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Old 08-14-2012, 10:43 PM   #1
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sunroof noise(video)...broken clips or worse?

anyone know what the noise at the 29second mark? (not my video) (don't worry it's a real link)
I have spent a little time looking into this and i see a ton of problems with the clips breaking etc. The sunroof is in the closed position and as soon as i try to open it the loud clicking starts immediately and the roof wont move.

I am planning on taking down the headliner and trying to figure this thing out so any thoughts would be helpful. I hope i can just buy one of the repair kits and fix it myself.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #2
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First you should find out the clips are broken or not. You can do that by taking the sunroof off.

Speaking from my own experience, I thought I had to replace the clips of the sunroof because of the same noise. But when I took the sunroof off, I found all clips are OK. I cleaned the tracks and greased it with white lithium grease. Since then, the noise was gone and works perfect.

Here are two DIY links. They are very detailed and you should be able to figure out from those.

http://www.lincomatic.com/e46sunroof/e46sunroof.html
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1388821

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Old 08-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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thanks, i have seen some people do those two steps and have some luck. Good place to start. I just wish i knew what that sound was as it's going to drive me insane.
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