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Old 07-02-2007, 07:01 PM   #1
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How to manually close a sunroof

arr... my sun roof is stuck open !! When i press the button, It would only close about 1/4 of the way, then I hear a pop sound and then it retracts. The override doesn't work (pressure the button and not releasing it).

Now I just want it close, because I afraid of the rain. Is there a way to manually close it?

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Old 07-02-2007, 08:27 PM   #2
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Take the motor cover off. The motor cover is just above the rear view mirror. Pry the lights out first, then the cover. There is a torx socket in the center that you can use a torx wrench to try and close it. It may still bind. If it is the movable header (aka the shade) that is binding, Open the roof all the way, then try and free the shade. You may have to use force and you may break the clips. With the roof all the way open, the shade can be removed completely, repaired and reinstalled. I 've done it myself.
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:17 AM   #3
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^ Is right, also there may or may not be the tool to close it in your little toolbox in the trunk. There is a section in your owners manual that tells you exactly how to close it.
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:34 PM   #4
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I have this problem, but the allen wrench feels jammed when trying to close it.

When trying to motor i hear what sounds like moving wires that sound tangled up, and of course the snapping sound.
I'm lucky this car i just got its only stuck open in the vent position, but id sure like to wash the car.

Any way to close it from the stuck, jammed up position?

I removed the motor and I see what looks like stripped plastic? with some metallic flakes, all mixed in with grease.
The actual gear on the motor looks ok. and the 2 gears on each side of the sunroof base look worn out, but not striped.

Ill post some pics when i figure out how to attach here. lol.

my first post BTW.

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Old 05-26-2016, 01:37 PM   #5
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any way to attach and upload pics with out having a external link?
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Old 05-26-2016, 01:50 PM   #6
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