Water Leak from the Map Light Area – 2010-2013 Subaru Legacy & Outback

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NHTSA ID Number: 10117544

Manufacturer Communication Number: 12-117-10R

Summary

MODELS WITH SUNROOFS ONLY. If you encounter a customer complaint of water leaking into the interior of the vehicle from the map light area, the following 2 areas should be inspected closely for a potential source or cause:

* The leak could be caused by water leaking past the sunroof cable mechanism. To remedy the condition, silicone sealer will need to be carefully applied to both of the front end caps.

* One or both of the sunroof drain tubes may be kinked or restricted causing water accumulated in the frame assembly to overflow and leak into the interior.

 


NUMBER: 12-117-10R
DATE: 03/30/10
REVISED: 05/10/16

APPLICABILITY: 2010~2013MY Legacy and Outback equipped with Sunroof
SUBJECT: Water Leak from the Map Light Area

 

INTRODUCTION

If you encounter a customer complaint of water leaking into the interior of the vehicle from the map light area, the following 2 areas should be inspected closely for a potential source or cause:

 

  • The leak could be caused by water leaking past the sunroof cable mechanism. To remedy the condition, silicone sealer will need to be carefully applied to both of the front end caps.

Sunroof Frame Assembly

 

  • One or both of the sunroof drain tubes may be kinked or restricted causing water accumulated in the frame assembly to overflow and leak into the interior.
  • Refer to the repair procedures listed below for the associated Service Procedures.

 

sunroof drain tubes

 

PARTS INFORMATION

PART DESCRIPTION SOA ITEM NUMBER QUANTITY
3M Ultrapro High Temp Silicone Gasket 08672 Black 3 oz. SOA868V9610eBay 1

 

SERVICE INFORMATION/PROCEDURE

Drain Hose(s) Kinked / Blocked:

  • Open the sunroof completely and water test each drain by carefully pouring water into the front corner areas of the sunroof frame where the drain hoses connect. The water should flow freely through the drains and hoses as it is poured, exiting the vehicle at the base of the corresponding side “A” pillar area.  If a drain or hose is blocked or clogged, careful application of compressed air may free the restriction.  If a drain hose is determined to be kinked or the blockage cannot be cleared, replace it following the procedure in the applicable Service Manual.

IMPORTANT:  Always retest and confirm proper drainage / flow after any repairs are made.

 

Resealing the End Caps:

  1. Confirm the water leak as reported.
  2. Open the sunroof fully (glass panel all the way back).
  3. Carefully push and hold the sunroof air deflector down to gain access. The deflector will need to be held in that (down) position while performing this procedure.
  4. Clean any dirt and/or grease in the area around both of the front end caps of the sunroof cable.

Clean the area around the end cap.

 

  1. Apply sealant under the front of the end cap ensuring that the silicone is filling the gap.

NOTE: Make sure the nozzle being used is small enough to apply sealant into the gap.

Squeeze sealant into gap under front of cap.

 

  1. Using a right-angled pick tool (pictured below) or equivalent, move a small amount of the sealant around both sides and along the bottom of the end cap to ensure the seam is filled.

Move sealant around sides to fill seam.

  1. Apply additional sealant on the front and rear sides and top seams of the end cap. Use the pick tool to smooth the sealant as you apply it. Make sure the sealant covers all seams of the end cap. Use a mirror if necessary to verify all seams are covered.

NOTE: Be careful not to apply too much sealant as this will add to cleanup.

  1. Perform this procedure to the end caps on both sides of the sunroof.

Apply sealant around all seams of end cap

 

  1. Operate the sunroof air deflector manually and remove any excess sealant material.
  2. Allow plenty of time for the sealant to cure fully.
  3. Perform water testing to recheck for leaks.

 


8 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SUBARU LEGACY 2010-2013
SUBARU OUTBACK 2010-2013

 


1 Associated Document

Manufacturer Communications

NUMBER: 12-117-10R
DATE: 03/30/10
REVISED: 08/28/17

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=10117544

MC-10117544-9999.pdf 570.871KB

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NHTSA ID Number: 10232861

Manufacturer Communication Number: 1211710R

Summary

Water Leak from the Map Light Area

 

1 Associated Document

Manufacturer Communications

NUMBER: 12-117-10R
DATE: 03/30/10
REVISED: 02/14/13

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=10232861

MC-10232861-9999.pdf 1325.723KB

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