Car Maintenance: How to Replace a Broken Sunroof Motor
It's nice to feel the sun on your skin or breathing fresh air as you drive. Natural light also uplifts your mood, especially during long journeys. But when the sunroof malfunctions, you can bet that the motor's busted. Changing the motor will save you money and it's an easy DIY project to accomplish.
Here are the tools, reminders, and steps that you need to help you change your 1995 Ford Scorpio's sunroof motor.
Tools that You'll Need:
- Socket wrench set
- Phillips and Flat-head screwdrivers
- Replacement sunroof motor
Reminders and Tips:
- Make sure that the sunroof is fully closed before removing the motor.
- Disconnect your vehicle's negative battery cable to avoid electric shock.
Step 1: Use a pad when wedging a flat-head screw driver to remove the interior lamp assembly. This will protect the headliner from any damage.
Step 2: Pull the interior lamp assembly from the headliner and inspect the wires connected to it. Disconnect all the wiring from the assembly and take note of the connections.
Step 3: Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two retaining screws on the overhead console. Once the screws are removed, pull the console backward to disengage its spring retainers.
Step 4: Locate the sliding roof's operating switch and motor multi-plug, disconnect the multi-plugs.
Step 5: Use a wrench to unfasten the three mounting bolts securing the sunroof motor. Carefully pull out the sunroof motor from your car's headliner.
Step 6: Clean the mounting holes with a rag before installing the new sunroof motor. Make sure it's free from oil, grease and dust.
Step 7: Place the motor on the mounting holes and check if the holes are properly aligned. Install the new motor using a wrench to secure the three mounting bolts included in the kit.
Step 8: Reconnect the motor and the sliding roof's operating switch multi-plug. Insert the overhead console and attach it to its spring retainers. Secure it with the two retaining screws.
Step 9: Reconnect all the interior lamp assembly's wires and install the assembly back into your car's headliner.
Step 10:Reconnect your car battery's negative cable to check if the repair was successful.
Replacing the sunroof motor will take about 30 minutes for an expert DIYer and around an hour for a beginner. Roll up your sleeves and have fun!