How to Manually Close the Electric Moon Roof on a Toyota Previa


The Toyota Previa developed a loyal following among American families who enjoyed the roomy interior and numerous additional amenities the vehicle offered. One of the most popular of those options was the rear electric moon roof. The moon roof could be opened to let in the fresh air, or closed with the interior cover opened to give passengers a view of the sky. Although it happens only rarely, the Previa's electrical system sometimes fails to completely close the moon roof. If this happens, you’ll have to close the roof manually.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Grasp the cover to the rear cooling system, located to the rear of the moon-roof control. Remove the cover by pulling it down. Set the cover aside.

  • Locate the two moon-roof-control-cover retaining screws beneath the cover. Insert a Phillips-head screwdriver into one of the screws. Turn the screwdriver counterclockwise until the screw is completely loose. Repeat the process on the other screw. Set the screws aside. Remove the moon-roof control cover and set it aside.

  • Remove the tool bag from beneath the front passenger’s seat. Remove the crank-shaped screwdriver from the tool bag. Insert the screwdriver into the drive-shaft screw, located beneath the moon-roof control cover. Turn the screwdriver counterclockwise until the screw is completely loose. Remove the screw and accompanying spacers. Set the screw and spacers aside.

  • Pull the moon roof forward by hand, as far as it will go. Insert the screwdriver into the drive shaft. Turn the drive shaft clockwise with the screwdriver until the moon roof is completely closed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have the system checked by a qualified technician as soon as possible.
  • These instructions are for units that are equipped with a rear air conditioner. For a unit without one, remove the moon-roof control cover, then proceed to Steps 3 and 4.
  • Do not lose the drive-shaft screw and spacers. The electric moon roof will not operate without them.

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