Sun Roof Repair: How to Replace a Metal Sunroof with a Glass Sunroof

What You'll Need
Cordless or hand-held drill
Sunroof installation kit
Tin snips
Utility Knife
Masking tape
Work clothes
Rubbing alcohol
Protective Glasses
Welding machine (optional)

To have a sunroof repair is not as hard as you think. Especially now, since there are different varieties of sunroofs in the market, it would be easier for you to choose the model that suits your car. One of the common practices known is replacing a metal sunroof to a glass one.

Metal sunroofs are one of the earlier types of sunroof. Most metal sunroofs are manually opened, so it’s expected to convert from metal to glass sunroof. The advantage of having a glass sunroof is lower maintenance, and better aesthetic for your car. Although most mechanics do not convert metal sunroof to glass, you can do this on your own. The main reason why not all mechanics are willing to avail this type of service is because fewer people nowadays use cars with metal sunroofs.

Step 1 – Choose the Type of Sunroof

There are many types of sunroofs to choose from. What varies one model to another is how you operate them. The available types of sunroof also depend with the car manufacturer. You can consult the manufacturer which type of sunroof that suits the model of your car. Once you are done with the choosing, you are all set to install the new one. Before heading to the store, make sure you have the dimensions of your sunroof.

Always wear protective glasses and clothing when working with power tools.

Step 2 - Remove the Old Sunroof

Use a screwdriver to remove the screws. If the screws are hard to remove you might opt to use a hammer or a handheld drill to make it convenient for the screws to come loose. Since you are working with something that is connected to your car, be cautious not to cause any damage beyond the area of your sunroof. Remove all fittings until old sunroof comes off.

Depending on the type of sunroof you need to remove, it would be handy if you have the tools ready with you.

Use a silicone sealant and apply it on the sides of the sunroof. Wait for 15 minutes until the attachments become loose. Clean the residue using a rag dipped in alcohol.

Step 3 - Install the New Sunroof

Get the new sunroof and placed it on top of opening. If your sunroof electronic features, use tin snips to cut off the wires and make sure that the system is off before you make any operation. Place the sunroof and attach it with its screws. If you need to solder the sides for a better fit, you may do so using a welding machine.

Take note of the hinges and the latches, properly secure them and test first before welding it. Test the movement of the sunroof if it is correct. Be careful in handling the glass sunroof.