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Unread 01-31-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
zachfirl
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Jeep grand cherokee sun roof stuck open

I have a 96 grand Cherokee and my sun roof is stuck open any ideas to close it without taking of the headliner

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Unread 01-31-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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Ahhh **** that happened to me with my old ZJ. I just left it like that for a couple days, then it finally decided to work and close. When it rained, I just tossed a towel over it and that kept water out.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 04:07 PM   #3
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When you move the switch, does anything happen? Any movement or sound?
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Unread 01-31-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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I posted some FSM scans in this thread

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/sunroof-1460240/

that helped a member with a similar problem.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 12:05 AM   #5
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Its really not that hard to take the headliner out. Took me about an hour from start to finish. Took out the headliner and removed the sunroof motor and just pushed the sunroof into position and reinstalled the motor so the glass wouldnt slip. I also left the power disconnected so It didnt get opened again until I get a new motor.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:42 AM   #6
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Try bumping the headliner above the rear seats where the hump in the headliner is. Under that, there is a small black box containing relays next to the motor. Often the relays start working intermittently. Sometimes a wack as you are hitting the switch at the same time does the trick.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:20 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kingr98
When you move the switch, does anything happen? Any movement or sound?
It sounds like It's trying to move but it doesn't go in or out
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Unread 02-02-2013, 07:51 AM   #8
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If the motor is running and the sunroof not working, it could just be debris in the track. Some other possibilities that would require removing the headliner to fix are a worn out motor or that the motor is not engaging the gears(this happened to mine).

If the motor is not running, try what Ilive4cars suggested. You have to hold the switch and bump it at the same time. This could at least help you get it closed. To fix this would still require removing the sunroof because you would have to resolder the control board(not difficult)

When i got my ZJ, the PO told me the sunroof didn't work so I didn't even try it for five years. I was dropping my headliner to reupholster it and decided to investigate my sun roof. Turns out it was a ZERO dollar fix. Had to resolder the control board to make the motor start working, then figured out the gears weren't engaging. Two rivets into the bracket fixed that.
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