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Sunroof binding issues: what has happened?


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Guest Anonymous

Hi folks,

Of course, today--the first sunny day in weeks--the sunroof on Sibyll decides to bind up. It opens fine, but while closing it the handle suddenly will not turn any further. If I back off a turn or two, and put some gentle upward pressure on the headliner panel, it will move forward some more but then bind again. If I repeat this process numerous times it will close. No problems opening.

I've reviewed the archives and the factory repair manual pages at bmw02.org...but none of this gives me any idea as to what has gone wrong. I believe the cables are relatively new in this car. I did replace the black plastic E21 style sunroof winder with an earlier chrome one last fall, but have had no problems till now...could this play a role?

Just would like some guidance as to what the failure here might be...

Thanks all!

Tim

'76 2002

'03 Golf

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The lower frame which holds the sunroof headliner in place may have gotten slightly bent. They are tender and bend easily. Other possibility is that the plastic liners for the forward "arms" that mount the sunroof panel to the frame of the opening have become brittle, broken and jammed themselves.

Same thing happened to me and now I need to take care not to cause my sunroof panel scratch when closing. A little looking around the mechanism should help figure it out.

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won't know for sure until you take the whole thing apart. take your time and you will see how the setup works. hth

frank

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