Sunroof Repair | So, heard the term “know when to stop digging”?
This pretty much applies to everything, and your sunroof is no exception. There are a couple of factors that can determine the point when to throw in the towel as some might say, and get professional assistance.
First, let's start with what is the most common cause. We are talking about plastic, as in plastic arms, plastic joints and sometimes even plastic gears. With that, let's look at a couple of characteristics of the product and why it is used.
Manufacturers like it because it is lightweight and has some self-lubrication properties. To understand the ‘why’ of this statement, auto manufacturers are and have been for years finding ways to lighten up the vehicle to get better fuel mileage, and every ounce counts.
Plastics have come a long way from years past and properties like having little friction, adds a feature that allows them to use less grease or oil. To understand the full benefit of that statement, you need to understand what happens to the lubricant that is in your sunroof.
Temperature changes, like extreme cold, road film and dirt, leaves and sticks from trees and bushes all change how the lubricant performs or doesn’t perform. So if you live in an area that gets cold in the winter, has trees and sand or dirt on the road (and you don’t have to travel on a dirt road for this to fit), this applies to you even more.
Let's break this statement apart: Temperature, as it gets cooler the viscosity or thickness of the grease goes up, meaning a substance that might be little runny in the heat is now thicker than Jell-O in the winter. But make no mistake, just because you have a heated garage or don’t live in sub-zero temperature doesn't mean you will escape this.