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2019 roof leak from fragile factory hole caps

Anyone else having this problem? If so, what did Ford do to correct it? Other better fixes I should consider, i.e., more stout and durable plugs for these roof holes?

I have a new 2019 cargo van, mid-roof, short wheelbase, bare walls, floor, etc. The roof has a number of factory drilled holes that are about 1 cm or more in diameter and that only have flimsy, very thin plastic discs covering them, and nothing immediately underneath the holes. Several of the discs are starting to curl up at the edges. At least one of the discs is allowing water to enter the van when it rains. I can even see daylight through it. It's one of the holes/discs above the cross-beam, at the slider door. When it rains, the water runs down the cross-beam to the door, then pools on the door step. Less frequently, water has also entered from this hole or (?), ran the other direction, and pooled in the wall of the van on the left, behind the drivers seat.

I'm grateful this is happening now, and not after I spent $$$ having the interior built out (I'm slated for a July build). But this a total BS design and construction. The plastic discs over these holes are just brittle band-aids -- a branch scraping the roof would probably be enough to break or delaminate one. Heck, a squirrel could probably puncture one with its claws. ;-) And my van shows, they're capable of failing on their own, without any help.

Anyone with a '19 may want to inspect and monitor their roof hole covers...

And again, very interested in what solutions are out there -- if others have already experienced this problem. (I'll talk to the dealer about warranty repair of course, but always helpful to know my options.)

Thx!
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get some exterior high tech goop and seal it on the outside
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All years are affected... since they are all made by FORD

This topic has been covered... you go up there with some sealant and seal around each one of those plugs.

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Thanks guys. FWIW, I searched on "roof leak," etc., and didn't find any threads about the failure of these crappy caps.


I can certainly toss some sealant on them, but since it's a brand new van, I would also expect Ford to do something about it... And hopefully come up with a better design, going forward?
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And hopefully come up with a better design, going forward?
Hey, at least you have a good sense of humor about it!

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Sadly, I meant that in all seriousness.



Crazy how everything is built to be a throw-away these days....
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Those holes are threaded inside.

Make some lemonade out of those lemons and install some eyebolts then goop them up with sealant.
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Those holes are threaded inside.

Make some lemonade out of those lemons and install some eyebolts then goop them up with sealant.

That's genius!

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I've been told that older Transits have nuts at the bottom of all of the holes. There might also be some holes with mount bolts like that on my 2019, but there are definitely some holes that have absolutely nothing below them, save the bottom of the cross beam. See my original post for details.
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Hmmm?

That IS a change. In my case the caps weren't removable, if they were forced off they wouldn't be going back on again. If yours can be taken off to peek inside then go with Alarmist's proposal. Such a simple DIY fix. A lot less bother than whatever it takes to have a service center do it. But it sounds like maybe you aren't into DIY. You say your conversion is scheduled in July so I guess that means not.

If you plug the holes yourself you wouldn't have to worry if the dealer just stuffed chewing gum into them.
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