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Old 06-19-2011, 02:06 PM
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Re: Rear window / Tailgate issue / Grrr!

After waiting for almost 1 full month, my Overland is going in the shop tomorrow. NOT HAPPY WITH MY DEALER...
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Re: Rear window / Tailgate issue / Grrr!

I finally got my Jeep back from the dealer last Friday.
They did a good job.

Every time I hit the button to open the rear hatch, I get chills down my spine and always cross my fingers… I guess I will get use to it…

End of the story for now...

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Same problem. Had the same glass issue where it got misaligned scracthed the paint, took it in they replaced the glass went home pressed the open tailgate button and heard the terrible sound of metal and plastic crunching. Took it in to be fixed and repainted (1 week) and it looked great. Used the tailgate a few times and then bang it happened again. Truly an engineering defect that could be more prevalent then we know. How many people so far have posted this same issue?
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:09 AM
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Re: Rear window / Tailgate issue / Grrr!

My Jeep developed a similar issue. It's not identical to the other liftgate alignment problems here, but it's in the same vein. I think heat expansion might have pushed the upper-right corner into the D-pillar.

My jeep had been parked in the sun all afternoon. I lifted the liftgate and as it neared fully-open, I heard a clunking noise. I closed and re-opened a few times to try to pinpoint the noise. It happened each time I opened it. It turns out the upper-right corner of the liftgate/spoiler sits right up against the top of the D-pillar. The paint has been scraped off of both the liftgate/spoiler and the D-pillar. Bare metal is showing on the D-pillar.

After it cooled down outside and the Jeep sat in the shade for a while, the problem stopped happening. When cool, there is about 5/32" of clearance between the liftgate and the D-pillar on the left side, but no clearance at all on the right side. It looks like the gate always rubs the pillar, but when it bakes in the sun that tiny bit of expansion really pushes the parts together.

I'll be taking it to a dealer, but I figured I'd post here to add to the issues already reported.
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Re: Rear window / Tailgate issue / Grrr!

The Jeep is going into the shop tomorrow for the spoiler scraping the D-pillar. Thought I'd post a picture here of what it looks like...



Yeah, it's filthy. Why'd I let it get that bad? I didn't notice it was happening until a hot day last week when it went "clunk" when I opened the liftgate. I guess the spoiler expands in the heat and makes it much worse.
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Re: Rear window / Tailgate issue / Grrr!

This is something i am seriously worried about. How can a car maker in this day and age get something like this so wrong. Wonder how the cars will go in Australia's soring heat this summer.

Glue? really? - on something that takes a heap of use and sits in the extremes of hot and cold days all throughout the world.......surely there are better ways in 2011.

I am no expert - and i freely admit it, but this just doesn't seem like it's a good idea.
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Glue has been successfully used for a long time, especially on glass, and glue sometimes fails when applied well or not. How many times have you've heard of a rear view mirror fall off a windshield?

The alternatives include ditching the hatch, a full frame (perhaps ugly), or drilling holes in the glass which introduces stress and a load of other problems...
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Glue has been successfully used for a long time, especially on glass, and glue sometimes fails when applied well or not. How many times have you've heard of a rear view mirror fall off a windshield?

The alternatives include ditching the hatch, a full frame (perhaps ugly), or drilling holes in the glass which introduces stress and a load of other problems...
all good points, which i am glad you mentioned. Thats what i like about forums, always someone to offer points you may not have thought of.

Would be good if car manufacturers jumped online and could give us some pointers as to why some things can happen. Often an understanding of the reasons why can diffuse somethings that often looks quite ugly.
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