November 26

2001 Subaru Outback H6 – Leaking Sunroof Repair

Auto Repair, Subaru


Our featured service today is Leaking Sunroof Repair on a 2001 Subaru Outback H6 Wagon.

Leaking Sunroof
2001 Subaru Outback H6 Wagon

Any vehicle equipped with a sunroof will eventually spring a leak. Subaru Outback’s have two sunroofs which doubles the opportunity for leakage.

On many cars sunroof leaks are caused by blocked drains, however this sunroof’s leaks were not caused by blocked drains. How did we know? We took the time to do a very thorough diagnosis to assess the cause of the leak.

This sunroof’s leak came in through the front map light assembly and only occurred after a heavy rain storm. To determine where the water was coming in we removed the vehicle’s roof liner. We tested the drains for blockage and found that they flowed properly.

While most sunroof drains are easily testable with the roof open the Subaru’s front sunroof makes it impossible to test the drains properly without removing the front sunroof or the headliner.

With headliner off we were able to see the water leaking in from a body seam at the right front corner of the roof. We applied sealer to all body seams around the front sunroof and verified no further leakage during the next deluge.

Reinstalling the roof liner and related components completed the job.

For more information on the Subaru Outback click this link.

For more on the Subaru H6 Boxer engine click here.

Sunroof Leak
Front map light assembly where water from sunroof leaked out.

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Bernie Pawlik

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