We all know that water entering the interior of a vehicle is bad for several reasons. Not only is it a nuisance when you are driving, but it is also bad for your Land Rover overall. Leaky sunroofs are unfortunately a common problem for these vehicles, so we are going to help you prepare for what to do if and when it happens to your beloved Land Rover vehicle.
In this article, we are going to talk about why a sunroof leaks, what happens if the problem persists unchecked, how to temporarily fix the problem, and where you should go to have your sunroof repaired.
Why does a sunroof leak?
There are a couple of different reasons as to why your sunroof may be leaking. Both are quite easily fixable, so don’t worry.
- Your drain is clogged: Something not many people know is that sunroofs have drainage tubes to ensure that water does not pool on top of the car or leak. Just like any other part of your Land Rover, debris can get in these tubes and gum up the works, leading to water back up and potential leaks inside your car.
- The seal around the sunroof is cracked or loose: Every part of a Land Rover’s various systems is protected from leakage. They are surrounded by rubber seals. However, over time, rubber will naturally break down. Just as your tires occasionally need changing, so do these rubber seals.
Symptoms of a Leaky Sunroof in a Land Rover
The trouble does not end with water leaking into your vehicle. You may also experience the following:
- Air seeping into the car while driving: This is annoying for a few reasons. First of all, you know that the sound of rushing air can be loud. This can lower the pleasure of your driving experience. Air leaks can also affect the temperature inside of your car, something that you especially do not want when it’s excessively cold or hot outside.
- Your sunroof will not open or close properly: You chose a sunroof to enjoy clear days for the views. Everyone loves opening their sunroof in the spring and summer. You can’t do that if your sunroof is failing. In a downpour, your leak problem will turn into a waterfall if your sunroof does not close.
- While a leaking sunroof in a Land Rover obviously will not cause the entire vehicle to break down as other parts would, it is still a nuisance that could damage what you paid no small amount for. Most Land Rovers have leather seats. When leather gets wet, the oils that are bound to it evaporate once the seats dry. This makes the leather brittle and could end up making the material crack. This is a purely cosmetic issue, but leather seats are part of the appeal of luxurious Land Rover vehicles.
How to (Temporarily) Fix the Problem
Fortunately for you, there are some methods for temporarily keeping your sunroof from leaking before you go to a professional to resolve it once and for all.
- Clean out your tubes: When you have a clogged drainage tube, you can clean it yourself if you exercise enough caution. You can do this in a couple of ways. Blasting compressed air into them can loosen any debris clogging the tubes. Using a small metal wire can also push out any debris. Be extremely careful not to puncture the tubes while doing this. If you feel too much resistance when you are using the wire, stop and get help from a professional mechanic.
- Apply electrical tape over any cracked seals. Understand that this will likely not last very long. This is a temporary fix to hold you over until you can get your Land Rover to an auto shop.
Where to Go for Sunroof Repair
If you are experiencing a problem with your Land Rover’s sunroof, you want to get it into an auto shop as soon as possible. You don’t want just anyone handling your Land Rover. It takes a special kind of trained mechanic to give it special attention. That is why you should come and talk to the professionals at Bavarian Auto. We specialize in servicing luxury vehicles since 1981, accumulating years of experience to ensure your vehicle’s proper maintenance and care. If you are near the Ootelwah, Hixson, or Chattanooga areas of TN, give us a call to set up an appointment or stop in today for a consultation.