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Re: REAR LIST DOOR PISTONS (2) NEED REPLACING
What country are you in... i only ask that to point you to the right store... in the states... autozone should have them... in canada... canadian tire.
you need to safely support the door open while you do this... each end of the strut (hatch piston often called a strut) has a bolt... most i've replaced had a hex head so you'll need a special socket.... undue each each ... then attach the new one in reverse order.
A SPECIAL NOTE OF CAUSION ... those struts are gas filled and can harm you if they should suddenly expand. keep in mind the old ones may have a small charge left in them... the new ones should have a strap holding them together ... do NOT remove that untill it is secured on both ends.
It is a pretty easy job once you have that socket (if required)
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latch and lock are jammed from the hit will probably need to pry hatch over or lift while unlocking to open than adjust hatch or latch for proper working order also check relay and fuse hit may have also damaged wiring
Which pivot is broken ? the one on the door or body. most of the pivots can be replaced. if you buy a need lift shock it comes with new pivots. if the metal in which the pivot screws into is damaged then that is another story. This is listed as a 2002 ford explorer. Go to an auto parts store like a Napa or other parts store and look at the lift supports for this truck and see if pivots are in the package. Most of the supports i replace come with new pivots. I just went onto dealers site that we have and you are able to replace the pivots, they are listed there is one on each side on top and one on each side at bottom. call your local dealer and tell them you need the bracket for the rear hatch support. you will need to tell them which side and top or bottom.hope this is helpful good day.
The only way you can do it with new pistons is to install shorter pistons. These will probably not be designed for the weight or leverage requirements of the rear hatch. I suggest installing a small-link chain on each piston from one end to the other to restrain them from full extension. (Stitch a tight cloth sleeve around the chain to keep it from banging and scratching on things when the hatch is closed.) Make one end easily removable (a hook or dog-leash snap) so you can open the hatch all the way elsewhere. A bungee cord or rope installed elsewhere may do the same thing, but may get in your way sometimes. I suspect this solution will be considerably cheaper than new pistons as well as more likely to work.
each door in the truck and the rear hatch has tiny switches attached to the door latch inside the doors, the rear hatch has 2 such switches, anyone of these can stick, and they do on a regular basis, this gives the false light, Any Ford dealer can hook up a scanner to the body control module and ID which paticuliar switch is causing the problem, since pulling all the doors apart is an al day job that is the most cost effective way to go, have the scanner hooked.
You have a big job ahead of you
1st take out engine and start thinking about what it will cost if you dont get it done correctly and you dont have any one to go back to,, to complain that its running bad/missing/burning oil etc etc etc.
Arebuilding is a big job and you have to no what your doing such as
How far to take out the bores/what type of pistons to replace/how far to grind the main bearing and big ends on crankshaft /do you need to surface gring heads and how much before you put overload on compression and do a lot of damage to pistons bearings etc etc etc
Its not just a matter of taking out and playing around with it
it can cost you a lot of money and it will be not worth doing next time.
IM SORRY TO TELL YOU ALL THIS BUT ITS VERY TRUE.
So take it out and get a expert rebuilder to do the job
It sounds like the handle has become disconnected from the mechanism. You will have to remove the inner door panel and reattch. It is not a complicated or difficult job but if you get a professional it could cost upwards of $100.
It has a bad rear temp control actuator. Start digging in the rear hatch for the thump and you will find the actuator. Have you checked fuses for the radio? The radio fuse memory fuse might also control the seat. As for the door, it sounds like a rusted latch. You will have to try to remove hatch panel to get to the latch to lube it or replace it.