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Old 03-08-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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!!!pop!!!

That's what my tailgate door on my 2012 does every time I open it. The wind caught it and blew it open faster that I would have liked while I was loading some stuff and maybe overextended it?

The POP is coming from the arm that limits how far it opens that goes into the sub-speaker housing.

It's driving me nuts (not a long trip)!

Anybody have a fix?

I have lubed it to the max, didn't help.

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Old 03-08-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Mine was popping when it was fully opened,the bolts were just a little loose...tightened them up and no more pop.This might be the problem.

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Besides the limiter they reworked the hinge on the rear tailgate that actually stops the door, the old design wears down and can create the problem you are talking about... The new design is much better and plenty of people in here have had them replaced via warranty.
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Besides the limiter they reworked the hinge on the rear tailgate that actually stops the door, the old design wears down and can create the problem you are talking about... The new design is much better and plenty of people in here have had them replaced via warranty.
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What year did the new design come in?

Mine is way out of warranty.
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Mine was popping when it was fully opened,the bolts were just a little loose...tightened them up and no more pop.This might be the problem.
This sounds good. Which bolts were loose?
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Mine does that sometimes as well. My big concern would be the welds popping.
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This sounds good. Which bolts were loose?
The 2 bolts on the tailgate.
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What year did the new design come in?

Mine is way out of warranty.
I believe it was a MY 2012 change
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The 2 bolts on the tailgate.
Mine popped too until i cranked those suckers down. Their little torqx key bolts if i remember correctly
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Mine popped too until i cranked those suckers down. Their little torqx key bolts if i remember correctly
Hinge bolts?
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Hinge bolts?
Where the rod bolts to the tailgate
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Hinge bolts?
I had this same issue and it scared the hell outta me the first time it happened. Another member on this forum told me to tighten down the bolts that hold the limiting bar to the tailgate and BAM! No more !!POP!!
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:26 PM   #13
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Where the rod bolts to the tailgate
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I had this same issue and it scared the hell outta me the first time it happened. Another member on this forum told me to tighten down the bolts that hold the limiting bar to the tailgate and BAM! No more !!POP!!
First thing in the morning I'm doing this.
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:36 PM   #14
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WOW!!! Just read this, ran downstairs, tightened those suckers up and no more popping. They were really loose, and it did not take a lot to make the popping disappear, no need to over tighten them.
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:02 PM   #15
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WOW!!! Just read this, ran downstairs, tightened those suckers up and no more popping. They were really loose, and it did not take a lot to make the popping disappear, no need to over tighten them.
Same here! Thanks fellow Jeepers!!

I have an extra Torx driver that's going in the rear storage just for that.
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Just tightened mine now..They were super loose as well and the popping was driving me nuts.

Can't believe I didn't see this sooner as when I opened the tailgate and looked at the torx screws, I could see them moving quite easily.

Thanks for the tip CorvusCorax! and thanks for the thread tomthbomb!
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:03 PM   #17
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:25 PM   #18
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:35 PM   #19
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Get you a bottle of loctite (available at any auto parts/hardware store) and put a drop on the threads before reassembly.
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T30 I believe, right?
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Get you a bottle of loctite (available at any auto parts/hardware store) and put a drop on the threads before reassembly.
Yes, but I would NOT use Red, I WOULD use Blue Loctite. Green would be worthless.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:42 PM   #22
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I actually would use red on that application as it's not likely something you would be taking on and off frequently if ever. I like to use the blue on almost everything but red is for stuff you don't plan on taking off again. It's not a structural adhesive. . You can still get it backed off but your chances of stripping the screw head are higher with the red. I used the Crap out of that stuff on my rc cars and my harley. I swear by it
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Well, I guess we will just disagree on that one. I have had Red really lock up some screws before so I will stay with Blue for this type of application. Either way it sure beats a bare screw that can rattle loose.
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:12 PM   #24
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Same thing happened to me. Luckily I just found the loose screws and tighned her down. The "pop" was drivin me crazy. I have learned alot about the unique traits of the Wrangler these past months.
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Good thread. Good info here!
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Ok, this is no sh*t. Just read this thread yesterday and thought I'd file the info away for when my tailgate inevitably made a popping noise.

Today I'm unloading my golf bag at a course and "POp".... Very loud. My wife is asking what that noise was and, calmly, I tell her it must be that the torx bolts on the tailgate have loosened. At this point I'm feeling very intelligent and waiting for my wife to be completely impressed. Here's where the story goes south....

I test the bolts and they are tight, hmmm. I go to close the tailgate and it's kinda stuck. Thinking it just needs to move past the stickiness (well, and I eventually have to close the gate) I press harder. The whole guide arm bends in front of me beyond fitting thru the plastic opening. Crap.

I ended up pulling the guide arm out as it was completely disconnected from whatever it was connected to inside the plastic box. I suppose I will just remove it and add a nylon strap to keep it from opening beyond the power cable's range.

I will investigate tomorrow as I have fiddled inside the corner of the tub behind the tail light; I've installed both the orfab rear tire carrier which has internal bracing as well as adding rear flood lights which required wiring installation. Gate closes fine (and has no weight on it) so I can't see the lack of this guide arm causing issue in the future.

Anyway- beware the "pop"... It may be more than loose torx.
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Just a follow up...

So much happier after reading this thread. I took a closer look over the weekend (it has finally warmed up in Chicago-land.....hooray!). It was indeed the torx bolt.

No more popping!
I shut the gate and I didn't know what to do. Life is now different without the familiar "pop". I might have to loosen it up a bit just to remind myself of old times.
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:47 PM   #28
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Lol...yeah I still find myself looking around when I open the tailgate to see if anyone heard that loud pop, but then it's smooth as butter...oh well I'll train my brain to stop expecting the pop eventually.
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Tightened mine up again. I had done this a while back but when the popping came back I didn't remember what I did to fix it the last time.
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