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My sunroof motor may be going.

I found a write-up for a 2004 forester where he replaced the brushes and didn't have to shell out for a new motor.

Worth it if should I get a new one in there considering the time I'm gonna spend dropping the headliner?
 

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I have had mixed luck changing out brushes on small motors like that.

It probably depends on your budget and willingness to do it again if it doesn't work out. I would probably pony up for the new motor. In leaner times, I may have made a run at just changing the brushes.
 

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I've read that the entire sunroof module comes out like a cassette, and have also seen complete assemblies sold used for ~$75. Just for comparison's sake to the repair you are attempting now.
 

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kawasakiguy37,

I've dropped several headliners for sunroof work, and I've torn many a small motor apart to clean up/free up/replace the brushes, with a lot of success.

Dropping the headliner to get at the motor isn't hard, just time consuming. As for the motor, its easy to get at and remove to the work bench afterwards. As for resurrecting it, it depends on what you find when you get to that stage and get it apart.

In my case I had other rides at my disposal, a nearby wrecking yard with donor sunroof equipped cars, and the time to do the fiddling around, as all retired guys do.

You'll have to decide if the parameters are doable in your case. But on a 12 year old car, I sure wouldn't spring for the dealership to fix it, or for buying a new motor. Used motors are a snap to test with a 12 volt supply before you buy or install. Good Luck!
 

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sure it's just an electrical motor, so rebuilt it if it's just the brushes.

used assemblies are generally cheap - i got an 00-04 locally for $45 for an entire assembly - track, glass, motor, and all. and super easy to replace, but haven't done an 05+ yet.
 
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