Sunroofs and Moonroofs

A sunroof is an opening in the roof of a car with a panel to allow additional light or air into the cabin. A moonroof is a type of sunroof that has a glass panel and is electrically operated.

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Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Pool Care and Cleaning

Is plugging the drain pipes the proper way to fix a leak?

I would think not. If it is an inground pool and the "drain" is at the bottom of the pool this should also be running through the filter. It should be filtering from the skimmer basket and the bottom drain. At least that is what I have seen. while I agree it is not the proper way and "maindrains" are great for circulation, also know that many pools work fine without them and a quick fix of plugging the drain typically cost anywhere up to 250.00 while removing the deck, findin gand repairing the problem correctly can cost upwards of 10,000.00 so it should be left up to the customer if its not a warranty job. if it is the builder should bite the bullet and fix it right (i hate to say that because i am a builder but its the right thing to do)

Sunroofs and Moonroofs

Is it possible to install a sun or moonroof?

Well, yes, it CAN be done, if you're willing to pay for a large amount of bodywork and customizing of your car. It would involve chopping out the entire roof of your car and chopping the "moonroof/sunroof" section from another car just like yours, then doing the bodywork and painting to return the car to its original condition, inside and out. If you're talking about these "aftermarket" sunroof accessories, that depends on your expertise and skill as a bodywork mechanic. Why not just sell your car and buy a car with the sunroof already in it? That would save a lot of money and time on your part, and it would all be original equipment.

To correctly answer the question about the sunroof/moonroof install... It is very easy to install an aftermarket sunroof provided you have the right tools such as a die-grinder(not the best, gets hot an burns paint), a jig-saw(best if you have a friend to hold the roof from shaking violently :) ) or sheet metal shear (depends on the quality, but easiest) for cutting the roof of your car, normally a template is included to cut out and step-by-step instructions (ya, its a little scary cutting a hole in your roof the first time) I have installed 3 sunroofs without any problems and it only takes about 30-40 minutes start to finish, not including the repair of the headliner. That's the most tedious part, but just requires patience, new headliner material (around $10 a yard if i remember right) and some GOOD! (3M) spray adhesive ($10-15 bux a can). Now about the moonroof, I couldn't really tell ya how difficult it is cuz that's what I am looking into right now, but chances are, if any dummy at a glass shop can install it in a car, why can't you?

Actually its not as hard as the two above say it is. Now doing it yourself is a BAD idea. search the word "moonroof" through any search engine and you'll eventually find out all the thngs that can go wrong. For a few hundred bucks you can have a tilt/slide sunroof added, which is sometimes LESS than what the dealer will charge, when most of this type of sunroof is added AFTER the car has been built anyway. A moonroof, or built-in sliding sunroof would be 900-1400 bucks and would require a loss of headroom, so if you're looking for an aftermarket sunroof, you can easily get a tilt/slide one done for about the same as you would pay if it came with the car.

I put a sunroof into an MGB GT which I got from a scrap yard from a Renault 16 and it went well. Take paper and pen, tape measure and tools to a scrap yard that lets you roam.Find a suitable sun/moon roof (preferably in same type of vehicle) carefully remove the old sun/moon roof make lots of notes, take lots of meaurements and use them to install in your car in reverse order. The hard part is making the first hole/cut in your roof. I marked the opening on masking tape applied to roof. Drilled pilot holes in corners to see where to cut headliner. Headliner cut in big X corner to corner and trimed up during install. Used a jig saw to cut out roof. Like I said it worked for me.

Antifreeze and Engine Coolant
Chevy Suburban
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How do you fix moonroof leaks?

duct tape

Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How do you close a broken sunroof?

You don't smart one>

VW Jetta
Cars & Vehicles
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How do you manually close sunroof?

The crank and tool are located in the dome light cluster by the rear view mirror. You will see a little panel that you have to pop off with a screw driver.

Sunroofs and Moonroofs
VW Super Beetle
How To

How to install 73 Super Beetle sunroof?

Hi Bob, first of all buy the Bently manual for your year of bug. It is extremely helpful and pretty in depth on fixing things. I just did my wifes '72 and my '75. There is an inner panel you have to un-clip from the sun roof panel on the inside and slide it back and then you can see the tracks on either side of the Sun Roof. The handle by the rear view mirror rotates a gear that moves two externally splined cables back and forth. The Cables are connected to the Sun Roof panel by two semi-fragile pot metal like alum connectors. Either the small gear at the handle has stripped the cable (you should be able to hear a clicking noise), or the connectors are broken. If you can help move the panel back by hand as you turn the handle, then use the handle to finish opening it, then it's probably the stripped cable. If you can see the cables move when turning the handle and the panel doesn't move, then its the cable connectors. You should be able to see the cables on either side move. You will have to by new cables one way or the other. Not cheap. But it's sure nice to have it working in the summer. = Answer == Hi My name is Bob. I live in SE Massachuesetts. I just got a '73 Super Beetle with a sunroof. I've been trying to find out how to take a sunroof out that does not crank at all. I've soaked the area around the sunroof with magic mystory oil and WD-40 for a few days now. I may have a source on how to install a sunroof.... My Email is Bob

