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Purchased a unit off of eBay, and will test it and install asap... Will take some pics and let you know what happens.

If you see a picture of an open sunroof, you'll know it was a successful mission.
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I have a 2007 Jeep Commander V8 Hemi with sunroof issue, amongst a few others. Problem began when I started seeing black plastic pieces in floor, but wasn't noticing anything with sunroof had no problems be opening or closing, never noticed anything falling etc. Then I went to close sunroof and suddenly heard what sounded like a brick coming through the sunroof. Ends up sunroof did close but seems to be off track, gap on front passenger side of sunroof and diagonal back corner of driver side. So I have water coming in when it rains, which is cause a butt load of problems to my list and frankly I'm getting more pissed off every day. I love my Commander, she has a lot of miles so clearly things need replacing,.no problem, but this sunroof thing is BS. Shouldn't the sunroof have the wind reflector? Maybe wrong term? Just seems there is some fault from manufacturer going on and if even not I just want to fix issue. There is one place near me that repairs sunroofs and guy wants $75 just to do estimate and that seems like a rip off because it locks me into using his service since fee is nonrefundable. I'm fairly handy and my dad is incredibly knowledgeable and mechanical but still we need a guide on this which cannot be found. I need an actual book in my hand, Hanes manual ya know. And not only can I not find parts, obviously vehicle isn't made anymore, so what's gonna be compatible? What I'm going to do now is head to local pull a part junk yard and see if I can find a commander and I'm going to pull the sunroof out, take note of undoing it so I can come home and fix mine with parts I get and knowledge I gained from I guess you'd saying working in reverse? Not sure what else I can do, gotta do something. I'm in the south, it's summer and I happen to also have AC issue, frankly I'd rather have my sunroof open and windows down rather than AC any day no matter the temp outside. Any pointers, ideas, references welcomed and needed. Help this gagirl please!
 

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I have a 2007 Jeep Commander V8 Hemi with sunroof issue, amongst a few others. Problem began when I started seeing black plastic pieces in floor, but wasn't noticing anything with sunroof had no problems be opening or closing, never noticed anything falling etc. Then I went to close sunroof and suddenly heard what sounded like a brick coming through the sunroof. Ends up sunroof did close but seems to be off track, gap on front passenger side of sunroof and diagonal back corner of driver side. So I have water coming in when it rains, which is cause a butt load of problems to my list and frankly I'm getting more pissed off every day. I love my Commander, she has a lot of miles so clearly things need replacing,.no problem, but this sunroof thing is BS. Shouldn't the sunroof have the wind reflector? Maybe wrong term? Just seems there is some fault from manufacturer going on and if even not I just want to fix issue. There is one place near me that repairs sunroofs and guy wants $75 just to do estimate and that seems like a rip off because it locks me into using his service since fee is nonrefundable. I'm fairly handy and my dad is incredibly knowledgeable and mechanical but still we need a guide on this which cannot be found. I need an actual book in my hand, Hanes manual ya know. And not only can I not find parts, obviously vehicle isn't made anymore, so what's gonna be compatible? What I'm going to do now is head to local pull a part junk yard and see if I can find a commander and I'm going to pull the sunroof out, take note of undoing it so I can come home and fix mine with parts I get and knowledge I gained from I guess you'd saying working in reverse? Not sure what else I can do, gotta do something. I'm in the south, it's summer and I happen to also have AC issue, frankly I'd rather have my sunroof open and windows down rather than AC any day no matter the temp outside. Any pointers, ideas, references welcomed and needed. Help this gagirl please!
@Khirstgagirl; First off, welcome to the forum;

There are some pretty good references earlier in this thread about removing the headliner which would probably be one of the first steps to take if you were going to try & repair or replace your sunroof.

Have you looked at, or read those references yet?

If you have, what specific steps are you looking for help with? Trying to repair your sunroof or trying to replace it?

To give you more guidance, you'd have to have a reasonable idea of what exactly is wrong.

Here are a couple of YouTube links that might be helpful; I'd watch the first one closely;



Hope this helps & welcome aboard.
 

