Mazda Trucks 1994-1998 Repair Guide

Liftgate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Navajo

See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the Navajo liftgate hinge to body mounting



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Fig. Fig. 2: View of the liftgate cylinder assist rods and related components

The liftgate glass should not be open while the liftgate is open. Make sure the window is closed before opening the liftgate.

  1. Open the liftgate door.
  2.  
  3. Support the door in the open position and disconnect the liftgate gas cylinder assist rod assemblies by carefully prying the locking spring out of the ball socket.
  4.  
  5. Carefully move the headliner out of position and remove the hinge-to-header panel attaching screws.
  6.  
  7. Remove the hinge-to-liftgate attaching screws and remove the complete assembly.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: To disconnect the liftgate gas cylinders, pry out on the locking spring (arrow) ...



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Fig. Fig. 4: ... then pull the gas cylinder's end from the ball socket

To install:
  1. Install the hinge to liftgate door and tighten the attaching screws.
  2.  
  3. Install the hinge to roof header panel, then tighten the screw and washer assemblies to 12-20 ft. lbs. (17-27 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the liftgate gas cylinder assist rods.
  6.  
  7. Adjust the liftgate hinge as necessary.
  8.  
  9. Securely tighten the retaining bolts. Reposition and trim panels.
  10.  

MPV

See Figure 5

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Open the liftgate.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the wiring connector.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the washer hose.
  8.  
  9. Remove the strut-to-liftgate bolts.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 5: Liftgate components-MPV

  1. Match mark the hinge position.
  2.  
  3. Support the liftgate and remove the hinge bolts. Lift off the liftgate.
  4.  
  5. Position the liftgate and install the mounting bolts. Torque the hinge-to-liftgate bolts to 78-113 inch lbs. (9-13 Nm); the strut-to-liftgate bolts to 69-104 inch lbs. (8-12 Nm).
  6.  

ALIGNMENT



Navajo

See Figures 6 and 7

The liftgate glass should not be open while the liftgate is open. Make sure the window is closed before opening the liftgate.

The liftgate can be adjusted slightly in or out and side to side by loosening the hinge-to-header nut or bolt. Some up and down adjustment can be accomplished by loosening the hinge bolts on the liftgate and moving the gate up or down. The liftgate should be adjusted for even and parallel fit with adjoining panels.

The door latch strikers can also be adjusted. Loosen the striker center bolt and move the assembly 1 / 4 inch (6.35 mm) up/down or fore/aft as necessary. Check that the door latches and unlatches easily.



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Fig. Fig. 6: Before moving the rear liftgate striker, mark its position in relation to the body for future reference



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Fig. Fig. 7: Once the center bolt is loosened, the striker can be positioned

MPV

Both the striker and hinge bolt holes are made so that the striker and hinges can be moved to permit proper engagement and fit. Tighten the striker bolts to 13-20 ft. lbs. (18-26 Nm); the hinge bolts to 78-113 inch lbs. (9-13 Nm).

 
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