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Pelican Technical Article:

Roof Switch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Sunroof switch, bulbs

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to damage headliner when removing

Performance Gain:

Proper sunroof

Complementary Modification:

Replace dome lights

The roof switch panel houses the switches for the interior lights and sunroof. It also houses the passenger airbag light. You can replace the two main bulbs for the left and right side map lights. You can also replace the entire switch assembly, in case the sunroof switch has failed.

If you need access to the sunroof motor for replacement or emergency closing, first remove the roof switch panel. Then the motor is accessible.

When testing the sunroof, be sure to keep yourself and your clothing clear of the sunroof glass. It could move. You don't want to get snagged or pinched while working on it.

Interior trim pieces and switches in MINI R56 cars are made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws are sometimes used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The roof switch panel houses the switches for the interior lights and sunroof (red arrow).
Figure 1

The roof switch panel houses the switches for the interior lights and sunroof (red arrow). It also houses the passenger airbag light. You can replace the two main bulbs (green arrows) for the left and right side map lights. You can also replace the entire switch assembly, in case the sunroof switch has failed.

Working at the end of the switch trim, pull it down (green arrow) to detach it.
Figure 2

Working at the end of the switch trim, pull it down (green arrow) to detach it.

Flip the trim panel over and disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow) by pulling it straight out.
Figure 3

Flip the trim panel over and disconnect the electrical connector (green arrow) by pulling it straight out.

Working at the switch panel, remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 4

Working at the switch panel, remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows).

Then disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 5

Then disconnect the electrical connectors. Flip the switch panel over and disconnect the electrical connectors (red arrow) by pulling them straight out.

The map light bulbs (red arrows) can be replaced with the assembly installed or removed.
Figure 6

The map light bulbs (red arrows) can be replaced with the assembly installed or removed. This procedure shows it removed. Start by sliding the lens away from the switch assembly and unclipping it. Then lift it to remove it. Use a 9mm vacuum cap or vacuum hose and press it over the bulb to remove it. You can also remove the bulb using bulb tweezers. However the hose or vacuum cap trick works great. Reverse these steps to install it. Do not touch the bulb with bare skin. Oil from your skin can ruin the bulb.

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