Newbie - rear hatch wont latch (1 Viewer)

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No luck with the latch. I tried a different latch some time ago with the plastic still attached but that did not work. Thinking of taking it to a locksmith when I have time and see what they tell me.
 

S.CarolinaFZJ80

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Thanks for the update. I just started having the same issue(s) yesterday.

Guess I'll dig into it and se what I find
 

S.CarolinaFZJ80

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I pulled the latch/switch from the upper hatch, cleaned and lubed it with white lithium grease.
The mechanism works well now and releases by both the outside and inside levers but the switch that controls the dash door ajar light is not grounding so I just unplugged it. Dash light is off with the hatch open or closed.

As for getting the the hatch to close tighter, you need to replace the tailgate striker screws with bolts to shift the striker plate forward. Mine closes nice and tight now.
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I'm not sure of the thread size but they are 12mm bolt heads from my Toyota spare bolts bin. They prob are M8 x 1.25 as those are pretty common thread pitch
 

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