Pluriel roof rattles like a machine gun

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My Name: vince68

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Model: C3 Pluriel - with or without roof
Year: 2005 (05)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 55000
Trim Level: VTR+
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)

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I all just wondering if someone would be able to help me out here .. I opened my roof back fully to over the back window.. but when I went to close it it just rattled like a machine gun ..I got my partner to hold button while I pushed it back..to close it as it was raining heavy.. but now the roof will only go back 1st notch .no noise of motor running nothing .when I close it again the roof will close them motor goes like a machine gun again .. I checked the runners across they seem OK. don't no where else I can check without the roof being pulled back .. and the back window won't open to get into boot .. any help or advise be great many thanks Neil
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vince68 wrote: I opened my roof back fully to over the back window.. but when I went to close it it just rattled like a machine gun ..
This sounds like the motor drive gear is slipping on the drive wires. Its a common problem and often these parts fail due to a complete lack of servicing - like grease on the runner drives.

The plastic motor mounts can also fail if the roof is too stiff and now its not working at all, maybe a fuse has eventually blown to protect the wiring.

Depending on the year and if you can do the work yourself, it is quite probably a write-off.

Have a look at this topic for the roof parts (3 pages worth) that I have mentioned and you can see where they are and if its something you want to take a look at?
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