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Author Topic: looking for lowertailgate plastic and pixs of inside tailgate  (Read 3385 times)
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« on: July 06, 2010, 10:48:58 AM »

as the title says looking for lower tailgate plastic and drivers side top latch
so yesterday i decided to see what i can do to try to make my hatchback open like it supost to well trying to remove the plastic pannel on the tailgate it kinda  broke so now im left to find a panel from a 02 aztek i didnt think it would be that hard to find till i started calling around ,  all in the same time i broke the drivers side upper latch on the tailgate , if there is anyone out there in aztek world that has an aztek junked out or a spare tailgate that they might wanna sell in the new Brunswick,Canada or or around let me know you can email me at tm_stickers@live.com, i dont want to have to buy the whole tailgate just for the trim as the tailgates sell for 350 +tax at the junk yards here

thanks btw if anyone wants pixs of the internal of the gate here it is notice where the clips are and how the latch mechanism works
hope this image helps someone sry for the cheap quality

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010, 01:44:34 PM »

The mechanism does not fail, the hatch is too heavy.  The hydraulic arms that hold up the hatch wear out overtime and they can no longer pop up enough when you hit the button for the hatch to unlatch.  Unfortunately it was a design flaw, mine are getting pretty stiff at 130k and I have to use my remote + my hand to open the hatch or have somebody pulling on the hatch as I push the button in the vehicle.  That and it takes a guy's strength just to push it open lol my mom nor my best friend's girl can open it without help.  Replacing the arms will fix it, but only for so long before those ones wear out.  I know because my grandfather had to replace both hydraulic arms on the back hatch of his Trailblazer and now the thing opens without any effort at all (they burst and the fluid inside went everywhere).

But of course maybe yours did actually fail, just pointing out that it is not a common problem with the releasing mechanism itself.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010, 03:04:18 PM »

Yes the hatch is just a bit "iffy" ... the weight is the issue like Python said.

So, whymeth, now that you have it all open... what are your plans? What do you have in mind to improve the "iffy" system to work better? Keep us posted - great idea to make the Aztek even better! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010, 05:09:56 PM »

after reading some intresting post on here i was thinking a sheet of dimand plate and make a nice spot for my portable bbq and maby even a place to put my utensils??? i have no idea  ,what do you think i should do i was also thinking of putting some 6x9 speakers or even some compact 6" subs surronded with a sheet of gray polyurethane ?? still no idea yet
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 07:29:13 AM »

BBQ on wheels! Love it. :wacko:
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 11:27:05 AM »

give this a try

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/45-LB-Trunk-Door-Pop-Solenoid-Shaved-Door-Handle-Kit-/220377984855?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item334f8d2f57
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2010, 04:42:13 PM »

now that i might consider
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