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GENERATION HONDA CRX Si SUNROOF REPAIR & CLEAN-UP

I recently purchased my 1989 CRX Si with 190,000 miles. The car is in excellent condition, considering the miles, and I got it from the original owner. Of course, any 13 year old car with this type of mileage will need some work. The previous owner informed me that the car had a leaking sunroof so I decided that I would refresh and clean the entire sunroof assembly. I figured that it was time for this procedure even if the sunroof was not the source of the leak.

PART NAME

HONDA PART NUMBER

CONDITION (ON MY CAR)

Front Stopper, Right

70303-SH2-000

Very worn (plastic part)

Front Stopper, Left

70308-SH2-000

Very worn (plastic part)

Slide Link, Right

71961-SB2-980

No noticeable wear (a metal part)

Slide Link, Left

71966-SB2-980

No noticeable wear (a metal part)

Slide Pins, Right & Left

71942-SB2-981

No noticeable wear (a metal part)

Sunroof Panel Seal

70205-SH2-003

Very worn (rubber, of course)

PARTS ORDERED I order all of my parts from www.hondrparts.com or 888-53-HONDA The list of parts I ordered was as follows:

OTHER MATERIALS & TOOLS NEEDED 3M Black Weatherstrip Adhesive (the yellow works just as well but, please, ONLY buy 3M brand) White lithium or molybdenum sulfide grease Solvent for cleaning (I used 3M General Adhesive Cleaner; this stuff is VERY handy to have around) Rags or blue shop towels Screwdrivers Torx drivers Basic ratchet and metric socket set (8mm and 10mm)

The inner sunroof frame seal is very expensive and I found that I did not need to replace the original. It was in excellent condition as it is not really exposed to the elements. In my opinion, if it needs replacing, just about any decent automotive supply shop (or JC Whitney) should carry a universal weatherstrip that is cheap and will work just as well. Don’t waste your money on the Honda seal. If you can’t take my word for it, just don’t order one of them until you get a look at the one on your car.

I ordered many of my parts before I knew anything about the sunroof assembly. I decided to just replace the parts that showed any wear and stuck the others away for future service. I will go over which parts showed the most wear throughout this procedure.

GET STARTED I HAVE INCLUDED THE APPROPRIATE FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE. The first thing to do is to study the sunroof section of the factory service manual. I looked this over several times until I had a decent understanding of what I thought needed to be done. Also take a close look at the interior diagrams so you can see how the panels are installed, decide on the best order of removal and be careful so that breakage of the panels’ tabs and clips is minimized. I hate that!

INTERIOR PANEL REMOVAL Start by removing the necessary interior panels. I must say that the interior design is nothing short of excellent. I normally dread removing panels but they just came right out without any trouble. Remember to remove any screws or fasteners that might be holding the interior panels in place. Remove the interior pieces in the following order (See attachment *):

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