Rust in the sunroof frame

treurnicht
Country: South Africa
Vehicle: Pajero 3.2 DiD
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:24 pm

Lets see if Ching can fix my sunroof. Holding thumbs!
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treurnicht
Country: South Africa
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:33 pm

Fix in progress. Ching had to build a new 'lip'. The frame was very badly rusted.
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jahbolo
Country: Mauritius
Vehicle: Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 DiD LWB NS
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:56 pm

Following this very closely. Let's hope its leak proof after that. Fingers crossed

Yeah that's some serious rust

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EttienneT
Country: South Africa
Vehicle: 07 Pajero SWB 3.2 DiD
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:59 pm

Glad this post is alive again - I still have not fixed mine either... thought I would find a decent second hand one.

Does anyone know, if the Gen3 and Gen4 SWB sunroof glass is the same part number?
jahbolo
Country: Mauritius
Vehicle: Mitsubishi Pajero 3.2 DiD LWB NS
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:56 pm

EttienneT wrote:Glad this post is alive again - I still have not fixed mine either... thought I would find a decent second hand one.

Does anyone know, if the Gen3 and Gen4 SWB sunroof glass is the same part number?
Check it on partsouq.com, input your vin number and compare it with the gen 4

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Renegade
Country: South Africa
Vehicle: 2001 Pajero 3.5 5 door manual, 2000 SWB blister
Location: Cape Town
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:53 pm

Greetings.

It is a problem with the sunroofs on the Pajeros.

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If you send me photos of your roof I know if your unit can be used as an exchange unit.

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This message applies to any person looking for an exchange sunroof section, I can assist you.

I am based in Cape Town but can send a unit to any place in the country.
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treurnicht
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:01 pm

treurnicht wrote:Fix in progress. Ching had to build a new 'lip'. The frame was very badly rusted.
Ching asked me R1800 to fix my sunroof.

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EttienneT
Country: South Africa
Vehicle: 07 Pajero SWB 3.2 DiD
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:54 pm

Does anybody have a step-by-step guide of how to remove the glass form the car?

The fix seems quite easy, if you're a panel beater - with a careful hand....

Thanks again to all !
cobbers
Country: south africa
Vehicle: paj swb DiD
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:10 pm

Hi guys, first time post for me, same problem with my 2007 3.2 DID shorty. Research so far confirms new price of R18-21k. I am about to remove roof and attempt a repair, I see from the photos that the rubber seal is attached to the glass, is that correct, my rubber seal appears to have come loose around the front edge and maybe what cause the water ingress problem.
Some questions for anybody with hands on experience of this problem.
is there a sequence for disassembly?
is reassembly just the reverse of disassembly.
any hidden issues to be aware of during disassembly like hidden bolts, inaccessible screws etc?
any tricks to make the job easier,
is this a two man job or can one man remove it.
greatly appreciate any pointers or advice from experienced DIYers.

thanks guys.

cobbers.
2007 3.2 DiD shorty GLX -- <150k kms
2010 3.2 DiD LWB GLS, with OME raised suspension, just replaced all shocks with Australian version, seems good match, leather seats, 2nd 40 lt tank, fridge wiring and 2nd battery, nudge bar, frontrunner full length roof rack. <160k kms. average 10.5lt/100km fuel consumption around town and dirt roads around home. Goodyears wrangers tyres giving excellent even wear performance,
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EmileT
Country: South Africa
Vehicle: Pajero 3.2 Di-D, SWB, Gen. 4
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Re: Rust in the sunroof frame

Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:02 am

After reading about the Pajero sunroof rust problem I checked the sunroof on my 2011 low mileage Gen 4 SWB and found two smallish rust bubbles on the frame - nothing serious I thought. Luckily I had it checked at a good panel-beater. He removed the sunroof glass with its frame to do the fix. When removing the rubber seal that fits on the lip around the frame we discovered that most of the lip has started to rust. Luckily mostly surface rust and not too badly pitted at this stage. If this was left a little longer the damage would have been terminal. That panelbeater showed me that it is simply a flawed design. Rainwater or moisture gets trapped on the rim of the frame with nowhere to go.
It is very easy to remove the sunroof glass with its frame. You simply undo the 6 torx bolts that attach the frame to the carrier mechanism and then lift the glass with its frame out. Then it is easy to remove the sealing rubber to inspect, clean, repair and paint the lip of the frame.

My advice. Go and have a good look at your sunroof or even better, remove it to do a proper inspection
- even if you have a new Pajero. If discovered early it is an easy and inexpensive fix.

I attach of photo of the rust on my frame. This was not visible before removing the rubber seal. Apologies - the quality of the cellphone photo is not the best.
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