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Re: Water leaks question (archive)

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Posted by FWK-Z3 on March 01, 2001 at 07:45:53:

In Reply to: Water leaks question posted by Bill Estes on March 01, 2001 at 07:23:34:

You said you got caught in the rain? The top will not seal properly if the rubber gaskets against which it seals are wet when you put the top up. There is no such thing as a perfect seal of a riubber gasket against a fabric top. If the top and seals are dry when the top is put up, then there is a capillary barrier that forms between the top and the rubber -- water essentially bridges across the small gaps between the rubber and the texture of the fabric.

If the top and/or seals are wet, then the seal area is "wetted" and there is a capillary path through the seal area that allows water to seep in between the top and the rubber seal. If you get caught in the rain, tryo to dfind a bridge or something to pull under, dry the matign surfaces of the top and windshield header off, then put the top up.

Another good idea is to always open the doors slightly when you put the top up. The area where the door, windshield and top all come together is a very difficult area to seal. Typically the seal is designed to work when the door is opened and closed with the top up -- think about it -- you open and close your door a lot more often then you put your top up. If you open the doors while putting your top up, you allow the seals to compress in the order which they were designed to work.

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