Rainwater can get into a vehicle by seeping past weatherstripping on windows and windshields – the black rubber seals that border your vehicle’s glass surfaces. Over time, those rubber seals can start to dry up, become brittle and damaged, and could even begin to leak. When it rains, that water might find its way into your car through bad weatherstripping. If you park outside, making sure your car’s weatherstripping is in good shape is even more important. You can have bad seals replaced by an auto glass professional to keep the rain out.
When the sunroof is retracted, the visible metal frame is known as the sunroof tray. It features drain holes in the corners so, if it begins to rain while the sunroof is open, water that collects in the tray will drain harmlessly onto the ground below the vehicle. If you open your sunroof often, those drain holes can become clogged with debris like leaves and dust. With nowhere to go, rainwater in the sunroof tray could leak into the cabin. If you suspect water is getting in through the sunroof, have a service expert look at the sunroof weather stripping and the sunroof drains.
By design, water can get into the inside of your car’s doors, either from rain or from splashing by passing cars on wet roads. Normally, any water that gets into the door will drain out onto the road – but the door’s drain holes can become clogged, too. This can force water into the cabin. You might check the underside of your car’s doors, and see if the drain holes have become obstructed by debris.
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