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« Reply #880 on: December 14, 2011, 07:21:10 PM »

its hard to explain but here goes

with sunroof closed, and i am propped up on the driver seat with my head on the glass of the sun roof (inside obviously) i see water dripping from outside the vehicle into what appears to be an area above the headliner, between headliner and sunroof. so, technically it is getting "inside" but it I have not found anything to be wet in the vehicle. I am terrified by the thought of mold, my child is only 6 months old and this is the wife's vehicle (i drive it today after last night's car wash discovery) it's been raining here all day. where "inside" the vehicle will i find some water if there is a leak?
Are you are merely seeing the water drain into the gutter (under glass) and down the tubes as designed?  Or is it really getting inside which is certainly not how it is designed to drain.
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« Reply #881 on: December 14, 2011, 07:23:01 PM »

If the water is draining; you should see the water drain on the ground behind the front tires


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« Reply #882 on: December 15, 2011, 12:03:00 PM »

i get all that. but when it's pouring down raining outside i'm sure i'll see lots of water by the tires lol. Bang Head


I did more investigation and it appears the "leak" that i was seeing is "designed". the water appears to only be reaching the little track that was installed for this purpose, directing the water to the holes on each side of the sunroof opening, which is where i assume the drainage tubes are located. I found this by standing up through the sunroof. never thought of something like sunroof drainage tubes before, i wonder if my Speed6 has that too, doubt it.

none the less i will be getting new seals on the sunroof glass to reduce/limit the ammount of water getting past the seal, and also looking into the rear sunroof to ensure it's not letting any water through as well.


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« Reply #883 on: December 15, 2011, 12:37:52 PM »

i get all that. but when it's pouring down raining outside i'm sure i'll see lots of water by the tires lol. Bang Head


I did more investigation and it appears the "leak" that i was seeing is "designed". the water appears to only be reaching the little track that was installed for this purpose, directing the water to the holes on each side of the sunroof opening, which is where i assume the drainage tubes are located. I found this by standing up through the sunroof. never thought of something like sunroof drainage tubes before, i wonder if my Speed6 has that too, doubt it.

none the less i will be getting new seals on the sunroof glass to reduce/limit the ammount of water getting past the seal, and also looking into the rear sunroof to ensure it's not letting any water through as well.


I'm all for preventive maintenance, but I also feel this is one of those "if it ain't broke; don't fix it"  I don't say that about too many things related to this vehicle, but if that seal is working and the drain tubes are draining; let it be.

I never presumed that you would check for water drainage while the vehicle is outside while raining.............. tard
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« Reply #884 on: December 15, 2011, 12:38:00 PM »

i get all that. but when it's pouring down raining outside i'm sure i'll see lots of water by the tires lol. Bang Head


I did more investigation and it appears the "leak" that i was seeing is "designed". the water appears to only be reaching the little track that was installed for this purpose, directing the water to the holes on each side of the sunroof opening, which is where i assume the drainage tubes are located. I found this by standing up through the sunroof. never thought of something like sunroof drainage tubes before, i wonder if my Speed6 has that too, doubt it.

none the less i will be getting new seals on the sunroof glass to reduce/limit the ammount of water getting past the seal, and also looking into the rear sunroof to ensure it's not letting any water through as well.



I think all sunroofs have similar drainage with tubes down the pillars.  I once had a leak on an '87 VW and the cause was a blocked tube.
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« Reply #885 on: January 09, 2012, 10:27:37 AM »

Just a quick note on another cause of water leak on a 2008 Acadia (VIN not in the problem VIN range). My car with 50,000 miles developed a leak coming from the A/C condenser case, which I'm told, sits halfway inside and outside the firewall and is designed for outside water to flow through this case. The outflow case drain was clogged  resulting in water spilling into the driver and passenger sides. We actually heard water sloshing around in the cabin when driving after a recent rain storm, which apparently was the water in the case. Dealer fixed leak but getting the floorboards dry under the carpet has been difficult.
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« Reply #886 on: January 09, 2012, 10:41:07 AM »

The A/C condenser line clog can affect any Acadia regardless of VIN although it's not that common of an issue
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« Reply #887 on: January 09, 2012, 11:03:30 AM »

Are you are merely seeing the water drain into the gutter (under glass) and down the tubes as designed?  Or is it really getting inside which is certainly not how it is designed to drain.