Oldsmobile Aurora
Saturn S-Series
Toyota Avalon
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

Where are the fuses for the sunroof on a 1992 Saturn SL2?

i believe they are on the right side of the center console . there is a panel that comes off

Nissan Pathfinder
VW Jetta
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How do you manually close 1996 jetta electric sunroof?

I have a 94 jetta and bought the car with a broken sunroof motor. There is a plastic piece on the head liner. Just pull off the piece. Inside you should find an Allen wrentch and an Allen hole. You can figure it out from there.

Saturn S-Series
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Sony PSP

Are there any sites that offer diagrams or other help to repair a 1997 Saturn SL2 Sunroof that will not open completely?

Hey Liz==Sunroofs are very hard to keep from leaking when you work on htem therfore it takes a special mechanic familiar with them to work on them. I always send them to the local car trim place. good luck Joe

Search for YouTube user Richpin. He has many Saturn tutorials, and I seem to remember one or two about sunroofs.

Sunroofs and Moonroofs
1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Does 08 scion xb have a sunroof?

2008 Scion Xb does not have a factory sunroof or moonroof option. There after -market options from third-party suppliers like Webasto and Inalfa. Some Toyota dealers will even arrange for installation, but always check how this type of modification might affect your warranty.

The only one come with sunroof is the xb 2008 release series 5 gold rush and they make only 1,500 in the US

Cars & Vehicles
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Explorer Sport

Is there a way to shut an electric sunroof manually on a 97 olds bravada The motor went out and it is stuck open?

In many vehicles with power sunroofs, there is a compartment in the roof that houses the motor. There could be a removable panel (pops out with a screwdriver) and inside a lever of hand cranking method to aid in closing the roof. I know for a fact that the later models of VW's have this and included the crank, too.

2000-2005 Dodge & Plymouth Neons
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How do you repair a sunroof on a 2001 Dodge Neon if you can hear the motor run when you press the buttons but the sunroof does not move?

I'm not sure this is the best way to work on this, but we have a 2001 Dodge Neon and the sunroof would not function but you could hear the motor. My wife said she put her right hand on the glass and as she operated the control button with her left hand she applied light pressure on the glass and all of the sudden it worked.

Once she did that, all was fine. I then lubed the rails hoping it was just something that jammed the mechanism.

I would try that first before taking it anywhere and spending $100 to have joe the oil change boy do the same thing.

Hey,having the similar problem and looked it up on a forum.If its not moving but still making the motor noise,theres a good chance your cable on either side is caught or detached.You need to disassemble the sunroof and reattach it.I believe it only requires a screwdriver and an hour or so

Car Horns
Pontiac Sunfire
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How do you fix a moonroof on a Pontiac Sunfire?

be more specific

it depends on what is wrong with your sunroof if the sunroof is cocked and wont close all the way the way to do it is to take off ur sunvisors first and drop the padding on the top of car by the switch to open and close the roof. you will need a star bit and take off the motor for the sunroof and drop it down it operates on a snake wire and sometimes gets of track. i pushed mine all the way back when the motor was dropped and then made sure that i made the motor indicate that it was all the way open. then put the motor back up and try to close it. this should fix the cocked problem

Chrysler Town and Country
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Expedition XLT

How do you remove the overhead console on a Chrysler Town and Country?

Far as i know you have to remove the over head lights in the console and there should be screws in the roof holding the Overhead Console!! if not let me know i will dismantle one and let you know...

AnswerThese vary from year to year, I have an 02 and have not been able to get a straight answer on console removal myself. I am trying to replace light bulbs in the console. The 02 has a single screw in the rear portion when you open the Eyeglass holder (A drop down door). One site said to remove that screw and just pull down, the entire housing will then "pop" out. I tried this and after putting quite a bit of downward force I stopped in fear of breaking something, it simply didn't feel right, was sure something would break. AnswerYou're right about removing the screw under the glasses door and pulling down. There are two clips about 4" in front of the screw and it takes quite a bit of pull to release them but make sure you pull from the rear of the console because the front is inserted into the headliner frame so the console pivots down hinging on the front after the screw and two clips are released. It helps to release one side at a time.


