Sunroof grumbles (1986 2.8 Injection)

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Sunroof grumbles (1986 2.8 Injection)

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My sunroof didn't sound happy when moving it back and forwards; so as per YouTube videos I hoovered out the tracks, made sure the drains were clear, cleaned off all the old grease with a solvent and used a light machine oil to re-lubricate.
The sunroof now goes back fine, but I have to force it to tilt. Obviously my concern is not wanting to damage the mechanism.
Any suggestions would be welcome
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When you say 'force it to tilt' what bit are you forcing? I guess you mean the handle/winder? Or do you mean you are forcing the switch to change between them?
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Thank you for the reply
But no, the switch flips smoothly. It's the handle/winder the I have to force?
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CraigA wrote: Tue May 24, 2022 9:41 am But no, the switch flips smoothly. It's the handle/winder the I have to force?
I would stop using he sunroof until the issue is fixed. The handles have been known to snap and a replacement could cost you an arm and a leg.

As an indication, there's only one decent one on Ebay at the moment and it's £95.

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Andrew 2.8i wrote: Tue May 24, 2022 5:09 pm
CraigA wrote: Tue May 24, 2022 9:41 am But no, the switch flips smoothly. It's the handle/winder the I have to force?
I would stop using he sunroof until the issue is fixed. The handles have been known to snap and a replacement could cost you an arm and a leg.

As an indication, there's only one decent one on Ebay at the moment and it's £95.

Andrew.
I can vouch for that - it's more annoying to have a broken handle than not use it, and definitely worth saving!
The fact that it sticks when trying to tilt is a weird one considering there should be little to no resistance... If everything is greased and cable isn't old then I am stumped beyond that I'm afraid
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I keep thinking I'll fabricate a mild steel shaped 'sleeve' to neatly slip onto the orginal handle to reinforce it. Could also be used to aid repair of broken ones also as I assume they usually snap along the length of the handle itself.
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Mine snapped right where the handle things out to join to the mechanism as the metal goes from being thick and study to only a few mm thick
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All noted guys, your replies are really appreciated.
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D366Y wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 9:05 am the metal goes from being thick and study to only a few mm thick

You can fill that thin 'void' with chemical metal/filler, or similar to strengthen it. There is a tab on the other part which locates in that void but doesn't appear to do anything, so that could be ground/drilled off.

The handle would be similar strength on the full length then, with no weak spot.
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pbar wrote: Mon May 30, 2022 9:33 am
D366Y wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 9:05 am the metal goes from being thick and study to only a few mm thick

You can fill that thin 'void' with chemical metal/filler, or similar to strengthen it. There is a tab on the other part which locates in that void but doesn't appear to do anything, so that could be ground/drilled off.

The handle would be similar strength on the full length then, with no weak spot.
I think I kept mine so will definitely have to give this a try! Thanks Paul.

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