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Re: 1996 galant webasto electric sunroof will not close.
There are sprial wrap cables that act like gear tracks for the sunroof. You have probably broken one of the cables. If you change one, change both, it is also best to change the drive gear at the same time. You will have to get the parts through the dealer.
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check fuse and relay if good than possible motor ot track problem their should be a mechanical bypass that will let you close it if stuck open the following information is courtesy of monte carlo forum
To check the condition of your original sunroof guides:
Gl*** in closed position.
Locate & remove 3 torx bolts on each side of sunroof glass. Lift glass out of sunroof opening & set aside in a safe place.
Locate "J" shaped cover plate at front of sunroof track assembly. Remove 2 torx bolts from each cover plate.
Lift up bracket to remove.
Inspect the plastic guides on each side. The sunroof cables attach to guides on front outer corner. Inspect this area closely for damage.
Do not operate the sunroof with the J plates removed.
If the sunroof guides are not broken & the glass is a uniform height along the rear edge your problem may be a stripped gear inside the motor. The motor has a manual override:
Get access to the motor by removing the map light/switch console or lowering the front of the headliner.
Insert a large standard screwdriver into the nylon bushing at the center of the motor hub. Push up & turn the screwdriver to manually move the sunroof glass. If the unit will fully open & close manually, you most likely only need a replacement motor.
If your sunroof is stuck in the open position follow these steps to get it closed:
Remove the glass.
Try to close the unit without the glass. Many times one side will still be operational and close correctly.
Try to slide the inoperable lift arm forward. If it moves, slide it forward until it stops.
You now need to slide the original plastic guide forward to lower the arm to the closed position. Using a standard screwdriver, push it forward. The lift arm should begin to lower.
If the lift arm will still not fully lower, remove the J plate as explained above, sometimes the sunroof cable will need to be lifted up to allow the guide to fully slide forward.
If you remove any gear that is coupling it to the motor you should be able to slide it back to where you want. I would put gear back just to hold it in place and keep it from moving. But you do have to replace that gearbox for future operation.
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)
You can try cleaning and lubricating the runners. The sunroof will open as soon as it is obstructed, eg. A childs arm in the way of closing. The problem here is that you can hear the motor running, wich indicates a broken cable, or a stripped plastic gear.
My 97 Grand Prix sunroof tracks are offset. My driver side track is in the closed position, and the passenger side track is in a half open position. When the problem happened I was closing the roof and heard a hard clicking. It stopped working from that moment on. The tracks werent offset as much as they are now before I took the glass off. When I removed the glass, the passenger side track sprung back about 6 inches. The motor works, but the tracks only move about a half inch forward and backwards. Its cable operated and my guess is that one side jumped the track or a gear or something. Anybody help?
It sounds like it just needs to be reinitialized. Turn your key to the on position with motor off and hold the up/full vent button down for at least 30 seconds or until your sunroof either clicks or goes to the full vent position. That should fix your problem.