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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Sunroof Motor

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$400

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20, T25 Torx driver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New motor

Hot Tip:

Take care not to damage the trim

Performance Gain:

Windows that work
If your sunroof or sliding roof is starting to give you trouble by not opening or closing fully and smoothly, there is a good chance the motor is starting to go bad. You will want to replace the motor at the first signs of trouble, because if you don'™t there is a good chance it will completely fail when you are trying to close it while it'™s raining. While there is an emergency opening and closing crank in the tool kit in the trunk, it is not quick to do and you need a few other tools as well.

This article will show you how to both emergency crank the roof open or closed as well as remove and install a new motor.
Begin by using a trim removal tool and gently prying down the plastic vent trim piece in the roof center console (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by using a trim removal tool and gently prying down the plastic vent trim piece in the roof center console (red arrow).

Remove the trim piece and use a T20 Torx to remove the two Torx screws under the trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 2

Remove the trim piece and use a T20 Torx to remove the two Torx screws under the trim piece (red arrows).

Pivot down the control panel and disconnect the two electrical connections (red and yellow arrows).
Figure 3

Pivot down the control panel and disconnect the two electrical connections (red and yellow arrows).

Underneath the control panel are two T20 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 4

Underneath the control panel are two T20 Torx screws (red arrows). Remove these screws.

Open the plastic glasses holder at the front of the console.
Figure 5

Open the plastic glasses holder at the front of the console. Gently pry the holder out from the console (red arrow).

Remove the two T20 Torx screws from under the glasses holder (red arrows).
Figure 6

Remove the two T20 Torx screws from under the glasses holder (red arrows).

Remove the trim surround piece.
Figure 7

Remove the trim surround piece. You can now use a 4mm Allen (included in the tool kit) to crank open the roof. Insert the Allen key deep into the motor (red arrow) and crank the motor open or closed.

To remove the motor unscrew and remove the three T25 Torx bolts (red arrows).
Figure 8

To remove the motor unscrew and remove the three T25 Torx bolts (red arrows). These bolts are micro encapsulated from the factory but you can probably clean them up and use a little Blue Loctite when reinstalling. There is a viewing ÂÂÂ"windowÂÂÂ" (yellow arrow). If you are hand cranking the roof closed, the motor is in the fully closed position when you can see a white dot in this area. This is called the zero position. Installation is the reverse of removal. Once installed, perform a function test. If the roof is not working correctly, remove the drive motor but leave the wiring harness attached. Use the switch to control the roof motor to: open, close, tilted and then closed again. You should now see the white dot in the viewing area showing the motor in the zero position. Reinstall the motor.

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