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Sunroof - to use or not to use, that is the question?

 
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:37 AM
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Hello fellow Jag lovers!

I must say the sunroof was a selling point when I called about this beautiful treasure over the phone. However, upon arrival to look/testdrive/buy my car, I found the switch to the sunroof doesn't in fact work, as the owner had said it did. He proclaims he JUST discovered that when I did. Thing is, he had interior restored, involving several thousand on the headliner alone. So he recommend it not be used because if any moisture was to get in there, it would cause the headliner to eventually sag. Welllll, no duh! But I see this as the same concept as having a diamond tennis bracelet, and not wearing it in fear of losing it. Am I being narrow minded? Should I just leave well enough alone and pretend the sunroof doesn't exist? I guess what I'm asking is if these have a tendency to leak? And is it worth the risk?

Thank you all who respond, its greatly appreciated!
 
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Use it. Most sagging head liners are caused by dried out glue, from lots of sun, exactly the opposite of rain.


If you car's headlier has been replaced recently, it is good for aother twenty or thirty years.


See your other thread. Service the switch and it should work just fine.


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Old 09-22-2014, 11:07 AM
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you can open it and close it manually;

there is a little tool that was included with the car when it was new, a little crank you can still order today from a Jaguar dealer. The picture below has the part number on it.

go to the trunk, remove the upholstery panel at the rear of the trunk removing two black plastic screws, (use a nickel or dime to unscrew those big screws), and you will see the sunroof motor at the center of the steel wall behind the rear seat; Attach the crank to the shaft sticking out at the bottom of the sunroof motor, and turn it counterclockwise to open it, and clockwise to close it.

While there, check the wiring connections to the motor. Also check that the connector at the back of the sunroof switch on the ski slope is correctly seated, very easy to mis-connect. These motors rarely go bad. I bet it is a wire / plug connection issue.
 
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The sunroof motor has a rubber drive gear that can bind and cause problems, my one was all bent out of shape
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Hope to hear SG....
 
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In the words of Gomer Pyle..."gooAAHleYYY!!" Y'all sure are niiice with all your information! I can't wait to give this sunroof a go-round. I'll show 'er who's BOSS. I'll update with the outcome.

Thanks again, it's MUCH appreciated,

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Richard,

Where is this rubber drive gear you speak of? I cleaned the contacts, and got the sunroof to open. Nite it won't close, but I can hear the motor turning. If I push it to open more, it won't do that
either! Ugh, so frustrating cause now my window is half way open and I don't not have a garage to park in. Any idea on the problem now??

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The motor is in the boot behind the rear seat back, when you push the sun roof button you may hear the motor clicking over behind the seat, then you know at least the switch is working
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It clicks, but the roof doesn't move. Then upon letting up on the switch and pushing again (repeatedly) it will finally move like 3cm at a time making an "uh, uh, uh"sound. Do you think something is messed up with the track, or is it possible gears are stripped in the motor?

Thanks for your help,
 
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mine did the same thing, i took the motor out to find the rubber gear bent out of shape
 
 
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