I had this, there are two small brackets along the rails ( L shape about 3/4" long). on mine, one of them fell preventing it from closing. I reached and felt the loose part on top of headboard leaning againts the the side of the body. Goodluck
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This is normal. The reason it raises higher is due to the design of the sliding arms in the moon roof. without going into too much detail, the reason it raises before closing is to "unlock" itself from from the "Locked" open Position in order to get to the "Locked" closed position. Its a fancy way of making it seal well when closed and not rattle when open
I had this issue and found the solution around, worth sharing and it takes 30 seconds:
<li>Press the sunroof switch forward to move the sliding roof panel into the tilted position.</li>
<li>Release the sunroof switch.</li>
<li>Press and hold the sunroof switch forward until the sliding roof panel moves slightly. This may take 30 seconds or more.</li>
<li>Release the sunroof switch.</li>
<li>Immediately press and hold the sunroof switch in the forward position. The sliding roof panel will move down and rearward to the open position, and then forward into the closed position. Do not release the sunroof switch until the sliding roof panel has stopped completely.</i></li>
<li>Your sunroof panel should now be aligned.</li></span>
Unfortunately the car's Japanese not German...ahem. We find with our RX that if you fully open it, and then slide it about an inch forward it stops the buffeting. Another alternative is open a window slightly.
Section 01-17: Roof Panel, Sliding—Electric
1996 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual
DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION
The sliding roof panel (502B98):
is available as an option.
is electrically operated through the accessory delay relay (controlled by generic electronic module (GEM)).
is of self-storing design.
requires a specific headliner.
utilizes a unique roof console and dome lamp.
has an air deflector.
The electrical system operates in the following manner:
Two switches control movement of the roof panel.
When the SLIDE roof sliding panel switch (15B691) is rocked rearward, the roof sliding outer glass panel (502A82) slides into the storage space between the roof trim panel (51968) and the roof panel, exposing an opening over the front seats.
When the SLIDE roof sliding panel switch is rocked forward with the roof sliding outer glass panel fully back in the storage space, the roof sliding outer glass panel moves forward from the storage position.
The rear portion of the roof sliding outer glass panel moves upward on two lifter arms near the end of the forward travel, allowing a weather-tight seal when the roof sliding outer glass panel is closed.
An AUTO feature allows the SLIDE roof sliding panel switch to be touched momentarily to cause the roof panel to automatically move to the fully open position.
When the TILT roof sliding panel switch is rocked forward with the roof sliding outer glass panel fully forward, the rear of the roof sliding outer glass panel pops up to the VENT position.
With the roof sliding outer glass panel in the VENT position, rocking the TILT roof sliding panel switch rearward closes the roof sliding outer glass panel.
Sliding Roof Panel Does Not Open or Close
Open power feed fuse.
Damaged roof sliding panel switch.
Damaged sliding roof panel motor.
VISUAL INSPECTION CHART
Damaged roof panel
Obstructed roof panel
Damaged drive cable(s)
Open Power Distribution Box Fuses 1 (40A) or 4 (30A)