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It’s called a bonus fastener.

They dropped it during assembly and just got another and then failed to mark the tailgate for repair so it could be fixed.

It’s sadly common and a pita to fix a lot of times. I had a bonus screw in my sunroof track in a Challenger I had. It took me two weeks to find it and three hours to disassemble the car to get it out and three more hours to put it back together.

My dealer turned in a warranty claim for that one.

You should be taking these vehicles to the dealer if it’s under warranty.

That’s the only way the assembly plant gets notified of their issues.
 

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It’s called a bonus fastener.

They dropped it during assembly and just got another and then failed to mark the tailgate for repair so it could be fixed.

It’s sadly common and a pita to fix a lot of times. I had a bonus screw in my sunroof track in a Challenger I had. It took me two weeks to find it and three hours to disassemble the car to get it out and three more hours to put it back together.

My dealer turned in a warranty claim for that one.

You should be taking these vehicles to the dealer if it’s under warranty.

That’s the only way the assembly plant gets notified of their issues.
Thanks for the advice, I'm out of that warranty by a bit.
 

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On my JK I make liberal use of marking paint. Just about every nut or bolt that's exposed has a little white, pink, or purple mark (whatever I have on hand at the time). Makes it easy to do a pre-trail inspection for anything that might be coming loose. Not all of the body mounts have the mark unless they've given me problems in the past, but all of the suspension and drivetrain components do.

Haven't done that on my KL. Hmmmm.... maybe I should.
 

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I close the gate quickly with the latch, and even that has never happened in my life. Of course, I am not a mechanic in this business, but it seems that you need to take apart this lock or the latch itself, where it pushes. Or, if you can't figure it out, get a mechanic, a handyman, that is. Surely he will be able to understand precisely what the problem is. And guessing by coffee grounds is meaningless. I can advise you to go to the site https://everlastgates.com/austin-texas-automatic-gate-repair-installation/. They all work well for me, and they are all satisfied. This company can both repair gates and satisfy your every wish.
 
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