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My sunroof will not open

The car is not being used, so it is driven every few weeks, but the sunroof had not been opened. A few weeks ago I got it to open and the track had brown dirt/possibly rust, but I did not have time to investigate and now cannot open it again. When I press the button, you can hear the motor, so I think the motor works. Someone suggested that the seal around the window had attached to the metal and I separated it, but that was not the issue. Thanks

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I have a 1998 4-runner and my moon roof/sun roof was stuck about 2 inches from being closed. I took it to the dealer to look at and it was going to be like $2k to fix. Took it to a local mechanic he said at least $500 but the labor would be a lot because they'd have to take off the header all parts/pieces etc.so probably close to $1500. My slide button was getting power because I heard a clicking noise. There is no manual way on my model to close it with a screwdriver or crank. I took out the screw under the garage door opener flap and saw all the connectors. I played around with them a few times by unsnapping/re-snapping them but no go. I even tried what I read on other blogs about holding the tilt button for 10-15 seconds. That didn't work either partly because my tilt button wasn't clicking so I doubt power was getting to it, so that could possibly work but I could even try it. I could see the motor (circle thing in metal on the left) and with nothing left to try I just turned my screwdriver around and tapped on the motor while holding my slide button down and BAM! it started to move!!! and ultimately close!! So when all else fails, try this and maybe it will work for you too..I'm guessing my motor is on it's way out and I'm not going to rely on this trick but hey, at least my sunroof is closed and sealed shut in case it rains...And I saved $2K!!! Good luck..Hope this helps..

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

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SOURCE: 1997 toyota camry sunroof stuck in the open position

You're looking extensive personal labor for this job. Your best bet is to contact a mechanic.

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SOURCE: sunroof wont close on 1990 celica gti

some cars sunroof regulators come with a couple settings in sunroof
1 the 30 degree back tilt
2 half open stop sun roof
3 full open sunroof
these are common on sunroofs

now lets look at what could be the cause
bad regulator or needed greased gears
track needs to be cleaned which can stick the wheels down
most sunroofed vehicle regulators or gear boxes you will find in the trunk way up by the wheel wells in that little compartment tight to get out
also there should be a manual crank for sunroof placed somewhere in vehicle i know for my bmw it was back in the trunk on the gear box you will have to call dealer or look in manual to find sunroof manual crank and how to close
recommend taken to the closes dealer and have them service your sunroof mechanicals and have it cleaned up
sunroofs like cars needs to be cleaned on a certain milelage interval so that it will work for a long time

Posted on Jun 01, 2008

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SOURCE: 91 4 runner sunroof

its not a small job as the lining for the roof must be pulled down to be able to see whats going on it could be that the belt has come off or slipped

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Sun Roof won't open

There may be a way to open the sunroof manually by turning the motor with a tool. The motor could be broken and "free spinning" or it could be off track or something is stuck in the track. You just need to take it apart starting with the interior trim the rest should be pretty self explanitory. You may also be able to find a diagram on www.autozone.com.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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SOURCE: Camry sunroof stuck

Probably bad switch.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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