In our British Isles, some Brits tend to prefer ‘moonroof’ to a car’s sunroof. It allows you to enjoy the sky above and the winds outside without getting out of your vehicle, while giving you the option to close it and shield yourself from the weather, unlike a typical convertible.
Sunroofs do have one or two drawbacks; they are prone to chipping and cracking. You cannot take your car every time for a repair if you have a chipped sunroof. It costs a lot of money and time. Thus, adopting a DIY-friendly approach to fix your car’s sunroof by yourself can prove to be very beneficial.
Back up. Is it a sunroof or a moonroof?
We do not have a solid answer to this. The original concept of a sunroof was kicked off by the classic Nash that made its debut in 1937. Those were the heydays of automobiles. Inventions were sprouting up by the dozen.
Then the Second World War arrived. To keep shrapnel at bay, the metallic sunroof became fashionable. 30 years later, the Lincoln car company started its range of an all-glass sunroof. This seals the car cabin but does let some outside light to permeate inside. The 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, thus, was the first car with a moonroof.
Notwithstanding the nomenclature, some features are standard. All sunroofs/moonroofs are either external or internal. Most have at least one glass component. Today, the fixed sunroof seems to be staging a comeback.
Interesting. But the DIY-friendly approach?
These sunroofs are prone to specific problems. You need a couple of necessary tools to take the DIY road. For example, you can visit Gilgal Tyres if you are looking for something like 4×4 tyres Manchester, and you can ask them if they have the kit to service the roof. Most sunroof seals are repairable using RTV (or Room Temperature Vulcanising) silicone.
For best results, experts recommend using clear RTV. It does not show any difference in colour and finish.
Now, the methods:
- Shop-Vac Method: Purchase some thin plastic tubing. Also, buy a clamp to hold this tubing in place firmly. Use your car or domestic shop-vac and drain out any residual debris from the sunroof’s trays.
- Fish-tape method: This method is more common nowadays. All you need is some “universal” speedometer cable. It is available wherever you buy your car tyres in Manchester from. It’s quite cheap to come by. It looks like a coiled wire, flexible yet sturdy. Use this fish-tape to unclog and remove the sunroof’s drain pipes.
A word of caution
DIY hacks might seem interesting and budget-friendly, but, you can stave off any repair process to your car’s sunroof by preventing any issues in the first place. Ideally, you must take your vehicle to a professional service garage and vacuum clean the sunroof’s mechanism.
Besides, never use a high-pressure air gun to clean the sunroof assembly. It can result in severe damage to the car’s body. Whenever you are in doubt, always get a professional opinion. They can pick out any issue that might prove thorny in future.