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Re: Sunroof will lift up but not proceed to open
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check fuse and relay if good than possible motor ot track problem their should be a mechanical bypass that will let you close it if stuck open the following information is courtesy of monte carlo forum
To check the condition of your original sunroof guides:
Gl*** in closed position.
Locate & remove 3 torx bolts on each side of sunroof glass. Lift glass out of sunroof opening & set aside in a safe place.
Locate "J" shaped cover plate at front of sunroof track assembly. Remove 2 torx bolts from each cover plate.
Lift up bracket to remove.
Inspect the plastic guides on each side. The sunroof cables attach to guides on front outer corner. Inspect this area closely for damage.
Do not operate the sunroof with the J plates removed.
If the sunroof guides are not broken & the glass is a uniform height along the rear edge your problem may be a stripped gear inside the motor. The motor has a manual override:
Get access to the motor by removing the map light/switch console or lowering the front of the headliner.
Insert a large standard screwdriver into the nylon bushing at the center of the motor hub. Push up & turn the screwdriver to manually move the sunroof glass. If the unit will fully open & close manually, you most likely only need a replacement motor.
If your sunroof is stuck in the open position follow these steps to get it closed:
Remove the glass.
Try to close the unit without the glass. Many times one side will still be operational and close correctly.
Try to slide the inoperable lift arm forward. If it moves, slide it forward until it stops.
You now need to slide the original plastic guide forward to lower the arm to the closed position. Using a standard screwdriver, push it forward. The lift arm should begin to lower.
If the lift arm will still not fully lower, remove the J plate as explained above, sometimes the sunroof cable will need to be lifted up to allow the guide to fully slide forward.
Mine did the same thing...took me 8 years to figure it out without having to pay for a repair at a shop. When it lifts the centimeter on its own, push up on glass with your hand with moderate pressure till it frees up, then just push the button towards the rear of the car and it should open the sunroof completely! How i now have to open mine but its awesome after 8 years and Ill work with that...
There's not a heck of a lot to the manual sunroof. I suspect some sort of debris in the track.
First off to remove a sunroof you open it all the way, looking down from on top of the car you will see the two chrome tracks on either side. They are healed on by two screws (there is a third adjustment screw on each side - it is obviously different and not holding the track down - don't mess with it -- or perhaps this is your problem...)
Remove the screws and the top to the tracks (they will lift right off) then slide the sunroof mostly closed and lift it out.
Now look into the tracks - back into the roof. Is there anything there that ought to not be there? Remove it - this can be challenging since it's narrow - a shot van and the biggest pice of tubing that will fit in there might do it for you.
Lube up the track with silicone lube (oil or grease will stick to dirt) clean the 4 feet of the sun roof. Notice the two rollers at the back these love the sunroof in place within it's open and push the back up when closed. With the roof out check that they move easily when you turn the handle.
Now back to the car - notice the two adjustment screws, they lift or lower the back of the track - perhaps you turned them when you were removing it the first time. In any event if they are up too high the roof won't fit (the wheels pushing out will try to push the sunroof door out of the car) You can see the small wedge next to the track - the wheels will roll up this wedge to close the back of the roof - and it needs to be in a reasonable position.
Don't force it you risk breaking the handle, the connecting mechanism or those wheels and where are you going to get a new one?
So now you can put the sunroof door back into place. Slide it back and forth - it should move easily. Now try to close it. It should close easily if not try adjusting the wedges down (this adjustment should not have changed but I am assuming you inadvertently changed these while trying to remove the sunroof door - it you're certain that you did not do that then it's something else).
you need to replace glass or is it leaking if leaking then you have to remove upper seat belt covers pop off remove bolt 14mm and the trims on upper pillars pry off carefully held in by clips remove covers on interior light at front where sunroof switches are there are screws by bulbs disconnect connector remove center light cover and screws disconnect connector with clean hands remove rbber trim around sunroof opening and plastic cover on each side of sunroof glass held on with plastic screw clips then remove four 10mm nuts lift sunroof glass out of car remove cover and screws from rearview mirror all plastic trims around headliner move pass seat forward most and flip back rest all way down roll pass window fully down then slide headliner out of car now you can remove electrical connectors and remove water flow hoses from sunroof unit remove 8 12mm nuts holding frame to roof remove through door you will see the track sunroof slides on remove nuts along problem is silicone between track and frame is deteriorated lift track clean replace silicone reattach frame to roof dont put trims or liner in till test connect switches and glass to frame make sure sunroof works and closes fully then go through car wash to see if leak is fixed
If your e36 has tilt option,PRESS AND HOLD TILT
Watch sunroof when it tilts wait untill it lifts a further half inch
This will happen in about 30/45 seconds
Providing you have no problems,this will reset
Take off the panel with the sunroof button on it there should be a hex wrench in there, there is also a hex fitting, turn this to maually close the sunroof. If the hex wrench is missing you can use any hex wrench that will fit.
Hi guys you have to re-program the computer function that controls the sun roof. Turn the ignition to off. Hold down both buttons that open the sunroof simultaneously and switch the ignition to on. Continue holding the buttons to open for about 10 seconds, or until you here a click, or until the sunroof opens. This should fix the problem, and remember the solution because it will happen again.