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Sunroof not closing

You must dismount the sunroof glass, and then run the open an close operation until the cables are lined up. You will know when. Then install the glass back. Hopefully the plastic track is not broken.

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My sunroof is stuck and the manual crank meets a lot of resistance

On manual sunroof models, the crank assembly drives a small pinion gear. It can easily be converted to power sunroof. This is a common problem, and the issue is two fold. First, the sunroof may jam at the point where the windbar meets the sunroof. You can simply pull the bar down, and it closes from there. If it's jammed back, carefully crank it further open and examine the bracings and screws holding it in place. Tighten the screws and clean the tracks. Oil the tracks with light spray oil and crank it closed to the point where it jams and give it a little push - you will hear a click and it will pass that mark. Be careful, don't force anything. If it still refuses to close, it will require some adjustments to ensure it isn't cocked on an angle when trying to close it. To close it, begin cranking carefully and put your fingers on the sunroof and pull forward at the same time.

There is an adjustment procedure, illustrated in the Haynes manual for these vehicles. It is somewhat complicated, but it is fairly straightforward. Be sure to be patient or the cables may break - especially if they are dirty and the track is misaligned or extremely dirty. I had this same problem, and converting to power sunroof eliminated the noises and also gave me a better traveling quality since the unit doesn't allow any fore/aft movement. Boneyard motors are easy to come by, and the wiring is a snap to install. Be sure to obtain the switch bank whilst you are there. It's 15 dollars - and by far and away a great investment. Get the cover trim plate that goes where your crank is also - you can always spray paint to match your vehicle's color - mine was Business Gray and I used black covers. It took me about 30 minutes to install and all day to enjoy.

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Freelander sunroof motor

got me here to be truthfull ,i would assume that their is a stop shut off switch on the track ,if not open sunroof then with motor out operate the switch to open position and then put the motor in ,

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The closing motor to the sunroof on my 91 4Runner just went kaput. The sunroof is currently in the open position. How can I close it?

some came with cranks .. ck the back of sunroof area.. see if you see a place for a allen or hex wrench.. if not remove headliner and lossen tracks put glass in close postion

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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

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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?

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Depends on where you're located . I can fix or replace the sunroof...

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Manual Solution for 1998 Monte Carlo z34:

Pull down interior design near button, it's all velcro underneath. The motor is silver and on the bottom of it, there is a white colored knob, that has a slot for a screwdriver. I believe to close it is counterclockwise. For this you will need VERY small screwdriver, and requires much force with a small one.

I poked a hole through the interior, and used a longer screwdriver. More torque and less pain on hands. Poking a hole sounds weird, but to be honest, it won't be noticed much.

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My sunroof has opened and now it won't close. Any clues?

You will have to remove the sunroof motor, and the sunroof glass. Then you can move the guide tracks seperately until they are in the closed position. Then you can put the glass and motor back in, remove the power source (fuse or disconnect wire harness) to prevent any accidental opening until you can get it fixed. Chances are that a guide track or cable is broken, this can be a costly fix. Do not take it to the dealership, they will only want to install a whole sunroof unit. Take it to a local shop that installs aftermarket sunroofs

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