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My sunroof is off track. I have to replace the tracks on both sides. The motor runs fine. Apparently the previous owners were unaware they should lube the sunroof on a regular basis, duh. Sarcasm. Honestly who would know this and who decided it's smart to make the track out of plastic? This is rhetorical. I know it's a money matter by manufacturer and I'd love to give them an ear full of what I think not that it make a difference. At least I have Jeep Commander.com to turn to for help. So my dad found replacement tracks on eBay and once they arrive we are going to drop the headliner and do our best to not break anything while we disassemble and then reassemble everything. Little nerve racking but it must be done. My Jeep is already at mildew level, we've had so much rain and even with a wet dry vac I can't keep up unless I quit my job and abandon eating and sleeping and more. Wish me luck, nothing to it but to do it. I'm one tough little chic not gonna let this take me down😉
 

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My sunroof is off track. I have to replace the tracks on both sides. The motor runs fine. Apparently the previous owners were unaware they should lube the sunroof on a regular basis, duh. Sarcasm. Honestly who would know this and who decided it's smart to make the track out of plastic? This is rhetorical. I know it's a money matter by manufacturer and I'd love to give them an ear full of what I think not that it make a difference. At least I have Jeep Commander.com to turn to for help. So my dad found replacement tracks on eBay and once they arrive we are going to drop the headliner and do our best to not break anything while we disassemble and then reassemble everything. Little nerve racking but it must be done. My Jeep is already at mildew level, we've had so much rain and even with a wet dry vac I can't keep up unless I quit my job and abandon eating and sleeping and more. Wish me luck, nothing to it but to do it. I'm one tough little chic not gonna let this take me down😉
@Khirstgagirl Good luck! Not something I would look forward to doing either. Let us know how it goes.

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My sunroof is off track. I have to replace the tracks on both sides. The motor runs fine. Apparently the previous owners were unaware they should lube the sunroof on a regular basis, duh. Sarcasm. Honestly who would know this and who decided it's smart to make the track out of plastic? This is rhetorical. I know it's a money matter by manufacturer and I'd love to give them an ear full of what I think not that it make a difference. At least I have Jeep Commander.com to turn to for help. So my dad found replacement tracks on eBay and once they arrive we are going to drop the headliner and do our best to not break anything while we disassemble and then reassemble everything. Little nerve racking but it must be done. My Jeep is already at mildew level, we've had so much rain and even with a wet dry vac I can't keep up unless I quit my job and abandon eating and sleeping and more. Wish me luck, nothing to it but to do it. I'm one tough little chic not gonna let this take me down😉
Keep us posted @Khirstgagirl; I like your tenacity.
 

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Here's the catalogue of the complete sun roof part list/assembly for the Jeep Commander. What exactly is the plastic part you have that is broken?


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Years ago my XK sat idle for about 8 months. It had developed the dreaded drain clog problem and standing water in the channel rusted the bolts holding the sun roof window to the frame. But long before this, some funky... plastic... part? One that I cannot find in this catalogue list, it was entirely made of plastic that I could tell and it had long since become brittle with several pieces of plastic having broken off before I ever even bought the car. These things were to the left and the right of the frame/track, and it seemed like they served little purpose. Although since then I have thought they might have been there in an attempt to keep water from splashing down the centre of the opening, it never seemed like they were necessary. When I replaced the sun roof I just removed them and never got any replacement at all, haven't had an issue as far as I can tell. Actually, I lied, I just found it, it looks like it is part #13 in this diagram, here is the link:


This isn't the track... but it's the only thing that just completely fell apart in my sun roof, before bolts rusted away. Sun roof mechanism cover.
 

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Im sharing the post that saved my day on the "the floor keeps getting wet", I just fixed mine and it was thanks to: "swabb-bommin"'s post, I copied and pasted it here (dont know how to just put the link) hope it helps:

"Ez to fix, pain to figure out

I have an 07 hemi commander. I had the same exact issue after it rained like it does a lot in the spring up here in New England. I noticed my see through floor mats had condensation under them. Upon further investigation I realized there was a leak somewhere. 1st thing I did was google it since as soon as you bring it back on its warranty if its a defect that Jeep doesnt own up to then your SOL and your vin gets flagged if you ever try to trade it in.
I tried the water test since I have a sunroof and no luck, the drains weren't plugged. I then removed the interior moulding and realized that the water was getting into the jeep from a very poor sub-frame design flaw. The water is able seep in in-between the pinch welds on the outside molding just above the door. Then runs down the inside by the windshield into your floorboard.
1st repair I tried was silicone which I found out later contains an acid that will eventually eat away at the metal. I actually started to worry that my investment in my jeep was shot but on a little streak of bad luck I figured out how to fix it.
I was having my windshield repalced for the 2nd time in 2 years from all the sand on the roads up here in the winter. While the tech was in my driveway he asked me about the silicone that i had put along the sub-frame over the passenger door and over the upper corner of the windshield and he told me when he replaced the windshield he would put extra heat treated sealant. BAM!!! i was so relieved after he put that black stuff on that it hasnt leaked in the last 2 years. A small stroke of bad luck actually helped me fix the issue that I found plagued forums by many disgruntled consumers. Insurance will cover it if you got glass coverage, FYI.
The funny part of the story is when I started investigating the leak I even went to the dealership lot and went into every commander and felt the passenger floor board and they were all wet and smelled musty when you opened the door.
I hope this helped and gave you the solution you are looking for."