The advice to remove the screw under the glasses door and pulling down firmly was a big help to me. Here's some additional info that may be helpful. I have a 2007 T&C, basic, bottom -of-the-line model. Bought it used. The lamps had melted the plastic so I could not replace the bulbs. Had to replace what Chrysler calls the "module Bulb," to the tune of $87 and tax. Step 1: disconnect the battery. 2. remove the screw under the glasses door. 3. The clips are about 6 1/2 inches from the rear of the console. As you pull down firmly to release the clips, you may be able to use a putty knife to help release the clip. 4. To remove the black electric connection plug on the right rear of the console, insert a very thin screwdriver at the top of the connector to push down the small plastic retainer clip; then pull out the plug. 5. To disconnect the wire connector plug on the left front of the console, use a small screwdriver to push up on the retainer clip that is on the bottom of the plug. 6. Use a T10 bit to remove the ten screws in the build module. It's very helpful to have someone help when you are removing the electrical connectors.

Auto Parts and Repairs
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Explorer Sport

Can you manually close a 1999 Cougar's sunroof if it is stuck open?

I have been servicing all makes of sunroofs for over 30 years. The Cougar sunroof can be closed manually in several ways. The first thing I usually do is remove the top panel so you can see all that you are doing. You can replace the hold down screws and put the panel back in later after the sunroof is shut. The second step is to remove the motor is located under the front dome ligh. Just pop out the lens and a couple of screws and you will ses the motor. you may have top take out the sunvisor inside clips on the headliner for a larger work area. Remove the inner trim ring of the headliner around the sunroof opening. REmove the 2 or 3 screws holding int he motor. You may now move the track assemblies manually. There are hold down tabs on the back of the tracks to hold the rear of the glass down in the closed position. once you have the sunrro closed reinstall the motor...this will keep the sunroof panel in the closed position. You will want to remove the sunroof fuse or disconnect the switch so you can not operate the unit again.

I can be e-mailed at

the above answer has been changed since i wrote the response below MJ - July2015

------- no way Mr.MadSpinner, with your "30 years experience" you don't have a clue about cougar sunroofs. I guarantee you have not worked on a cougar before or you would have remembered it. First of all, cougars do not have a glass sunroof, it is a metal panel sunroof or moonroof. Second, the cougars break their sunroofs at the RH track usually because ford made them out of plastic -- the 2001 & 2002 cougar sunroof rails are made of metal because of this flaw. One side will break and then the motor and the cable will then only pull on the other side .

--- So, even if you remove the motor, the sunroof will still not close because the track and pins are broken on one side. The correct answer should be to remove the rubber trim ring inside the car and then using a t-25 torx screwdriver, remove the 4 screws that hold the roof panel onto the frame/track. From the center of the sunroof, they are at the 4 corners of the roof panel facing outward and you may have to push up on the headliner cloth to be able to see them. After removing the sunroof panel, then you will be able to easily see the broken pins and slider --- use the motor to close the sunroof while unlocking and pushing the broken side down the track. Once the shuttle is pushed down the track (or you can remove it also), then you can install the panel and carefully put the 4 torx screws back in place. You can unplug the motor or remove the fuse, so no one can try to open it again.

-- Start looking for another sunroof at junk yards, but only get one out of a 2001 or 2002 cougar with the metal rails and gears. Most junk yards sell them for under $100 and the last one i found in 2014 was only $50. You can install the entire sunroof in your car in about 1 hour. The most difficult part is lowering the headliner and sliding it back out the rear hatchback --- you will use your current car's color sunroof panel and bolt it to the junkyard sunroof frame/motor with those same 4 torx bolts. It may take you 2 hours if you have never removed the visors, coat hooks, map lights, and headliner before. Don't forget to re-connect the rubber rain drain tubes.

-- any questions? Marteen_J at yahoo com

Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Explorer Sport
Plural Nouns

How do you fix a moonroof on a 1990 Lexus?

Fix a moonroof first you need to know what's the defective part. In most cases the part that break the most is the SUNROOF MOTOR. I hope this will help you.

Auto Parts and Repairs
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer

Why is the asc button is flashing on your sunroof?

Battery been disconnected lately? Service work done? Sounds like the memory needs reset. Hold the open button down until it opens fully, then hold the close button down till it is fully closed. The light should now turn solid red or green depending on what mode it is in. Green is to autoshut when vehicle is shut down. Red is to override autoshut and stay open with vehicle off.

Chevy Blazer
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford F-150

How do you manually close the sunroof in a 1996 Saturn?

I am assuming that you are asking this question because the sunroof has malfunctioned due to, 1) blown fuse or bad motor, 2) bad/broken track mechanism, or 3) worn out drive rods.

The only thing the average, non-mechanic can do is to replace the fuse if the motor isn't working. But don't be surprised if it blows the fuse again. To replace a bad motor you'll have to pull down part of the headliner (not an easy task).

