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post #1 of 14 Old Apr 17th, 2017, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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How to clean the sunroof drain tubes ?

Hey friends, Just wanted some info on how to clean the sunroof drains on my car. I have a compressor
And can blow air through the lines except how do you gain access to them ?

Any help would be great


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post #2 of 14 Old Apr 18th, 2017, 05:34 AM
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Maybe you can google it also if you see no response from here.
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I did that before I posted on here. I know where the lines are I just need help getting to them.

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post #4 of 14 Old Apr 18th, 2017, 09:41 AM
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There are two drain hoses for the sun roof, one up front that runs down inside the windshield post and the rear one that runs down in the trunk area behind the side trim. You should be able to see the drain holes at the corners with the sun roof fully opened; they'll be on the driver's side. If the hoses are plugged up and compressed air doesn't clean them, then you can use thin speedometer cable to gently clean them.

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Ok thanks, So access from the sunroof end with the air hose ? If that does not work Speedometer cable.

Well I don't think I have any speedometer cable just lying around so what about a medium gauge wire that is doubled
over and taped with a Q tip on the end ? I'm not sure how big is the I.D of the drain hose ?

And then the length - Maybe 5 feet ? what do you think ?

The last thing I want to do is damage the hoses or get something stuck in there.

I'm sure the air compressor will do the trick with the correct adapter....

thanks again jake
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sunroof 101

Ok thanks, So access from the sunroof end with the air hose ? If that does not work Speedometer cable.

Well I don't think I have any speedometer cable just lying around so what about a medium gauge wire that is doubled
over and taped with a Q tip on the end ? I'm not sure how big is the I.D of the drain hose ?

And then the length - Maybe 5 feet ? what do you think ?

The last thing I want to do is damage the hoses or get something stuck in there.

I'm sure the air compressor will do the trick with the correct adapter....

thanks again jake
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If you still need to run a wire down the drain tube, I would still go with a small speedometer cable, which you can buy at most auto parts stores, is the safest to use. A straight wire may get twisted up and damage the tube; a Q-tip attachment is not a good idea. Use the cable with some water to help flush the dirt; also running the cable at the tube exit up into the tube may also help dislodge any dirt.

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I might be able to get a speedometer cable from the junkyard next door to my work. I will check into that first.

I hope the air compressor has the magic touch. thanks jake
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I hate to sound stupid here but where do the drains exit ? Are the front ones just in front of the door hinges?
And are the rear ones just in front of the rear wheel well opening.?

If I knew I would not ask....
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The front drain is behind the front wheel inner fender and the rear drain is behind the rear wheel inner fender.

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Alright, Thanks for the clarification. I will see what I find when I do the test and cleaning this weekend.

I will report back on the process good or bad. Thanks Jake

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sweeping up the trash !

OK, Well the cleaning showed the drains in front are not clogged.
Still could not gain access to the rear ones. And I did purchase a
speedometer cable for a proper cleaning ritual in the near future.

Also in the search for where the front drains exit under the rocker panel
I found a half a garbage can full of leaves and crap from an oak tree
all packed around both my front fender liners...
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Hi Jake
Here is a link to the factory service manual. You may want to download the different sections. I have feeling it will be useful for you.
I remember my 1998 Altima GXE with fondness.

https://ownersmanuals2.com/make/nissan/altima-2000-4267
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Thanks, I have the factory owners manual and a service manual in route.

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