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Honey:

This is John, your husband. I am logging on to tell you to find a mechanic that is NOT the Dealer. Folks, the dealer wants to charge us another 1000 dollars for cleaning out two tubes that takes 20 minutes to do. You are getting robbed by the Volvo dealer.

I wish I could say some nice things about a Volvo, because I realized I convinced you to buy it over a Range Rover that had a bad service record. Yep, I screwed up.

Folks, so far this vehicle has hit the shop for a $6000 dollar tranny, $1,800 dollar rear shocks, now $1000 dollar plugged drain holes in the sun roof, $1200 dollar fuel pump recall that we ate, and now a thurough mold remediation because of the water damage inside. (Oh yah, we replaced the radio at $1600 dollars) and we also have SRS air bag errors that the dealer wants 1700 dollars for. (All tolled, over $15,000 dollars). I wonder what next year brings me?

Honey, buy a Lamborghini. They are less expensive than your Volvo.
 

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glad i found this post, v70 driverside foot well is all wet from a rain storm last night.. now i have something to look for the sunroof drain..
 

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Please help

I have a 2004 Volvo S40. I had the floor boards totally soaked about 6 months ago and the dealer told me it was due to the clogged Sunroof drain lines.They blew it out with compressed air, pulled my carpets out and dried them and $575 later it was fine. Now my rear passenger seat floorboard is completely soaked again. This time though it is ONLY this one area, all three other sections are dry. I tested the 4 sunroof drains again and water is coming out of all of them... IN addition it has not rained in 3 weeks but i did wash the car once. If the one rear passenger side drain were not draining properly would it possibly be the culprit? If this one line were to back up then where would it leak? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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From your great illustrations I now understand why the dealer estimated $2-300. to fix my soaked passenger side foot well. I ran some heavy gauge speaker wire down each sunroof drain. I then got the cone-shaped tip from my computer vacuum accessory kit, attached it to the 1.25" diameter vacuum adapter that came with the kit,and hooked it up to a vacuum cleaner. I don't know what was in there, but it was gone pretty quick. I think the accumulation of dust, pollen, leaf fragments, etc. combine with an occasional sprinkle to form an adobe plug (think mud dauber) in the drain. I figured the speaker wire had sufficient heft and flexibility to break up any dirt plugs. I thank you for the illustrations. I think the idea of eliminating the elbow is fine as long as the tubing is protected from abrasion where it passes into the pillar. I'd be careful applying water or air under pressure down since the tubes may get popped off by the pressure, then you have to take it all apart.
 

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fixing xc 90 sun roof drains

i have a better way of fixing the clogged sun roof drains.i eliminated the elbows so im not unclogging these ever again.go to home depot or lowes and get 2 feet of clear plastic hose 5/8 outsige dia by 1/2.cut the hose into 1 foot sections.slip the drain hose into the new hose about 6 inches feed the rest into the hole where the elbow used to be this works great
 

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I feel so deprived. I ordered my S60 without a sunroof (it was literally too painful -- because of my short legs ant tall torso I bump into the roof right into the ridgeline where the sunroof is, so every bump got painful. So I opted for more headroom and left the sunroof off) I haven't had any leaks.

But I'm curious why no one's thought of putting a screen/coarse filter at the sunroof itself to keep the gunk from entering the drain channel. You can remove and blow out that screen every 6 months to a year and that will ensure the gunk doesn't get down to the elbow so you don't have to yank out the A pillar trim every time.

Just a thought.
 

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JPL .... I agree, and have been planning to do just that. The screen, that is. If I ever find and buy my XC90 V8. I've done similarly on other vehicles.

Now I have to also plan to do what "ShiftyFive" did. Good work!
 

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Ran across the sunroof-drain cleaning instructions while searching for an iPod/bluetooth option for my aging '03. Tested my drains, and sure enough one was clogged. Took off the covers, blew canned air down the drains and its all fixed. Took longer to turn up a 10mm socket wrench than to clean both drains! Feeling very proud of myself. ;-) Thanks for the great instructions.
 

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I have cleared my drains with the help of this great thread. Does anyone have any advice on how to drain the water? I would be happy to drill a hole somewhere, but not sure where. Or do I have to go the shop-vac route?
 

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Thank you very much for the great post on fixing this. Any ideas on how to drain the gallons of water that are sloshing aroun in the undercarriage?
 

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your "how-to" was brilliant! Although my father was a mechanic and my husband has an understanding for electrical makes me pretty useless yet somewhat mechanical. Your pictures made everything so clear! And my water problem in the driver's side was solved. saffron 98, I bow to your thoroughness!
 

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I have leaks also, but the roof drains are not clogged and neither are the drain vents under hood. 2002 S80 . Can you help direct me?
Thanks,
Rob
 

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Thanks to Matt too! dbaldacchino, I got the vinyl tubing as well - I actually cut it from the end of the tubing I use to channel the water from my basement dehumidifier to my floor drain - and tossed the 90-degree anglers; one of which actually seemed to disintegrate in my hand while the other broke at the tip when I removed them. I pushed the existing tube about 3/8" into the new tubing like you did and taped it a bit of good ol' duct tape, and pushed about 6" into the hole where the original anglers went. My XC90 is now dry.
 

