1997 Ford Explorer Rear Hatch Alignment

Asked by Aug 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM about the 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We replaced the hinges on the rear hatch.  The hatch closes perfectly without the lift supports.  When those are put back on the hatch is too close the left and gets caught on the lens.  When we pull it over to the left to clear the lens, the latch on the right is too high for the striker.

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Loosen and realign the hinges.

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So the hatch is aligned perfectly without the lifts, I'd say that the lift struts are not equal in the pressure exerted on both sides of the hatch door causing it to flex to one side, you may have to replace both of the lift struts to equalize the pressure.

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