We took our newly purchased 08 into a car wash on Saturday, and noticed this exact thing.  Water is dripping in, and into a track or gutter.  I assume this is by design, and the water then runs down the drains?

I did not see or feel any other water on or around the rook.

Also, looking at my GMVIS, it does indicate that the sunroof was replace back in 08 with little miles ( I don't have the report in front of me).  We have 55K miles on it now.

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« Reply #888 on: January 09, 2012, 11:06:30 AM »

That is the way the system is designed; the water enters a channel and is then directed to outside the vehicle behind the front tires (for the front sunroof).  The fix wasn't a sunroof replacement; it was for the drain tubes
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« Reply #889 on: January 09, 2012, 01:16:45 PM »

@edbianc, I can understand how frustrating it must be in getting your vehicle dry from this.  I am sure there will be many members that will provide you with ideas on getting your vehicle dried out.  Have you talked with the dealership as to what they recommend with this?  If you haven't they might have avenues for you to try.

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« Reply #890 on: January 09, 2012, 01:22:42 PM »

@JimJ, I recommend to let the specialist that contacts you know about this also.

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« Reply #891 on: July 10, 2012, 04:40:42 PM »

Wow.  I've been searching all over and was surprised to see that there was a recall for this issue.  Looks like my '08 Acadia doesn't fall within the VIN range, but Houston, we have a problem!  I drove my Acadia for 3 years (approx 80K miles) before opting for a new Chevy Cruze as a commuter car (BTW, great on gas!) about a year ago.  Since then, my wife assumed the Acadia as her primary vehicle (retiring our '03 GMC Yukon XL to a "spare vehicle" status).  We have had intermittent issues with leaking for the past several months whenever we have a heavy rain.  At first I was convinced that the issue was with a seal around a replaced windshield, but we verified that wasn't the case.  Water seems to be making its way down both front columns and is pooling on the floor.  The last 3 occasions of water have resulted in electrical issues.  OnStar came to the rescue with a jump the first time.  The vehicle "died" again and I replaced the battery (4 years seemed short, but I did it anyway).  Within 10 days of the battery replacement, we encountered water issues again and the brand new battery is dead.  We've had OnStar tow to the dealer where we'll now be assessed a $175 diagnostics fee for an issue we've provided them documentation on... Bang Head  Is there really a difference between the recalled VINs and mine?  Did they previously identify the issue and extend the lines in the vehicles not included in the recall?  I'll be surprised if every drain line is somehow clogged.  I'm awaiting an assessment from the dealer now, but I really hate to have to shell out money for a poorly designed product.

I'll save my comments about battery compartment location and the fact that the key gets locked in the ignition when the battery dies for another forum...   Undecided
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« Reply #892 on: July 18, 2012, 07:54:49 PM »

I have a 2008 Acadia SLT2 - Let me just say when it rains it pours inside.  Has been taken to the dealership numerous times but for some reason they cannot fix the leaks.  They say they fix them and then the next big storm the leaks start again.  It has caused electrical issues which I believe they fixed as the car is not dinging or flashing any longer but after todays rainstorm I wouldn't doubt it if they are back.    I love the Acadia but for the $ it really doesn't seem worth it at this point as it spends ALOT of time in the shop.  Has anyone actually successfully had their leaks fixed or is that just a dream of mine?  Why hasn't this been a recall from the number of posts it seems to be a huge issue.
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« Reply #893 on: July 19, 2012, 09:34:06 AM »

Suggest that you check out (Google)  LeakPro located in Eastern Canada and USA.......
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« Reply #894 on: July 29, 2012, 01:24:23 PM »

I <think> I fixed our water leaks.  Our Outlook is a 2009 model (38k right now), and we have been getting the occasional water pooling in the cupholders from a heavy rain.  It leaks in right behind the sunroof controls, right near the top center of the windshield.  And only if the car is parked so the nose is lower than the tail.  Like in this picture here:



Doing some reading on the forums, I first checked the functionality of the front sunroof drains.  Actually put a garden hose right in the gutter track under the sunroof.  No problem with those drains, and our floorboards are nice and dry.

Next I thought the rear sunroof might be leaking, so we soaked the rear of the vehicle and eventually it started leaking up front by the sunroof controls.  I bought some black caulk from Home Depot and caulked around the rfear window, essentially filling the gap between the glass and the body with black caulk.  It looked good once I was done, and I thought I had it nailed. Wrong.

