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    Default warning to signum owners r:e sunroofs

    this warning comes in two parts, 1) driving on the local dual carriage way, with an empty road to the front, rear and overhead, my sunroof exploded on me, the only thing i can think of is possibly due to the air pressure of driving up hill (lol). 2) on trying to claim with "tesco car insurance" (full comp) they refused to pay saying a sunroof is not a window (they think, as there is nothing in their insurance booklet on the subject). so as for part one, please check your sunroofs for any signs of damage. 2)please check with your insurance company if you are covered for your sunroof, having to pay £601.60 for a piece of glass is no joke when i thought full comp insurance would pay for this sort of damage.
    as for "tescos" im not sure its "tesco, every little helps" as much as "every little helps tescos"
    ps i would be interested to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience with "exploding sunroofs"

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    Old man had one break a very long time ago on his cavalier and it was replaced by his insurance.
    I'd try and take it further with your insurance co, I would have thought it would be covered, probably best to write to them to avoid the script monkeys on the phone.

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    Can only think that sunlight has heated it glass and caused a small imperfection or crack to shatter...?

    There's a theory that these:



    ...which sit behind the rear bumper, are valves to help with pressurisation issues like these, but I don't think it would be a serious consideration for the cause...

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    ive hurd a few storys about sunroofs shattering that was when i had my megane it was on the megane fourm, somethink to do with hot air out side and the air con (cold air) on the inside scary tho imagin your driving and it just goes POP i would **** myself if my son was in the car i would be livid if it hurt him

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    I'd ask who underwrites there insurance... Sunroofs come under glass and windows in most and should be replaced if fully comp...

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    I was driving to Canada from the US a few years ago in my Jeep Cherokee and the sunroof got sucked off the roof, flew off behind us and shattered on the concrete. A few hours later, it started raining. Was fine while going above 50mph but sucked while waiting at red lights, eventually sorted it with a tarpoline and some bungee cords those were the days

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    Toughened glass can spontaniously combust due to nickel in the glass, however car and most other heat treated glass goes through a heat soaking process for 8-24 hours and if its going to go it will do in the heat soaking.

    HST apparently changes failure from 1 in 1000m2 to 1 in 10,000m2

    Glass can also fail due to thermal shock, however HST also 'stops' this kind of failure.

    More likely it was hit by something or something was caught in the runners and caused the failure.

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    I've never contacted my insurers to claim for glass damaged or broken, I had a sun roof hit by a stone and crack in a previous car, had the side window put in when it got broken into as well as quite a few windscreens over the years. Each time I've just called up a screen replacement company, told them the glass and they've come out fitted a replacement, checked my policy for the excess fee on glass and had the 60 quid it states, off me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo248 View Post
    this warning comes in two parts, 1) driving on the local dual carriage way, with an empty road to the front, rear and overhead, my sunroof exploded on me, the only thing i can think of is possibly due to the air pressure of driving up hill (lol). 2) on trying to claim with "tesco car insurance" (full comp) they refused to pay saying a sunroof is not a window (they think, as there is nothing in their insurance booklet on the subject). so as for part one, please check your sunroofs for any signs of damage. 2)please check with your insurance company if you are covered for your sunroof, having to pay £601.60 for a piece of glass is no joke when i thought full comp insurance would pay for this sort of damage.
    as for "tescos" im not sure its "tesco, every little helps" as much as "every little helps tescos"
    ps i would be interested to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience with "exploding sunroofs"
    This happened to me with Tesco. PM me if you need to find out how i got paid out.

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