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Saab 9-3 2004 - Sunroof jammed on angle

Have 2004 Saab 9-3 with sunroof jammed - back RH corner down (flush) and back LH corner up about 1.25 inches (30 mm) - but still aligned OK with roof cutout when looking from above. I lifted internal LH sunroof side curtain (i.e. concertina one) and saw that the cable lug or end is very close to the front end of the long "S" slot in the vertical actuation plate attached to that side of the sunroof panel. But on the other side, the cable lug or end is about half way along the "S" slot. How do I adjust or release the cable to make it even on both sides? I've pulled all 3 covers off the overhead console, and the motor works fine, albeit briefly each time (does part rotation, then returns back to its start point). So, every time I operate the switch control, the motor tries to work, but the roof panel doesn't move. I wanted to drop the motor down to see if I could reposition/readjust the cable, but can't see how to do that without damaging the head lining. Getting really desperate, because I work light years away from home and rain is due. Would appreciate any tips/help ASAP, please. (I'm in Australia).

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  • rrlewis1 Jan 14, 2013

    Assumptions: Looking at pics of the roof motors on e-bay, there's a vertical rotating shaft with gear attached, located inside a guide channel and pointing upwards. I'm assuming the cables each have a toothed rack on their drive end, designed to mesh with the gear (one on each side) so the racks move past each other in opposite directions. Because the cables are both being shortened at the same time, or vice versa, it would appear to mean both of the other ends are either pushing/pulling/raising the roof in the same direction.



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I'm having the same problem. I will try to remove the screws that hold the glass down to get a better view of the jam and to see if I can realign the what every is off track. I will update my outcome.

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My best bet is its your Sliding roof drive gear sub-assembly. I would also check your sliding roof control switch and you wiring harness. In fact i would check those those first since they are the fastest to check and then that only leaves your sub assembly. you will need to remove your headliner to test everything. And you will need a volt meter that you can get for a couple bucks at most electrical stores. use your volt meter to make sure your getting the same amount of to power to your switch as your getting just past it when it is closed. then test the wiring closest to your motor with the switch closed and there a very minimal amount of volts lost. If everything checks out i would go with the sub assembly. Hope this helps.

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Unfortunatly these roofs are basically a complete unit with cable and frame all in one unit where as previous roofs had replacable components. Assuming yourr roof seal is not torn or damaged you can adjust the glass somewhat. There are 6 torx style bolts that secure the roof to the tilting brackets. I would raise the roof in the pop up position and carefully remove the side bellows(They are also a common failure and can cause roof to bind or not operate to complete rest postion)-they pop out by pulling outward. Just remove the bottom section so you can easily reinstall them. Next loosen the back torx screws( I beleive they are size t20) and push roof up as far as you can and resecure. If only one side is not popping up as far as it should just do that side. Then try resynchronizing the roof parameters by pushing the button untill roof is in forward postion and hold for approximatly 10 seconds-next push button untill roof is in pop up position and hold for 10 seconds. You can also loosen all 6 screws by popping off the plastic trim piece in front of roof and loosening the screws and pushing roof all the way forward. but you will spend alot of time adjusting utill roof is perfect. good luck

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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?

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