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New to swedespeed, I just found this thread. I've been having this problem in my S40 in the rear instead of front driver's side. Although mine is not soaked, it just damp all of the time. I read the post about fixing this problem myself, but I'm not sure if I trust myself doing so. Does anyone know how much this will run me at the dealer? and if mine's not soaked, should I be worried about the carpet?
 

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I can't thank you enough for taking the time to provide truly splendid,detailed instructions and wonderful photos of how to repair the sunroof drain problem. Bless you for being so thoughtful and kind.
 

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Thank you very much for the great post on fixing this. Any ideas on how to drain the gallons of water that are sloshing aroun in the undercarriage?
Hey guys, I had the same issue on our 05 V50... drains are all free and although the carpet appeared barely damp, upon further inspection there was tons of water under the carpet (absorbed by the foam)... I vaccuumed two gallons of water, then took the car apart (removed front and rear seats as well as carpets)... Foam has been under the sun for 6 days now and it is still wet (just moist now versus soaked the first few days). The only real way to dry the car out (IMO) is to strip the carpets - that foam really sucks the water in!
 

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Thanks for the great post for Drain water Problem

This post is a few years old but perfect for all those Volvo owners with this surprisingly commonly occurring problem of water flooding the driver's floor area (for some it is passenger side) after every rainfalls.

I have an '03 XC90 and after every rainfall had 1 or 2 inches of water on the driver's side floor. Rolls of HD paper towels and newspapers were my damage control measures. Luckily no electrical damage that I am aware of.

I read this post and saw the pics. I removed the cover of the pillar and found that the hose had popped out of the 90 degree fitting. I also found the that the 90 degree fitting itself was really in bad shape. The inside part was deteriorating. There was just enough to reattach and push back in. I will replace the 90 degree fitting. I hope I can pick a new one up from the dealer. I noticed that the hose didn't have a lot of extra length to play with. Not sure if the hose had shrunk.

It took me less than 10 minutes because I knew exactly what to expect under the cover and what to look for from the pics posted.

I am kind of surprised at the dealers at them not just unclogging, reattaching or just replacing the 90 degree fitting for the customers with this problem which is clearly a design flaw. I have seen posts where some have paid over $1000 to fix this problem not to mention the hours of wasted time.

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... hats off to you "saffron98"










Greetings,<p>My wife and I recently purchased a CPO'd 2004 XC90 for her to drive to work. Up until the past couple weeks the vehicle has been trouble free. However, the morning after a particularly strong thunderstorm we noticed water in the drivers side footwell. A search of Swedespeed turned up several threads on the topic and the culprit seemed to be either a clogged line or elbow. <p>We called our local dealer and scheduled an appointment. Towards the end of the conversation the service advisor stated that it might not be covered under warranty and that it could "get expensive". This of course made me angry so I decided to tackle the job myself. After completing the job I decided to make a quick "how-to" as I hadn't found specific instructions on here. If this is a double post please feel free to delete.<p>Overview:<p>As water collects on the lip surrounding the sunroof it evacuates itself through two small drains, one on the front portion of the drivers side and one on the front portion of the passenger side. These drains are routed through either a-pillar via a rubber hose attached to a 90 degree elbow exiting the vehicle in the approximate location of the side view mirrors. From there it drains straight down exiting near the front mudflaps. <p>Testing procedure:<p>In order to ensure the drain was clogged I opened the sunroof and poured a small amount of water in the vicinity of the drain. The picture below shows its location.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_309_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>After pouring, the water failed to drain, indicating a clog at some point. From there I went about removing the a-pillar cover in order to check the drain line/elbow.<p>To begin you'll first want to remove the covers for the two 10mm bolts holding the grab handle to the a-pillar. There is little gap to work with and if you're not careful you'll scratch the plastic. A plastic bone tool might work but I went with a razor blade as it was all I had. I would recommend gently prying from the side. As you can see from the pic both covers are connected to the handle via a small piece of plastic.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_305_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>After both covers are off you can remove the two 10mm bolts. After removal you'll be looking at this.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_306_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Now you can pull the a-pillar cover off of the vehicle. It is held in place via three plastic clips and should pull off easily. After removal you will be able to see the rubber drain line.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_307_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Once the drain tube was in sight I could see water leaking around the base of the drain tube where it meets the 90 degree elbow pictured below.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_308_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>This piece simply pulls out and once it's free you can slide the drain tube out. The elbow by itself is pictured below.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_310_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>As you can see from the pic there was a ton of debris stuck inside the elbow.<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_311_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I blew compressed air through the elbow which quickly removed the dirt and while off blew air through the drain tube to ensure it was clear(which it was). After cleaning, I reinstalled the elbow and drain tube and poured more water through the drain. At this point the water ran through easily and drained through the bottom of the vehicle in the proper location(pictured below).<br><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/10/web/718000-718999/718942_312_full.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Overall this was very simple and took maybe 20 minutes start to finish for both sides. Although the passenger side wasn't leaking yet removal showed a partial clog in the elbow which could have caused problems later on down the road. I hope this helps a bit please let me know if you have any questions.<p>regards,<p>Matt<p><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by saffron98 at 8:59 PM 7-30-2008</i>
 
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