Mitsubishi Eclipse 1990-1998 Repair Guide

Liftgate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Open the tailgate completely.
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  3. Remove the inner liftgate trim panels and water deflector.
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  5. If equipped, remove the liftgate gas spring.
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  7. On models equipped with electrical options in the tailgate, disconnect the wiring harness connectors and pull the wiring from the liftgate.
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  9. Disconnect the rear washer tube at the liftgate.
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  11. Scribe hinge location marks on the liftgate to aid in installation.
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  13. Safely support the liftgate. Disconnect the liftgate stopper from the tailgate and position out of the way. Disconnect the rear defroster connector, if equipped.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Liftgate and related components as seen on a 1993 Laser/Talon-1990-94 vehicles similar



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the rear liftgate assembly-1995-98 vehicles

  1. Remove the liftgate-to-hinge bolts and remove the tailgate from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Position the liftgate on the vehicle and align the hinge scribe marks.
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  3. Install the liftgate-to-hinge bolts and tighten to 8-10 ft. lbs. (12-14 Nm).
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  5. Install the liftgate stopper and tighten mounting bolt, if removed.
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  7. Install and reconnect the electrical harness to all connectors at the liftgate.
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  9. Install all interior trim panels removed.
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  11. Close the liftgate slowly to check for proper alignment. Adjust liftgate positioning, if necessary.
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ALIGNMENT



See Figures 3 and 4

To adjust the door in forward/rearward and left/right directions, loosen the hinge bolts and position the tailgate as required.



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Fig. Fig. 3: Vertical and horizontal movement of the liftgate can be obtained by loosening the liftgate hinge mounting bolts and adjusting liftgate



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Fig. Fig. 4: To adjust the distance between the liftgate striker and the liftgate latch, loosen the latch mounting bolts

To adjust the tailgate lock striker, loosen the mounting bolts and using a plastic hammer, tap the striker to the desired position. Removing of the lower trim panel is normally required to access the striker.

 
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