Once the sunroof panel is removed, turn on the car’s ignition and actually close the sunroof assembly using the switch.
SUNROOF PANEL PREPARATION & FIX-UP
REMOVING SEAL HOLDDOWN
With the sunroof panel on the workbench, flip it over so that the upholstery is exposed. Remove the 2 philips head screws and then CAREFULLY pry the upholstery panel from the metal panel. There is one plastic rivet in the middle of the upholstered panel that is hard to break loose without tearing the panel. Mine tore out so I will just put it back without it.
Remove the panel seal hold downs by removing all of the philips head screws. Pull the old panel seal off and then clean up the seal contact surfaces of the panel. Remove all of the old adhesive. Spend as much time as you can stand on this part of the cleanup. The new panel seal you have purchased deserves the best chance to do its job! I used a razor blade and 3M General Adhesive Cleaner to help remove the old stuff. Lay the new panel seal next to the panel so that you are absolutely sure how it goes on. Double check yourself and be sure: once you glue it on it is a real PITA to do it over again. If you think getting the old adhesive off was bad; try it with freshly cured adhesive. I use only 3M Black Weatherstrip Adhesive. The cheaper brands are just that – cheaper. Adhesives are one thing in which you truly get what you pay for. Apply adhesive to the channel of the seal and to the sealing surface of the panel. Use enough for good coverage but don’t lay it on too thick or you will have a mess (too much is better than not enough, though). Follow the directions on the tube of adhesive and only apply the adhesive in small sections at a time. Don’t try to glue on the whole seal at once. Let the adhesive dry until tacky and then install the seal. Get each section bonded before moving on to the next section. Take your time and work the seal so that the sunroof panel is fully seated in the channel of the rubber seal.
This step alone took most of one evening for me. Prepare the sunroof panel before doing any tray work so that the adhesive can dry and cure before you put the panel into use. By the time you finish refurbishing the tray assembly, the panel will be ready to go!
SUNROOF TRAY REMOVAL
TRAY STILL BOLTED IN
TRAY UNBOLTED & DROPPED
TRAY READY FOR WORK…
Get inside the car and unplug the wiring harness from the sunroof motor. Also be sure that the plastic ties securing the wiring harness to the sunroof tray are loose. The motor harness will remain attached to the car body once the sunroof tray is removed. I used a small flat head