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What is the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof? 

Sunroof is the generic term used to describe an operable panel in a vehicle roof which can let in light and/or air. Moonroof is a term created by Ford in the 70's, yet is now used generically to describe glass panel inbuilt electric sunroofs. A pop up sunroof is manual and has a handle thet opens and closes the glass. Also, in a pop-up sunroof the glass can come all the way out.  A moonroof the sunroof is electric and slides in the inside of the vehicle. They also call these 3 stage sunroofs.  A Spoiler sunroof is electric and slides on the outside of the vehicle- it vents open and slides back - some call it a 2 stage sunroof. 

I bought a used car with a broken sunroof, how do I get it repaired? 

Try to identify the original installation center or sunroof manufacturer. Check the glove box for a sales receipt, warranty card or other paperwork. Don't overlook the obvious. Check with the previous owner as well. If you bring your vehicle into us we can determine who the sunroof manufacture is and then get you a price on repair or replacement. Even if your sunroof was installed 10 years ago we may still be able to get parts for it.
 Unfortunate this is something we have to look at so there is now way for us to give you a over the phone estimate. 
You could also be down a few days till we can get the parts in . 

My sunroof is no longer made, can I still get parts? 

Often, parts are still available; We are very good at getting replacement parts for all sunroofs. If the manufacturer is no longer in business, there may still be parts in the pipeline through wholesale distributors or other shops. Sunroof manufacturers and suppliers may be able to help locate out of production parts.
Bring your car to us and we can determine the make and search for your parts

What are my options if no parts are available? 

Parts are not standardized or interchangeable among sunroof manufacturers (aftermarket or factory). The use of non-original parts, even if they look similar, is highly discouraged. Stress and failures caused by non-spec parts can cause serious damage, particularly at highway speeds. 

If no service parts are available, it may be necessary to have your sunroof replaced. This involves removing your old sunroof, and installing a new one. A slightly larger size sunroof than the existing one is required [usually not a problem. We at Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling - can reinstall a new sunroof in your vehicle. Come by and let us check it out for you.  

There's no specialized sunroof installer near me, who else can I turn to? 

There are a variety of businesses who may also install sunroofs. Check Yellow Pages listings for Sunroofs, Automotive Accessories, Automotive Customizing, Automotive Trim or Automotive Seat Covers and Upholstery. Some Body Shops have experience. You may also find that some glass shops, stereo or window tint shops install sunroofs. Your local car dealer may also know of someone who installs sunroofs. Of course, check the links on this website for sunroof vendors who can direct you to a local professional. 

What size sunroof fits my vehicle? 

The ideal size for any vehicle suits the vehicle, the owner and the owner’s budget. Most people want to maximize their open air enjoyment and ventilation by getting the largest sunroof that will go in their vehicle. Sunroofs are designed to fit a variety of vehicles, rather than made for each specific model. There are several sizes (dimensions) of each type and brand, but all can be distilled into SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE and SPECIALTY sizes, which helps accommodate most vehicles. Pop-up and Spoiler sunroofs fit virtually any vehicle, including short roofline cars and standard cab trucks. Inbuilt (moonroof) and Folding sunroofs require longer rooflines to fit the length of the internal cassette or large fabric panel. Other issues which may affect sunroof choices include ribbed or fiberglass roofs and stepped rooflines (ie Durango). Most assuredly, there is a sunroof solution for EVERY hard-top vehicle, and often several choices at that. Come by Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling we can help you go through the choices.

Can I get T-Tops installed in my car? 

While there are still several cars with factory installed T-tops, to our knowledge, there are no longer any aftermarket T-Top or Targa Top kits being made. This type of open air option was required to be CUSTOM designed for each vehicle application. Consider a sunroof. 

We can usually find replacement t-tops and targa tops for many vehicles.  Most are sold by the pair.

What can I apply to the rubber seal to protect it? 

Modern sunroof seals may be made of SILICONE, SANTOPRENE or EPDM Rubber. All of these materials are made to be maintenance free. Your best approach is to keep the seal clean, wiping occasionally with a damp cloth (water). If it gets really dirty, use a small amount of mild soap or detergent in the water, then rinse clean with water. 

Vinyl & Rubber "protectors" such as Armor-All are not effective and leave a sticky residue which may cause the seal to fail or stick to the glass. NEVER use ANY petroleum based products on a sunroof seal, they will cause corrosion of the seal. We carry a great line for keeping your cars vinyl and weather strip in good condition - 303 protectors. 

I'm buying a new car and the dealer says, “adding an aftermarket sunroof will void the warranty” Is that true? 

