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    how to fix sagging sunroof handle

    so i own 2 bmws with crank sunroofs and my e30 had this same problem...so i figured i do a little easy how to on fixing the very common sagging sunroof crank handle ....basically what happens over time is the metal eventually gets pushed away and wont hold the handle in place anymore very easy to fix:

    if you can see in this pic there is a small round divot in the side of this metal this is what holds the handle up



    there is a round ball that slides into each divot and holds the handle up snug



    all you need to do is take the 2 ends of the metal and either take a pair of pliers or put it in a vice and push it back together and your handle will hold nice and snug again!!

    push ---> <--- push

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    That's fantastic!
    I wish i would have done that before using loc-tite "red" on the handle screw


    If you're trying to make me feel better about this scenario, give it up....

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    Sigh... Thanks, can't wait to fix that.

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    Thanks for this easy fix.

    And you just saved me from trying to hunt down a good handle unit in the junkyard.

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    good info man thanks!

    I hang my sunglasses from the crank so I bet it will start to sag eventually. I just purchased a new one not 2 years ago.
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    Great how-to and thanks for crossing the border into e21 Legion country to share!
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    So I just bought a new crank handle from AutohausAZ and have had a hell of a time putting it in. It just will not go all the way through. Is there any trick (position of the sunroof and crank) I do not know of? I've inspected carefully and it's the same exact part. I have a feeling this is one of those things that only experience tells. Thanx.

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    What is the issue? Is the not seating?
    I think the basic instructions are: Line up the flat sides of the shaft with the handle, then line up the plastic "flange" parts and press it home, install screws.

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    It's just not going through. I really don't want to break it by forcing it too hard. I guess my old part came out easily and is going back in easily because you can tell it's really worn. I'll continue trying today. I also thought that maybe both parts had to be in certain position for them to fit just right.

    Quote Originally Posted by edennelson View Post
    What is the issue? Is the not seating?
    I think the basic instructions are: Line up the flat sides of the shaft with the handle, then line up the plastic "flange" parts and press it home, install screws.

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    I had the same problem. There are aftermarket crank handles made in India IIRC that don't work, period. I spent the extra few bucks and bought an OE handle that fit perfectly.

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    Got it! Did a little bit of filing and tapped it in until it went through. Works and looks great! Gettin there - slowly but surely.

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