Thanks to this forum, I've fixed my sunroof leaks (although the floor still gets kinda wet from another mystery leak in the front...). This takes me to my next mission: fixing my inactive sunroof. It just sits there, dead. It would be nice if it at least vented!

Was wondering if anyone can recommend steps to take to fix this thing? (Start with fuses? Move on to the switch on the headboard? Then, replacing the sunroof motor? etc., etc.).

I looked at old threads and found lots on leaks, but couldn't see steps to trace a broken sunroof to make it operational. Any help would be awesome. Thanks!
 

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Padrimino, can you tell more about this heat treated sealant? What sealant exactly was used? Where exactly was it applied?
 

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Im sharing the post that saved my day on the "the floor keeps getting wet", I just fixed mine and it was thanks to: "swabb-bommin"'s post, I copied and pasted it here (dont know how to just put the link) hope it helps:

"Ez to fix, pain to figure out

I have an 07 hemi commander. I had the same exact issue after it rained like it does a lot in the spring up here in New England. I noticed my see through floor mats had condensation under them. Upon further investigation I realized there was a leak somewhere. 1st thing I did was google it since as soon as you bring it back on its warranty if its a defect that Jeep doesnt own up to then your SOL and your vin gets flagged if you ever try to trade it in.
I tried the water test since I have a sunroof and no luck, the drains weren't plugged. I then removed the interior moulding and realized that the water was getting into the jeep from a very poor sub-frame design flaw. The water is able seep in in-between the pinch welds on the outside molding just above the door. Then runs down the inside by the windshield into your floorboard.
1st repair I tried was silicone which I found out later contains an acid that will eventually eat away at the metal. I actually started to worry that my investment in my jeep was shot but on a little streak of bad luck I figured out how to fix it.
I was having my windshield repalced for the 2nd time in 2 years from all the sand on the roads up here in the winter. While the tech was in my driveway he asked me about the silicone that i had put along the sub-frame over the passenger door and over the upper corner of the windshield and he told me when he replaced the windshield he would put extra heat treated sealant. BAM!!! i was so relieved after he put that black stuff on that it hasnt leaked in the last 2 years. A small stroke of bad luck actually helped me fix the issue that I found plagued forums by many disgruntled consumers. Insurance will cover it if you got glass coverage, FYI.
The funny part of the story is when I started investigating the leak I even went to the dealership lot and went into every commander and felt the passenger floor board and they were all wet and smelled musty when you opened the door.
I hope this helped and gave you the solution you are looking for."
I've been suspecting the windshield, as my drainage tubes are fine, I've fixed the grommets, etc. Can you point out where exactly the silicone sealant is used? Would be very helpful! Thanks!
 

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I've been suspecting the windshield, as my drainage tubes are fine, I've fixed the grommets, etc. Can you point out where exactly the silicone sealant is used? Would be very helpful! Thanks!
Ok, on the left hand side , the very corner of the pillar post and the top of the car, the metal has a joint below the weather strip, not on the door but on the body itself

that joint is where I found my water was getting under the weatherstrip and traveling all the way down to the floor and pouring into the passenger Side
 

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Padrimino, can you tell more about this heat treated sealant? What sealant exactly was used? Where exactly was it applied?
the sealant used was a regular weatherstrip sealant and it was applied just below the weatherstrip , on the very corner where the metal from the pillar joins the metal from the ceiling of the car, right hand side top corner, when the weatherstrip moves or gets loosen the water gets under the weatherstrip and travels all the way down and pours into thepassenger side floor, that’s why you can’t see it cause it’s traveling under the strip and it pours in under the carpet
 

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I have, I think, discovered what you're pointing out, and it seems to have completely solved my leak problem. I'll be updating the thread I started about the leaking sunroof drain tubes with more info on this and pics soon.
 

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Awesome, thank you!

Also, I received a free door seal (from an old junk Commander), and replaced my seal. This also REALLY cut down on the leakage, so if there's still something getting in, changing the door seal will help stop that extra moisture from getting in.
 

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Yes, I'd considered replacing the door seal as well, but it seemed supple enough still. I don't know if it is deformed or flattened enough over time and use to make it less effective... but at any rate the fixes that I detailed in this thread completely stopped all of my exterior water leaks into the cabin of my Commander. You should check it out and go down the list. I have no doubt you'll find more than one issue when it comes to your water filled XK. Big thread, but worth the read. -> Sun roof drain tube leaks & general things to check...
 
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