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tailgate adjustment w203 estate

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by dubburke, May 11, 2018.

  1. dubburke

    dubburke Senior Member

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    I know the kick plate needs to be removed to access the torque screws for adjustment, but I cannot remove the kick plate, I have removed the screws, but it will not budge, and I don't want to force and brake something.
    Is anything else holding it in place?
    Thanks
     
  2. umblecumbuz

    umblecumbuz Senior Member

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    I had to do this with mine - a 2004 model, now sold.

    The stainless kick plate along the lower edge of the opening is clipped on. It takes some 'springing' off and also needs a feel for the metal as you do it.

    Once I'd adjusted the striker so that the tailgate closed better, I also needed to adjust the two rubber bump stops, each side of the opening.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    dubburke

    dubburke Senior Member

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    How are the rubber bump stops adjusted? Maybe I will see how when the kick plate is removed?
     
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    umblecumbuz Senior Member

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    The bump stops (doubt if that's the correct name, but ...) are part way up each tailgate pillar on the bodywork. I think I had to loosen them and move them, but memory fails me. It should be easy to sort out though.
     
  5. KeithJG

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    Don`t think my S203 is the odd one out but they do not have any adjustment on the tailgate half way up?

    Nothing on the tailgate and just a moulded piece of metal on the body......nothing to adjust only at the striker.
     
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    dubburke

    dubburke Senior Member

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    I think you are right, I cannot see anything to adjust on the tailgate or body.
     
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    umblecumbuz Senior Member

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    My apologies gents - there are no 'bump stops' on the S203.
    I was thinking of another car.
    My 203 is sold long since and my memory is even rustier than the early 203's!
     

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