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Rear Hatch Adjustment/Rear Wiper/Center brake fix


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#1 BuzzKill

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Posted 06 March 2002 - 03:36 AM

The hinges on the rear lid are adjustable on the body, here is how you do it (It is a pain in the a**).

NOTE: It is very helpful to have a factory manual anytime attempting a task of this nature. The manual illustrates how to remove such panels without damaging them.

1. Remove the rear headliner (roll bar trim) by prying downward on the rear of the liner (edge near the hatch opening) and inserting a trim stick or screw driver between the liner and the clips. Remove the clips and remove the liner by pushing it towards the front. This will usually require a decent shove to get it to move.

2. The adjustment bolts of the hinge will be in plain view in the body. Loosen the nuts leaving them in place.

3. Open the hatch only enough to clear the latches (approx. 3").

4. Make sure the hinges are loose from the body. Sometimes they stick to it.

It takes two people to complete the next step.

5. Have someone inside the car ready to tighten the bolts while the other person adjusts the position of the lid to where you want it.

In my case, all I had to do was push the lid up and then tighten the bolts and the spoiler was perfectly aligned with the side spoilers. As a bonus, my rear wiper started working again. This whole time I thought the motor shot. Go figure

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Posted 09 March 2002 - 05:31 PM

    Also can fix the third brake light, and rear defrost too.
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Posted 27 March 2002 - 09:36 PM

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    Also can fix the third brake light, and rear defrost too.


how?

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Posted 27 March 2002 - 10:46 PM

?? What do you mean how? The re-alignment of the hatch will usually solve problems with the rear wiper, defrost and center brake light.

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Posted 27 March 2002 - 10:50 PM

how difficult is it to get the headliner trim off without breaking any clips or anything?  I need to realign my hatch so I can get my defrost working and 3rd brake light too.

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Posted 28 March 2002 - 02:32 AM

Well, I can't guarantee you won't break one (or more) of the plastic clips, but I've managed to do it quite a few times without breaking any. The rear headliner (the part with the vents and sensor) slides forward. You just need to push it forward hard enough to get it to release - start shoving it forward (from the back side of it) with a fair amount of effort and shove it with more effort each time until it moves. The clips are in such a way that this shouldn't break them. Just be careful to keep your hands away from the vents, you can crack them pretty easy if your hand slips.
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Posted 30 April 2002 - 01:13 AM

I have a non working rear wiper, rear defogger, and third brake light. I am gonna try it this weekend. I had a strong feeling these problems were all related, but never in a million years would I have guessed this. I just can't understand how this fixes this problem, but if it works I guess I don't need to know.  Anyone know why this causes them to fail? I am baffled. My hatch almost even right now, but I'll try it anyway. It's worth a shot.
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Posted 30 April 2002 - 09:53 AM

There are contacts in the hatch struts/supports that can get corroded or bent enough that they don't make proper contact to complete the circuit. In addition to realigning the hatch, try cleaning the contacts in the hatch struts and bend them back out slightly (being careful not to break them).

The fact that all 3 (wiper, brake light & defogger) don't work for you is a good indication that this will probably correct the problem.
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Posted 26 June 2003 - 12:24 AM

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The reason this works is when the hatch is out of alignment
the electrical components do not make contact. When you
adjust the hatch forward then the contacts come together.
You might also check the plugs on the hatch struts.
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Posted 06 August 2003 - 03:09 PM

This is great info!!! It worked perfectly Now my rear wiper, defroster, and cyclops brake light work!!!!




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