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Car buyers looking to engage in a little sun worshipping have plenty of options these days. Convertibles are on a rise in popularity, with over 30 vehicles to choose from that offer a convertible option. This rise in popularity is partially due to an improvement in materials, engineering and technology that go into a convertible vehicle.
Unwanted water leaks are the worst in any vehicle but in many a convertible, they’re somewhat common as the vehicle ages. Water can enter the cabin, the trunk, the foot well and a number of other areas. Water in a vehicle can cause thousands of dollars in damage to the vehicle’s electrical system, interior components and can cause deadly mold and mildew to grow inside your vehicle.
Water is life – but you don’t want it inside of your convertible – so let’s take a look at a few tips to help fix and prevent convertible leaks. Use these tips on your brand-new convertible as it ages and be sure to carry them out if you’ve recently bought a second-hand drop-top as well. Most of the items below should be considered part of an annual or semi-annual convertible roof maintenance program.
The modern convertible has a complex water management system that was designed into the vehicle. The water management system is comprised of drains, flaps and troughs that collect and channel rainwater to drain tubes. These drains allow the water to flow through the body of the vehicle, away from the cabin and onto the ground below.
The water management system consists of drain tubes and collectors which is vital to keeping water from overflowing the system and winding up inside of your vehicle. Open your convertible roof partway, so all of the rubber seals and components of its built-in drainage system are exposed. Pour a little water around and see where it flows and drains. You will see the drain holes throughout the process. Once you find them, gently fish a piece of weed eater line through these holes to clear any trapped debris. If you’ve got an air compressor gently blast some compressed air into each one (NO more than 30 psi).
Further, remove any larger debris you see elsewhere, like leaves, dirt and insects. Keep your convertible’s water management system clear and it’ll repay you with a dry ride every time. Many convertible owners carry this task out as part of springtime maintenance.
A complex network of rubber seals is used between your convertible’s body panels, roof panels, doors and windows, to help block water from getting inside. Like humans, rubber seals can get dirty and dried out as they age and over time, the seals can crack, break apart and suffer damage. Check your owner’s manual: it specifies a certain rubber weather-seal lubricant, as well as a timeline for application. Acquire the lubricant at your dealer and apply it how and when directed. The lubricant will condition the seals and prolong their life fending off damage and cracking. Further, when seals are lubricated properly they slide easily over one another when in contact rather than pulling on, ripping or dislodging one another. Don’t remember when you last treated your seals? They’re probably thirsty for some lube. LEAKPRO® recommends treating your weather-strips twice a year with a good quality silicone paste.
Over time your convertible will be subjected to lots of bumps, shaking, vibrations and other forms of shock as it’s driven around. This can cause convertible tops and roof panels and other components of the convertible to shift ever so slightly, increasing the possibility that water may enter the cabin. Even a slight shift in a panel, possibly so small that it’s not visible to the naked eye, may prevent a rubber seal from doing its job or open a small slit where water can enter. If you have an annoying roof leak that isn’t responding to our first two tips, consider having your local LEAKPRO® franchisee check and realign your change roof and associated components, which can help resolve the issue.
Trust the Professionals at LEAKPRO® to resolve all your water leak and convertible issues.
I had a great experience working with Mike and his team at LEAKPRO. They provided great quality work and excellent customer service, for a reasonable price. Mike and his team are very well-versed in this specialized area of car maintenance and they stand behind their work. Highly recommended!Calvin J, SurreyBC
After having my 2016 Buick Lucerne repaired unsuccessfully 6 times by my GM dealer I heard of LEAKPRO. I called LEAKPRO, John came out and had my car fixed in 1 hour. The front sunroof drain tubes from the factory were actually trapped at the dashboard. John installed two new drains and I have never had another leak!D. Barlow OttawaOntario
My LEAKPRO representative Jesse did a great job fixing an intermittent water leak that would wet the back seat of my new truck. Jesse quickly pinpointed the problem and fixed it. No leaks now! Great service!K. Peters VancouverBC
I had an ongoing issue with a leak in my 2017 F150 from under the left side dash. My Ford dealer could not pinpoint it after 4 times. The dealer finally called in LEAKPRO and the leak was resolved within a couple of hours. We have had a lot of rain, and no more leaks! LEAKPRO knows what they are doing!D. Wiley HamiltonOntario
I had a musty smell in my used car I had recently purchased. MY dealer called in LEAKPRO, and it was determined that the smell was due to a water leak. LEAKPRO fixed the leak, replaced all l the under pad and disinfected the flooring. My car smells great and no more leaks!A. Stayrer TorontoOntario
I had a big water leak in my brand new truck on the right side. I was so upset, my carpet was soaked! My Service Advisor said not to worry we use LEAKPRO. I received my vehicle back at the end of the day as promised, I felt the carpet it was dry! I lifted the carpet to check underneath and it was dry, all new under pad and fresh smelling. My service advisor informed me it was a skip in the sealer from the factory. I am so happy I had to write!B. Slater WindsorOntario
I had a wind noise on my brand new Charger that my dealer after two attempts could not figure out, it was driving me crazy. I went to another dealer and they said no worries we bring in an outside specialty company. I arrived at the dealership for my appointment as I wanted to drive my car with the technician so he could hear what I was experiencing. Steve from LEAKPRO said he knew what the issue was and had it fixed within an hour!!! THANK YOU LEAKPRO!J. Stanwich KitchenerOntario