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Re: sunroof woes

Fellow Audi fanatics,
    This problem sounds like the lever which holds the drive gear to the
sunroof motor has become loose.  To check this, simply remove the interior
light and remove the philips screw holding the sunroof cover, then remove
the cover.  The lever has probably fallen into the cover or is not locked in
the sunroof motor housing letting the sunroof motor freewheel.  The grinding
sound being heard is probably the drive gear occasionally touching the
sunroof motor gear while its turning.   Simply insert the lever into the
drive gear then push it so it locks one end to the motor housing.  I think
that this is just a precaution to protect the motor when it works too hard
(you should lube you cables so the motor doesn't work so hard).

Stefan Bendevis, Audiman1@msn.com
1987 5000 CD Quattro (1.8 bar, 3" exhaust)

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul R Anderson <audistuff@juno.com>
Cc: kjohnson@pclink.com <kjohnson@pclink.com>; muellerl@cadvision.com
<muellerl@cadvision.com>; quattro@coimbra.ans.net <quattro@coimbra.ans.net>
Date: March 1, 1998 4:53 PM
Subject: Re: sunroof woes

>>   If it's making grinding and cracking noises, that's probably not
>>good.  I
>>know that you can open your sunroof manually with a key (crank style)
>>should be under your sunroof switch/motor cover.  That piece your
>>switch is in, pull it off and there should be a key and a keyhole to
>>crank it
>>open somewhere in there.  Try this to get it open.
>Don't try to open it.  The crank drives the same gear as the motor and
>if the motor won't open it without racket, you can't do it with the crank
>either.  My experience makes me believe that your cable has lost some
>This happens due to insufficient lubrication of the slides.  Unless
>you're up
>for big bucks repairs, get it closed and unplug the motor so you don't
>accidentally open it.  Then, when you're ready to spend some money, find
>a low mileage donor car and gut the sunroof cavity.  Then you'll have all
>parts you may need.  My guess would be that you could get by with a set
>of cables and maybe a motor drive gear (I may have these depending on
>and model).
> I don't know if
>>this will
>>work if the sunroof cable is broken, but I think the cable is just for
>>motorized unit, so it shouldn't be a problem.
>Wrong!  No flame intended.
> If that doesn't work,
>>you may
>>have bigger problems and may need to take it to a dealer/mechanic.
>>   BTW, Does anyone know what these cables are made of?  Plastic?
>They are steel cables with a spiral around the outside that the gear
>They are very similar to the window regulator cables on my 77 Scirrocco.
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