Tailgate Adjustment

NOTE: Check for a flush fit with the body, then check for equal gaps between the top, both sicles, and bottom tailgate edges and the body. Check that the tailgate and body edges are parallel. Before adjusting, replace the mounting bolts.

1.Place the vehicle on a firm, level surface when adjusting the tailgate.

2.Remove the tailgate support strut from each side.

3.Adjust at the hinges (A):

  • Loosen the tailgate mounting bolts (B) slightly, and move the tailgate in or out until it's flush with the body.
  • Remove the right taillight and rear bumper.
  • Loosen the hinge mounting bolts (C) slightly, and move the tailgate left or right , up or down as necessary to equalize the gaps.
  • Place a shop towel (D) on the jack (E) to prevent damage to the tailgate when adjusting the tailgate.

 

4.Tighten each bolts securely.

5.Check that the tailgate and body edges are paralle. If necessary, adjust the tailgate cushions (A) to make the left of the tailgate flush with the body.

 

6.Reinstall the support strut securely.

7.Apply body paint to the hinge mounting bolts and around the hinges.

8.Reinstall all removing removed parts.

9.Grease the location of the tailgate hinges is indicated by the arrows.

 

10.Check for water leaks.