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2009 Ford Flex water leaks with sunroof and Vista roof


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#1 OFFLINE   fordflex2009

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 02:05 PM

hey guys,

I have a 2009 ford flex that is now leaking water when theres heavy rain. Pending on the angle that I am parked I see the water in different spots on the driver side. This has made identify the location of the problem difficult. I have seen that many others have had this problem, I am just wondering where the leak was for the majority of the people? the sunroof or the vista roof? 

 

I have yet to perform tsb 10-25-11 where I trim the padding on the roof liner to alleviate pressure on the drain hoses. Is this my only option?

 

Thanks in advance



#2 OFFLINE   GrySql

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 02:50 PM

Hi, welcome to the Forum.

 

Just some thoughts, no exact answers.

 

Both TSB 10-25-11 and 13-3-9 refer to the Roof Opening Panel, not the Vista Roof, both say there are more leaks when the front of the car is elevated. 

Your leaks are located in the front driver's side which make me think the leak is elsewhere, see below*.

Each TSB has a slightly different way to fix the problem, look them both over before you attempt a repair.

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* There are also cowl vent drains, one on each side over the drivers and passenger sides in front of the windshield.  I'd look closely at those rubber drain grommets (with a flashlight?) to see if those are plugged.

If there are leaves and debris under the cowl and those are blocked you'd end up with water on the front floors. 

You'd need to remove the cowl and clean those.  There is also a revised Cowl Grill mentioned in TSB 09-11-11

 

My last thought is that some sealant in the cowl area is cracked and letting water leak into the cabin.


Edited by GrySql, 07 June 2015 - 03:30 PM.


#3 OFFLINE   twiqs

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 08:43 AM

My flex is leaking again, radio heat a/c control board was replaced in december now you can change the sirius station by pressing the rear control many controls not working and unlit. Has an appointment monday. Ah, my flex is only a fair weather friend.

#4 OFFLINE   twiqs

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 11:50 AM

 2011 FORD FLEX  . roof leaking again... the control board will be replaced again due to rain leaking onto the radio ,ac,heat controls .  The sun/moon roof is the culprit.  I was told the drains were clogged by debris from trees and leaves.  Does FORD know that there are trees outside and sometimes it rains!  When I bought this  I was never instructed on drain clearing for the roof, it doesn't appear in the owners manual either.                                                   If it wasn't designed to go out in the rain what are the wipers for?   Perhaps it should never leave the showroom.   It would be nice if the designers actually test their creations before production begins.                                         SKIP THE MOON/SUN roof option   it just keeps taking your money.    Each water specialist test costs $200.    Mother nature will supply water for free.       My level of disappointment and disgust is too great for words.



#5 OFFLINE   conybear

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 01:54 PM

My 2009 Flex with the Vista Sunroof has leaked since I first purchased the vehicle. At the time of my initial problem, Ford wouldn't acknowledge that such a thing could happen. The water leaks in through the front ceiling lamps / sunglass holder as well as the back of the car. The leaks eventually made the center console radio buttons inoperable. As it was outside of the warranty when this happened, I paid $350 to have a new radio installed. Ford still would not acknowledge that there were any leaks or issues. 12,400 miles later, the rain and leak again destroyed my radio. Ford would not replace the radio as it was only warrantied for 12,000 miles. They still wouldn't acknowledge a problem with a leaky sunroof. It angered me that Ford wouldn't stand behind their product or acknowledge their mistake. 2 radios needing replacement should raise a red flag. 

 

I found a local body shop who found the cause of the leak (poorly engineered drainage tubes), and he clears them out on a regular basis for me. I stopped reading up on TSB updates or going to the Ford dealership because of their inability to work with their customer (me).  I lived without use of the radio controls for the last 4 years. On Monday, however, we experienced a deluge in a short period of time, and the water came pouring in again. This time, the leak has caused the temperature control buttons to become inoperable. It's lovely to not have AC in 90 degree weather! I came back to this site and noticed that Ford has finally acknowledged an issue. I will see if they will replace my radio and temperature controls, but I am not holding out hope. 

 

Good luck if you have a Ford Flex with the Vista roof. Please take every effort to make the repair outlined in the TSB. 








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