If you have a bad/broken track the window will be crooked (one side higher than the other). If you feel adventurous, get a #20 or 25 Torx screw driver and remove the 3 screws on each side of the window (inside the car). the window will pop out. Then you can push the broken side down as you use the motor to bring the good side of the window. Your sunroof is broken, but at least it is closed. Put the window back in and replace the screws.

Worn track rods are similar to a broken track (I think they go together.

Replacing a sunroof is expensive. Doing it yourself is a $500 plus investment. A shop will cost almost twice that much.

Good luck.


From another answerer - also if the tracks are fine and it's the motor or the switch or fuse, there's a manual override. In the '91 to '95 or 96 Saturn S-series, use a flat head screwdriver in the center of the motor bushing. Rotate and as you do the sunroof closes and lowers. In later models it may need an Allen wrench.

The fuse is easy to fix. See the owner's manual. It's a number 15amp in the number 17 slot in the box on the middle console of the passager side.

For parts and tracks, the

Right now I'm trying to figure out if it's the motor or the switch. Since the motor is fine to open and I hear no sound to close, dealer thinks (over the phone) it's the switch.

To get to the switch remove the light cover by prying gently with a flat head around the edges. Then unscrew the light unit. The switch has a harness plug to unplug, then pull the switch out the front (other) side.

The motor is right next to the switch under the headliner hump. It's an old car so I cut on both sides of the material and I'll put a next vinyl strip over the 3" cuts when I'm done, in similar color.

For doing the headliner correctly, try this site:

Hope I can make someone's day the way the person did who mentioned the flat head screw driver when I'd been trying an Allen wrench all day. Good luck!!!

Electric Windows
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Windstar GL

How do you repair a power sunroof that leaks on a 1988 Olds Cutlass before you seal it up?

Sunroofs are very hard to get sealed and I leave it to an auto trim shop to do. They do it every day and know the tricks. Good luck.

Mercury Mountaineer
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
Ford Expedition XLT

How do you remove the headliner on a 2000 Mountaineer that would allow you access to clean out the drain tubes that are around the sun roof?

while driving during the rash of rain that we had in eastern pa. iwas getting soaked,i though that my sunroof tubes were clogged up,so i openned my sunroof completely and took a peek at the tubes with a flashlight and used a small can of compressed air used for computers to make sure it was clear then pour a little water into the tube with no luck, so i took the top door trim off,all you have to do is pry off with your bare hands,but make sure you pry straight out,maybe you can use your fingers at the top and a screw driver at the bottom the first clip you shoud snap out is the one near the junction between the front door moulding and the rear door but don't forget to always pull straight out then all you have to do is go around the moulding as long as you have a straight pull you won't brake the snaps or clips, after you take that mouldinf off take off four screws holding your sun visor three on the left side and one in the right side for the drivers side and the oppossite for the passenger side once you do that get a flaslight and as you pry the front corner of your sunroof down take a peek and you will see that that the rubber connector to the tube has separated from either the tube or the hose,in that case all i did was stick my hand in there and pull the connector off ,clean it out and put a little silicone to make sure it does not come off anymore til, i want to get to it again, just pry the headliner down gently,and you will have just enough room to work on it,remember all you want to do is to make sure you don't have any leaks and do not play around too mu7ch because the tube might disappear from view and into the body frame and you will have a hard time to fish it out,like i just did. good luck with your project.

Mercury Cougar
Pontiac Vibe
Mazda 6
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How much would it cost to have a sunroof installed aftermarket on a 2005 ponitac vibe?

I do not know how much it would cost to have a factory sunroof installed by a dealer, but I expect it would be a lot more than a a respectable body shop would charge to install an aftermarket one

Oldsmobile Aurora
Toyota Avalon
Sunroofs and Moonroofs

How do you get a 96 Avalon XL sunroof closed there is no fuse labeled 'sunroof' in fuse box?

There is a crank in the trunk stored with the jack for this purpose.

Cars & Vehicles
VW Golf
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer

How do you clean the drain for the sliding sunroof in a 2001 Golf GLs?

first soak the water out of it and unclog it with a tool that you can pick it out with MY REQUEST ARE AUTO ZONE AND JIFFY LUBE

VW New Beetle
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer

How do you clean the sunroof drains on your 2002 New Beetle?

Try using an air hose. Beware it could damage something thoughcheck with your vw dealer. they .recalled some models for just this problem. i have a vw bug, and i received one

Ford Probe
Chevy S-10
Sunroofs and Moonroofs
How To

How to fix or seal up a leaking sunroof on a 93 Ford Probe GT?

Have you replaced the seal? Sounds like a silly question, but if the seal is replaced correctly, it shouldn't leak, unless the mechanical componets that move the sun roof up and down are worn out or out of line, or dirt or grime is keeping the sun roof from closing completely. Make any sense?


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