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Old 05-04-2019, 05:58 PM
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Hatch Adjusters will not Stay in position?

So I keep chasing the Creaking Rear Hatch. I adjust the upper stops, and it seems to go away, then a week (or less) later it is back.

I just realized today that even after tightening the 'lock nut' on the underside, I can still turn the adjuster screws freely

This seems so simple, not sure what I am missing. It.s almost like I have to run the adjusters out (high) then tighten the nut, and screw them back in till they are snug, but this is an aggravating trial and error guessing game trying to get to the right height this way..

What am I missing? I'm feeling pretty stupid right now..
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Hatch Adjusters will not Stay in position?

I think being plastic/ rubber-ish, that they donít seem to lock really well.

Mine creaked off and on when it got colder outside so I screwed them up a bit, applied a small dot of clear silicone sealer and turned them back down to where I had them with the hatch not creaking . Let the silicone dry over night, closed the hatch in the morning and have been good since.

I tried loctite blue - didnít work, I think the silicone was just a bit ďthickerĒ and dried in the threads better.


Edit - itís also pretty easy to twist out and clean off if you need to change the height in the future.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:30 AM
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Looking at the design, I fail to understand how the bottom nut 'locks' the adjuster in place. It seems like it just secures the adjuster plate to the body.

The 'lock nut' threads onto a 'barrel' that is threaded inside for the adjuster screw itself. May this document (attached) I found is not accurate?

I ended up finding a height that seems so work, measured the distance between the stop and the body, and added washers to 'shim' it in place, so it can't go any lower now. And I can actually tighten the adjuster down now..

It's not ideal, and I'd like to eventually figure out the 'right' way to do this, but for now, it seems to have stopped the creaking noises that were making it feel like a used 80's Hyundai..
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Hatch Adjusters will not Stay in position?

Canít see the pic for some strange reason but I get what youíre saying. I almost used nylon washers myself but I didnít like how it looked (they were white... and stood out like a sore thumb) so I went with some clear silicone and just ďthread lockedĒ them in place. I canít see it and it seems to be working very well

If you figure out a more proper fix, keep me posted.
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