I'll take a stab at this since no one else has replied in a few days...
I haven't had this problem, but it sounds like one of two things has happened... either the spring in the rolling mechanism has broken or it is simply caught/jammed. Either way, it seems like you would have to take dowm the headliner to get access to check it. If the spring is just jammed, you might get lucky and be able to free it up. If it broke, I think you'll need to find a new part.
Good luck with your fix, and let us know how it goes. I don't think this sort of problem has ever been posted here, and your experience in fixing it may be valuable to others here.
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I have not replaced the roller shade yet. I can't find it, I have searched the internet and the Jeep dealers in my area (Jackson, MS), tell me the part is on back order and they don't know when they will get it in.
Thank you for the insights. I've run into the same problem on my 2006 Commander (it has about 77K as of this writing).
It seems that one of my friends, when riding in the back seat, pulled it a bit too hard and it's not retracting properly.
I did take a look at it tonight and tried to gently pull the plastic trim, that surrounds the rear roof window, away from the headliner. It didn't really seem as if it was going to snap out -- and I am afraid of damaging the trim piece or the headliner itself.
Can anyone share more specific details on how this trim piece can be removed, so the rear sunshade can be repaired or replaced?
Sometimes the simplest things are made the most complex in our minds.
Turns out the retaining bracket snapped (is there any plastic piece that ISN'T going to break on this vehicle?!). Some crazy glue and a minor hand-wind later, and we're back in business. Thanks for posting that up. Here's where mine broke:
FYI, if you ever have to work on this, the fabric rolls up on to the roller, but you must hand-wind the roller's spring-loaded rod by hand several revolutions before putting it back into the bracket. Otherwise, the spring won't have enough tension to roll the fabric back in. If yours only goes back just a little bit, this is likely your problem - the rod somehow lost tension.
Thank you for all of the information. I now have around 95K on my Jeep and am just getting around to fixing this (I tend to forget about it because it's in the backseat ....)
I was able to pull down the bracket (I did cut myself slightly -- so y'all be careful -- there are some sharp metal edges that the housing comes into contact with) -- and retract the sunshade.
I'm not sure if there is an issue with the spring loading -- or because I also have a crack in the housing -- but it will not retract. Still, I have it retracted just enough so it is no longer hanging down.
I've also attached a couple of photos -- so everyone can see what the bracket looks like. Basically, there are six clips that are affixing it to the headliner (well technically, it's part of the roof). You can take that housing down by gently popping it out with a screwdriver.
Still not sure what the issue is with the retraction though. Maybe I just need a new unit?
Anyway -- thank you for the help. At least it looks better now.
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