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I have the factory sunroof in my 1997 Thunderbird LX. It still works great, but is beginning to show a bit of seepage/leakage around the passenger side. After a fair rain, there's a bit of dampness in the headliner (pass side only and on slide panel).

My question is: Just how watertight should these things be? Is some leakage expected and should be drained off?

I heard somewhere that the 97 sunroof is unique and that replacement seals are no longer available?

Any suggestions to stop headliner from getting damp during rain?

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It's designed to be a controlled leak, it's not a perfect seal. There's drain hoses on the four corners of the roof and exit into the rocker areas, so if you're experiencing headliner dampness one or more of the hoses are possibly clogged

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Is a clogged hose way more common than having to replace the entire seal?
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Is a clogged hose way more common than having to replace the entire seal?
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If you aren't hearing any whistling or air noise while on the highway your seal is probably fine.

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I tried to do a close inspection the other day and could see no clear obvious evidence of clogged drain tubes, but they could still be clogged down the line a little bit. I have never heard any whistling or rushing air while going down the road. I did note that the glass rubber seal and the mating surface in the roof were both very dirty, so I cleaned then up (noticing that rubber seal still felt very soft and pliable). Now waiting for a hard rain to see if it's improved any. I ran a water hose over it, the headliner did not get wet, but I did see some dampness in the channel around the right side. Maybe there is a micro-leak in that "gutter" under the roof? I'll look more closely to see what I can see - although, I do not have the car right now; it is on loan to my grandson...

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