Ford Explorer: Roof Opening Panel / Removal and Installation - Roof Opening Panel Shield

Ford Explorer 2020-2021 Service Manual / Body and Paint / Body and Paint / Roof Opening Panel / Removal and Installation - Roof Opening Panel Shield

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Interior Trim Remover

Removal

NOTE: Removal steps in this procedure may contain installation details.

  1. Refer to: Roof Opening Panel Fixed Glass (501-17 Roof Opening Panel, Removal and Installation).
  1. Refer to: Roof Opening Panel Frame (501-17 Roof Opening Panel, Removal and Installation).
    1. NOTE: Pay attention to the position of the clip in relation to the sewn threads of the fabric and to the guide rail for reference to install.

      Both sides.
      Use the General Equipment: Interior Trim Remover
    1. Both sides.
    1. NOTE: Count the number of turns when rolling the fabric front beam from the clips for reference to install (typically 2 folds).

      Both sides together.
  1. NOTE: Lift only enough to fully release the retaining ball from the frame.

  1. NOTE: Preform steps 1 and 2 together. Do not allow the shaft to pull out of the frame bracket until fully removing the shield in step 3.

    1. NOTE: The shield/shaft tension locking action can be felt while performing steps 1 and 2.

      Hold the shaft in the frame bracket.
    1. Gently twist and pull the assembly until the internal shield/shaft tension lock clicks into position.
    1. NOTE: If the shield is to be reused, do not allow the shaft to be pushed into the assembly or pretension will be lost.

Installation

  1. NOTE: A new shield assembly is pretensioned. After inserting the slotted end of the shield assembly into the slotted bracket of the frame, rotate the assembly (slotted bracket will keep the shaft from turning) until the tension releases.

    To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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