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Old 02-28-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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Sunroof in a bind

So here in metro Detroit we got up to just above 40 degrees, so I felt it was time to make sure the windows and sunroof still work after the long winter. The sunroof tilts up just fine, but when it tries to slide back it gets stuck. Anybody else have this issue, and if so, what was the fix? When it gets warm and the Big Spring Car Cleanout happens, I'll probably pull the headliner out to see what I can see if no fixes pop up.


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could've got off track. My SVT doesn't have a sunroof so I've never had the p[problem to experiment though lol
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So here in metro Detroit we got up to just above 40 degrees, so I felt it was time to make sure the windows and sunroof still work after the long winter. The sunroof tilts up just fine, but when it tries to slide back it gets stuck. Anybody else have this issue, and if so, what was the fix? When it gets warm and the Big Spring Car Cleanout happens, I'll probably pull the headliner out to see what I can see if no fixes pop up.
Same thing happened to my car I just had to pop it back on track. I jacked my sunroof up trying to retract it when it was froze up. Don't be intimidated sunroof repair is simple.

1. Remove the 4 torx retainer bolts that hold and adjust the sunroof glass. There is two on each side, one in the front one in the back. It really helps to have a light directly on top of the sunroof to see the torx bolts.

2. After removing those 4 bolts completely, simply lift the glass out evenly and set it out of the way.

3. Now you have a gaping hole in your roof, the slide assembly is now completely visible. Insert key and turn the ignition on. While watching the slide assembly, cycle the sunroof back and forth, note where it appears to be catching. (The driver side slide on my car was lifted barely out of its track, I simply popped it back in and the sunroof slid back and forth like it used to.)

4. Once you pop your slide assembly back in its appropriate track and have it working. I suggest you pick up some silicone lubricant and lubricate all the moving parts. After doing that cycle everything back and forth, you should notice it being smoother and making less noise.

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5. With the slide in its normal shut/parked position, set the glass back in the track assembly. Handing it to your other hand sticking through the sunroof and lowering it down like a pizza delivery man is the best method for this. Remember the slit in the sunroof seal faces the rear of the car.

6. Start all of the sunroof bolts, while snugging them down keep repetitively pressing up on the sunroof when the bolt starts to create resistance and hold the sunroof from falling back down, back out the bolt just a little. Do this to all 4 bolts.

7. Almost done, now you get to level the sunroof. Ideally the sunroof will sit flush with the roof line. Hold it to where it looks good and snug the bolts (Do not over tighten, it is simply a set screw. We are talking inch/lbs here. It took me 4 times to get it just right, the front of my sunroof seal was initially making a rubbing/chattering sound when opening and closing. When everything is done it will function smoothly, be relatively quiet when opening and closing, and be quiet while cruising on the highway. I also suggest taking that silicone lubricant to your sunroof seal, it will reduce friction during operation.

You just saved yourself hundreds of dollars not taking your car to the dealer for a simple fix that didn't take you 20 minutes.
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THANK YOU.
When it warms up, I will totally get on this.
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I have a similar issue with my sunroof, it tilts up fine, but when i try to open it, it goes 1/2" and sticks, the seal sticks to the roof of the car.

I greased it once and it was fine for few days and now its sticking again. Should i get a new seal or does anyone know of a good way to clean it?
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