Join Date: May 2011
Location: Hershey, PA
Irredescent Silver Blue Pearl Sonata 2.0T Limited
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I have had this exact issue from day one since I bought mine last April. A couple of details popped up. It seems that since the weather has gotten colder, starting around early November or so, it hasn't leaked much at all. A couple minor drops here and there. I'm theorizing that when it gets warmer again, it will drip exactly as the picture you are showing. Mine leaks just as badly. Every car wash I go through, I need to stuff or hold a towel and continuously wipe around the back and back corners of the sunroof, the water just leaks that fast. When it rains lite or heavy, it leaks and I need to soak up the water sitting in the drip tray before driving, or it will slosh around and drip everywhere before making it down the drain tubes.
Had the car in the shop today for a few things and also mentioned this problem. They tell me that some water will seep and make it to the drip tray.
Here's the kicker - I'm told that by design, we are not supposed to run this sunroof through a high pressure car wash becasue it WILL leak, and they recommend the maximum water pressure to be used on or around this sunroof is 25psi and that only hand washing should be applied around the sunroof area.
I still can't figure if this is a legit recommendation by Hyundai, or the sunroof manufacturer that Hyundai uses, or a general recommendation for all sunroofs. My service rep mentions that this also applies to some Honda's an Toyota's with similar sunroof design.
My last thought is, it gets friggin cold here in the northeast!! Without a car wash, I guess I need to take a bucket of warm water outside in freezing temps, to wash the roof of my car??!! Also, 25psi......that pretty much means no garden hose either!!
I think it's a combination of the soft foam gasket rather than a typical rubber gasket being used for one, and ther may be some slight imperfections in the metal of the roof not making a smooth contact with the gasket. I'm thinking you can change/replace the sunroof or gasket as many times as you want, but it will still leak if the inner metal ridge of the roof isn't pushed out enough to create a tighter seal with the gasket. Could be as small enough as an extra 1/32" or slightly less.
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