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Okay so my sunroof stopped working, wont open at all, so of course the first step was to check the fuse and lo and behold it was blown, replaced with new fuse and still doesnt work. No sound, nothing whatsoever.

Anyone else have a problem similar to this that yielded a result. Could their be a larger problem that caused the fuse to blow in the first place?

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Don't have much advice other than did the replacement blow also? If so sounds like a short somewhere, if it's ok, see if the book shows what else runs off that fuse and make sure other things are working too.
 

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Switch, wire, ground and motor. You need to check all of them. Switches are less expensive than motors, but then again it just might be the wire connector body buried in the door or the ceiling...Good luck!
 

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Okay I forgot I had posted this problem a few months back. Since the weather has obviously been cold I havent needed my sunroof but this past weekend we had temps in the mid 50's and went to open it when I remembered. So anyway, my replacement fuses are still blowing. How do I go about checking the motor, testing the switch and wiring and such? Where are they all located (besides the swith) and how to gain access to the internal stuff?

If I remember correctly I believe I heard some sort of "bang" on my roof before I noticed this problem, unsure if they are related or not might just have been something fell on my roof like an acorn or something from above.

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My moonroof broke last year and made a clunk noise. It stopped lifting properly after the noise but still tried to move. The only thing I can think of is when your moonroof broke, a piece may have gotten jammed in the rail causing the motor to work harder and the fuse to blow. :shrug: The following thread, @#%& Moonroof Broke.... Again, is the one I started regarding my problem. It might help some...
 

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Thanks for that tip as well. My sunroof is in the closed position. How do I manually open it to check the tracks and such to check if they are damaged.

On a side note I hear no noise whatsoever from my motor when trying to open it so it leads me to believe it is either a problem with the switch or motor itself.
 

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The switch is easy to replace. I've done that several times. It's a couple of screws. I can't remember how much it cost exactly. I think the list price was $30 something but I paid less because I was having so many problems with it. The dealership sold it at cost (or so they told me). That was like $15 or $17. Maybe you can fine one online cheaper.

How to check the rails? I think you'd have to remove the headliner if the thing won't open at all. I wish I could help more but I'm kinda in the same boat as you at this point. I've lived without my moonroof since last spring when it broke. I want to order the kit I linked to in my moonroof thread but I'm not so confident in my ability to do it...
 

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It seems that my sunroof on my 2005 Escape just broke. I hear a snap/crack when I was trying to open it and it jammed. I was able to get it to close but only by helping it along. When I try to open it to the vent position only one side will pop up.

I have read that there is a plastic part that breaks and causes this to happen. One thread here referred to a kit that could be bought to repair the sunroof but the link to Sunroofdoctor.com seems to be dead.

Has anyone else had this problem and gotten it fixed? Any good source for the repair parts?

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mharvey said:
One thread here referred to a kit that could be bought to repair the sunroof but the link to Sunroofdoctor.com seems to be dead.
Sunroofdoctor.com is still up but it seems they stopped selling the part for the Escapes (that I linked directly to). I noticed this last week so I went to their Contact Us page and sent them an e-mail asking them if they were planning on selling it again. I haven't heard anything yet... and I have not been able to find another source for the part.
 

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I emailed them as well and here is what I heard back:

We are currently in the prototype stage of manufacturing a sunroof repair kit for your Escape sunroof. This sunroof has a plastic guide in the track on each side that attaches to the cables. We will have a replacement guide set made of aluminum available. When available, we will list the vehicle on our website.
I think I have the sunroof closed so that it will not leak... I may pull the fuse to stop me from trying to open it when I forget that it is broken. I will just wait it out for the new part.
 

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I cut a wine bottle cork in half and jammed between the moonroof and the track.



Not a drop of water in over a year...
 

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i would probably start by checking for voltage (with fuse in of course) before and after switch. if there is no voltage to the switch then its a broken wire b4 switch, if there is no voltage after the switch then the switch is bad. you said it keeps blowing fuses so it may be hard to test for voltage after the switch. you could try to jump the switch and see if the motor works? if the switch checks out ok then i would guess the motor died or there is a short between switch and motor.
 

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The sunroof on my 2008 Escape just broke. I hear a snap/crack when I was trying to open it. I was able to get it to close but only by helping it along. When I try to open it to the vent position only one side will pop up.

Has anyone else had this problem and gotten it fixed? Any good source for the repair parts?

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stolldi said:
The sunroof on my 2008 Escape just broke. I hear a snap/crack when I was trying to open it. I was able to get it to close but only by helping it along. When I try to open it to the vent position only one side will pop up.

Has anyone else had this problem and gotten it fixed? Any good source for the repair parts?

Thanks!
Hi stolldi,

My name is Cory from Ford Customer Service. I can see why you're upset about not having the use of the sunroof on your 2008 Escape. Have you had a chance to call a Ford dealership to set up an appointment? If you send me your VIN in a private message, I can document the issue and see if I there is anything I can do to assist you and help any way I can.

Cory
 

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I've been through this and a replacement at a Ford dealership will likely cost between $1200 and $1400. I was told it would have been $1200 six years ago when I had it done the first time (under warranty) and prices tend to go up. According to the Ford mechanics, the entire assembly needs to be replaced. Way too costly for an 8 year old vehicle. I was hoping to get the replacement parts from the link I posted on the 1st page of this thread but the parts for the Escape are still not available.
 

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Thanks for the update... good to know... I was planning on taking it to a body shop or local sunroof installer since I've heard it's a multi person job (removing the headliner and the moonroof assembly). Not sure I want to do it now since winter is just starting. Maybe I'll buy the parts and wait till spring to get them installed...
 

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BTW-Thanks for the bottle cork idea Rob. Good thinking! I've been using it for a while and it seems to work well. And you had no problems last winter with the weight of any snow on the moonroof? Ideally I am hoping to get the parts installed by early January but may have to wait a little longer...
 

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Your welcome. Glad it helped you out :) I have had no water issues at all using the cork. Also no problems with the snow or ice. Just make sure you don't hit the button to retract it into the roof. The cork might break something else...
 
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