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How to Lubricate a Sunroof

Updated July 20, 2017

Your sunroof can be a wonderful thing on a gorgeous day. However, because of its location, it is exposed more to the elements than other parts of your vehicle. Extreme heat can wear away at the rubber seals. Hard rains can dampen and rust the metal track that your sunroof opens and closes on. It is important to keep your sunroof lubricated to avoid sticking or even worse problems.

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  1. Open your sunroof and spray rust remover on the tracks. Allow it to settle in and then scrub it with a wire brush.

  2. Wipe up the residue with an old rag. Make sure to wipe up any flecks of dirt or rust, as these pieces can get stuck in the track or motor of your sunroof.

  3. Spray the tracks with WD-40 or a similar spray lubricant. Allow it to settle in deeply before wiping up any excess drippings with an old rag.

  4. Spread a small amount of bearing grease along the track of your sunroof. This will not only keep the track lubricated but will also help repel water build-up around the rubber seal of your sunroof.

  5. Tip

    If the rubber sealing (or stripping) that surrounds the perimeter of your sunroof is dry or worn away you may want to bring your car to the dealership to have it replaced. Otherwise you can purchase it from a dealership or parts store and try to install it yourself.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rust remover
  • Wire brush
  • Old rag
  • WD-40
  • Bearing grease

About the Author

Ashton Daigle, a New Orleans native, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1998 and went straight to work as a journalist. In 2005 he tackled the biggest news story of his life - Hurricane Katrina. Daigle is writing a collection of essays: What It Means to be a Saints Fan.

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