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Old 4th October 2008, 23:12   #1 (permalink)
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Loose tailgate lock

I used to hear some strange squeaks from the back of the car while driving, especially on bumpy roads or over speed bumps. It turned out that the tailgate lock was loosen, the red dots indicate the two loose screws behind the cover that retain the lock. The result was that the tailgate was closed but not firmly, thats why I heard the squeaks. I went to the dealer and they tightened the loose screws. No problem since then
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Old 4th October 2008, 23:14   #2 (permalink)
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That's good its sorted. Maybe some others on the forum will find the cause of some of their rattles now you've posted this information.
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Old 5th October 2008, 10:58   #3 (permalink)
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Yea that's good.

It maybe that others have the same problem and some rattles are coming from the same area. Good Find
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I used to hear some strange squeaks from the back of the car while driving, especially on bumpy roads or over speed bumps. It turned out that the tailgate lock was loosen, the red dots indicate the two loose screws behind the cover that retain the lock. The result was that the tailgate was closed but not firmly, thats why I heard the squeaks. I went to the dealer and they tightened the loose screws. No problem since then
Can you check it by just trying to move the lock? (since I'm having no rattles or squeaks from the rear recently, I'm a bit reluctant to remove the cover)
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Old 5th October 2008, 16:45   #5 (permalink)
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Can you check it by just trying to move the lock? (since I'm having no rattles or squeaks from the rear recently, I'm a bit reluctant to remove the cover)
Yes if the lock assembly doesn't move then it's ok.
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I had an annoying rattle from the tailgate. I wrapped some tape around the seat back catches and its been silent ever since...my dealer couldnt fix it...or the rattle from the dash which I fixed by skirting some silicone spray behind the wiper cowl
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gonna try this one out, have the annoying rattly coming from the back since 2 months now
hope this sorts it out
also gonna try robbo's tip

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Old 26th May 2009, 16:28   #8 (permalink)
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I used to hear some strange squeaks from the back of the car while driving, especially on bumpy roads or over speed bumps. It turned out that the tailgate lock was loosen, the red dots indicate the two loose screws behind the cover that retain the lock. The result was that the tailgate was closed but not firmly, thats why I heard the squeaks. I went to the dealer and they tightened the loose screws. No problem since then
Just been diagnosed with the same fault - having had a persistent rattle from the tailgate for the last few weeks. Tried removing everything from boot, then ended up clambering around whilst girlfriend drove the car to try to identify any loose panels.

Then came here to search Forum and diagnosed problem within 5 minutes. Drove past dealer today and they checked it and confirmed the latch is loose (there is quite a lot of lateral movement when you try it), exactly as per opening post. Unfortunately they have to remove the internal fascia panels to get at the latch so it's booked in to garage later in the week

I reckon my 07 Diesel is going to need an Extended warranty when it turns three years old next year
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Tailgate fixed now and Civic is quieter than ever inside! I reckon the latch must always have been slightly loose because the tailgate has always been temperamental - not closing often until 2nd or 3rd attempt and occasionallly getting the warning light when I switch on ignition (i.e. tailgate looked closed but was not quite shut)

Had mentioned it at 12.5k service but was told it was not faulty - just a "feature".
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I'm having exactly the same issue, seems to not shut always fully (ends on latch) and horrendous awful squeaky sound. I fear that if I go to a dealer they're going to charge me stupid money to fix it.

Does anyone know how to take off the boot panels so I can get to the screws?
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I'm having exactly the same issue, seems to not shut always fully (ends on latch) and horrendous awful squeaky sound. I fear that if I go to a dealer they're going to charge me stupid money to fix it.

Does anyone know how to take off the boot panels so I can get to the screws?
Can anyone comment on this? Think it's the same for me
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I'm having exactly the same issue, seems to not shut always fully (ends on latch) and horrendous awful squeaky sound. I fear that if I go to a dealer they're going to charge me stupid money to fix it.

Does anyone know how to take off the boot panels so I can get to the screws?
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Can anyone comment on this? Think it's the same for me
I explain how in this guide
[HOW TO] Replace rear centre light panel (Pre-2009)

It's a right **** to get off unfortunately!
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I explain how in this guide
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It's a right **** to get off unfortunately!
Cheers boss, getting a right pain in the tits rattle coming from the boot!
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Does anyone know if the honda used warranty covers fixing this cheers


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