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Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

About 30 minutes ago I used my remote to open my Liftgate and I heard plastic crack and buckle. The Liftgate opened about 3/4 of the way and then quickly shut.

Now I have body and spoiler damage. There was no ice or moisture on the Jeep and it spent the night in a warm garage. However it has been below freezing today and it happened after being parked outside for several hours.

I'll let you all know how long it takes to get fixed. Hope this doesn't happen to any of you.

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had to be something in it....
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

how did that happen?????
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

Sorry to hear this. It must have been frozen pretty good to do that damage.
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

I gave it a bath before parking it lastnight. It was around 40 when I washed it and my garage stays in the 60's. Do you think water collected in the spoiler and then froze today in the cold weather?
Is it normal for water to collect in the Spoiler? I've noticed streams of water dripping from the spoiler after a wash. I try to drive around for a while so the wind removes whatever water the car wash blower didn't get.
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

How cold was it outside when you parked it for a few hours?
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

It was in my garage for at least 15hrs after I washed it. It was outside for 4-5hrs when the damage happened. It was in the 20's when it broke.
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

Not sure what coud have caused that. I can say that mine was just in a car wash last week with - 2 C daytime and -10 C at night without any effect. If it was water, you should have seen alot of broken ice in the area. It may have been some other hard object that may have fallen on the roof and slid down to that area. Could you have forgotten something there in the cleaning process? Whatever it was, you would think the object would still be there after the incident.

Thanks for the warning.....hope the repair goes well.
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

ohhhhh boy that looks terrible
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

I would think even if it was water that froze, (which it does not sound like it was) it should not happen.
The motor should cut out before it does that kind of damage.
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

Ouch, that hurts, sorry Jeef.

While the liftgate top stays close and drops down into the rear roof lid upon opening, as opposed to lifting up and away, it would take something real unusual to cause that much damage. Like others, I've had the rig washed in really cold weather, and a ton of rooftop snow and melt, but nothing came close to binding let alone that badly.

Hope it works out, let us know what the dealer says.
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Re: Liftgate DAMAGED when using remote

Thats bad damage, sorry to see
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