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Porsche 911 Carrera Sunroof Repair
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Porsche 911 Carrera Sunroof Repair

Time:

2 hours

Tab:

$500

Talent:

****

Tools:

Torx bits

Applicable Models:

Porsche 996 Carrera Coupe (1999-05)
Porsche 996 Carrera 4 Coupe (1999-01)
Porsche 996 Carrera 4S (2002-03)
Porsche 996 Carrera 4S Coupe (2004-05)
Porsche 997 Carrera Coupe (2005-08)
Porsche 997 Carrera 4 Coupe (2006-08)
Porsche 997 Carrera 4S Coupe (2006-08)
Porsche 997 Carrera S Coupe (2005-08)

Parts Required:

New seals, sunroof motor.

Hot Tip:

Work slowly. There lots of little plastic bits to damage.

Performance Gain:

Sunroof works again

Complementary Modification:

Replace door seals

The sunroof on the Carrera is one of those items that can either work great or be a descent into the depths of despair. In this article I'll go over some of the basics of the system. A common failure item is the sunroof actuation switch on the front panel. Before you actually replace the switch, you may want to try re-setting it. This is done by fully closing the sunroof and holding the button down for ten seconds after the roof has closed. Many times, this can resolve a faulty system.

To replace the switch, begin by prying out the two small trim pieces at the bottom edge with a small screwdriver. Underneath the trim pieces are two Philips head screws that hold the entire panel to the roof. Once removed, pull the whole panel off the roof. You'll now see the emergency retraction tool as well as the electrical connection to the sunroof switch. Squeeze the tabs on the connector and pull it off. Now just pry the sunroof switch out from the panel. The new one just pops in.

If you can't get the sunroof panel to close, you may have to use the emergency retraction tool stored on the inside of the sunroof panel. Pull it off and stick it in the port on the sunroof motor. Keep turning it clockwise until the entire panel is closed.

If you have determined that the motor needs to be replaced, remove the two Torx bolts that hold it up in place on the roof and then carefully maneuver the motor out of the sunroof transmission. Also remove the electrical connection going to the motor.

One other adjustment you may need to make is to adjust the height of the sunroof panel. This is done by first removing the inner roof panel that rides on the underside of the sunroof. This is one of those things that is very delicate and you need to use caution with.

Begin by opening the sunroof slightly and pulling the carpeted panel back about 30mm. Work very slowly and take care. Now close the sunroof and raise it all the way up so that it tilts forward. Now pull the carpeted panel all the way back VERY slowly. This will give you access to the adjustment screws on either side of the panel. Unfortunately, adjustment is a trial and error type, requiring you mark the starting location with a sharpie and then make small changes until you can get the sunroof panel to sit flush with the roof.

Figure 1

Looking at the sunroof switch panel on the front headliner of the car, you will need to pry out the two trim pieces shown here with a small screwdriver (green arrows)

Remove the two Philips head screws from underneath (green arrows).
Figure 2

Remove the two Philips head screws from underneath (green arrows).

Pull the whole panel off of the headliner from the top.
Figure 3

Pull the whole panel off of the headliner from the top. Inside the panel, you'll see the emergency sunroof closing tool (purple arrow) as well as the electrical connection to the sunroof switch (green arrow). Squeeze the tabs (green arrows) to remove the electrical connection to the sunroof switch and pop the switch back through the panel to remove it.

If the motor for the sunroof burns out, you can use the emergency tool in the slot as shown to manually close the sunroof panel (green arrow).
Figure 4

If the motor for the sunroof burns out, you can use the emergency tool in the slot as shown to manually close the sunroof panel (green arrow). Turn the tool clockwise to close the sunroof.

To replace the sunroof motor, remove the two Torx bolts shown here.
Figure 5

To replace the sunroof motor, remove the two Torx bolts shown here. Once loose, carefully maneuver the motor off the sunroof transmission piece and disconnect the electrical connector going to the motor.

