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Hi everyone! We just picked up an '04 XT yesterday and loving it! It was raining yesterday and it seems that there are no leaks on ours so far. What should I look out for? How do I maintain it and keep it in tip-top shape? How do I clean it?

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I maintain the rubber seals on all of my sunroofs with 303 Aerospace Protectant.
Same here... keeps them from drying/shrinking from UV exposure. Also, it doesn't hurt to clean out and lubricate the tracks with WD-40 or lithium grease once in a while if the moonroof is opened frequently.
 

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It is good to maintain the rubber seal around the edge of the glass. But it is not supposed to be a perfect seal. It is soft and loose to allow the glass panel to be pushed up into the metal roof. It may in fact leak, perhaps in a carwash, or with age, but you will not know it because of the perimeter gutter below it.
When someone says their moon roof does not leak, they are only saying that the drains at each corner of the moon roof's gutter are open and handling whatever water gets past the rubber seal.
 

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... just picked up an '04 XT... What should I look out for? How do I maintain it and keep it in tip-top shape? How do I clean it?
Open the roof all the way, clean the tracks if needed, and lube them with silicone or lithium spray.
I think some roof motors and mechanisms fail because some people operate them a lot, and park under trees with the glass half open. My trees drop all kinds of things all season long. Seed covers, seeds, pollen, and leaves. If they fall on a car top, they don't stay long. If they fall onto a half-open moon roof, they cannot escape and are blown to the edges and back under the roof. You may never see the stuff. Over the years this material gums up the grease in the tracks, increases friction, and strains the linkage and the motor. Jams and breakages can occur.
I use my moon roof sparingly, and don't park with it half open near trees.
 
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