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Side roof trim coming unstuck - leak - connected?

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I have been tasked with fixing a water leak from the panoramic roof on my sister's 2013 SLK 200. The water drips down roughly where my finger is pointing in the first pic and drips down right where the seat belt buckle is in the same pic.


One of my own cars is a 1997 BMW E36 M3 Evo convertible so I am well aware of the importance of making sure drain holes are kept clear, cleaning seals and applying Gummi regularly. With this in mind, I have methodically checked all drain holes and lubricated all the seals.


Despite this, the leak has still persisted so yesterday, I spent some time really looking at the area of the leak. I noticed that the trim that that runs down the side of the glass (the same bit I am pointing to in pic 1) is coming unstuck.


You can see from my other pics that it is possible to get your fingers under the inner edge of the trim and pull it up slightly. From the little I can see when I gently pry the trim up, it looks like there may be some plastic tabs to locate the trim piece and then it is bonded in place. It does look like one of the tabs is broken.


I have searched for quite a while and have found threads where dealers have squirted sealant into the roof to fix leaks (as well as the drilling holes thread ) but nothing about this trim piece.


My question is, does it seem likely that if water can get under this trim piece, it can leak into the car or is that trim purely cosmetic? Looking back at the drilling holes thread, it does seem like it is likely that water can get in this way. But - if it is just cosmetic then it is a red herring and the leak is probably seal related.


So, to cover all bases, it would seem a good idea to have a go at re-bonding that trim piece back in place. The only way I can see this can be done properly is to completely remove the trim first to allow all the surfaces to be cleaned up properly. But - looking at the parts catalogue, I don't see that trim listed separately so will be stuck if I break it in taking it off.


Has anyone come across this problem before? Any suggestions for me?


Many thanks and best regards


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you say the trim is not listed separately?

where have you looked?

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Hi Jeff and thank you for helping me - really appreciate it.


I did use that link you provided for a parts search and couldn't see those side trim pieces listed separately - will have another look around this evening.


In the meantime, the VIN number is WDD1724482F079438


I also spent some time looking through those other links you kindly provided but so far didn't turn up a similar problem. I will keep digging and see what I can find.


My plan today was to have a go at dropping the headliner to get a better look at the underside of the roof but the weather here has been ghastly all day. Hopefully better weather tomorrow


Thanks again for trying to help me.


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Thanks for looking Jeff - that was the exact same place I would have expected to find it - shame it is not available separately.


I am in two minds now whether to try and remove the trim in case I break it. The trouble is that I cannot see that I will be able to achieve a satisfactory seal if I am not able to get the underside cleaned up properly.


Hmm....
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I will first try with some special rubber cleaner from main dealer maybe will rejuvenate the rubber.
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Purely a guess on my part is that, if that side trim is not available separately, then it is most likely bonded to the roof section at the factory.
If that is the case, I think that a good clean as far as is practicable and then stick it back with Tigerseal or Sikaflex would be the most likely cure. Just make sure everything is dry and mask off the surrounding parts well. Stick it down and tape in place for 24hrs.
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Purely a guess on my part is that, if that side trim is not available separately, then it is most likely bonded to the roof section at the factory.
If that is the case, I think that a good clean as far as is practicable and then stick it back with Tigerseal or Sikaflex would be the most likely cure. Just make sure everything is dry and mask off the surrounding parts well. Stick it down and tape in place for 24hrs.
Thanks for the suggestion Windin - appreciate it.


It is odd because when I was looking at the car yesterday and discovered that trim piece was coming loose, when I gently pulled it back, a lot of water came running out. I held the trim back till water stopped coming out. Today, we have had torrential rain all day but when I went and sat in the car 30 minutes ago, there is no sign of any water drips at all. It is almost as if that trim piece being slightly unstuck was trapping water and funnelling it in somehow. Since I pulled the trim back, it is not sitting quite as snug as it was so perhaps this is allowing the water to drain away rather than be trapped and funnelled?


Anyway, after todays findings, your suggestion was exactly what was on my mind - do my best to clean up what I can and then Sikoflex it back in place.


Thanks for the help mate


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From the pics am I correct in thinking that it is the last 3 to 4 inches of the top edge of the trim is coming away and that the bottom edge is still attached and secure.. If so I would make sure that the area coming away is completely clean and dry and as suggested use something like tigerseal to stick it back down. Essential to let adhesive cure for at least 24 hours and over that period tape it down so it cannot move and best not to drive the car.
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Thanks Martin - it is useful to have further confirmation that what I am planning is not a bad idea!
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