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Post by Caffiend » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:43 pm

Thanks guys :) - apart from the occasional "moment" it's actually much easier than I thought it would be. I'm sure I'll be psycho evil demon bitch from hell at some point, whether anyone will notice the difference is another matter though. All that rearrangement of dopamine receptors (or whatever the heck it is) in what used to pass for my brain seems to have turned the contents of my head into porridge though. I've done bugger all at work today and managed to leave my keys in the house and lock myself out this evening, entailing an interesting climb over to the back garden as I had luckily already unlocked that door to let the cats out :lol:

The sunroof on my car is now leaking :( Was-once-junkie-extra-cash notwithstanding, I cannot afford anything more this month, what with unexpected octopus on the BX and the Xsara's MOT and a couple repairs due just before next payday. So - Paul, Tim, look away NOW - it's going to have to be an insulating tape temporary repair as soon as the damn thing dries out enough, until I can afford to pay for whatever needs replacing when its stripped out properly. Unfortunately, insulating tape does not come in Triton Green, which is most unreasonable of the manufacturers, but I do have some sober black, rather than yellow and red striped.
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Post by citsncycles » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:40 pm

The most common cause of sunroof leaks are the drain tubes - either blocked or detached. It may be worth trying to clear them, instructions on the best way are on this site somewhere.
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Post by rayfenwick » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:28 pm

Caffiend wrote:You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Err, who with what word? (excuse my thickness, hang on.... #-o
Caffiend wrote:Today I am mostly eating everything in sight, but am having severe difficulties with the carrot sticks as the effing things won't stay lit.
Have you tried marinading them in LHM over night? :)
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Post by mds141 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:48 pm

LHM does indeed burn well, as we discovered in Interlaken!!
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Post by Defender110 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:58 pm

The sunroof leaking is indeed normally blocked drain tubes. The sunroof is not designed to be watertight, any rain that gets past the seals is designed to drain away through drain tubes attached to each corner or the sunroof cassette. The rear drain tubes are accessed from behind the back light clusters when removed (one x quick release clip in the boot), the front drain tubes come out in the front inner wing area near the sill just behind the mud flaps if fitted.
Open your sun roof and blow up each tube with compressed air from the bottom of each drain tube to clear them. If this doesn't cure the problem the tube mounting points may have corroded where they attach to the cassette.
If you haven't got access to a compressor the tyre inflator at nyour local petrol station might work.
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Post by Caffiend » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:18 pm

Defender110 wrote: Open your sun roof ...
Thanks both, but therein ^ lies the problem. The sunroof is - I believe the technical term is - knackered. Switches don't work, keep fit opening mechanism doesn't work - the thing is totally seized :( I will give it another go on Saturday as it's going to be dry.

LHM marinade sounds nummy, wonder if all those loverly minerals will stave off osteoperosis? (sp? - wtf)
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Post by rayfenwick » Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:13 am

I dunno about osteoporosis, but it would certainly fix constipation :)
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Post by docchevron » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:01 am

the cables can corrode and stick. The only proper cure is to drop the cassette and strip it down, not for the feint hearted it's a 2 person job really, at least putting it back in is!

have you tried gently pushing on the glass whilst turning the handle of doom? oh, and you have moved the lock bar before trying to manually open it right?
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Post by Caffiend » Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:42 am

Thanks doc, think you've put your finger on it - and yes, got a buddy to try pushing down on the glass while I failed to turn the handle. There is something broken in there as the roof doesn't sit quit flat - it's a couple of mm proud at the front and has been since I got it, but has only recently started actually leaking. After sunshine early this morning, it's looking decidedly black out there now: keeping fingers crossed that BBC weren't lying, I really need to get it all dried out so I can do a temp fix on it.

Thanks for the warning about it being a 2 person job too - please may I come and annoy you at the ICCCR? 8)

In other news (shit, I do that as well :lol: ) - Day 9. Intense, but momentary "damn, I could murder a cigarette" thoughts, but been mostly grinning my head off through (yet another :? ) "interesting" work week because once I've had my first cup of coffee and something to eat in the mornings I've more energy than I've had in years :D I've even thought about exercise :shock:
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Post by Defender110 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:43 am

Doh i've just scrapped a perfectly good complete sunroof cassette / roof lining cos nobody wanted it!
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Post by Caffiend » Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:46 am

eeee - I didn't even see it advertised, how could I have missed it?

EDIT - as someone less scatty than I evidently am will probably suggest it, have just PM'd Paul in case the ones on the pile that he and Shaun are breaking are available/serviceable!
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Post by rayfenwick » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:03 am

I think you're doing great. Молодец! :)
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Post by docchevron » Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:24 am

Caffiend wrote:Thanks for the warning about it being a 2 person job too - please may I come and annoy you at the ICCCR? 8)
you'd have to try very hard, I have no intention of going!

if the glass is sitting proud at the front lip then it'll need adjusting on the screws that attach the glass tot he side frames. the adjustment on the cables really only effects the back end of the glass.

Bear in mind, unless you want to break the cassette the roof needs to be slid back to get to the 2 torx screws that run into the roof on the front edge. so it'll have to be opened before you can drop the cassette.
I've come across some VERY well stuck sunroof's before now, but never failed to open them yet, even SMiffy's which had broken the steel top covers over the cables and jammed the roof. it's all about knowing where to hit it, and how hard!

EDIT: that said, I'm on hols for 2 weeks now, I have a fair bit on, as seems to be the norm, but if you find yourself near Stroud at some point I'll whip it out and beat it into submission...

FURTHER EDIT: I meant the cassette, just to clarify...
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Post by Caffiend » Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:26 am

docchevron wrote:... even SMiffy's which had broken the steel top covers over the cables and jammed the roof. it's all about knowing where to hit it, and how hard!
That's encouraging, 'cos after having a good peer and leaning a bit on the lining to see if I could see the cables, this happened:
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They're all out of the runners by the looks of it :(

Sadly unlikely to be found in Stroud as I've no plans to visit family (nr Cheltenham) in the immediate future. Enjoy your oliday though!
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Post by docchevron » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:14 am

ahh, that'll be broke then! I dont have a spare complete cassette, but I think I have some cables and lids...
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