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Hatch unlocks opens 4 inches then binds wont go further??

 
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Old 09 May 2013, 09:53 am
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Default Hatch unlocks opens 4 inches then binds wont go further??

My wife came home and said her hatch would not open. When I tried to open it, it opens about 4 inches and then it binds. I looked closely at the outside of the rear hatch to check for damage (from being hit) and saw none. It is a 2007 and the rear shocks have functioned fine, so I don't think they would go from ok to nothing in a few days.
The purpose of this post is to see if anybody had their hatch get into a bind from a hinge or linkage problem. I could probably force it open, but feel I would be damaging/destroying something doing it with force. This feels like more than bad shocks. After a few inches, it doesn't want to move. Thanks for any help with this.

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Old 09 May 2013, 10:28 am
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Default Re: Hatch unlocks opens 4 inches then binds wont go further??

my wife's 2001 did this. the hatch is pretty solid. that being said, i forced it open. there was rust on the strut, preventing it from smoothly opening. i used sand paper to smooth out the rust as a temp fix before buying new struts.
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my wife's 2001 did this. the hatch is pretty solid. that being said, i forced it open. there was rust on the strut, preventing it from smoothly opening. i used sand paper to smooth out the rust as a temp fix before buying new struts.
I agree! When moving the hatch open four inches, the shock only extends a quarter of an inch. Right were the rust would be.
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