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So my moonroof on my '06 Fusion has a serious problem and my mechanic friend said that to diagnose why the glass is

barely moving when I press to open it, someone would have to remove the entire inside of the roof just so they

could get a look at the rail assembly and motor. He said that labor alone is gonna be about an hour and dealers

charge $105/h or so. The motor is $298 and the rail assembly is $1,035. I don't have that kind of money.

So I'm thinking of taking out the inside of the roof myself so I can have a look and play around with the moonroof

even though I'm not all that handy.

Has anyone had any experience with this kind of thing and can tell me if an amateur can do this? Or if really a pro

should be doing this?

I figure I just have to get something thin and flat and stick it in between the roof panel and many points along

the interior frame of the car and try to pop it off.

The car is getting old and and I own it and there are a few blemishes on the inside so it's not like I'd be

devastated if I can't put the inside of the roof back in perfectly.

Here are some pics of what I'm talking about:

And here's a video of what my moonroof is doing in case you're curious:


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With a little bit of patience I'm sure you could get the headliner out. Simplistically speaking, take off the visors, "oh shit" handles, dome lights. then pop off the A, B, and C pillar trim. then pull down the weather stripping around the doors. That should be about it holding it in. The headliner will come out in 1 piece so to get it out of the car, you will have to adjust seat positions and tilt and turn the headliner until you can get it out. Just remember where everything goes when you put it back. Even if you cant figure out the sun roof issue, you can take it to the mechanic with the headliner already out and save some coin there.
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