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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 2nd, 2017, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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How to Unclog a Sunroof Drain (VIDEO)


Video tutorial on how to unplug a sunroof drain. Depending on where you live, sunroof drains may become plugged sooner than later. If you live in a treed area, it can happen more often as there is larger particles floating around in the air which would eventually plug the drains. These drains are normally feed through the roof pillars and exit somewhere underneath the vehicle. When a sunroof drain does become plugged, the common signs are either a wet headliner, water dripping from the headliner, wet roof pillar, a damp carpet or water pooling in the foot wells.

Tools/Supplies Needed:
-soft wire or trimmer cord
-air compressor or can of air
-bottle or cup of water
-vacuum clean
-rubber hose

Procedure:
-first you will need to open the sunroof as this is the easiest way to access the drains
-Iíve already determined which drain is leaking and normally that can be done by having an idea where the water is leaking or gathering
-we are looking for a hole which is at the base of the sunroof trim or frame
-when cleaning the drain, itís also a great idea to ensure there is no debris around the sunroof area which could worsen the clog or cause another cl
-first we can use an air compressor to blow out any debris
-here is have a small compressor with a regulator which can control the air pressure, so using the regulator, I like to keep the pressure at around 30psi
-next using a hose attached to the blow gun, push the hose in the drain and then allow the air to push out the clog
-if the air compressor does not work or you do not have access to one, use a wire
-for this I have a roll of wire, this is stranded copper wire with an insulation
-slowly insert the wire
-trimmer cord is also great for this if you have a roll laying around
-the length of wire or cord depends on the run of the drain, ensure itís at least the height of the vehicle
-feed the wire or cord in until it comes out the other side if you have a viewable drain exit
-after that, remove the wire or cord
-now test using a bottle of water, gradually drain the water around the sunroof drain, do not excessively dump as the drain is only able to remove a certain amount of water
-as you can see the water is draining properly
-if the problem persists, there may have been a drain you missed, a faulty seal, or faulty drain

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This is ridiculous that Nissan,knows of this design flaw for years and does nothing to make it right for the Nissan Rogue owners/consumers...It took my husband 2 hours to clear the undersized drain tubes...that flooded into my passenger compartment carpets yesterday after a heavy rain...He Used a shop vac to pick up as much water as possible & now I have my dehumidifier running in my Rogue...The dealer wanted 155.00 for a diagnostic evaluation of a known problem/ design defect...luckily this is the 2st time it has happened in the 2 yrs of owning my 2015 Rogue...It was an early lease trade in...No More Nissan's for me...Thank goodness for A Google search for interior leaks for Nissan Rogue...
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This is the 1st time my Rogue has leaked hopefully no more before I get rid of it..
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This is ridiculous that Nissan,knows of this design flaw for years and does nothing to make it right for the Nissan Rogue owners/consumers...It took my husband 2 hours to clear the undersized drain tubes...that flooded into my passenger compartment carpets yesterday after a heavy rain...He Used a shop vac to pick up as much water as possible & now I have my dehumidifier running in my Rogue...The dealer wanted 155.00 for a diagnostic evaluation of a known problem/ design defect...luckily this is the 2st time it has happened in the 2 yrs of owning my 2015 Rogue...It was an early lease trade in...No More Nissan's for me...Thank goodness for A Google search for interior leaks for Nissan Rogue...
I have the same issue and can't afford it to have it fixed. I now, after I done all the research will involve a consumer Lawyer because according to friends (mechanics) it is a well known problem with Nissan Rogue and they are aware of it. Nissan Rogue sunroofs are every mechanics nightmare. Then they sell you a $2000 Maintenance package but the obvious is not covered. NEVER EVER AGAIN will I buy a Nissan
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