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Old 12-21-2013, 02:05 PM
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Hey everyone i'm new to the forum but i'd just like to say that after browsing a bit im really happy to have found this place, I really didnt want my first post to be maintenance related but here goes nothing >___< well a few days ago I set my moonroof to the vent position and it opened fine, but when I pressed the button again to retract it into the closed position, it wouldnt retract! I can hear a *click* noise whenever I press the button again, not sure if thats a relay or something but besides that nothing happens, I know certain other models have a manual way to close the roof but i'm not sure if mine does, I've checked the rails and nothing is stuck in them, I really would like some help before having to take it in to a dealer :/ thanks for reading!
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:59 AM
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Could be that the motor is burnt out too. Its not uncommon for the seals do dry out and become sticky after a number of years, forcing the motor to have to work much harder and it gets burnt out eventually.
Im not aware of a way to close it manually, so I cant help you there.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:51 AM
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Try this to try to close it all the way. This isn't a fix; but, to try to close it for now.

To close:
1. Insert the key in the driverís door lock.
2. Turn the key counterclockwise, then release it.
3. Turn the key counterclockwise again, and hold it. All four windows and the moonroof start to close. To stop the windows and the moonroof, release the key.
4. To close the windows and the moonroof further, turn and hold the key again (within 10 seconds of step 2).

If the windows and the moonroof stop before the desired position, repeat steps 2 and 3.
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This may or may not help to fix the issue. Try resetting the moonroof control unit.

1. Close driverís door, leave it closed during the whole procedure.
2. Turn ignition to LOCK (0).
3. Press and hold the tilt switch, and turn ignition to ON (II).
4. Release the tilt switch, and turn ignition to LOCK (0).
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 four times.
6. Check if the AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function still work. If they still work, the AUTO functions have not been cleared, go back to step 1. If AUTO functions have been cleared, go to step 7.
7. Press and hold the moonroof open switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonroof is fully opened.
8. Press and hold the moonroof close switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonrood is fully closed (tilted).
9. Confirm that the moonroof control unit is reset by using the moonroof AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function.
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Did you ever resolve this? If so, what was the fix? Having similar issues and I tried all these suggestions with no success.
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This same situation happened to my wife's 2008 on Saturday and we feared a $1000+ repair bill pulling headliners and messing with side curtain air bags but the 9 step RESET process was a God send and worked awesome.
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Originally Posted by tech8 View Post
This may or may not help to fix the issue. Try resetting the moonroof control unit.

1. Close driverís door, leave it closed during the whole procedure.
2. Turn ignition to LOCK (0).
3. Press and hold the tilt switch, and turn ignition to ON (II).
4. Release the tilt switch, and turn ignition to LOCK (0).
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 four times.
6. Check if the AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function still work. If they still work, the AUTO functions have not been cleared, go back to step 1. If AUTO functions have been cleared, go to step 7.
7. Press and hold the moonroof open switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonroof is fully opened.
8. Press and hold the moonroof close switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonrood is fully closed (tilted).
9. Confirm that the moonroof control unit is reset by using the moonroof AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function.

I want to say this worked perfect the 1st time. But now it's stuck again and will not reset as before. Any 411 would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2016, 02:52 PM
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I had read many previous posts & blogs, and then decided to do the wotk myself... Yet, because I was "visiting" my dealer on other mechanical business, i had them tell me the costs to " just close the moonroof":( it has like others here, ceased operating, and was stuck open(tilt).
Well, i didn't take up the dealer on the very pricey 'two hour minimum', instead this morning, I took down the rear portion of the Headliner, INSERTED A 4MM ALLEN WRENCH IN THE SOCKET PROVIDED ON THE LOWER SURFACE ON THE HALFMOON-SECTION OF THE MOTOR ASSEMBLY, WHICH I HAD NEVER HEARD MENTION OF(!), and closed the Headliner, reinstalled the rear courtesy lamp, and two passenger roof grab-bars, in about 33minutes.While i was there, I removed, opened, and affirmed that all that motor would ever do was "click". Professionally, i thought the elctronics for the hall effect driver of the motor, had failed. Now, I propose a simpler method:
A flashlight in my proposed action to follow,to get your bearings up under the headliner, is advised.
Now, I know that anyone can do this From the Front Seat if you are cool with operating in close spaces, and are gentle not to fold, or crinkle the headliner: From the rear of the moonroof, GENTLY Pull the Center of the Headliner down[its attached with a magnet center, and two velcro pieces out to the sides], about six inches, and feel around with the short end of the allen wrench(close space!) to the curved-section on the motor assembly; there's only one hole in the near center of the body of the device, the other spot closer to an edge, is a phillips removal screw. INSERT the allen wrench, //Now, you need an assistant, to look-see the movement of the Moonroof!...from above the car//.... As you turn the allen wrench in half-turns from your position in the font seat, the roof window will Move Thru It's FULL rotation...OPEN_AND_TILT. Choose the center of this 1 1/2 turns of movement to seal the window Shut.(as affirmed by your assistant), Then remove either the Electrical Connection to the motor-assembly, Or the Fuse under the dash, to prevent any accidental operation. Close the headliner, and think of all those bucks saved! Very glad to have found this soution, and provide it to others.
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Moonroof stuck open in popup position. When I tried to close it I got a clicking sound. Performed the reset procedure given by tech8 and it worked the second time I did it. The roof is now closed.
Thank you for the advice.
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Originally Posted by tech8 View Post
This may or may not help to fix the issue. Try resetting the moonroof control unit.

