Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: San Francisco Bay Area Ca. USA
Re: Lowering the rear of your hood or front of trunk: alignment
I forget now, I would need to go out to my car but I think BOTH the latch and the striker both move quite a bit to bring it down. The rubber seal around the trunk will keep it up when new but if you bring it down tighter a little at a time over days with the new rubber it will compress it down and work fine. If you try to smash it down all at once when you put the new rubber in expecting the trunk to fit as it did before the rubber was installed, you are asking a bit much and I don't like to do that, the lid needs to be SLAMMED shut and I just don't like doing that. I loosen up the striker and leave it that way a few days then tighten it up over a few days until it fits well again. On the doors, if you leave them on the "first catch" of the latch a few days before shutting them completely that works well.
It's not a must do, I just find it nice to let them get slowly compressed down, it just feels right to do it that way.
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