Question about 2003 Pontiac Sunfire
It tried to open but one side stuck and the other tried to move resulting in the sunroof jammed open crooked. I took the headliner down and remove the motor and readjusted the track to line them up again to the close position. reset the motor to close position also. when I reinstalled the motor and tried the sunroof before installing the glass, it would go up and down fine, but when I opened it in any position up to fully open, it won't return and close. all the way. it seems like something is jamming it. I can hear the relay clicking and the engine idle drop when the button is push, but it just won't close. I have to remove the motor to move the tracks back to the closed position. I actually have to hammer the track that was stuck to get them to slide back to the closed position.....so I ask is it broke or can it be fix. Please explain how to fix it if it can . Thanks
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 98 sunfire 2dr Gt Power Sunroof
You are going to have to tear it apart, chances are something in the operating mechanism is broken and until that is fixed you are stuck.
Posted on Nov 06, 2008
SOURCE: sunroof is open and off track
Sorry, no home repair here...be prepared to spend upwards of $200 to repair...Go to a body shop and have them look at it...DO NOT GO TO THE DEALERSHIP!
Posted on Jun 23, 2009
some of the cable operated sun roofs stretch making the timing of it out of wack, id drop the headliner and watch for any odd movements while it is closing.....
Posted on Jun 29, 2009
SOURCE: 97 Grand Prix sunroof off track
My 97 Grand Prix sunroof tracks are offset. My driver side track is in the closed position, and the passenger side track is in a half open position. When the problem happened I was closing the roof and heard a hard clicking. It stopped working from that moment on. The tracks werent offset as much as they are now before I took the glass off. When I removed the glass, the passenger side track sprung back about 6 inches. The motor works, but the tracks only move about a half inch forward and backwards. Its cable operated and my guess is that one side jumped the track or a gear or something. Anybody help?
Posted on Jun 25, 2011
Tips for a great answer:
To check the condition of your original sunroof guides:
- Gl*** in closed position.
- Locate & remove 3 torx bolts on each side of sunroof glass. Lift glass out of sunroof opening & set aside in a safe place.
- Locate "J" shaped cover plate at front of sunroof track assembly. Remove 2 torx bolts from each cover plate.
- Lift up bracket to remove.
- Inspect the plastic guides on each side. The sunroof cables attach to guides on front outer corner. Inspect this area closely for damage.
- Do not operate the sunroof with the J plates removed.Troubleshooting:If the sunroof guides are not broken & the glass is a uniform height along the rear edge your problem may be a stripped gear inside the motor. The motor has a manual override:
- Get access to the motor by removing the map light/switch console or lowering the front of the headliner.
- Insert a large standard screwdriver into the nylon bushing at the center of the motor hub. Push up & turn the screwdriver to manually move the sunroof glass. If the unit will fully open & close manually, you most likely only need a replacement motor.
If your sunroof is stuck in the open position follow these steps to get it closed:
- Remove the glass.
- Try to close the unit without the glass. Many times one side will still be operational and close correctly.
- Try to slide the inoperable lift arm forward. If it moves, slide it forward until it stops.
- You now need to slide the original plastic guide forward to lower the arm to the closed position. Using a standard screwdriver, push it forward. The lift arm should begin to lower.
- If the lift arm will still not fully lower, remove the J plate as explained above, sometimes the sunroof cable will need to be lifted up to allow the guide to fully slide forward.
- Reinstall glass.
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