Join the Car Talk Community!

Discussion Rules

Welcome to the Car Talk Community!

Want to ask a question or join the discussion? Great! Join now.

Sign In Register

2002 Jeep Liberty - Glass on Rear Swing Gate won't close

The title says it all...

I close the swing gate on my liberty and it closes no problem. I try to flip down the glass and it refuses to "Catch" and close. It looks like all the parts to this latch system between the glass and gate are easy access so I'd rather fix this myself instead of spending $$ for the a shop or (Even Worse) the DEALER to fix it!


  • edited April 2008
    Sounds like it's worth a try. Did you have a question?

  • edited April 2008
    Yes Greasy Jack, Would you have any ideas as to:
    (a) What is causing he problem?
    (b) How someone could fix the problem?
  • edited April 2008
    the usual problem is the gasket gets dislodged and "hits" the glass before it can get clicked.

    inspect the gasket all the way around.

    also, you need to check the lifter rods to make sure they are not bound up, and contributing to this problem.
  • edited April 2008
    Thanks it was the gasket. A simple fix.
  • edited April 2008
    not sure if your jeep has either the torsion rods or the gas filled lift rods (otherwise known as gas charged struts!) OR BOTH. if these are wearing out, or not helping to close the glass could be a contributing factor.

    if it has the torsion rods above the glass make sure they are still in their keeper holes and slots. (be careful as they are under tension) the torsion rods are not on the glass, but usually on the door.

    it appears your lift gate glass is just 'helped' by the gas charged strut lifters. these go for about 20.00 each. and take about 20 minutes to swap out. i don't know which sockets you need, or just a torx, but when that happens it is an easy fix.

    and the gas lift rods are easily replaceable too if needed.
This discussion has been closed.