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Old 01-15-2019, 10:29 PM
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Tunk won't completely close.

It is really bugging me. It will not totally close and there is a little gap between the lights and they will not completely line up. Which sucks and is starting to bother me. Also there is a weird space on the corners of the trunk lid. I will take pictures tomorrow to better describe this, but I wanted to go ahead and get a thread rolling.

I looked at the latch and saw nothing remotely resembling an adjustment option.

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Was your car ever rear ended? If not, are you sure?


Also, adjustments would be made maybe around the hinge, but I may not be so sure.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:54 AM
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There are a handful of adjustments to your trunk lid. from the hinges to the bumpers to the latch. I noted them in another thread recently.
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:06 AM
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The car was no rear ended but was hit on the driver side door
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Pics would have been helpful from the beginning of post,

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Not lined up

See the space

See how itís not lined up.
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Tinker with adjusting then. I remember a few years ago, I was looking at a lot of Accords to find their trunks didn't quite line up properly and were doing like your trunk is...



I'm not exactly sure of how to do this, but like previously posted, it will involve the hinge, latch and bumper...





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Second thought, is the gap large at the bottom of the trunk lid, where it meets the bumper in the center?
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:52 PM
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Tinker with adjusting then. I remember a few years ago, I was looking at a lot of Accords to find their trunks didn't quite line up properly and were doing like your trunk is...



I'm not exactly sure of how to do this, but like previously posted, it will involve the hinge, latch and bumper...
thats the thing, I havenít found anything that I could tinker with.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:54 PM
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Just inside the trunk, in your second picture, are stops on each side. See if they are hitting when closed, if so adjust so they go down further. If not, look at the latch.
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Just inside the trunk, in your second picture, are stops on each side. See if they are hitting when closed, if so adjust so they go down further. If not, look at the latch.

thats good advice. I took the stops completely out to see if that would make a difference and it didnít. It must be something to do with the latch and I donít see a way to adjust the latch.
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Second thought, is the gap large at the bottom of the trunk lid, where it meets the bumper in the center?
nope itís flush on the bottom. Think itís bent or something?
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Check the gap at the hinges in the back, that may be off pushinf the entire trunk up and out if spec.
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i dont understand
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:25 AM
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That's an easy fix but need more info...

Op,

Post a pic of the right side? Like the pics of the left side. Also pics from the top looking down for both left and right sides?

Is the trunk sitting center in the opening or to one side?

Is the trunk and/or lights even with the tail lights? Height and length.
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i dont understand
Is the trunk high where it meets the back windshield?
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​​​​​​​eres the pics. And to midnight, nope just the back. Good question.
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Sorry Matt, I meant pics like the ones in Post #7 but of the right side with the lid close.

However, there are useful info in the pics above.

What you want is for the top of the deck lid to line up with the top of the quarter panel. Once you do that all of the vertical plane parts will be in alignment, tail lights.

Since the left side of the lid is higher than the left quarter panel, you will need to lower the lid (maybe just the left side if the right side is even-good Alignment) to match the quarter panel. I don't know status of right side alignment?

If the lid on the right side is lower than the quarter panel then just adjust the right lid stopper higher/out to raise the lid to match the right quarter panel. By doing that the left side will drop closer to the left quarter panel.

If that doesn't work or it's not enough to align the lid then move the trunk striker down about an 1/8" or whatever is necessary. The idea is to drop the deck lid below the quarter panels by 1/16" to 1/8" and then adjust the height of the lid to match the quarter panels by turning the rubber stopper as necessary.

To adjust the trunk striker lower, just loosen the 2 10mm bolts that mount the striker in place and slide the striker lower. Don't over tighten the bolts, easy to strip the threads.

If the lid is off center side to side a little then you can tap (up to 1/8") the striker side ways wirh a hammer to center the striker. The lid will follow the striker when close... Center. For minor centering only.

​​​​​​​Good luck.
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H​​​​​​​eres the pics. And to midnight, nope just the back. Good question.
In this pic, the adjustment of the striker is done by removing the black flipping thing that's in the way ( shows pulling it down, releasing 4 perimeter hooks and then pull to release three tabs). Then you will see two bolts, and once loose, you can move up down left right. I would suggest down. Retighten to 7.2 Lbf ft

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Hereís a pic of the right side you asked for. And the above post, how do I remove the flap thing? I just pull it out? I donít see another way but will keep looking. Thank you! I want to figure this out!!!
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Here’s a pic of the right side you asked for. And the above post, how do I remove the flap thing? I just pull it out? I don’t see another way but will keep looking. Thank you! I want to figure this out!!!
Yeah the pics shows the striker is too high so just lower it.

