The Sunroof May Become Stuck Closed or Have Difficulty Moving on Mitsubishi Eclipse

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The sunroof may become stuck in the closed position or require "help" moving forward and backward. The common repair is to replace the guides but often the problem will resurface again.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 116,885 (42,000–200,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2007
68 people reported this problem
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I have sort of the same problem. My sunroof is stuck and is a bit open and won't even close, I press the button for it to close or open and doesn't even budge or even make a noise showing that it's at least trying to open or close. Need help!
Difficult to open and/or close the sunroof without manually "helping " it (by pulling it along its guides.)When open button is pressed, the window will lift as if it is going to work- but will not open further.I have checked the fuse that operates the window.I will be checking the motor that operates the window next .
Amber Seale-Crawford
2993 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
Power sunroof has to be pushed up before it will open electronically.
It's stuck and want close. I can't get it to close.
Sunroof suddenly wouldn't slide all the way back. Will only slide half-way back now. It always required a little 'help' to lift up but now won't slide all the way back. It doesn't seem like a motor issue because of the hard stop at halfway point. I have checked both tracks and was unable to find any obstruction. I greased the tracks and did not help the issue. Strange...
Power sunroof has to be pushed up (helped) before it will open. When opening, it stutters, but does open from this point on.
sunroof goes up a little and stops
Sunroof won't open without me pushing up on it.
Have to push it to get it to open.
I have not gotten it fixed yet as it just sticks a bit. If I push up on it while pushing the button to open, it works.
I had the same problem with the sunroof needing help to push it up and back. Now it wont open at all and I dont hear the motor turning on. I need help to fix it.
Sunroof 99% closed. Small gap remains. No longer opens or closes. Will have to remove headliner to access and repair.
When opening, need to push on sunroof to get it to "pop up". It then will open and close normally.
When I first bought the car I tried to use the sunroof but it moved up a little then stopped. Then one day I push up on it then used the switch Int went back fine but it stutters while moving back but closes just fine
Open and will not close
My sun roof come up but won't move
The sunroof gets stuck and needs a little nudge to move
difficulty opening the sunroof: must physically assist it to open
Sunroof will not open and appears to be stuck. At first I thought that it was the switch or the fuse but both seem to be fine. It tries to go up but appears "stuck". It will not even make a sound in the attempt open or go back.
I haven't gotten it fixed. It wouldnt close for a good awhile so i tempted it again and closed. Havent touched it since