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trunk door wont close properly

I have a 2-door 1996.

I got the car a few months ago but haven't really been driving it. I began driving it a few days ago and found that the trunk door rattles. I does not seem to be closing properly.

I found this thread:

http://rav4world.com/forums/viewtopi...ighlight=trunk

but I am not sure if I am missing that seal...or if my door is missing some other part.

Any advice?
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Welcome to the forum!

I don't have our Rav with me at the moment, so I don't know what part they are referring to. Perhaps another member can take a quick look. If all of the bump stops/stoppers look to be in place, then it may just need adjusting. Check the locking mechanism for a way to adjust it. I happen to have a photo in my album of one half of the lock, the piece in the body. I can't remember if it adjusts or the piece on the the door.

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hey thanks for the response.

The door is loose and rattles at the bottom. Below the latch there is a bracket on the door and the frame that sort of inter-locks together. I am not sure what function that this bracket is supposed to serve. I found a picture of the frame side, and my car looks the same.




Not sure if I am missing anything on the door side of the lock and I could not find any pictures.

Is there supposed to be some rubber seals on the door side?
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I'll try to remember to look at it in the morning on my way to work. Writing this email should help.

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hey thanks for the response.

The door is loose and rattles at the bottom. Below the latch there is a bracket on the door and the frame that sort of inter-locks together. I am not sure what function that this bracket is supposed to serve. I found a picture of the frame side, and my car looks the same.




Not sure if I am missing anything on the door side of the lock and I could not find any pictures.

Is there supposed to be some rubber seals on the door side?
There should be a rubber male piece on the door that mates with that bracket. Also, there should be rubber bump stops on the top and bottom of the door. The one on the bottom hits directly below the tip of your arrow on that flat round spot.

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Also make sure the hinges aren't loose. Open the door and gently lift up on it. Not too much, you don't want to bend the hinges. Any wiggle will indicate they are loose.

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My back door is a little hard to close too, but I think the latch (on the body) just needs adjusting. I loosened its screws, and tried various "inducements" to get it to move without damaging it, but it wouldn't. My guess is the backing plate is either factory-welded, or is just stuck. Anyone successfully get the latch to move? How, especially if it was highly resistant like mine?

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hey thanks for the response.

The door is loose and rattles at the bottom. Below the latch there is a bracket on the door and the frame that sort of inter-locks together. I am not sure what function that this bracket is supposed to serve. I found a picture of the frame side, and my car looks the same.




Not sure if I am missing anything on the door side of the lock and I could not find any pictures.

Is there supposed to be some rubber seals on the door side?
that rav4 has been rear ended....

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that rav4 has been rear ended....
That's right. You can see the dent under the arrow. It even pushes in the weather stripping. That certainly could prevent the door from closing correctly. It looks to be limited to that area, so it may still be possible to adjust it to compensate.

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That certainly could prevent the door from closing correctly. It looks to be limited to that area, so it may still be possible to adjust it to compensate.
Good catch guys... but I don't think that photo is the "actual" photo of the OP's RAV4. It's only an "example" photo he found on the web. Obviously... not the "best" example.
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I found a picture of the frame side, and my car looks the same.

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