This stupid thing is getting on my nerves It's been doing it for awhile now off/on, but now its constantly doing it. The force the strut puts on the plate makes it twist as I close it. Then the plate slams into the tailgate body scratching up the paint (I've repaired paint chips/rust marks here more than once). Plus it loosened the metal "clamp" on the strut fitting so the strut pops off about 1/10 times I close it.
I can fix the metal clamp, but does anybody know what to use on the plate? There is a single screw, and its fully tightened, there is no way I can get it on tighter without stripping the head. So I assume there is some kind of glue on the back side of the plate to help hold it to the glass.....but as the car ages the glue seems to be wearing out. The passenger side has done this once or twice as well....Anybody have any ideas???
Oh and in case you've never seen it normal (or noticed), this is what it should be like (for the most part):
I suppose you could remove the plate (unscrew from the nut thingy), remove it from the strut. Then scuff up the glass a bit where the plate would sit, (and scuff up the plate) use an industrial strength adhesive to mount the plate to the window and attach the screw to nut (use locktite). Let the whole thing sit for a day and then attach the strut and hope for the best. I'm sure someone on this forum can recommend a decent adhesive or even an auto glass repair shop may suggest/provide something. Last resort is to drill another hole in the glass and plate and obtain a screw and another nut thingy to give the plate two points to be locked into. May need to research if drilling into this back window won't cause it to shatter (if tempered)?
Here is that cap, nut, whatever you wanna call it...
The adhesive is a good idea, I'll have to see what I can find. There has to be something that attaches to glass that I won't have to scuff up the surface for (hopefully), I might roll by the dealer tomorrow and see what they suggest.
As for Locktite, the screw loosening from the "cap" isn't the issue. Its as tight as it will possibly go. The cap twists with the plate beneath it....
As for the drill, well I'm not going anywhere near the glass with any sort of drill
I suggested double sided tape because you have to be really careful what kind of adhesives you use on glass. Something that dries hard and unyielding might well shatter the glass in the direct sun when the glass expands.
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