DO NOT ADJUST THE HINGES OR THE HINGE TO LID BOLTS.

Try prying the small stiker piece of first. Looks like it's just push on the one side and alignment tabs on the other that you can see in the striker pic.

If necessary remove the rear body trim panel. The panel is held on at the bottom with plastic push pins or possibly fasteners. The top part is snap on by clips- just pops on but vertically/up and down.

So loosen the bottom first and then pull the rear body panel straight up to remove.

Then drop the striker 1/8"-3/16" and check the lid for alignment by closing it (should be even or a little lower the the quarter panel). Adjust the rubber stoppers on each side for a perfect fit.

Congrats!
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Try prying the small stiker piece of first.
what is the small stiker piece? The piece under the part that meets the trunk? I do not know the terminology as I have never worked on a trunk before and know little about cars.

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Looks like it's just push on the one side and alignment tabs on the other that you can see in the striker pic.

If necessary remove the rear body trim panel. The panel is held on at the bottom with plastic push pins or possibly fasteners. The top part is snap on by clips- just pops on but vertically/up and down.

So loosen the bottom first and then pull the rear body panel straight up to remove.

Then drop the striker 1/8"-3/16" and check the lid for alignment by closing it (should be even or a little lower the the quarter panel). Adjust the rubber stoppers on each side for a perfect fit.

What tools am I going to need? Thanks for taking the time to help me but I am still pretty lost. I am slowly starting to understand and I will continue to reread and bring my tools to work tomorrow to try and figure it out.
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There are 3 vertical lines in the pic. The center line is the striker and the other 2 vertical lines is the striker access trim piece. The large hard plastic panel that is surrounding the striker and the striker trim pieces is the rear body trim panel (not in the pic).

The rear body trim panel is in the center of the pic... With 10 vertical lines.

In the striker pic you can see one of the two black 10mm striker mounting bolts... To the right of the striker/next to the top part of the striker.

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So how do I remove the access trim piece by the striker? I see the screws!! So I just loosen them?

Also, that second trim piece, the large one, I just pull that up, kind of like the passenger kick panel I pulled out for the bluetooth module removal?
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The trim piece should just pop off.
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The trim piece should just pop off.
ah sweet!!! Canít wait to try this tomorrow. So I just need a Phillips screw driver or a monkey wrench?
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ah sweet!!! Canít wait to try this tomorrow. So I just need a Phillips screw driver or a monkey wrench?
Basic hand tools... a medium fathead screwdriver for prying, something to turn the 10mm bolt, maybe a philips screwdriver.
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GOT IT!!!!
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ps guys, isnt the middle part of the tail light suppose to be lit up? Me and my buddy looked and aparently they arent, because there is nowhere to put a bulb.. just the reverse lights. I guess it is just a reflector light?
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Great job!!!



No, sadly only the outter parts are lights on the CU2, now on the CL9, they were illuminated...


Replace the plate light bulb asap. Order from SuperbrightLEDs or VLEDs to avoid that blue-ish tint that Chinese LEDs have.
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Great job!!!



No, sadly only the outter parts are lights on the CU2, now on the CL9, they were illuminated...


Replace the plate light bulb asap. Order from SuperbrightLEDs or VLEDs to avoid that blue-ish tint that Chinese LEDs have.
we fixed those!!! GOOD EYE!! My roomie is an engineer and pretty much did it all for me. I gave him tips tho from this thread tho which helped. And I held the flash light. Heh #thuglife
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we fixed those!!! GOOD EYE!! My roomie is an engineer and pretty much did it all for me. I gave him tips tho from this thread tho which helped. And I held the flash light. Heh #thuglife

Cheap LEDs go out all of the time. I find even the best LEDs flicker after about 18 months. It's just the pain of the game I guess! Lookin' good there!


I also do a lot of my work at night so....

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GOT IT!!!!
Yeah. Taking directions for a guy who's never done it, several states and time zones away, using directions shortened from a service manual, without its pictures. Well done on you and your roomies part.



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Yeah. Taking directions for a guy who's never done it, several states and time zones away, using directions shortened from a service manual, without its pictures. Well done on you and your roomies part.
haha! Thanks. He took all the credit. And did the majority of the work. But I honestly did tell him the important stuff. I located the screws that needed to be adjusted from studying the thread. And I asked him to adjust them. He got the tools needed and did it. At first it didnít work. It wouldnít even shut. So we raised it up a little, then took those stoppers out. We shut it, and it didnít close all the way.

But we pushed on down on the trunk and it made a crack sound and boom. Flush af
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