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Old 01-04-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
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I have more issues than a news stand.
So there is water coming into my interior, as posted on another thread but here'* my problem with my sunroof:

It seems as though it is loose. When sitting in the car, you can push on it with your fingers, and the rear of the roof will pop up about an inch on its own.
When driving down the road, it will just pop open: The wind pushes it down, obviously creating a gap and accompanied by wind noise. You push the button to close it, drive a bit more, hit a bump, and it pops open again as described.
I should mention the roof will not close on its own. You need to hold the button down for the roof to close, and watch it from the outside (go go Gadget Arms) to ensure it'* closed properly, otherwise it will continue and pop up in the vent position. When you open it, you push the button once, and it will fully retract.
So there is likely a solenoid burnt out, however why does it pop open on its own while driving?
Thanks again in advance.
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Sounds to me that a part has broken that retains the glass in the sealed / shurt position ?

I will go look at mine in a bit and see what the emchanics of the roof are on mine.

I think mine is ready for a motor also as I have to lightly push it forward the last few inches to get it to close now ...
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I'm not saying there'* anything wrong with your sunroof or not, but I will tell you that even if it'* broken/misadjusted, you should still not get water in the interior of the car from it ASSUMING all 4 drains are clear.
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Hi Will,
No, I think the water getting into the car is a separate issue altogether, so I started a new thread about the sun roof problem. Water is getting into the car via shrunken door seals, you know the ones.

The sunroof has a mind of its own, and pops open (downwards) more at higher speeds. Also, if I crack a window, creating a vaccuum, it opens downwards then as well.
I guess I'm wondering if there is a bracket that can be tightened to help prevent the problem?
I can live without the self closing feature, but it popping open on its own is driving me to drink.
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The glass is held on by 4 screws. Make sure they're tight. The techinfo article regarding sunroof seals will describe which screws I'm talking about. 2 on each side, from inside the car.
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How is the metal that is bonded with the glass? I found mine was WAY rusted and literally falling apart. The debris comming from that was gunking up the track and everything
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Howdy!
Okay, I have some results to report on this.
I accessed the three screws used for adjusting the height of the sunroof.
One in the center, and the one towards the rear, adjusts the rear height of the sunroof.
I pushed the roof up a bit when in the flush position, and re-tightened the screws.
It doesn't flop around as much now, but it brings up a few questions:

1) When in the vent position, you hit the button once, and the roof tries to close. It moves only slightly, is this supposed to be the closed position, and the sunroof should be flush with the rest of the roof? (Mine doesn't move very far, and sticks out of the roof about 1/4")
2) When closing the roof from the full open position, should it close on its own, similar to the Express Open feature, only in reverse? (Mine does not. You have to keep the button pressed to close it)

I'll have to take the car onto the highway. The problem of the roof popping open on its own happens mainly at higher speeds. I shall report my finding, in the mean time some help on the above questions or any other advice as always is appreciated.

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Aftermarket roofes close automatically. Our factory roofes are retarded in my opinion. Call it a safety feature, your finger must be on the button pushing for it to close.
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Happy to report I believe the sunroof issue has been fixed.
I haven't done the high speed test yet, but it is now closing in the correct position on its own from the vent position.
Thanks to all for your help.
Now on to "Water water everywhere..."
Oh boy,
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Rats!
The sunroof is still driving me crazy.
When driving to the scrap yard today to grab parts for my Water water everywhere post, the sunroof popped open on its own again.
Isn't there something on these sunroofs to prevent them from being pushed downward, into an semi-opened state?
Anyone know of a locking device that could be used to secure it closed until you want to open it??
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