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2005 Caravan Tail light cover comes off

It would appear that dodge has a defective assembly process with their rear tail light covers. They come loose and fall off after a few years.
I gently pulled off my old ones and scraped the so called glue that dodge used off the seal as best as I could. Then got some 3M Marine adhesive 5200 in black at the local boat/water ski store and reglued the lenses back on. Works like a champ. Given the number of lense covers I still see on the side of the road, Dodge has not solved the problem yet.
Phoenix AZ owner.

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Used a better glue, 3m marine 5200 adhesive. Comes in black and white. Works really well.

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We're at 90K on our 2004 & the passenger side one fell off somewhere this weekend driving cross state in 108 degree heat.

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I believe they are held on by an expandable plastic plug that you can access when opening the hatch.
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You should see two 1" black plastic plugs, which can be pried up to release (or replaced to fasten) the assembly to the body.
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Let me know if this helps.
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