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Old 09-29-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Sunroof won't open :( help me

So a long while ago my sunroof shade was not working right and while opening the sunroof it took my shade to and jammed it.
Long story short

I had to force everything back out from my roof.
And now my sunroof does not work.
The motor works an I can hear it working as if everything where fine.
Except the sunroof does even attempt to move.

Could it be that something is off track ?
Any help much appreciated.
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:02 PM   #2
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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A whole lot of money to replace these. I just leave mine shut
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:18 PM   #4
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My guess is that the cassette is busted. I have a similar problem. The local chapter has a Wash, Wax, and Tech this Sunday and I plan to get a tech to help me figure out how to remove the headliner. I'm going to pick up a used cassette and slap that puppy in and redo my headliner at the same time.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:44 PM   #5
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Let me know how it turns out.
Ad what and where is the cassette

I can't believe this was a 40k car and this breaks down on it
Epic fail to BMW
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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werd^^^^ have the same problem too. please help!
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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Geez, all 3 of us are in TX. Damn, we all ought to gather somewhere and do all three cars in one day. We'll be experts by the end. Unfortunately, transporting the sunroof cassette is neigh on impossible in our cars (I think).
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:42 PM   #8
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Tie it on the roof!
You bring the beer. I'll bring the meat. And the other guy brings the parts haha
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:23 PM   #9
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Well, if I can get the headliner out this Sunday, I think that will be the hard part (and it's not supposed to be that hard). It's getting close to sunroof weather here in TX and I want to use it again (hasn't slid back in 2 years and hasn't propped up in a year).
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:07 PM   #10
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Same here let me know how that goes. All that happens when I hit the button is the sunroof motor working nothing else even seems like it would move.

How much is the cassette is that basically the frame ?
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:46 AM   #11
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I'm hoping to pick up a used one off Craigslist for <$400. I have to price them from a salvage yard first though.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:07 AM   #12
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That's not too bad.
So it's basically the rail that the window glides on?
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:11 AM   #13
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And the cables, etc. I was researching the process last night. When I get home, if I have a little time I'll post some pics.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:14 AM   #14
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Take out the glass and just see what broke. The cassette is a pain in the ass to take out. Mine was getting jammed and I just white lithium greased anything that moves and all the tracks. Working perfectly now.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:22 AM   #15
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Take out the glass and just see what broke. The cassette is a pain in the ass to take out. Mine was getting jammed and I just white lithium greased anything that moves and all the tracks. Working perfectly now.
I did take out the glass and couldn't find anything jamming.

My sunroof stopped sliding back so I just used the pop-up part for a year and then that stopped working on one side when I went to close it. I had to close it manually.

I think I'd have to take the cassette out to find out what's wrong with it and if I have to go through that much grief, I'd just as soon install a known working sunroof.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:49 PM   #16
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Man. That would frustrate the hell out of me.

Well, I hope the cassette is your only problem. Good luck!!
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:10 PM   #17
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I have the sunroof assembly for sale. I will sell the entire thing (motor, glass, and track) or I will seperate. I have a buyer for the motor if you don't need that. PM ME. Sunroof assembly came out of a 2005 m3.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:23 PM   #18
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Geez, all 3 of us are in TX. Damn, we all ought to gather somewhere and do all three cars in one day. We'll be experts by the end. Unfortunately, transporting the sunroof cassette is neigh on impossible in our cars (I think).
Make that 4 in TX. Im in for the ride guys. I am trying to work a deal right now for a cassette myself. The freakin cable on the drivers side came out of the housing and is bulging down my headliner right before the windshield. Sucks. I am not looking forward to ripping the interior apart.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:39 PM   #19
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Our local chapter recently had a Wash, Wax, and Tech day, so I got a pretty good idea from talking to folks just what I have to do to get the headliner out. I may attempt it this weekend (have a LOT on my plate).

From what I've read, I think the hardest part of doing a cassette R&R is a) getting the headliner out, b) having two sets of hands to drop the cassette down, and c) wiggling the old cassette out and the new one in without hurting anything in the interior.

FastHackem, are you on Rennlist? I used to be VERY active there, but about 3 years ago kind of dropped off and only go there occasionally. Very knowledgeable 944 base there, or at least there was. I've stripped mine down to the component parts with the exception of the gas tank and suspension (which I will drop once I have time and money to build a rotisserie).
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:36 PM   #20
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Mine is screwed also.. Lol.
But it opens up, only in 4inch increments, and sometimes I'll have to keep clicking for it to go back down when it's in the tilt position.
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