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Old 06-08-2019, 12:56 PM
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Sunroof Cable Question

Bot a '93 300E for cheap to part out as I needed a bunch of parts for some other W124's I own. Was trying to figure out how to remove the whole sunroof from this 300E as it appears to be in good shape.

I got the sunroof unbolted and it is sitting/balancing on the front headrests. The cable for the sunroof is the next thing to figure out.

I got the cable unbolted from the sunroof tray. My googling for how to remove the cable because it has a butterfly attachment at one end, tells me that if I have power I can feed the cable out via the sunroof motor. Unfortunately I don't have power, and my googling tells me I have to manually crank the cable out. Is my google search correct that without power I have to go the manual crank route?
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Old 06-08-2019, 01:57 PM
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Is my google search correct that without power I have to go the manual crank route?
Of course!
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:12 PM
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Okay got it. Thanks.

Now the next question....what do you use to crank out the the cable? I found the gizmo in the trunk that looks like it's related to the sunroof.
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:31 PM
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The sunroof motor is normally mounted in the left side of the trunk. There should be a hex stud attached to the motor. The special tool found in the trunk is used to manually turn the sunroof motor.
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:41 PM
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True above. If the tool has been lost a wrench works but is slower and more difficult.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:17 AM
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Followup questions:

#1--Where is the special tool located? Is it in the reddish clothe bag you usually find in the trunk with some other tools?

#2--I put a wrench on the white wheel on the motor and it broke in two. Is that the hex stud that you were talking about?

Thanks. DJ.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:29 AM
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On W123 cars the special sunroof tool is located on the left plastic trunk liner. There is a unique slotted hole in the plastic liner which holds the Tool. If I remember correctly the tool is sort of an anodized goldish color. The W123 wagon does not have a sunroof motor as the sunroof is a manual crank type. Yes, the hex shaped shaft which is part of the sunroof motor is the manual crank to turn the motor.
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