Dodge Durango Liftgate Struts replaced now big gap and won't close

Asked by Sep 16, 2011 at 02:13 PM about the 2000 Dodge Durango SLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

This is on my 2000 Dodge Durango SLT 5.9.

One of the struts was stuck so I tried some oil and pulled up.  Did not work.  I
removed the strut and replaced it with a new one.  Now there is a fairly large gap
and the rear hatch / liftgate will not line up and close.   

Do you think the hinges were bent?  Any ideas on where to go from here?

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Sounds like the old shock was not the problem with the misalignment of the rear hatch. Most likely a curb bump or if you have taken the vehicle off road a tweak frame. Your local body shop should have a frame rack and can run a couple hundred bucks to measure it. Your best option without spending the piggybank money is to tweak the rear hatch to now fit the frame.

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