How to Service a Sun Roof in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Performing routine maintenance on the sun roof of your Vehicles will keep it functioning smoothly. Contact your local dealer if you experience leaking around your sun roof. There is a technical service bulletin regarding the need Vehicles new flashing to correct this problem, but no specific year models are listed.

Under The Hood:

 How to Service a Sun Roof in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Replace the Gasket

Access the sun roof of your Jeep Grand Cherokee fully by removing the trim inside the vehicle and headliner.

Remove the screws and bolts that fasten the sun roof to the body of your Cherokee. Unplug the power source from the rear of the sun roof.

Pull the sun roof up and away from your Jeep Grand Cherokee. You might ask a friend or neighbor to help so you don't damage or scratch the sun roof or the vehicle.

Lift the rubber gasket out from its trench and remove any rubber or adhesive with the plastic scraping tool. Check for rust inside the trench; if you find any, paint the trench with a coating of Rustoleum to prevent further corrosion.

Install the new rubber seal, beginning with the outer lip and moving to the inner lip. Check the seal for bumps or wrinkles. Remove the seal at those locations and reinstall it. Continue this process until the seal is evenly seated in the trench on all sides.

Set your sun roof back into it's original position and secure it to the body of your vehicle, stopping often to check for level. Remember to plug in the power source again.

Return the interior headliner and interior trim to their original position.

Maintain Your Sun Roof

Park your Jeep Grand Cherokee on a level surface and look at the sun roof. Make sure it's seated properly, not lifted or raised at one side or corner. If you see such warping, it's an indication the tracks need cleaning, or that the rubber seal needs to be replaced.

Clean the rubber seal around the exterior of your sun roof with damp, lint-free cloth. Look for cracks, gaps or excessive wear in the seal. Replace it if you find such defects, to prevent leaks.

Remove the interior trim and allow the cloth that covers the ceiling of your Jeep Grand Cherokee to drop down so you can access the tracks to your sun roof. Use compressed air to blow out debris and treat the tracks with 3-In-One Lubricant, as per your owner's manual.

Locate the four drain tubes that remove excess water from your sun roof. Use compressed air to blow any debris or clogs from the drains. Two of these tubes drain to the front of your vehicle and two drain to the rear, usually behind the tail lights. Check your owner's manual for exact locations.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Pliers

  • Plastic scraping tool

  • Rustoleum

  • New rubber seal

  • Level

  • Compressed air

  • 3-In-One Lubricant

  • Lint-free cloth

 How to Service a Sun Roof in a Nissan Maxima

Replace the Rubber Seal

Remove the interior trim work and the headliner inside your Nissan Maxima so you can fully access the sun roof.

Unfasten the screws and bolts that hold the sun roof to the body of your Nissan Maxima. Unplug the sun roof from its power source, located behind the sun roof.

Push the sun roof up and off of the body of the Nissan Maxima. Get someone to help you so you don't damage the sun roof or the car.

Pull the old rubber seal off of the Maxima and scrape away any rubber or adhesive that remains inside its trench. Check for rust in the channel. If you find any, paint the channel with Rustoleum to prevent further corrosion.

Situate the new rubber seal in the trench, working with the outer lip and then moving to the inner lip. Once the seal is in the trench, look for wrinkling or bulging. At those spots, lift the seal out of the trench and reinstall it. You want the seal to be even and smooth inside the trench.

Replace the sun roof and secure it to the car using the screws and bolts you removed earlier. Stop often to make sure the roof stays level. Plug in the power source. Return the headliner and the plastic trim pieces to their positions to complete your repair.

Maintain Your Sun Roof

Inspect the sun roof of your Nissan Maxima to make sure it's seated evenly on your vehicle, not raising or lifting at one corner. Lifting indicates the presence of debris on the tracks, or a damaged seal around the sun roof.

Remove the trim on the interior of your Nissan Maxima and allow the interior material to drop. Use compressed air to blow dust and debris from the tracks that move your sun roof. Lubricate them using 3-In-One or the lubricant recommended by your owner's manual.

Check the sun roof's for drain tubes for clogging. Clear the tubes using compressed air and replace them so they can continue to drain excess water away from your sun roof.

Clean the sun roof's rubber seal with a clean, damp, lint-free cloth. Pay attention to the condition of this seal. If the seal shows signs of damage, replace it to prevent leaking from becoming an issue.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Pliers

  • Plastic scraping tool

  • Rustoleum

  • New rubber seal

  • Level

  • Compressed air

  • 3-In-One Lubricant

  • Lint-free cloth

 How to Service a Sun Roof in a Saturn VUE

Replace the Rubber Seal

Remove the interior trim work and headliner from inside the SUV. Take a digital photo beforehand, so you can return them once you finish your repairs.

