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My sunroof only opens about 5 inches then makes a

I have a 98 e 430. my sunroof only opens about 5 inches then makes a terrible grinding sound like somethings caught in the track. it still raises up but won't slide back more than 5 inches. any ideas

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I too have had this problem. There is a sound pad made of tar behind the glass and is supposed to be stuck to the underside of the roof. This detaches and falls into the moon roof valley tray and that is what is stopping it from moving back. open roof in the up position and use a slim tool to remove the pad.

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Cable retainers have snapped on the cable and are hanging up at that point. Only way to fix is to replace the cable and retainers and that requires removing the headliners and sunroof.

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