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1996 Mercury Villager liftgate will not close. Tried moving latch (not stuck and appears to spring back), pushing in black 'lock' button next to latch, handle up and down, with key and automatically, nothing seems to work! Glass locks but liftgate itself will not catch... what am I doing wrong?

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Maybe the chasis lock (the "U" shaped ring that is located in the base of the trunk moved forward, try to loosen it (not completely) with a star screwdriver, move it backwards (maybe you will need a hammer to accomplish this), then tighten it again and check if it closes. If it does just check if the door seals completely, otherwise you may have to untighten the same part and move it a bit forward tighten it again and check wich is the best position where it closes & seals completely.

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Can you see if the "Jaws" are open or closed when you look at the latch? They need to be open and as they contact the striker on the body, they close and lock.
Try to use a screwdriver an see if you can close manually and get it to lock. If yes, pull hande to release jaws and check to see if door is closing all the way.
You can buy a latch on ebay probably.

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Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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You should open the tailgate and pull the handle and at the same time push the hook back so that it is not in the way of the lock bar when go to close it. Sounds like it just got jammed and should be able to be fixed with out having to replace. Assuming that it is not rusted and seized.

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Condition
Some customers may comment on one or more of the following conditions:

• The rear liftgate glass may not lock when using the remote keyless entry (RKE), key fob transmitter or door lock switch unless the lock is pressed a second time.

• The rear liftgate or glass locks, but may be unlocked when the rear liftgate lock cylinder button is depressed.

• The rear liftgate locks but the liftgate glass may not lock.

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These conditions may be caused by one or all of the following:

• The rear liftgate cylinder lock rod may be out of adjustment.





• The wave washer on the liftgate lock cylinder may be out of position with the cup side down.

• Excessive movement or slack in the lock rods at the liftgate bell crank assembly.





• The liftgate lock cylinder pawl may contact the rear liftgate glass latch when the lock cylinder button is depressed.

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Important: Do Not remove the rear liftgate lock cylinder from the vehicle to perform this repair.

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Verify the customer's condition.

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