Unfasten the screws and bolts that secure the sun roof to the body of the Saturn VUE. Unplug the sun roof from its power source, located near the back of the sun roof.

Tug the sun roof off of the top of the Saturn VUE and move it away from the vehicle. Store it in a safe spot. Get someone to help you with this step, so you don't accidentally damage your SUV.

Pull the old rubber seal out its channel and discard it. Be careful to remove the old rubber seal entirely with your plastic scraping tool, as well as any adhesive that remains in the track. If you find rust under the old seal, coat the channel with Rustoleum to prevent further damage.

Install the new rubber seal, beginning with the outer lip and working in. Inspect your work for wrinkles and bulges. If you find any, lift the seal at those spots and replace it again. Do this until the seal is smooth and even inside its track.

Replace the sun roof and fasten it to the Saturn VUE. Plug the sun roof back in. Return the headliner to it's original position, followed by the interior trim work.

Maintain Your Sun Roof

Inspect the sun roof of your Saturn VUE to make sure it's seated evenly on your vehicle, not raising or lifting at one corner. Lifting indicates the presence of debris on the tracks, or a damaged seal around the sun roof.

Remove the trim on the interior of your Saturn VUE and allow the material to drop. Use compressed air to blow dust and debris from the tracks that move your sun roof. Lubricate them using 3-In-One.

Check the sun roof's four drain tubes for clogging. Two run down the front of your vehicle to the bumpers. Two run to the back, most often by your tail lights. Consult your owner's manual for specific locations, as this can vary slightly year to year. Clear the tubes using compressed air and replace them.

Clean the sun roof's rubber seal with a damp, lint-free cloth. Pay attention to the condition of this seal. If you see signs of excessive wear, replace the seal to prevent leaks.

Items you will need

  • Screw drivers

  • Pliers

  • Plastic scraping tool

  • Rustoleum

  • New rubber seal

  • Level

  • Screwdrivers

  • Compressed air

  • 3-In-One Lubricant

  • Lint-free cloth

 How to Service a Sun Roof in a Lincoln Navigator

Replace the Gasket

Remove the interior trim work and the headliner cloth that cover the top of your Lincoln Navigator.

Unscrew the screws and bolts that hold the sun roof to the Lincoln Navigator. Unplug the electrical power source from the rear of your sun roof.

Lift the sun roof off the Navigator. You may need the help of another person to perform this action without damaging the sun roof or the Navigator.

Pull the old rubber seal out of the trench where it rests. Use your plastic scraper to remove any excess rubber or adhesive from the trench. Also check the trench for signs of rust and coat it with Rustoleum if needed.

Lay the new rubber seal in the trench. Start with the outer lip, then move to the inner lip. Check for ridges or wrinkles. Remove the seal in the spots where it doesn't seat right and reinstall it so the seal rests evenly and smoothly inside the trench.

Return the sun roof to its normal position and secure it to the frame. Check often to make sure it's level, and don't forget to reconnect the power to your sun roof.

Place the headliner back into position, followed by the interior trim work.

Maintain Your Sun Roof

Inspect the exterior of the sun roof of your Lincoln Navigator on a monthly basis. Look to make sure it's evenly seated, not lifting at one corner. Lifting indicates it's time to clean and lubricate the tracks.

Check the draining tubes for your Lincoln Navigator. Two drain to the front of your vehicle, typically beneath the fenders. The other two drain to the rear of your vehicle, usually behind your tail lights. Use compressed air to blow out any debris, dust or clogs.

Access the tracks and seals of your Lincoln Navigator's sun roof by removing the interior trim and letting the roof cover drop. You don't need to completely remove it, just let it hang. Use compressed air to blow out debris, then treat the tracks with 3-In-One lubricant.

Lubricate and clean your rubber gaskets. Wipe them off with a clean rag, then use the lubricant outlined in your owner's manual. If your seals are stiff or show signs of excessive wear, it's time to replace them.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Pliers

  • Plastic Scraper

  • Rustoleum

  • New rubber seal

  • Level

  • Screw driver

  • Compressed air

  • 3-In-One lubricant

  • Lint-free cloth

 How to Service a Sun Roof in a Toyota Camry

Replace the Rubber Seal

Access the sun roof of your Toyota Camry by removing interior trim and headliner from inside your vehicle.

