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

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.

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Average mileage: 115,195 (42,000–200,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2007
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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!
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 70,000 mi,
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
2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse 167,900 mi,
It's stuck and want close. I can't get it to close.
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 89,000 mi,
Power sunroof has to be pushed up before it will open electronically.
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 110,000 mi,
Power sunroof has to be pushed up (helped) before it will open. When opening, it stutters, but does open from this point on.
2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse 170,000 mi,
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...
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 150,000 mi,
sunroof goes up a little and stops
2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse 105,000 mi,
Have to push it to get it to open.
Sunroof won't open without me pushing up on it.
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 50,833 mi,
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.
2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse 42,000 mi,
When opening, need to push on sunroof to get it to "pop up". It then will open and close normally.
2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse 142,000 mi,
The sunroof gets stuck and needs a little nudge to move
2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse 85,000 mi,
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.
2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse 153,521 mi,
I haven't gotten it fixed. It wouldnt close for a good awhile so i tempted it again and closed. Havent touched it since
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 200,000 mi,
difficulty opening the sunroof: must physically assist it to open
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 55,000 mi,
Thought the sunroof didnt work until one day i took it in to a proffessional who just pushed the sunroof up and it automatically opened so each time i use my sunroof i press the button to prop it up and push up on it so it can automatically go back it closes with no issues though.
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse 150,000 mi,
Sunroof will not closed all the way. It is off the track. I didn't fix it. My mechanic finally got it to close and I'm never opening it again. It is not leaking, so I can live without it opening.
2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse 52,000 mi,
Sunroof gets stuck while moving back and needs to be manually helped to Move.
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse 80,000 mi,
Sun roof wont needs to be pushed up to open most of the time. and it takes bout 3-4 tries to get it to properly close. never used to have this issue until i opened it after going through the car wash (wasnt IN car wash when opened, was after i left) pieces of plastic snapped off some of the runners.
the sun roof need help top open after the first press then open with the second to the back