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Date Registered: 12-2008
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Leaves stuck in roof


I washed the car yesterday afternoon and to wash the roof I need to stand on the inside of the door sills to reach. Yes I know I need to get longer legs emoticon

While I was up there I noticed on the inner side of the rails there are leaves stuck between the rails and the roof. The obvious solution is not to park under trees which I will surely avoid now, although does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove the rails to clean the leaves out or any other ideas to clean it?

thanks
Samuel

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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Hi Samuel
I believe the rail are bolted from the inside so it might be a bit too much work to rip the roof lining out.

Try compressed air to blow them out.

I also have the same problem as you mate, I use a bucket to stand on to wash the Xy.
My excuse is , I'm short at one end. emoticon

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HERE is my old 2008 T31, ST Series1

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I get those leaves stuck under my roof rails as well and it is simply not worth the trouble to remove the roof rails to clean under them as you would have to dismantle the entire roof lining and all plastic trims to get to the bolts holding the roof rails in place.

One good run on the highway would take care of those leaves and they'll all disappear.

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Date Registered: 12-2008
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I believe the rail are bolted from the inside so it might be a bit too much work to rip the roof lining out.
...not worth the trouble to remove the roof rails to clean under them as you would have to dismantle the entire roof lining and all plastic trims to get to the bolts holding the roof rails in place.


Yeah I thought that was the case
ill give the highway/compressed air ago

What do you think about silicone in that gap to stop rubbish getting in there?
Jalal have you heard of anyone internationallycomplaining and/or solutions?

thanks
Samuel

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The only solution I thought of but was too lazy to implement is to grab a thin rubber seal that is L shaped where one end of it can slide under the edge of the roof rail. It is self adhesive too, so it wouldn't moved around or fly away. I got this rubber seal on the external edge of my roof rails, but never got around fitting it on the inside.

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you got a brand name Jalal for the seal?

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Something like THIS

Usually you can find it at the body repair shops.

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Samuel,

I found this weather strip at Supercheap and got myself a roll.

Will take pics of it fitted on my roof rails to show you.

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Thanks Jalal
I had a feeling that you would take the next step as you like to keep the black beauty spotless!

So did you take off the rails to clean all the leaves or just use the open road emoticon

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I haven't fitted the weather strip yet and in my case with the hyper roof rails it's much easier to remove the roof rail covers to clean under them, so am gonna do that with a high pressure air hose and then apply this strip. You can probably do the same by using a high pressure air hose from a workshop nearby.

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