Now open the sunroof slightly and pull back the covering panel about 30mm.
Figure 6

Now open the sunroof slightly and pull back the covering panel about 30mm. Close the sunroof and tilt it up. Once up, pull the covering panel all the way back very slowly. Once the panel has been retracted (yellow arrow), you will see the four Torx bolts that allow you to adjust the height of the sunroof panel (green arrows). NOTE: Only the passenger side is shown here. The driver's side is similar.

ThisPicture shows the sunroof assembly that can only be purchased as a complete unit.
Figure 7

ThisPicture shows the sunroof assembly that can only be purchased as a complete unit. Note: the sunroof motor does not come with the sunroof assembly. This must be purchased separately.

This photo shows the felt roof lining gasket (part number: Picture 564:-Picture 00:) that surrounds the sunroof panel.
Figure 8

This photo shows the felt roof lining gasket (part number: Picture 564:-Picture 00:) that surrounds the sunroof panel. To install this, first, retract the sunroof back and peel the existing lining off, then clean the contact surface with a clear coat-safe liquid solvent (always test any cleaning solvent before applying to your vehicle). Next, apply a thin coat of 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive (Pelican Parts part number: TOL-Picture 8001:) and set the new lining in place. Once the gasket is set, close the sunroof and allow the adhesive to dry over 36 hours. .

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Comments and Suggestions:
cherry Comments: Which fuse controls the sliding roof on a 2003 911 Targa?
October 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don’t have that info.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the fuses and wiring.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Networkman Comments: So are you saying to put the sealant in the grove on the rubber seal do you have any photos or videos of the being done and there was no sealant on the old rubber I have had a look on all 4 dran holes thy seem ok but I still have water coming in is this becoes of no sealant or is the leak coming from somewhere else The water seems to run in at the rear at the side of the black drain cartridges any thoughts on this thanks
September 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: In the groove. I have no photos or video to share. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Network man Comments: Hi I am replacing the rubber seal on my 996 911 can anyone tell me where you put the sealent as when the old one come of there was no sealent on it it was easy to take of did it in 2mins need help thanks
September 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On the inside of the weatherstrip, where it attaches to the body.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Fares Comments: I have a Porsche panamera V8 2010 si it the same ?
June 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No it is not. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kevin Comments: I have 2001 996 is it possible to change the sunroof panel to be just a glass piecetinted
May 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Zenith Blue 996 Comments: Thank you for the response. Which panel are you speaking of? The interior panel that covers the sliding section? What tools do I need to take off the panel you're referencing?
February 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The sunroof panel, that slides to open up. I don’t have that info.

We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Zenith Blue 996 Comments: Hello Pelican Parts:

My 99 996 sunroof will pop up at the rear but will not slide back to the open position. You can hear the motor working, but I won't continue holding the button for fear I'll break something. What's happening? Why won't the sunroof slide all the way back? In fact, it won't slide at all. Any help would be much appreciated. New to my 996. Thanks!
January 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The tracks or cables may have failed. You'll have to remove the panel to inspect the parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
George Comments: I have a leak that comes out of the alcantra near the rear window, it looks like the sunroof seal may be shot would that cause the leak? I don't see any issues with the rear window.
September 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the sunroof drain is clogged. I would start there. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
charlie Comments: I finally got the sunroof overhead panel off following your instructions. Now I cannot get it back on. Is there some special way to do this. It seems like there are several clips which all need to be lined up at the same time and I cannot see how to get this done.
May 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Slide the panel forward, until the retaining clips meet the holes. Then press panel to engage clips. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
charlie Comments: I have tried to move the covering panel back but I cannot get it to budge. Is there something I need to do to get it to move or am I just not using enough force? This is in regards to the #6 picture above.
May 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If I remember correctly, you pull down to disengage the clips, then slide it back. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
charlie Comments: I have a terrible banging in the sunroof panel when I hit a sharp bump tar strip, etc.. I would like to remove the panel covering headliner from the sunroof panel. How do I do this? Porsche 997 2005.
May 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't have that specific tech article. There is a step here that mentions peaaling it back:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Porsche-996-997-Carrera/105-BODY-Sunroof/105-BODY-Sunroof.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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