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The Skylight shade in in my 06 Commander won't retract. It is just kinda hanging loose. Does anyone know how to fix this?
 

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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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If there isnt any luck...let us know seems like lekmedm covered the probable problem
 

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Broken skylight Roller Shade

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.

Does anyone know where I can get this part?

Lori
 

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they come out pretty easy! Just pull down on one side of the plastic frame. And the whole unit comes out. If I remeber the shade screws in with a few screws on the back side.
 

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Rear sunshade/sunscreen broken/will not retract

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?
 

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I have just encountered this problem. Anyone got steps on how to remove the unit from an 06 and any updates on parts availability?
 

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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.
 

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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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OK - Take 2...

After rereading the previous posts - I think I do see the culprit (photo attached). The plastic housing was cracked (likely from the shade being pulled too hard in the first place) so now the metal rod, that needs to be stationary for the shade to retract, is not being held in place.

Will see if I can fix it.
 

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OK it looks like it's helpful to use a pair of pliers to hold the metal rod extending from the shade while winding it. It looks like it still has tension in it.

I'm also using super glue to reaffix the piece of the housing that cracked and fell off.

We'll see if all of this works....
 

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I allowed the glue a little over an hour to dry. And then held the tension rod (for lack of a better term) that the shade is wrapped around in place while I rotated the shade to build tension (exactly how the shades that they used to pu t in houses work).

It looks like the plastic being broken was causing the problem. The rod needs to be held in place in a slot -- and when the housing was cracked, that slot was no longer able to hold the tension rod.

I have it installed back in my Jeep now, and the sunshade is opening and closing just fine. Still, I intend to be very careful with it -- if I even open it at all -- because of the repair and because it was vulnerable to breaking in the first place.

Moral of the story: If you are going to allow your drunk adult friends to ride in the backseat, make sure that the sunshades are retracted so they don't get any crazy ideas ;) ....
 

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How the hell do I get this damn thing off the headliner? I can't find the clips or whatever holding it, and I've damn well near broken it in half trying to get it off at all. Can anybody point me in the right direction with this POS?

Edit: Finally got it off by literally hanging on it. Chalk this one up to the "dumbest designs ever" list on our Commanders.
 

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I allowed the glue a little over an hour to dry. And then held the tension rod (for lack of a better term) that the shade is wrapped around in place while I rotated the shade to build tension (exactly how the shades that they used to pu t in houses work).

It looks like the plastic being broken was causing the problem. The rod needs to be held in place in a slot -- and when the housing was cracked, that slot was no longer able to hold the tension rod.

I have it installed back in my Jeep now, and the sunshade is opening and closing just fine. Still, I intend to be very careful with it -- if I even open it at all -- because of the repair and because it was vulnerable to breaking in the first place.

Moral of the story: If you are going to allow your drunk adult friends to ride in the backseat, make sure that the sunshades are retracted so they don't get any crazy ideas ;) ....
Great job ! Thanks for the write-up and pics.
 

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Small plastic piece is broken and MIA here. Used Hondabond to just bond the (tensioned-up) rod to the remaining cheap plastic, since I had no superglue. Have it clamped, and will put a nice layer of liquid rubber on the damn thing in the morning.

Should this fail, I'll say "screw it" and find a replacement part....and hope the next cheap plastic part doesn't break on me. So far? Mirror clips, door handle surrounds (all 4) and now this. I am really starting to doubt this otherwise wonderful vehicle :(

It's not doing the work that bothers me....it's the ridiculous design flaws - the feeling that this sort of work really ought not to have to be done on a car built in the 21st century.
 

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I'm late to this party, but is there an actual replacement shade for the skylight shade? We bought a 2006 Commander Limited last week and the shade won't budge...do you think just cutting it off and tinting the skylight would accomplish the same thing? TIA!
 

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I'm late to this party, but is there an actual replacement shade for the skylight shade? We bought a 2006 Commander Limited last week and the shade won't budge...do you think just cutting it off and tinting the skylight would accomplish the same thing? TIA!

Please don't cut it off lol I have seen so many with them cut off, what side is it, I have one extra one laying around and might be able to swap you
 
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