Sunroof repair

Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by ManUpOrShutUp, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. ManUpOrShutUp

    ManUpOrShutUp Full Access Members

    Posts:
    957
    Likes Received:
    303
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2016
    Location:
    Northeast
    I very, very rarely use my sunroof, but tonight I did so and was swiftly punished for the decision. The sunroof opened, but I could hear something crack as it did so. It then got stuck open very shortly before we had a torrential downpour. Fun times. Anyway ...

    The motor is still functioning and after some manual tugging while simultaneously hitting the button I was able to get the sunroof into a closed, but fully tilted position. I found a broken piece of plastic in the track on the passenger side and visual inspection shows something is clearly not sitting properly on that side. I believe it is one of the trough guides, but will be able to get a better look in the daylight when it isn't raining. Anyway, according to the service manual the sunroof needs to be closed to remove/replace these components. However, it only seems to indicate dropping the headliner if the motor needs to be replaced. So can I indeed replace the trough guide components using this kit without dropping the headliner? And can I do with the sunroof closed but tilted? I can't seem to get it fully closed and fear it opening all the way back up if a I try.
     
  2. Munkiebunz3

    Munkiebunz3 Full Access Members

    Age:
    36
    Posts:
    216
    Likes Received:
    67
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2018
    Location:
    Soviet Monica, Kommiefornia
    Did you see the video that was on the website? It's basically an hour & looks like a complete tutorial. Watch the video to see if you can spot the part that broke on yours then see what really needs to be removed to have full access to the assembly. If you don't mind working in tight spaces then a slight drop of the headliner might be okay. Just be warned that flexing the HL too much will leave a nasty crease that will never go away.

    I'm going to guess that your issue is addressed at the 24:30 mark.

     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019
  3. ManUpOrShutUp

    ManUpOrShutUp Full Access Members

    Posts:
    957
    Likes Received:
    303
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2016
    Location:
    Northeast
    I hadn't seen that, but downloading the video now.
     
  4. ManUpOrShutUp

    ManUpOrShutUp Full Access Members

    Posts:
    957
    Likes Received:
    303
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2016
    Location:
    Northeast
    Well, I took the glass off and was able to get the guides back into the fully closed position. The passenger side had numerous broken pieces of plastic floating in the track. Anyway, once it was back in the closed position I reattached the glass and all looks good. There's no way I'm dropping the headliner by choice nor am I willing to pay $500 for the job, so provided I have it all aligned properly the job is done.
     
    Munkiebunz3 likes this.
  5. TobyU

    TobyU Full Access Members

    Posts:
    1,316
    Likes Received:
    472
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2013
    Location:
    Ohio
    I have sold vehicles because of malfunctioning moonroofs before.
     
    Munkiebunz3 likes this.
  6. Munkiebunz3

    Munkiebunz3 Full Access Members

    Age:
    36
    Posts:
    216
    Likes Received:
    67
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2018
    Location:
    Soviet Monica, Kommiefornia
    I kinda just want to remove my sunroof and weld it shut or have a turret.
     
  7. ManUpOrShutUp

    ManUpOrShutUp Full Access Members

    Posts:
    957
    Likes Received:
    303
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2016
    Location:
    Northeast
    I've never had one fail in all the years I've been driving, but about 1.5 years before I sold my last SUV the sunroof started to leak. I decided I wouldn't get one on the new truck, but I couldn't find a Limited without one so I gave in. If I ever have one again I'll probably never open it after this fiasco.
     
  8. TobyU

    TobyU Full Access Members

    Posts:
    1,316
    Likes Received:
    472
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2013
    Location:
    Ohio
    I think lack of opening them causes more probs than using them.
    You should lube the gasket/seal with silicone or something once a year at minimum and open and close them and tilt up several times a year at minimum.
    You can also spray some lube (maybe lithium spray grease or chain lube) on the side slider parts.
    If they leak it usually just needs the drain tube cleaned with weed eater line or soft to med compressed air. I have even flushed water down them with small tube too.
     
    mjp2, mossback and Munkiebunz3 like this.
  9. ManUpOrShutUp

    ManUpOrShutUp Full Access Members

    Posts:
    957
    Likes Received:
    303
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2016
    Location:
    Northeast
    Yeah, I was thinking about all of this after the fact. :p I was also thinking about fortuitous it was that I decided to use it just hours before a torrential downpour. I had to go all redneck MacGyver and rig up a cover out of a plastic tote lid, tarp and some sport sandals to make a peak in the "roof" so the water wouldn't pool. Fun, fun times.
     
  10. Sccritterkiller

    Sccritterkiller Full Access Members

    Age:
    41
    Posts:
    74
    Likes Received:
    23
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2018
    Location:
    SC
    Just did mine a couple weeks ago...took about 10 hrs, had to remove DVD player and all seat belts..there is a re initialization process for the sunroof motor once reinstalled. Parts were only 120 bucks..Sucks but way better than 2500 quoted by the stealership. 20190803_165133.jpg 20190803_165147.jpg 20190803_171303.jpg Good Luck!
     
    Munkiebunz3, mjp2 and HawkX66 like this.

Share This Page