During stardate 31 Oct 2005 04:06:55 -0800, "Pacman"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> uttered the imortal words:
>My upper tailgate takes quite a bit of effort to get it to close
>properly. I have to give it a good slam in order for it to lock into
>place. Are there any adjustments that can be made so it takes less
I had this with Alfie. It's a bit of a bugger on a Rangie of your age
as the issues which can cause this are many.
1. Spring within the lock it's self failed. You will be able to tell
this by grabbing the lock and pulling it away from the car. If it
raises around 1cm then the spring is stuffed. To be extra sure lock
the lock and then shut the boot. If it's corroded away, when unlocked
as you slam the lid it opens it's self at the same time due to the
momentum of the tailgate.
2. Rust / Corrosion around the catches where they go through the
tailgate. This causes the mechanisims to jam up into the open
position. Cure, remove and clean-up if your lucky you can refit
3. Worn catches either end. Reveals it's self as one catch catching
and the other doesn't. Though this could also be indicative of 2
4. General corrosion in the tailgate frame allowing movement of the
tailgate sufficent to allow the rods to move and open the latches in
the moment when you least want them too.
Check your tailgate for corrosion. I just replaced my 1990 Rangie
Tailgate before selling it with an Ally one. £299 but well worth it if
your keeping it. Also factor in getting new catches as I'll bet they
are corroded through on the section where there rods go through the
tailgate. Most importantly. When you adjust the any alterations, first
close try with the bottom tailgate down, especially if you have a dog
guard /rear shelf fitted. It takes a while to get the rods adjusted
right so that the tailgate will open again.. bummer if you have to
climb in to pull the rods.
Once you think your sorted if you do fit a new tailgate beware the
fitting of the rubber water seal on the lower edge as this usually
requires reagustment all over again.
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