Tailgate Striker Adjustment

Make sure the tailgate latches securely without slamming it. If necessary, adjust the striker (A): The striker nuts are fixed, but the striker can be adjusted slightly up or down, and in or out.

1.Remove the rear portion of the left rear side trim panel, as necessary.

2.Loosen the screws (B), then insert a shop towel (C) between the body and striker.

 

3.Lightly tighten the screws.

4.Wrap the striker with a shop towel, then adjust the striker by tapping it with a plastic hammer (D). Do not tap the striker too hard.

5.Loosen the screws, and remove the shop towel.

6.Lightly tighten the screws.

7.Hold the outer handle out, and push the tailgate against the body to be sure the striker allows a flush fit. If the tailgate latches properly, tighten the screws and recheck.

8.Install the left rear side trim panel.