So now looking at the roof again, I believe I found the problem - where the body seams meet the windshield, there was a gap where a lot of water gets channeled UNDER the front windshield outer gasket.  WTF?  So I caulked both of those areas so MAYBE the water won't penetrate the windshield seal.  I did the same hose test and I can't get it to leak like before.  See the pictures below of what I'm talking about:





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« Reply #895 on: September 04, 2012, 09:33:51 AM »

I've had a couple of really hard rains since, and nary a leak (knock on wood)!  Just to summarize, in my opinion there are 3 ways to get a water leak in a Lambda:

1) Sunroof drain tube leaks - will present with wet floorboards.  You can test by opening sunroof and direct a slow stream of water directly into the plastic drain gutter.

2) Rear fixed sunroof leak - will present by leaking around the second or third row light panels.  Caulk around the rear window seam from the outside, basically fill the gap between the glass and the sheet metal with black RTV.

3) Windshield leaks - will present by dripping water from the front console panel.  Fix is to caulk like I did at the roof seams, or get the windshield replaced and caulked correctly from the get go.  Maybe follow a dump truck filled with stone? (Just kidding, don't do that!)

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« Reply #896 on: April 05, 2013, 01:56:33 PM »

I've had a couple of really hard rains since, and nary a leak (knock on wood)!  Just to summarize, in my opinion there are 3 ways to get a water leak in a Lambda:

1) Sunroof drain tube leaks - will present with wet floorboards.  You can test by opening sunroof and direct a slow stream of water directly into the plastic drain gutter.

2) Rear fixed sunroof leak - will present by leaking around the second or third row light panels.  Caulk around the rear window seam from the outside, basically fill the gap between the glass and the sheet metal with black RTV.

3) Windshield leaks - will present by dripping water from the front console panel.  Fix is to caulk like I did at the roof seams, or get the windshield replaced and caulked correctly from the get go.  Maybe follow a dump truck filled with stone? (Just kidding, don't do that!)

Hmm - Going to try #3 today - thanks!
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« Reply #897 on: May 09, 2013, 04:28:40 PM »

I have a 2008 GMC Acadia with a VIN that does not fall within the recall range.  About a year and a half ago I was driving and had a gush of water dump on my left foot.  I took it in and they said the water was coming from the rear sun roof.  It was fixed for $125 I believe.  For the most part it stays in the garage when it is raining, however I had it in the rain recently and what do I see?  Water rushing in from the front sun roof.

This makes me wonder if it was ever fixed in the first place, and my gut was correct that it was the front sunroof...

Either way, I take it in and the tech says, "I'm going to make you a deal.  Only $450 to reseal it".  Are you kidding me?!?!?  A deal!!!  She tried to rationalize that it would normally be $575... Looking it up, I can buy the seal online for $40.

Has anyone replaced the seal on one of these.  It kind of looks like a pain, but I am pretty handy...
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« Reply #898 on: May 09, 2013, 04:37:25 PM »

So you think the sunroof gasket is leaking?  I would suspect the top of the front windshield first.  Even if the sunroof gasket leaks, the water that drips in should make it into the drain channel.
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« Reply #899 on: May 09, 2013, 10:25:20 PM »

Hello rklockner,

I am sorry to hear about this frustrating experience you are having with your vehicle!  I can look into this further for you if you would like to provide me with you name, VIN, and name of the dealership you visited via private message.  I can explore some options for you with the dealership.  Thank you!

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I have a 2008 GMC Acadia with a VIN that does not fall within the recall range.  About a year and a half ago I was driving and had a gush of water dump on my left foot.  I took it in and they said the water was coming from the rear sun roof.  It was fixed for $125 I believe.  For the most part it stays in the garage when it is raining, however I had it in the rain recently and what do I see?  Water rushing in from the front sun roof.

This makes me wonder if it was ever fixed in the first place, and my gut was correct that it was the front sunroof...

Either way, I take it in and the tech says, "I'm going to make you a deal.  Only $450 to reseal it".  Are you kidding me?!?!?  A deal!!!  She tried to rationalize that it would normally be $575... Looking it up, I can buy the seal online for $40.

Has anyone replaced the seal on one of these.  It kind of looks like a pain, but I am pretty handy...
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