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Old 11-04-2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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2006 CLK 350 Convertable Water leak

Dear all,

I am puzzled about a problem with leakage of water on the right and left side of the roof from the inside, see attached pic. The car is just sitting in the rain when these pics were taken When i drive a swap of water is coming out of the gray section but still drips the whole time if the rain continues.

This happens on both sides driver and passenger. The picture taken is from the passenger side

It all looks fine, seals look good windows close tight.

Any idea's

Your help as always appreciated

HB
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:16 PM   #2
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Ok i fixed it, It is a bottle of 3 M spray from your local Wal-Mart you find in the camping and show section to spray the roof. Look for the bottle with no poly inside it is blue. I used 3 bottles for the roof and all is sealed again. Spray evenly and double spray the sites especially nice. Bruch you roof prior doing it and make sure it is dry. Don't waist any money on MB kit , it is just the same.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:04 PM   #3
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Dear all,

I am puzzled about a problem with leakage of water on the right and left side of the roof from the inside, see attached pic. The car is just sitting in the rain when these pics were taken When i drive a swap of water is coming out of the gray section but still drips the whole time if the rain continues.

This happens on both sides driver and passenger. The picture taken is from the passenger side

It all looks fine, seals look good windows close tight.

Any idea's

Your help as always appreciated

HB


Mine leaked one time while park when it rain. All I did were reseated the top by open and closed again and it never leak again.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:58 AM   #4
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I did that too at first but every time it was raining the water started to leak out of the two plastic parts ( see pics ) . I cleaned already prior my actions the drain channels in the window rubber seals on the right and left site so that was not an issue. The car came from the south, so due to the intense sunshine the protective rain seal will break down and you should renew it every year.

When i owned a 3 series in Germany i bought ones the kit for canvas maintenance and it came with the 3M Bottle and a brush for cleaning. So i did the same here brushed the dust out of the roof , with some soap water removed some stains, applies 3 coat's of spray water repellent for cloth.

Fixed it, I guarantee, it rained quite a bit sinse , had no problem at all. Water pearls from the roof as if it is freshly waxed car.

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Old 11-22-2011, 02:20 PM   #5
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I did that too at first but every time it was raining the water started to leak out of the two plastic parts ( see pics ) . I cleaned already prior my actions the drain channels in the window rubber seals on the right and left site so that was not an issue. The car came from the south, so due to the intense sunshine the protective rain seal will break down and you should renew it every year.

When i owned a 3 series in Germany i bought ones the kit for canvas maintenance and it came with the 3M Bottle and a brush for cleaning. So i did the same here brushed the dust out of the roof , with some soap water removed some stains, applies 3 coat's of spray water repellent for cloth.

Fixed it, I guarantee, it rained quite a bit sinse , had no problem at all. Water pearls from the roof as if it is freshly waxed car.

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Thanks for the infos.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:01 PM   #6
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Actually, cleaning and using the water repellent on the top is a temporary fix for a leak. The outer canvas of the soft top is actually a multi-layer material where the bottom most layer is a waterproof material. If it leaks, it means there is a breakdown in the material. There are ways to permanently fix it, but you have to find the actual leak. It's likely in a spot where the material folds or rubs against a part of the frame or actuating components.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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I know this is an old thread, but a similar problem showed up on BW and below is my response, in case it might help someone:

Believe it or not, the seal between the soft top and the windshield is not water tight. Instead, there is a channel in the rubber seal designed to trap water and then allow it to drain away. A common cause of water dripping from the front corners of the soft top is clogged drains.

There are actually two drain channels, both running along the rubber gasket on the inside of the side windows. In the photo below, the green arrows point to two openings in the windshield gasket. Follow them and you will see where the water should go if it collects in the windshield header channel. The larger upper/outboard opening goes to a channel that is open against the inside of the side glass so it should be easy to check for clogs. The smaller, lower/innermost opening goes into a closed channel in the side window gasket.

To test for clogs, first check these gasket openings for obstructions. Use something soft and flexible like cotton swab to probe the openings and make sure they are clear. Next, with the top lowered and side windows raised, slowly pour a small stream of water into the windshield gasket channel and see where it goes. Unless you pour too much water too quickly, the water should disappear into these holes and drip out the front edge of the door, between the door and fender, or in front of the side mirror. If the water pools in the rubber gasket, you have a clog. Be careful clearing it as you don't want to tear the gasket. Using low pressure compressed air might work, or blowing into a straw pushed into the channel.

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Thanks Rudeney, I had the same leak problem as the OP in the first post. Unfortunately, i freaked out becasue it was winter and went to the dealer and paid 700 bucks to get those "seals" replaced
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:18 PM   #9
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2005 CLK320 42,000 miles. After 6 trips to the dealer, they adjusted every window, the top, the doors, etc. the dealer washed their hands and told me there was nothing else that they could do.
It leaked just like the pictures brummerh posted.
I got disgusted and took matters into my own hands.
I purchased 2 of the largest cans of Scotchgard and went to town on the entire canvas top.
No more leaks.
$6
Done.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:55 PM   #10
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Good to hear.

Update:
I newer resealed my roof since last November in 2011, we had a lot of rain this summer here in NC. The roof is still not leaking. Coming November i will repeat the cleaning sealing procedure again with my 3M can's from Wal-Mart.

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:06 PM   #11
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Guys, I am glad the Scotchgard is working, but the reality is that you have a bigger problem. The outer shell of the cabriolet top should be waterproof even without any special coatings. If it requires a coating to keep it from leaking, then the inner "membrane" of the fabric top has failed. I guess spending $6 every few months to plug this is better than spending $1000 for a new top, but eventually, a new top will be required. I guess it's just the price we pay for the pleasure of driving topless.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:05 PM   #12
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The scotchgard is still keeping me dry. BTW, my top was completely taken apart, all layers were inspected. Everything still looked like new. The inner membrane, the outer membrane, the insulation, everything.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:01 PM   #13
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My guess is that you have a leak in the stitching and the Scotchgard is helping to repel that. If it works, great, but that's not "normal" maintenance to prevent leaks.

BTW - how about some photos of the Fleetwood?
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