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Old 09-08-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default Hatchback closing issue

I finally found some free time to work on the LX. I have barely driven it this year and I have to repair a lot of small stuff. The hatch stopped fully closing about a month ago. The latch mechanism was fine. The trouble was the plastic sleeve that goes over the striker. It basically exploded after like 22 years of service. I thought of many cheap ways to fix this, but found a correct $4 solution fast. I recommend doing this!

http://www.amazon.com/Dorman-38424-A.../dp/B000COCRHI

I never paid too much attention to those HELP displays at the auto parts stores. I got this set of four bushings for like $4. This box was on the shelf so long that it fell apart when I tried to remove it from the rack. This beat the heck out of looking around junk yards or improvising with a piece of plastic or aluminum tubing.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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I had the same problem with my hatch coming open a few years ago and what I didwas buy a piece of cpvc pipe (price per foot $0.65) of which you only need a 7/8” ofthe 1 foot piece; sad part is they only sell in by the foot but for$0.65.

The 1/2”Cpvc pipe has the exactsame ID and OD and thickness as the OEM striker bushing.

Cpvc pipe is typically used for Mobil homesfor hot and cold water and can be found at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Mobil homerepair shops and Ace Hardware.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:46 AM   #3
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Ok so i realize the age of this posting but, I removed the stricker and for some reason could not seperate the torque bolt with the huge washer attached to it. If I could have seperated the two I can see just slipping over a piece of PVC. The two would not come apart. any ideas ?
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Not sure if you want to spend the money but you can get a ford nos striker to replace it and be done with it..

http://www.npdlink.com/store/product...-166303-0.html


http://www.foxresto.com/products/vie...riker_Bolt_NOS
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Ok so i realize the age of this posting but, I removed the stricker and for some reason could not seperate the torque bolt with the huge washer attached to it. If I could have seperated the two I can see just slipping over a piece of PVC. The two would not come apart. any ideas ?
I took the large washer and unscrewed it from the threads of the torque bolt, it wouldn't just doesn't slip off.
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It looked like it wanted to unscrew but just wouldn't bite for me. ok there's my problem as the threads of the bolt were way worn down and just couldn't catch.
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Them don't come apart.I took my plastic sleeve and angled cut it and slid it un and have no problems with it.Olny other way is to replace the hole unit
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That sleeve self destructed on my drivers door last year, I bought one of those HELP Kits and put the new sleeves on both doors.
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