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Unread 10-17-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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Hardtop rear window seal

Have had problems with my hardtop leaking in heavy rain around the corners of the rear glass seal. The piece of napkin i stuffed in there is to show where the hole is i know its hard to see. I'm wondering if i am actually missing a piece on the end of the seal or something maybe someone can compare it to their hardtop seal and tell me if it looks different

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Unread 10-17-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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I was changing my hinges on mine today and noticed the same thing.

6 years and I never noticed.. so your not alone. Only thing I can think of is maybe some foam tape or something to 'stuff' in there like you've done with the TP.

Good Luck !!
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Unread 10-18-2009, 03:15 PM   #3
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I took some pics of mine.
See pic: PA181446comp.JPG - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage

The two rubber bits should rub each other and seal at points marked A and B. See how mine obviously touches (because it is clean where they touch.)
Best way to fill that gap would be a small piece of self-stick weatherstrip stuck on where I marked A or B. (Obviosuly clean the surface well first.)

BUT - I bet that's not where it leaks. The top molding makes a little ledge where I marked C. The water puddles on this ledge, then runs behind the weatherstrip that goes around the perimeter of the window opening. I had leaks there on both sides. A little silicone (RTV) applied right at the bottom of that ledge against the edge of the seal (where I marked C) will stop the water from getting through the little gap and force it run out the back like it's supposed to.
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Unread 10-18-2009, 03:31 PM   #4
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That could very well be it it only seems to leak when parked with the front of the vehicle facing downhill. I'll go try that right away
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