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#1 OFFLINE   edgemaster

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:39 PM

Hi,

After hitting my forehead pretty good on the open power lift gate (Edge 2009) I noticed that it didn't open all the way. I could manually push it up a couple of inches. Is there any adjustment?









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#2 OFFLINE   akirby

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:22 PM

Can't remember if the 09 had the option (check your owner's manual) but on later models you can put the liftgate where you want it and hold the push button for a few seconds and it would remember that opening height.



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:51 PM

I did check the manual but it doesn't mention this procedure.



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 05:55 PM

Then the answer is no.
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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:55 PM

The adjustable height liftagate feature was only added in the 2015+ Edge. Prior models had a fixed height liftgate,


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:10 AM

Your liftgate cylindars are weak and need replacing. Easy to do.

Edited by enigma-2, 11 October 2018 - 02:13 AM.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:29 AM

The adjustable height liftagate feature was only added in the 2015+ Edge. Prior models had a fixed height liftgate,

 

Escape got it a couple of years earlier which is where I keep getting confused.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:55 AM

Also the Explorer got it from 2011.
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 01:51 PM

Weak lift gate cylinders at 43k miles? Hard to believe.



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:11 PM

Not hard to believe based on the symptom. Parts fail all the time.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:36 PM

Sure, you are right, things fail all the time.

However, assuming that there is a screw drive shaft that moves the lift gate up and down it has to have some kind of sensors at the end points, similar to those on automatic garage doors, right? If yes, they probably can be adjusted. Or?



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:54 PM

I don’t know how it determines where to stop but I don’t think it uses sensors like a garage door.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:03 PM

Maybe not like a garage door but some kind of sensor has to tell this screw drive when to stop.



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:19 PM

It's usually inside the motor.



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:30 PM

OK, thanks a lot for your patience.



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:45 PM

I'm just guessing here.  The motor by itself can't lift a heavy door all the way up which is why the struts are suspect.  They're also relatively cheap and easy to change.



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:48 PM

You're right, a small motor can't do that but a screw drive could.



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:49 PM

The screw drive only starts the lift process. The lift cylindars continue the lift to the full up position. If tbe hatch doesnt open fully, its the lift cylindars at fault. My 09 mkx has original cylinders and also sags about a couple of inches. No biggie afaic.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:36 PM

If the screw drive only starts the process, why do I hear it running until the lift gate is way up?

It's no big affair until you hit your forehead on a regular basis.  :doh:



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:47 PM

Dont know, maybe the screw drive runs for a specific amount of time. It's the cylindars that lift the hatch to the full up position and hold it there.

I hit my head once, cussed at it and learned to duck after that.

Hit me once, shame on you. Hit me twice, shame on me.

Edited by enigma-2, 11 October 2018 - 06:50 PM.





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