1. Close driverís door, leave it closed during the whole procedure.
2. Turn ignition to LOCK (0).
3. Press and hold the tilt switch, and turn ignition to ON (II).
4. Release the tilt switch, and turn ignition to LOCK (0).
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 four times.
6. Check if the AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function still work. If they still work, the AUTO functions have not been cleared, go back to step 1. If AUTO functions have been cleared, go to step 7.
7. Press and hold the moonroof open switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonroof is fully opened.
8. Press and hold the moonroof close switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonrood is fully closed (tilted).
9. Confirm that the moonroof control unit is reset by using the moonroof AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function.
I have been having intermittent problems with the "clicking sound" identified by others. After a couple months of close calls, my moonroof was stuck open seemingly for good. Fortunately, the above solution worked for me after a few tries (at first it would only close a few inches and then stop but I was eventually able shut it all the way). MY QUESTION - should I assume that the motor is probably on the way out and the only viable long-term option is to replace it? Or is there a chance that the AUTO OPEN/CLOSE was just out of sync and the moonroof might somehow return to operating correctly? It seems most likely that it needs to be replaced, but I'm just wondering if there's at least a chance that it doesn't. (Of course I'm afraid to try it again). Thanks for any advice and many thanks for this fix!!
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Originally Posted by tech8 View Post
This may or may not help to fix the issue. Try resetting the moonroof control unit.

1. Close driverís door, leave it closed during the whole procedure.
2. Turn ignition to LOCK (0).
3. Press and hold the tilt switch, and turn ignition to ON (II).
4. Release the tilt switch, and turn ignition to LOCK (0).
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 four times.
6. Check if the AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function still work. If they still work, the AUTO functions have not been cleared, go back to step 1. If AUTO functions have been cleared, go to step 7.
7. Press and hold the moonroof open switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonroof is fully opened.
8. Press and hold the moonroof close switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonrood is fully closed (tilted).
9. Confirm that the moonroof control unit is reset by using the moonroof AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function.



Can confirm that my 2008 accord coupe ex-l this worked !! Same problem as everyone else. My was stuck on tilted up (clicking sound) and had to do the reset process over like 3 times for it to go down. I'm content for that as I can't afford to go to a dealership currently. Looks like this summer windows down only!

Thanks Tech8 !
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Originally Posted by tech8 View Post
This may or may not help to fix the issue. Try resetting the moonroof control unit.

1. Close driverís door, leave it closed during the whole procedure.
2. Turn ignition to LOCK (0).
3. Press and hold the tilt switch, and turn ignition to ON (II).
4. Release the tilt switch, and turn ignition to LOCK (0).
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 four times.
6. Check if the AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function still work. If they still work, the AUTO functions have not been cleared, go back to step 1. If AUTO functions have been cleared, go to step 7.
7. Press and hold the moonroof open switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonroof is fully opened.
8. Press and hold the moonroof close switch for at least 3 additional seconds after the moonrood is fully closed (tilted).
9. Confirm that the moonroof control unit is reset by using the moonroof AUTO OPEN and AUTO CLOSE function.
can u post a video for it ?
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I have a 2008 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L. The reset procedure did not work for me (the moonroof wouldn't move at all). The fix ended up being pretty simple for the coupe. You are able to sit in the back seat, and pull down on the headliner. There are only two snaps (one above the left back seat and one above the right back seat). You do not need any tools to pull down the edge of the headliner safely from this particular edge. With a 4mm allen wrench, closing the moonroof manually was simple. A couple of pictures may make this more clear.


The allen wrench opening is visible and under the black portion of the motor (right side of the vehicle).


The green snaps are located over the left and right side back seats, and you can just pull down near them to get them to release.
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:26 PM
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This is the only way that actually worked with me! It took me sometime to find that 4mm hex, but a mobile phone camera made it easier However, while opening the roof liner, I teared the black plastic piece that sticks to the floor and attaches to the green connector, does anyone have any recommendation for a glue to stick the black plastic piece to the liner again ?
And once again man, this saved me much anxiety and money of course.
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