It is not legal for any dealer to void a vehicle warranty because an aftermarket product has been installed. The only exception to this is if the dealer can prove that the aftermarket product was the cause of a warranty failure. It is also not legal for the dealer to void the warranty if an aftermarket product is chosen over it's factory equivalent. 

As an example, a dealer may not legally decline a warranty claim for a faulty transmission because an aftermarket bedliner or rear wing was installed on the vehicle. Further, the dealer can not claim that the use of the factory equivalent is mandatory. 

Aftermarket products give consumers freedom of choice. With most aftermarket products, you do not sacrifice quality to get that choice. There is no substitute for good consumer research, but dealers can not restrain consumer choice based on this argument.

infact - we install many aftermarket accessories for dealers like-heated seats, sunroofs, leather kits, spoilers, truck accessories and more- before they even put them on the showroom floor. Most of the aftermartket assesories come with a 3 year 36,000 mile warrenty. 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------My factory (sliding) sunroof is leaking, what can I do? 

Most power sliding sunroofs have a water management system, which prevents them from leaking. The water management system consists of a water trough that leads to drain tubes. These drain tubes route any water [that gets past the glass] down your front and rear pillars to the ground below your vehicle. Over time the water trough/drain tubes may become obstructed by leaves, dirt and other foreign substances, causing the water management system to back-up. It is important to check your drain trough and tubes regularly.  The trough can be cleaned with a wet rag, and the tubes with compressed air. This is the most common reason for a leaky factory sunroof. If this isn't your problem, you should consult your local sunroof specialist. 
Also,on pop up sunroofs - the glass and seals will get coated with airborne dirt and desire grease - which will not let your sunroof seal properly- these must be cleaned at least twice a year to keep these kinds of debris off. 

My factory sunroof is broken, where can I get it repaired? 

 You don't  need to depend on your car dealer for service and replacement of these parts. We can find refurbished panels and other parts for many factory sunroofs may be available. We have resources that we can call upon to find new and used OEM sunroof parts.
Bring it by, and we can look over your sunroof and give you an estimate of repairs. We do need to see the sunroof- because not all dealer purchased sunroofs are factory.  They could have been put in as an addition upgrades at your dealership.  
 We can not give estimates over the phone on sunroof repairs.  Some proplems can not be seen till you sunroof assembly is dropped and we can visually inspect it. 

Can replace my factory metal sunroof panel with a glass one? 

Replacing a metal panel factory sunroof with a glass one is no longer an option. In the early 1980's there were several companies offering aftermarket glass panels for several specific factory sunroofs including Porsche, Mazda RX7 and Honda CRX. These companies no longer exist, and their inventories are long gone. 

What kind of tools or special training will I need to install a sunroof in my car? 

A telephone, an appointment and your checkbook or credit card. Sunroofs and are generally not available over the counter in the box, and are NOT recommended for do-it-yourself installation.  Unlike many bolt-on or tape-on vehicle accessories, proper sunroof installation is fairly complex. Professional shops are trained, experienced and insured, plus they support the factory sunroof warranty.
     Sunroofs are not and should not be a do-it-yourself installation, they are strictly a do-it-for-me installation, and the reasons are clear. Do you have an additional $500 or more to invest in the proper tools to do such an installation? Have you been trained by the sunroof manufacturer on the proper technique to install their product? Do you have access to all the technical bulletins involved in the sunroof you're interested in? What will you do if a part is missing? Do you have "Mastercraftsman" experience in upholstery... particularly headliners? How about automotive electrical experience? Do you know what will happen if you locate your "HOT" connection to far away from the ignition switch? And what about the onboard computer (or computers)? Will they read your hookup as a drop or surge in the system and adjust for that, causing your new electric sunroof to open and close at will, without your intervention? Do you know what an SRS power line looks like? DO you know what SRS is? Will your airbag go off in your face because you hooked up your "HOT" lead to the SRS line?
    I think you get my point....... and we haven't begun to address warranty issues. In short, it's worth the money to bring your car to a trained professional. You'll appreciate the appearance, fit, knowledgeable advice and above all the many years of enjoyment you'll get from your professionally installed sunroof. Come see us at  Merrillville Auto Glass & Restyling .

In ballpark terms, what is the price for a sunroof including installation. 

 First, we need to know what vehicle you have, and what style of sunroof you have in mind. Different vehicle applications, installation skill, labor rate , features and interior finish dramatically effect the price.  Since there are 13 sizes of pop up sunroofs, 3 different sizes op spoiler roofs - and two to three different ways we can finish the "headliner" prices will always change.  And, by phone it is difficult to describe all the different options we have available to you. So  stop by  you will be surprised at all we do. 


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