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Duckmasterlack 04-25-2013 07:05 AM

Tailgate Question
 
What can I do for a tailgate that is little stiff to open. I put a little WD-40 on it and it helped a little but not a whole lot.

The paint is starting to bubble on the hinges and a little corrosion around the pin. I just wanted to know if there was an easy fix or do I need to pull the hinges and do a little cleaning. My other option I guess would be to replace the hinges.

Thanks for the help.

wwch99tj 04-25-2013 09:01 AM

I spray mine with PB Blaster every couple months,mine were really hard to open and close when I first got the Jeep I PB Blaster them for probably two weeks and worked the door back and forth for hours to get to open/close easy

Duckmasterlack 04-25-2013 09:03 PM

Thanks for the advice I tired the ole liquid wrench and it seemed to work better than the WD-40. I think one of my problems is having an extremely heavy spare on the tailgate.

freeskier 04-25-2013 09:10 PM

Another trick is to open the tailgate all the way and drill a small hole through the hinge pin and spray some PB blaster in that. Then finish up by packing the hole with grease to keep stuff out.

JimsJeep 04-26-2013 04:46 PM

I just refinished both hinges in place and it was not to bad. I had no stomach for trying to remove them as the last set I removed was a nightmare.

I used a Dremel with a wire brush and a die grinder with a stiff 1-1/2" brush. The air hose did a good job of popping all the old paint off as it was very bubbly.

Use a light gage piece of sheet metal to protect the body while using the brush to get in close. Probably took 1 hour to prep each hinge. Use an old 1/4"wood chisel to get in close under the pin. I light sanded, taped it out and prepped it with an etching primer which helps bonding to the pot metal casting.

They look like new.

wwch99tj 04-26-2013 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by JimsJeep (Post 3686980)
I just refinished both hinges in place and it was not to bad. I had no stomach for trying to remove them as the last set I removed was a nightmare.

I used a Dremel with a wire brush and a die grinder with a stiff 1-1/2" brush. The air hose did a good job of popping all the old paint off as it was very bubbly.

Use a light gage piece of sheet metal to protect the body while using the brush to get in close. Probably took 1 hour to prep each hinge. Use an old 1/4"wood chisel to get in close under the pin. I light sanded, taped it out and prepped it with an etching primer which helps bonding to the pot metal casting.

They look like new.

Pics??

RevCo666 04-26-2013 09:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Duckmasterlack (Post 3680564)
What can I do for a tailgate that is little stiff to open. I put a little WD-40 on it and it helped a little but not a whole lot.

The paint is starting to bubble on the hinges and a little corrosion around the pin. I just wanted to know if there was an easy fix or do I need to pull the hinges and do a little cleaning. My other option I guess would be to replace the hinges.

Thanks for the help.

I use this product called Moovit. My mechanic made the recommendation last year, use anywhere as needed on my jeep

Moovit™ Penetrating Lubricant - Lee Valley Tools

JimsJeep 04-27-2013 06:42 AM

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Here is a pic

wwch99tj 04-27-2013 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by JimsJeep (Post 3688721)
Here is a pic

You did a great job :thumb:

JimsJeep 04-27-2013 09:21 AM

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Originally Posted by wwch99tj (Post 3688906)
You did a great job :thumb:

Thanks, not to bad for 14 years old

Duckmasterlack 04-27-2013 12:26 PM

Jim how much trouble is it to take the hinges off. What would make it so difficult you wouldn't want to so it again. Sorry if that was a stupid question and this is my first jeep.

This might be a stupid question also but depending upon the answer would determine if I would remove the hinges or do what you did. When you remove hinges wether it be the tailgate or the door is the body painted under there or is it bare metal or primer.

JimsJeep 04-27-2013 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Duckmasterlack (Post 3689382)
Jim how much trouble is it to take the hinges off. What would make it so difficult you wouldn't want to so it again. Sorry if that was a stupid question and this is my first jeep.

This might be a stupid question also but depending upon the answer would determine if I would remove the hinges or do what you did. When you remove hinges wether it be the tailgate or the door is the body painted under there or is it bare metal or primer.

The hinges can and will most likely be difficult to remove. I was able to remove only 3 of the 8 bolts by normal means. I tried several ways including a hand held and a pneumatic impact tool, I snapped 2 torx bits in the attempt. Like many here I had to drill out the heads of each bolt to remove the hinge, then I welded a nut on the remaining stud to back it out. You can do a search here or on google to see what is involved. There are several methods. Its is mostly about heat and breaking the bond between the steel bolt and the corrosion from the pot metal hinge. I do not remember if it was painted under the hinge.

Duckmasterlack 04-27-2013 01:11 PM

I see the light now I will plan on refinishing in place. This forum is a life saver.


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