Dodge Colt/Challenger/Conquest/Vista 1971-1989 Repair Guide

Liftgate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Tailgate components on the 1976 Colt wagon



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Fig. Fig. 2 Liftgate components on the FWD Colt



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Fig. Fig. 3 Rear hatch components on the 1989 Conquest



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Fig. Fig. 4 Liftgate components on the 1989 Colt Vista



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Fig. Fig. 5 Liftgate handle and hatch components on the 1989 Colt Vista

  1. Support the liftgate in the full opened position. Depending on the model, remove the one piece plastic headliner if it covers the hinge mounting.
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  3. Scribe a mark on the liftgate to mark the hinge positions.
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  5. Place masking tape on the roof edge and liftgate edge to protect the paint surfaces during removal and installation.
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  7. Remove the liftgate prop fasteners and remove the props.
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  9. Have a helper on hand to support the liftgate. Remove the hinge mounting bolts and remove the liftgate.
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  11. Raise the liftgate into position and install the hinge mounting bolts. Tighten the bolts until they are snug, but not tight enough to prevent liftgate adjustment.
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  13. Shift the liftgate until the hinge scribe marks are in position and tighten the hinge mounting bolts.
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  15. Attach and secure the liftgate props.
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