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Service Bulletin: Bubbling Sail Panels

This is a discussion on Service Bulletin: Bubbling Sail Panels within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; The sail panel (on t-top cars) or the entire roof (on hardtops) of 1998 to 2002 Fbody cars may have ...

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    Arrow Service Bulletin: Bubbling Sail Panels

    The sail panel (on t-top cars) or the entire roof (on hardtops) of 1998 to 2002 Fbody cars may have a factory defect. If you park your car out in the sun, little bubbles about the size of a pinhead start appearing on the roof. This problem is caused by the glue used to hold the plastic roof on. The glue degasses and the gas travels up through the panel. Eventually it leaves these nice little bubbles in your paint.

    http://ls1tech.com/forums/attachment...chmentid=30522

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    Try another dealship. A few people have had some success getting their cars repainted.

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    Got mine fixed out of warranty. Went through a 800# in the owners manual and a woman there got it fixed for me thru the 6 year corrosion warranty. Dealerships would not help initialy. For those wondering this costs about $700-$900 to do out your own pocket.

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    Yeah, try another dealership. I know a couple people that had theirs done.

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    so is it going to be recalled or what?

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    cause mine is bubbling up

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    Nice post, Cassie, thanks!

    I was wondering what those little bubbles on my HT were.

    Anyone got that 800 number?

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    Please. i need that number. my car is in the body shop about to be painted cause of this with my own money.

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    I didn't think there was a 6 year corrosion on these cars? My front bumper has been bubbling and peeling since I bought it but I was told that since it was an 01 that there was nothing I could do about it.

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    hey guys the number is 1-800-762-2737 be prepared to give some info too or so im told i've been meaing ot give them a call mines bubbling up on my garaged car go figure huh 13,000 miles and my sails bubbling up !

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    wow..shitty. i'll have to check mine

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    Saw this thread and immediately ran out to check my car... thankfully there's no bubbling! (Car is now 4 years old and is only garaged in winter)

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    consider yourself lucky! there seems to be a large response to this problem almost seems to make you think gm would have realeased a letter to fellow f-body owners about this problem huh??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4U2ENVY View Post
    consider yourself lucky! there seems to be a large response to this problem almost seems to make you think gm would have released a letter to fellow f-body owners about this problem huh??
    X2, I'm waiting now for over a week to hear back from the dealership I took my car to to have them look at the sail panel behind the t-tops. The guy from the body shop just gave me a dumb look about my complaint until I handed him a copy of the tsb. He said he would research it, I then said to him I couldn't believe that he never had a car in the dealership with the same issue. Funny statement from him to me, "your car is a 2001 and is no longer in the 3/36k warranty and is not likely going to be covered". Me to him, "Well then why would a tsb be issued in 2003 to cover 1999 model year camaros that were bought as early as fall of 1998? My thought is those cars are out of warranty before any tsb came out and are to be included in the described fix". Another dumb look and another I'll look into it. Oh well, I'm not holding my breath.

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    Interesting...I've got what appears to be tiny bubbles in mine exactly as described.

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    After reeding this post, I went to see my car and...shit ! here they are. I am living in Canada and my car is a garage queen. It is rarely exposed to hot temperature and never stay long under the sun. It is definitely the last GM I will buy. I used to like GM cars but wow, this problem is too much. Damn !

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    I've got them in my hardtop as wheel
    Last edited by black; 07-01-2006 at 10:21 AM.

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    Like someone else allready stated it is covered under corosion, its covered for six years from the original purchase date. Both my 01 SS and my 30th TA were covered by a local dealer with no problem. Also, the service bulletin is not a warrenty bulletin. It is only a refference tool for the tech to get the suggested repair/replacement procedure. GM used windsheild urithane "same adhesive used on the front/rear glass" to adhere the roof panel. The older urithane used a sepperate primer/adhesion promoter and the newer has it mixed into it allready. Other than that GM uses the same panel and the same windsheild urithane to adhere it to the roof structure. Unless the primer was causing the problem then we will be seeing the same problem on the same cars again. the roof is made from SMC (sheet moulding compound) the same composite used with the SS and WS6 hoods, doors and rear hatch. The current replacement roofs are exactly the same as your originals. SMC has the same expansion rate as steel and is more durable than Fiberglass of the same thickness, GM no longer uses fiberglass on any thing. I am a body tech and I used to work for a Chevy dealer and have done several of the replacements.
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    Just washed my car today and found three bubbles behind the t-tops. Nice post I appreciate the info. 01 WS6 53,xxx really shows up on a black car.

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