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'05 Escape, Rear hatch does not latch securely, how do I adjust it?

Hello,

I have a '05 Escape XLT that I recently purchased. There's a 'rattle' in the back area, and I've determined that the rear hatch doesn't close tight enough. The rubber bumpers are all in place, so my assumption is that either the 'post' or the 'latch' need to be adjusted. At least I believe that they are all in place. There is one each on the lower right and left.

I removed the trim around the post, and it doesn't look like that can be adjusted. There are 3 screws that appear to hold the latch into the door. Are those adjustment points? I I need to purchase larger bumpers?

Thanks for any help!

Steve in Austin

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The bumpers could be worn from a lot of use but on a 05 i doubt it. there should be adjustment on the reciever 'post, joe

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