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DIY: Sunroof Adjustment to eliminate wind noise

Like many others my sunroof seemed to be slightly misaligned from the factory. In my case the glass stuck up above the body by about 1/8" at both front edge corners. Originally I was only worried about fixing it so that visually it sat nice and flush wth the roof but in the end there actually was a slight reduction of sound in the cabin as well - Bonus considering my adjustment was very minimal.

Note this is for the standard sunroof but I imagine the pano roof is a similar design.

Anyways the only tools that you will need are:
1/4" drive ratchet
1/4" extension (I used an 8")
T25 Torx Socket



The first step is to remove the top edge of the black acordian piece as shown below. This is a simple pressure fit seal so removal and re-installtion is very easy. Simply start at either end and with your finger pull inwards and the piece will pop free on the top edge.



You should now be staring at something similar to the pic below:



Next using the Ratchet and Torx bit loosen off the three screws circled in red - I only backed them off a few turns and it worked just fine. Once the glass is moveable I then positioned the ratched back on the screw but then jumped out so that I could tighten it while looking at the alignment from the outside. Simply get it nice and flush, re-tighten the three bolts and then replace the acordian trim by slipping it back over the metal lip.

Thats it! Now have a cold one and enjoy your correctly aligned sunroof (and quiet cabin)

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Old 09-06-2012, 06:49 PM
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Re: DIY: Sunroof Adjustment to eliminate wind noise

Great write up with helpful pictures. Thanks a lot
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Re: DIY: Sunroof Adjustment to eliminate wind noise

Thank you very helpful
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Re: DIY: Sunroof Adjustment to eliminate wind noise

I am getting a high pitched wind noise at 42mph and over. I looked at my sunroof and the passenger side doesnt look that flush. Could this be the reason for the wind noise? In other words, what were your symptoms that lead you to belileve the noise was coming from your sunroof?
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Re: DIY: Sunroof Adjustment to eliminate wind noise

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In other words, what were your symptoms that lead you to belileve the noise was coming from your sunroof?
(re)Read the first paragraph in the OP for your answer.
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Re: DIY: Sunroof Adjustment to eliminate wind noise

once you get the side curtain/accordion bit loose from the top panel, you can slide the bottom edge to the rear to get room to reach the screws more easily.

Mine started making noise the day after the first service (approx 3200miles) I'm figuring it was because a co-worker closed the passenger door fairly forcefully, the air pressure caused the top to pop up slightly at the front edge (slightly loose screws). When I drove to lunch, I could hear the whistling of the air, Googled it and found this thread. I want to add my thanks for such a great post.
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Re: DIY: Sunroof Adjustment to eliminate wind noise

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Like many others my sunroof seemed to be slightly misaligned from the factory. In my case the glass stuck up above the body by about 1/8" at both front edge corners. Originally I was only worried about fixing it so that visually it sat nice and flush wth the roof but in the end there actually was a slight reduction of sound in the cabin as well - Bonus considering my adjustment was very minimal.

Note this is for the standard sunroof but I imagine the pano roof is a similar design.

Anyways the only tools that you will need are:
1/4" drive ratchet
1/4" extension (I used an 8")
T25 Torx Socket



The first step is to remove the top edge of the black acordian piece as shown below. This is a simple pressure fit seal so removal and re-installtion is very easy. Simply start at either end and with your finger pull inwards and the piece will pop free on the top edge.



You should now be staring at something similar to the pic below:



Next using the Ratchet and Torx bit loosen off the three screws circled in red - I only backed them off a few turns and it worked just fine. Once the glass is moveable I then positioned the ratched back on the screw but then jumped out so that I could tighten it while looking at the alignment from the outside. Simply get it nice and flush, re-tighten the three bolts and then replace the acordian trim by slipping it back over the metal lip.

Thats it! Now have a cold one and enjoy your correctly aligned sunroof (and quiet cabin)

Awesome. Thanks for the write-up. Any chance you can take some pics of your roof line and sunroof? I'd like to see how flush yours is compared to mine. I just had the dealer realign mine becuase it wasn't sitting flush with the roof. It's a bit better now but still not flush. I don't know if I'm being picky or not by wanting it totally flush, I guess I'd like to see what's acceptable. Mine is not making any noise. This is my first car with a sunroof so I guess I'm just concerned with water passing the seal.
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