AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Tailgate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Dual Tailgate



See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the tailgate componentsMatador wagon models

  1. Open the tailgate vertically.
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  3. Remove the torsion rod retainer clip.
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  5. Use locking pliers to twist the torsion rod a little bit counterclockwise, and pull the torsion rod out of the right lower hinge.
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CAUTION
Never try to pull the torsion rod out when the tailgate is opened horizontally!

  1. Pivot the torsion rod away from the body.
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  3. Close the tailgate, then open it horizontally.
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  5. Open the rear compartment, remove the plastic liner screws, lift the liner and disconnect the wiring harness at the tailgate.
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  7. Support the weight of the tailgate on some kind of stand, or have a couple of friends hold it.
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  9. Disconnect the support cable from the left upper hinge.
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  11. Disengage the right lower hinge by manually tripping the latch.
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  13. Trace the outline of the left lower hinge on the tailgate inner panel.
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  15. Unbolt the left lower hinge from the inner panel and remove the tailgate.
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  17. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the tailgate for fit as necessary.
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ADJUSTMENT Left Upper Hinge



  1. Remove the striker pin from the right upper bracket.
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  3. Loosen the eccentric roller pin setscrew in the body half of the left upper hinge.
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  5. Insert a screwdriver in the slot in the bottom of the pin.
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  7. Rotate the pin in the desired direction.
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  9. Tighten the setscrew.
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  11. Install the striker pin at the right pillar bracket and adjust it up or down to allow the pin to enter the latch in the center of the opening.
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Right Lower Hinge

  1. Remove the striker pin from the right upper bracket.
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  3. Loosen the body half of the right lower hinge.
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  5. Adjust the hinge to provide smooth vertical and horizontal operation.
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  7. Tighten the body half hinge bolts.
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  9. Install the striker pin at the right pillar bracket and adjust it up or down to allow the pin to enter the latch in the center of the opening.
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