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How to remove/replace sunroof?

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How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 29 Apr 2010, 02:51

Is there a walk thru that explains how to remove and/or replace the sunroof in its entirety? My parts car is being towed tomorrow and I wanted to get the sunroof out of it before it goes.
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby jblackburn » 29 Apr 2010, 03:02

If all you want is the glass, it's easy. Pull away the plastic molding, and there are 4 screws holding it in on each side. The push up and back on it and it'll lift right out.
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 29 Apr 2010, 03:03

Ok found Ozark's writeup about gluing the material one, wondering if I can take apart the entire thing or just the glass? The sunroof on the parts car is in really good condition but mine is slightly rusted. I wanted to replace the entire thing, gears/motor included if possible?

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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 29 Apr 2010, 03:03

Just saw your post. Yep, the glass replacement looks straight forward. I will definitely do that. Is the mechanism a PITA to get out?
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby jblackburn » 29 Apr 2010, 03:29

Now that, I've never done, but it doesn't look too hard either.

Take out the screws for the overhead panel, pry out the lights, and the motor's right there. Supposedly there just 3 screws hold the motor in, but like anything else with one of these, I suspect it's more complicated than that.
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 29 Apr 2010, 03:35

I'll have to look at it tomorrow, I was thinking there were some tracks and stuff that it rides on/in. I think mine have gone bad because it takes a god aweful long time for it to slide backward.

I hope I can just hook the battery cables up to the battery and the sunroof will work too, the engine is out of the car so I don't know how the wiring harness works with hooking into the rest of the car.
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 29 Apr 2010, 03:42

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Found it a bit down, if I attempt it I'll take some more pics
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 29 Apr 2010, 21:22

Well I swapped the sunroof and the trim panel inside. Went pretty easy. Found out the reason mine pulls slowly backward is because it needs a little grease on the rails it seems. I'll try adding some and see if that helps. The donor car sunroof had zero rust and looks good. Glad I was able to swap it over, using Lee's writeup made it painless.
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby whoa » 30 Apr 2010, 01:27

Do the sleds come out of the rails somehow so that one could be replaced? One of my sleds broke off at the rear where it screws onto that metal tray-ish cross-piece that the rear of the glass sits in (or apparently is supposed to sit it---the cross-piece was rattling around loose in my car).
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 30 Apr 2010, 01:42

Not sure I quite under stand what your question is. The parts car was towed away today but I left my cars sunroof off to clean it properly. I'll snap some pics for you tomorrow and post them up.

By sleds do you mean the part that moves or that is fixed to the car?
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby whoa » 30 Apr 2010, 01:51

The part that moves in the track. Is it #18? The metal piece I was talking about looks to be #23, draining channel.

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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 30 Apr 2010, 02:43

I'm really bad at schematics I'll get some pics and we can go from there

You're right the cross piece is 23, IIRC there were a few torx that secured it and it looks like it can be easily lifted away. Beyond that I need a picture :).
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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby wheelsup » 30 Apr 2010, 18:26

Not sure if these will help or not.

On a side note when I reinstalled my sunroof it clunks coming back down from the vent position. The other car didn't do that - it worked perfectly fine. Figures.

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Re: How to remove/replace sunroof?

Postby alexitos4u » 12 May 2010, 03:29

I have one of the two cables that moves the sunroof back and forth stuck! why its stuck is beyond me, but maybe rust and silt in there, unfortunately there is no way to get any cleaner spray in there... the fit is tight between the cable and guide
but I cant figure out how to get the cable and guide out? does anyone know if the entire unit must come out to fix the cable and guide?
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