How do we remove the interior ceiling on our '03 Taurus SES?
Yuck! We've had mice get up in the ceiling of our car (this has a sunroof) and we think there are dead ones -awful smell. How on earth do we remove the ceiling panel to clean this out? The car is undrivable, due to the smell. PLEASE HELP!
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If your motor is audible and your fuses and connectors are okay, you may have to take a close look at the plastic gear parts up in the roof. The nylon parts do wear out since they are in the roof and more exposed to different temperatures. If any of that mechanism fails then your sunroof will stop working even if the motor is still good. It is a bit of a PITA to get to it since you will have to remove the headliner to get at the mechanism and then identify the worn part and replace it CAUTION: The sunroof system is timed from the factory so that the motor shuts off automatically when the sunroof window reaches a certain position. Extreme care must be taken when removing the motor, timing may be thrown off causing possible damage to the sunroof system. Anytime the motor is removed from the sunroof assembly the sunroof glass panel must be in the FULLY CLOSED POSITION or the unit will be out of timing. The drive motor cannot be reset to the park position after being removed.
CAUTION: The sunroof motor should only be powered through the vehicle battery and sunroof wire harness. Applying power to the sunroof motor leads will cause failure of the control module.
Move glass panel to the fully closed position.
Move glass panel to the fully closed position.
Remove the A-pillar trim. (Refer to 23 - BODY/INTERIOR/A-PILLAR TRIM - REMOVAL)
Remove the B-pillar upper trim. (Refer to 23 - BODY/INTERIOR/B-PILLAR UPPER TRIM - REMOVAL)
Remove the C-pillar trim. (Refer to 23 - BODY/INTERIOR/C-PILLAR TRIM - REMOVAL)
Remove the D-pillar trim. (Refer to 23 - BODY/INTERIOR/D-PILLAR TRIM - REMOVAL)
Remove the sunvisors. (Refer to 23 - BODY/INTERIOR/SUN VISOR - REMOVAL)
Remove the overhead console. (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/OVERHEAD CONSOLE - REMOVAL)
Disconnect the control switch wire connector.
Remove headliner as necessary to gain access to sunroof drive motor. Refer to Headliner Removal and Installation for proper procedures.
Disconnect the drive motor wire harness connectors (Sunroof Drive Motor and Express Module).
Remove drive motor fasteners and remove motor from the sunroof housing
They go down inside front A pillar an inside rear D pillar . To get at them you need to take trim off an the headliner down .
Sunroof Housing Rear Drain Hose Replacement (Impala)
Remove the headliner. Refer to Headlining Trim Panel Replacement in Interior Trim. Remove the rear quarter lower trim panel. Refer to Rear Quarter Lower Trim Panel Replacement in Interior Trim. Disconnect the rear sunroof drain hose from the sunroof module rear spigot. Remove the tape from the rear sunroof drain hose tube.
Disconnect the rear sunroof drain hose from the rear sunroof drain hose tube. Remove the rear sunroof drain hose tube from the upper retainer clip. Remove the rear sunroof drain hose from the rear pillar
The front is simalier .
Okay i do wish for you to purchase the manual. Its really worth your while. If i have to explain in writing here, then we both will grow beards. Its a mission and after a couple of whiskeys you will get it out. It means you need to start removing ceiling boards and brackets of all sorts to almost naked your interior. In the manual it explains very good.
From what I've been able to research, and not knowing the model of taurus, i think it may be fuse #17. Discussion forums state that the fuse that controls the interior lights also controls the audio system.
The lovely odor may just be the mouse nest, as mice are filthy house keepers. They use their nest for bathroom facilities and never clean house. Not quite sure how to take apart, but a vac. w/ a long slender attachment (for cleaning under refrigerators) may work around the sunroof openings. Try baking soda around sunroof , it will help absorb the odor. Try several applications, leave open box in closed car overnight, vac any u spread around the car. Good luck,
you need to remove all of the trim pieces around the doors and up the pillars, also remove teh central upper display and sun visors. in most cases you will need to remove seat belt shoulder straps this will require a torx bit. it is essentially held up by everything that comes in contact with it. lots of pushclips and a few screws. good luck, hope you find your culprit.