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Having worked my way through the Haldex issue (I hope), I thought I'd check the other regular issues and see if I could get ahead of them... and found this thread.

So I bought some trim removal tools and some Sikaflex to fill the cracks I can see near the tailgate hinges. I found the exerts from the Workshop Manual and set about removing the rail end.

First rear one came of readily. The first front one was a real struggle and left some collateral damage on the rail-cap clips. The second front one I can't get off.

The Manual shows loosening the 3 clips from the outboard side and lifting it away, but there are tabs which reach into the roof-rail itself and until these are cleared the cap won't lift at all 'cos the 2 inboard clips are still in place and can't be readily unclipped with a trim tool cos of the sloping angle to the roof.

Anyone got any tips on getting these rail caps off once the outboard clips have been unclipped?

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Hi, I've got a Mk 1 Kuga, had it since it was 10 months old. No issues with an water ingress until the last 3 weeks. Funny things started happening with the electrics, an example one indicator would start when when I turned off the ignition and key fob would not work. I called out the AA and he checked the fuse box and it was soaking wet. He dried it out and said the wiring loom from the engine side had water on it that lead into the fuse box, he thought the scuttle drains maybe blocked. I booked it into the local dealership and they said I had a leak at the top of the windscreen, they resealed that. Heavy rain today, and water dripping back onto fuse box inside the car. I don't believe the dealership checked the windscreen drains last time, could this be causing this leak into the car?
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Hi, I've got a Mk 1 Kuga, had it since it was 10 months old. No issues with an water ingress until the last 3 weeks. Funny things started happening with the electrics, an example one indicator would start when when I turned off the ignition and key fob would not work. I called out the AA and he checked the fuse box and it was soaking wet. He dried it out and said the wiring loom from the engine side had water on it that lead into the fuse box, he thought the scuttle drains maybe blocked. I booked it into the local dealership and they said I had a leak at the top of the windscreen, they resealed that. Heavy rain today, and water dripping back onto fuse box inside the car. I don't believe the dealership checked the windscreen drains last time, could this be causing this leak into the car?
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You need to remove the wiper arms and the black plastic skuttle panel at the bottom of the windscreen. Once removed look under the far corner on the passenger side and you will see lines of sealer. This sealer is normally cracked, not enough sealer or in some cases missing! Using a screw driver or something similar, remove what sealer is there. Then seal the whole area with new sealer, I can recommend Tigar Seal. You will normally find the drivers side to be the same but you will have to unbolt the wiper linkage to get to it. I also had a leaking screen too which when replaced leaked worse! They replaced it again and so far so good
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Thanks for that. Funnily enough they have found exactly that crack in the sealer by the corner of the windscreen! And on the other side. BCM now playing up! I believe it is being sealed by the dealer as I write this, then a water test. I'm not looking forward to the invoice, as they think I'm going to need a new BCM as well
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If your car is under 6 years old its an inherent fault and as they used the wrong sealant its their fault.

I thought someone in this thread had posted up a TB and had it done FOC.

Bit like the alternator overload on the MK1 Ford get away with it.


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We got lucky with one at work when the sidelights didnt work on the mot, found the bulkhead seal and also the screen was leaking. New screen fitted and bulkhead resealed, we then dried the car out and had a blow heater on the GEM module to dry it out. The lights then began to work again and a year later its still ok
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The more I read this thread, I'm thinking that I'm going to have to take off the roof rails and seal them as well. Does anyone have any pics? Do I attack this from above or does the roof lining need to come out? Sorry I just have no idea?
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There are how to videos on YouTube just search for Ford Escape as they are made in America where the Kuga is called the Escape.
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Quick update. The leak appears to have been found.......It was coming from the windscreen that was never sealed correctly from the day the car was built!! The dealer resealed the bulkhead at their cost, and supplied the windscreen at cost for me due to how old the car is and no proof I didn’t do anything. In the great scheme of things it appears to be sorted.

I need to dry out the carpet on the front passenger side only. Any pointers on how to remove this from anyone?
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Hi all I have a kuga that’s got wet carpets all round I have sealed cracks under scuttle but still wet the leak seems to be on the lower end of the under lay carpet as is not wet higher up the rear of dash. Has any one else had same problem boot not getting wet so it’s from rear seats to front I’ve had all interior out for 2 days over Christmas dried all floor panels left for 2 days while it was raining no signs of leak soon asi fit all back do four days drive to work after crimbo carpets wet again is there any body that can help thanks
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