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Old 11-05-2008, 10:06 AM   #1
zoidberg
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Sunroof Removal.

Lately ive been having some problems with my sunroof. First the sliding assembly would catch the sunvisor and i could hear cracking. I fixed that by removing the glass and putting the sun visor back on track. Couple months later i open my sun roof and right before it opens all the way i hear it get put under strain and it stops and goes the other way for an inch and stops. My best guess is that there is something that needs to be lubed or replaced or cleaned or something along those lines all the way in the back of the sunroof assembly. However theres no acces to this part of the sunroof due to the fact that its in the car roof.

How do you remove the whole sunroof assembly/frame?
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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Your are going to have to remove the pillars first to assure that you have no restrictions removing the headliner... If you dont remove them you might bend and crack the headliner. For the "C Pillar" you have to remove the light first and then remove the screw that is holding it. Once you remove all of the pillars, clips, and screws, you have to remove the 3rd brake light (if yo have one) and the sun visors. Also make sure to disconnect all the wires to all lights in the pillars and the sunvisors... You also have to remove the lights on top of the sun visors that clip on the head liner and also disconnect them. You also have to remove the screws from the cloths hooks and the hand rest strap, and the screw in the front beind the map light (which means you also have to remove the map light to get to it. Once that screw is out your headliner will fall in the front. You should have someone just hold it in place once this screw comes out so the headliner doesn't bend and while that is being held then remove the clip that needs to be pulled out at the rear of the headliner in middle. Once that is pulled out then your headliner should be completely loose and ready to be taken out of the car. Once this is done your entire sunroof assembly should be accessable to you! Hope this helped...
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