to brush you off.
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I do live in Florida and have opened it all winter, yes.
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Went through a car wash today, no leak.

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What he told you is LOC...load of crap! A car wash will not cause the leak. More likely...it has a bad seal. Go over the whole thing with hose at regular pressure to make sure there are no leaks there. High pressure will exacerbate a weak seal...but it should be able to withstand the force of rain against while driving at highway speeds...that is relatively equivalent to a higher pressure spray.

...and on the same topic...what do walrus' and Tupperware have in common? They both like a tight seal....topic of seals....

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I once had a Mazda 323 with what must have been an aftermarket manual sunroof. One time when I opened it on the highway, the wind caught it and threw it past the rear stops and it shattered on the highway (it operated on roof-mounted rails).

After that I sealed the roof with a rubber mat cut to size and silver duct tape. It was then referred to as my titanium laser proof sunroof.

Sorry, this is of no value to this thread...

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Got to say I did go through a "touch-less" wash with just high pressure sprays spinning all around and we did feel a little spray inside not enough to realy feel drops but like a slight fine mist. Roof has never had a true leak though I chalked it up to the multi directional pressure spray. Was yours a true dripping? Has it ever leaked other then at the wash, and what type wash was it?

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The car is only 2 months old. Has it even been in rain yet? The dealer can probably make some adjustments to the seals or the mechanism to get a tighter fit.
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