Mitsubishi Car 1999-05

Hatchback/Liftgate/Tailgate Or Trunk Lid

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Adjustment



Hatchback

Close the hatch and align it by checking the seam all around. The gap must be equal and even. Align the hatch by moving it on the hinges until correctly placed, then tighten the hinge nuts. The final position of the lid may be further adjusted by moving the latch and/or striker on their mounts. When fully closed, the hatch must be flush with the surrounding body panels. Minor adjustments in this dimension may be made by turning the rubber bumpers in or out as needed.

Tailgate

To adjust the tailgate, loosen the tailgate hinge-to-body bolts or tailgate latch assembly mounting screws and adjust as necessary.

Trunk Lid
  1. Close the lid and check both the seam width all around and the closed height. The trunk lid must be flush with the adjacent panels. Minor height adjustments may be made by turning the rubber bumpers on the trunk lid. Additional adjustments require loosening and repositioning of the latch and/or striker.
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Removal & Installation



Hatchback
  1. Disconnect the liftgate support or strut. The struts are held by either a cross-point screw or a bolt.
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  3. Disconnect the washer tube running to the glass.
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  5. Disconnect any necessary wiring harnesses.
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  7. Close the hatch. From the inside of the vehicle, remove the nuts holding the lid to the hinge. With an assistant, carefully open the lid and remove it from the car.
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To install:

  1. Fit the hatch into place and install the nuts finger tight.
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  3. Reinstall the support.
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  5. Close the tailgate and align it by checking the seam all around. The gap must be equal and even. Align the hatch by moving it on the hinges until correctly placed, then tighten the hinge nuts to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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  7. Attach the electrical harnesses.
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  9. Connect the rear windshield washer tube. Make sure it is pressed firmly onto the fitting.
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  11. Check the alignment of the hatch.
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Tailgate


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Fig. Tailgate assembly mounting-Diamante Wagon

  1. Disconnect the tailgate support.
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  3. Disconnect the washer fluid tube.
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  5. Disconnect any necessary wiring harnesses.
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  7. Have an assistant support the tailgate.
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  9. Remove the nuts holding the tailgate to the hinge.
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  11. Remove the tailgate from the vehicle and place it in a safe place.
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  13. The installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the hinge nuts to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
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  15. Check the alignment of the tailgate.
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Trunk Lid
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Open the trunk lid. Identify the trunk release cable running from the latch to the body.
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  5. Disconnect the cable from the latch.
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  7. Detach any necessary electrical connectors.
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  9. Outline the position of the hinges on the trunk lid.
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  11. Support the trunk lid in the open position.
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  13. If equipped, insert a small prytool into the lock cover slit, remove the lock covers, then remove the trunk lid gas springs.
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  15. Unfasten the retaining bolts, then remove the trunk lid hinges.
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  17. Remove the trunk lid from the vehicle
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  19. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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  21. If necessary, align the trunk lid.
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