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Old 08-07-2006, 12:21 AM   #41
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Enclosed is pic of the new and improved sunshade driver

old one on left new on right. This is part of the sunroof repair kit
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Old 08-07-2006, 12:30 AM   #42
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Hers a pic of the drain that has to be removed in order to remove the old sunshade driver from the tracks, it's also included in the repair kit. I had to access it from behind so I had to remove (lower) the rear portion of the headliner. In order to do this I had to also remove the rear center brake light cover, C Pillar, B Pillar, coat hook. Lots of work, but it's working really well know.
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:57 PM   #43
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Hers a pic of the drain that has to be removed in order to remove the old sunshade driver from the tracks, it's also included in the repair kit. I had to access it from behind so I had to remove (lower) the rear portion of the headliner. In order to do this I had to also remove the rear center brake light cover, C Pillar, B Pillar, coat hook. Lots of work, but it's working really well know.
EIAlfonso, how did you remove the rear center brake light cover? I have attached a picture of the cover. If you don't mind, I would greatly appreciate if you can use MS Paint, Photoshop, or whatever, to point out where and in what direction I should pry on this cover. I don't wanna be snapping more plastic pieces than I already had. Seems like my car is falling apart faster than a Chinese-made bike
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Old 08-08-2006, 12:13 AM   #44
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Remove from the sides and pull down, keep or wedge fingers as close as you can to the fasteners when pulling down.


I removed it again and took some pics

Underside of Cover


Light w/ cover removed, if you're removing headliner make sure to remove black center fastener.
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Old 08-08-2006, 12:34 AM   #45
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Remove from the sides and pull down, keep or wedge fingers as close as you can to the fasteners when pulling down.


I removed it again and took some pics

Underside of Cover


Light w/ cover removed, if you're removing headliner make sure to remove black center fastener.

Thanks EIAlfonso! Exactly what I was looking for. Another question, is your light fixture loose? Mine shifts left and right fairly easily. Not sure if there is something else around it that can tighten it up. In the picture where the blue circles are: are those connected to the light fixture somehow? I initially tried pulling from there, but it seemed to be connected there as well. Thanks again.
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Old 08-08-2006, 12:45 AM   #46
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Mine doesn't move around at all, I just snapped it back into place and didn't even notice the area you circled and everything is on tight again.
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:16 AM   #47
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great diy, hopefully I wont ever have to use it, but I know where find help at.
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Old 08-22-2006, 02:36 PM   #48
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The best DIY that i could find out there, thanks for posting man, you'z da best! This was my 2nd DIY and it came through just fine props to ya!
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Old 12-06-2006, 04:54 PM   #49
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yesterday i opened up my sunroof and heard a bunch of nasty cracking noises. now my sunroof, in the closed position, is actually lower than the roof of the car in the rear right section. i'll have to check it out and see what's causing it.
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Old 06-02-2007, 07:47 PM   #50
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Hey, how did you get that old driver out and the new one in?

I was finally able to get the old one in by prying it out and almost damaging the rail. But getting the new one is seems impossible to me.




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old one on left new on right. This is part of the sunroof repair kit
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Old 06-02-2007, 11:59 PM   #51
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Thanks for the post. Not looking forward to doing this.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:27 PM   #52
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Great post. I was a little upset today after following your instructions only to find that the "driver" was slightly bent upwards. One clip on the driver's side was broken as was one on the left. The "drive" apparently slide over the clip a few times and became bent. That's what I get for leaving my car with my wife for a few months while I was in Iraq! Anyway, I replaced both broken clips but the drive now slides over the good clip. So, does anyone know anything about pulling out the drive to either bend it back in shape or replace it?
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:30 PM   #53
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Sorry guys, I didn't get to the end of this post before adding my own. I see my question was answered and I REALLY don't want to do this one!!
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:29 AM   #54
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Help!!! How do I remove the "right sliding piece"? -> http://bmwfans.info/part-54138246025/
I can't find instructions on how to remove and change this part, because I have one broken. And it seems like it's casted into the shade or something, I can't see a screw, nothing... Please help...
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:47 PM   #55
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just found this thread cuz mine broke the other day. gonna have a go at it this weekend...thanks for this post!
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:59 PM   #56
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Great work! Thanks alot! My sunroof is holding up so far but i guess if it can break it will
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:58 PM   #57
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Help!!! How do I remove the "right sliding piece"? -> http://bmwfans.info/part-54138246025/
I can't find instructions on how to remove and change this part, because I have one broken. And it seems like it's casted into the shade or something, I can't see a screw, nothing... Please help...
https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...light=sunshade
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:27 AM   #58
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Thank you SOOO MUCH Lincomatic!!! This was extremely useful to help me get the job done (or at least mostly done).

Of course my shade got stuck closed but then opened with the sunroof and made the sunroof stick open (while 114 degrees in Phx yesterday) so I had to pull my headliner and remove the entire sunroof assembly (at least I still think that is the only way I could have gotten it done. I have put it all back together minus the shade till I can go get the parts.

Biggest cuss for me was that I tried installing the shade without realizing the tabs had broken cleanly off the driver side sliders so that I did not know there were tabs, one of your links had a good photo of what the slider SHOULD look like which is the only reason that I realized that mine were broken. Thanks again.

One tip that I may offer is on Step 5 adjusting the sunroof motor: Mine was way off and I was trying to follow your directions and not seeing any improvement. Instead, I disconnected the motor and pushed the switch to open so that it ran all the way to the open position, then I manually pushed the sunroof glass all the way to the open position (which you can do when the motor is disengaged) and then reinstalled the motor. It was adjusted perfectly. Maybe I just got lucky or maybe I stumbled across an easier way to adjust.

Wouldn't have made it without your post. Thanks so much.

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Old 09-30-2010, 05:15 PM   #59
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:23 PM   #60
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glad you guys found it useful.
mine was messed up far worse than any of other the doc's i found
it looks like i might have to bite thenge bullet and buy the repair kit, because the "wiper" thing that got bent up is still grinding a bit.
Your sunshade repair instruction was very helpful when I fixed my sunshade. After replacing the passenger and drivers side slide parts to the sunshade, I tested by opening and closing using the switch and the sunshade works like it was before. When I re-installed the sunroof glass over, I tried to full-open and it works but when I fully closed it, the sunshade stops 2 inches before it's fully closed. If I push the sunshade to the back to open, it stops at 3 inches from the front edge of the opening. what will I do to make the sunshade float and not being snagged with the sunroof.

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