Is there a defect in the glass currently being manufactured for late model sunroofs? I recently received a call from a TV station that wanted my thoughts on a rash of sunroof breakages happening across the United States. My initial reaction was that I hadn’t noticed the increase in breakage. The telephone call stirred my interest however, so I decided to do a little research. It seems there has been an increase in breakage, mostly on 2011 and 2012 vehicles. Obviously, if that is the case, it was covered under warranty and most dealers will replace moveable glass themselves and not contract a glass shop for replacement, especially if the part is unique to a specific year, make and model. No wonder I didn’t see an increase.
Some breakage occurs when the mechanism was engaged and others when the car was parked in a driveway. Why would there be an increase in breakage now? The more I thought about it, the more questions I had. Why haven’t the breaks been limited to a specific make of vehicle? Why did the break occur in numerous ways? Was the sunroof manufacturer the same on all the vehicles? Did the glass in these sunroof assemblies change in thickness or construction?
I love this stuff. It’s like investigating a crime. I can’t answer these questions right now but I am currently researching the problem. However, be it known that there is a problem and you may be called upon to replace these units for those dealerships that don’t touch glass parts. If you are called upon, or even if you don’t like to do sunroofs, I would urge you to consider this replacement. The sunroof installations are relatively easy with a good profit. In most cases the steps are: remove screw panels, remove the screws, clean up, position the unit, replace the screws, replace the cover and collect the money, that simple. I may agree to refrain from doing aftermarket sunroof repairs because the all the variables but OE sunroofs are easy. I urge you to consider adding OE sunroof replacement to your repertoire.
I will keep you informed of the progress made with this research and if any of you out there can help with the facts on this issue, I would appreciate your help. If you know anything about this sunroof issue, give me a call or post on this blog. My number is 800-695-5418.