Jamming roof blind

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My friend has a prob­lem with the sun­roof blind on his 2011 Citroën C5 es­tate. This blind comes in four sec­tions: the front sec­tion pushes into the sec­ond sec­tion, which then pushes into the third and so on. The electrics work fine (they’re only con­nected to the front sec­tion). The prob­lem arises when try­ing to close the blind – the front sec­tion moves OK, but the sec­ond sec­tion jumps up as it tries to pull it and the front car­ries on. Citroën are quot­ing a wal­let-bust­ing £2000 to re­pair it! Mau­rice Brewin

As it has a four-sec­tion roof blind, I am as­sum­ing the ve­hi­cle is a C5 X7 with the panoramic roof. From the sound of the prob­lem, I would sus­pect that one of the drive track clips may have bro­ken.

Re­mov­ing the roof blinds is quite a com­plex job and in­volves first de­tach­ing the head­lin­ing. The shade blinds then need to be ex­tracted one at a time by un­clip­ping the re­tain­ing springs. Citroën rec­om­mend that all the re­tain­ing springs should be re­placed, which means that all four pan­els have to come out. The pan­els need to be re­moved one at a time by lin­ing the drive track clips with the re­cess to take them out.

The quote of £2000 does seem ex­ces­sive. It may pay to search lo­cally for a ve­hi­cle up­hol­stery spe­cial­ist who can carry out a cheaper re­pair.

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