Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1984-1998

Liftgate

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Removal & Installation



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the liftgate components

  1. Open the liftgate.
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  3. Remove the trim panel.
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CAUTION
Never attempt to remove a support cylinder with the liftgate closed. The cylinders contain gas under high pressure. Severe personal injury may occur if the cylinders are disconnect with the liftgate closed!



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Fig. Fig. 2: Using needle nose pliers, remove the retainer clip from the ball studs at the end of the liftgate support cylinders



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Fig. Fig. 3: After removing the retainer clip, firmly pull the support cylinder off of the stud

  1. Remove the retainer clips from the ball studs at the ends of the liftgate support cylinders.
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  3. Pull the support cylinders off of the ball studs.
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  5. Disconnect and remove the wiring harness.
  6.  
  7. Have a helper support the liftgate and remove the liftgate hinge bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Lubricate the ball stud with grease before installing the support cylinder

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten fasteners to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm). Check alignment.
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ALIGNMENT



The position of the liftgate can be adjusted upward or downward, and inward or outward by use of hinge shims. Also, the hinge-to-body bolt holes are slotted to permit satisfactory alignment. Liftgate stop bumpers must also be adjusted if the hinges are adjusted. The bumpers are adjusted by shims.

 
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