Remove the screws and bolts that secure the sun roof to the body of your Toyota Camry. Unplug the power source from the sun roof. You'll find it at the rear of your sun roof.

Push the sun roof up and away from the body of your Toyota Camry, taking care not to damage the sun roof or the car. You might want to enlist the help of a friend for this step.

Pull the old rubber seal out of its channel. Make sure the channel is free of rubber and any adhesive that remains. Use your plastic scraping tool if necessary. If you find any rust in the trench, paint it with a coat of Rustoleum to prevent further corrosion.

Place the new rubber seal in the channel, beginning with the outer lip and then moving to the inner lip. Inspect the seal for wrinkles and bulges. Anywhere you find wrinkling, remove the seal and install it again. It should be smooth and even inside the channel.

Put sun roof back and secure it to the frame of your Toyota Camry. Remember to plug the power back into the sun roof. Return the headliner and trim pieces to their original positions.

Maintain Your Sun Roof

Inspect the sun roof of your Toyota Camry to make sure it's seated evenly on your vehicle, not raising or lifting at one corner. Lifting indicates the presence of debris on the tracks, or a damaged seal around the sun roof.

Remove the trim on the interior of your Toyota Camry and allow the interior material to drop. Use compressed air to blow dust and debris from the tracks that move your sun roof. Lubricate them using 3-In-One or the lubricant recommended by your owner's manual.

Check the sun roof's for drain tubes for clogging. Clear the tubes using compressed air and replace them so they can continue to drain excess water away from your sun roof.

Clean the sun roof's rubber seal with a clean, damp, lint-free cloth. While you're cleaning the seal, inspect it for damage. If it's damaged or worn, replace the sun roof's rubber seal to prevent leakage.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Pliers

  • Plastic scraping tool

  • Rustoleum

  • New rubber seal

  • Level

  • Compressed air

  • 3-In-One Lubricant

  • Lint-free cloth

 How to Service a Sun Roof in a Acura Integra

Replace a Sun Roof Seal

Take down the trim that secures the headliner to the top of your Acura Integra. Lay the pieces out in order so you can easily replace them, or take a digital photograph to refer to later. Remove all the trim and the headliner to fully access the sun roof assembly.

Slide the protective panel or shade that covers your sun roof back and locate the screws, bolts and clips that secure the sun roof to the vehicle. Gently tug the sun roof off the top of the vehicle and lift it aside after you remove the screws and bolts.

Remove the gasket that surrounds the opening in your sun roof. You may need to use a plastic trowel to scrape the gasket from the vehicle.

Clean out the trench where old gasket was seated and lay your new gasket inside. Make sure you remove the old seal entirely, as well as any adhesive that may interfere with the new seal.

Put the inner lip of the sun roof gasket into the trench, then use your plastic scraping tool to tuck the outer lip in. Check for wrinkles and adjust the gasket as needed until it's seated evenly and fully in the trench.

Replace the sunroof and reattach it using the screws, bolts and clips you removed to access the seal. Use shims, if needed, to ensure the sunroof assembly is level.

Maintain the Sun Roof

Inspect the exterior of your sun roof of your Acura Integra on a monthly basis. Look to make sure it's evenly seated, not lifting at one corner. Lifting indicates it's time to clean and lubricate the tracks.

Remove the headliner inside your vehicle, using a screwdriver to remove the trim pieces that hold it in place. Take a photo of the headliner's configuration to refer to later. Allow the front of the headliner to hang, so you have access to the inside of your Acura Integra's sun roof.

Locate the four drain tubes at each corner of your sun roof. Two drain behind your dash to your front fenders, while two drain to the trunk of your Acura Integra behind the tail lights. Gently slide each tube off of its connector, clear it with compressed air to remove any debris or clogs, and replace the tube.

View the tracks that move your sun roof from the interior of your vehicle. Regardless of whether your sun roof slides back or lifts, clean the tracks with compressed air to remove debris, then lubricate the tracks with 3-in-One Lubricant.

Lubricate and clean your rubber gaskets. Wipe them off with a clean rag, then use the lubricant outlined in your owner's manual. If your seals are stiff or show signs of excessive wear, replace them.

Return the headliner and interior trim to its original position, referring to the photograph you took in Step 2. Tighten the screws so they're snug, but not so tight they damage the fabric and plastic trim.

Items you will need

  • Screwdrivers

  • Pliers

  • Plastic scraper

  • Sandpaper

  • Sun roof gasket

  • 3M weather stripping

  • Shims

  • Level

  • Screwdriver

  • Compressed air

  • 3-in-One lubricant

  • White lint free cloth

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