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Old 07-28-14, 04:48 PM   #16
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Well, welcome to the club! Thanks for the info on the potential sunroof problems we may encounter.
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Originally Posted by Cristena View Post
Hey all,

Just in case this happens to someone else.. there is an easier way to do things instead of ripping your car apart...

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Old 07-31-14, 01:16 PM   #18
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I have to say, I'm impressed with your motivation to dig in.

I would try to find a hulk in a junk yard and gut that sunroof assembly out. I looked on eBay, too much $$. Re-lube it... DONE!!

I'm looking for my own personal hulk to gut, but nothing close to me.

Good luck
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Old 07-31-14, 02:18 PM   #19
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Default Preventive lubrication/maintenance

Are there words of wisdom for routine lubrication/maintenance to minimize the sunroof going belly-up ?
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Old 08-01-14, 06:00 AM   #20
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Default Under the heading of ANSWERING MY OWN QUESTION...

On a Mercedes forum, it was suggested that the sunroof rails be cleaned and a very thin coat of lithium grease be placed on the rails and that a dry spray lubricant be sprayed on a rag and applied to all rubber seals. Numerous Mercedes owners said this worked well. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-02-17, 08:49 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by shark13 View Post
I ended up having to tap the plastic "slider" piece that is attached to the cable with a hammer and tool. I managed to tap it all the way to the very end and then it just would not move any further. Unfortunately in the end what I found was that the cable was somehow stuck in the copper tubing. Eventually the slider and cable broke apart. At that point the cable was useless. I went so far as to remove the copper tubing on the end that was stuck. I was still unable to remove the cable. I even straightened the tubing and still am unable to remove the cable. I have not idea what possibly could be stuck inside the tube that a grown man using every thought he has cannot pull it out.

So now not only do I have no cable but I have lost use of that portion of the tube (the part which is welded to a mounting bracket). To top it off it appears that my year of RX300 (99) along with all 99-03's do not have replacement cables. From 2004 on there are replacements but not for my version. I haven't actually looked at the parts for the newer models but I have seen the diagram and my guess is they are compatible. For now I manually closed the sunroof and reinstalled everything. If and when I wish to tackle this problem I will probably buy a used sunroof and start from there.
hi how did you "manually" close the sunroof? Mine is 99% closed but there is a hairline gap that allows sunlight and of course water in. I've tested it and water will travel to the rear of the vehicle but I rather get it 100% closed. I've replaced the motor so it had to be a track issue. I rather just get it closed (permanently)

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