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Old 05 Aug 2022, 09:59 pm
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Default MOON ROOF DRIVE HARDWARE PROBLEMS

So 2 weeks ago the moon roof started to give me some problems.

On the 3rd day, my PT gave to me.....a gear jumping noise and only partial movement of thee! (Not a Christmas gift)


I had the PT at my fav dealer for an oil change and asked them about looking at it.
Just a quick look is all they did, and said that the lift mechanism was likely broke, a big multiday job, that I would probably have to leave with the for a week.

("A WEEK"??? Sounds like big money!)

And on top of that, because of waiting for parts on current work, they would likely not get to me for 2 months!
WOW! Glad they have that much work, because the car lot isn't very full.

So, I watched a few videos on YouTube, and outside of it being labor intensive, it didn't look like any big deal.
Ordered the OEM replacement rails kit on eBay for $43 with shipping.

Took everything apart on Tuesday, including dropping the headliner and window rail system.
Replacement kit arrived Wednesday.

BTW....the guy's video on youtube is correct in taking the rivets out of the rear end of the rails; versus the front.
Also allows access to clean the drive cables, and feed them down the rails.

BUT, HERE IS MY PROBLEM!
As I said in the beginning, the last attempt to open the moon roof caused a gear jumping noise.
Now that everything is back together temporarily, I am testing it out.

Everything moves OK....BUT.....the drive gear on the passenger side is about 3 1/3 inches behind the passenger side.
When the switch is in the window "closed" position, the right hand rails are all the way forward.
BUT, the driver's side mechanism is still about 3 1/2 inches short of all the way forward.

So, I am assuming that when I tried to open the moon roof that last time when it broke, the drive gear at the motor skipped/slipped a little drive cable on the stuck/broken/jammed side.

I have tried pulling the drive cable out by hand with no luck.

IS THERE A WAY TO ADJUST THE DRIVE CABLE FOR THIS???
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