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Unread 03-12-2014, 12:29 AM   #1
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liftgate not closing right

I just recently found out where most of my heat is going and where dust was getting in- there seems to be a large gap at the bottom of the liftgate door where it meets the weather seal. from the outside, it looks as if I didn't close the liftgate hard enough. When I close the liftgate, it does catch the latch piece, and holds. Could it be the new liftgate supports pushing it up, or a problem with the latch assembly?

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Unread 03-12-2014, 12:36 AM   #2
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When I replaced the hatch struts on my car I messed up and had one of the brackets reversed which caused the hatch to do exactly what you're describing. Double check the strut brackets to make sure they're on correctly on both sides. Also there are rubber bump rests that are adjustable, make sure they aren't spun out too far. Twist them all the way in and try closing the hatch. If that doesn't help, remove your struts and see if the hatch will close without them. If so, they're the problem.
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Unread 03-12-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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x2 on the bumpers. Just don't screw them in too far or it's a PITA to get back open.
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