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    I have had a really annoying rattling noise coming from the back of my vectra estate and I think I have locaed where its coming from. As far as I can tell its the lock latch on the tailgate. On further inspection its dry with very little/no lubrication.
    I was going to grease it up to see if this helps free it (not that it is stuck) and stop the rattling.
    My question is this, what is the best grease to use, CV grease, copper grease or something else??
    Any advise.....

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    just try normal grease and see if it does anything first.

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    Lithium/white spray greese is very good... although chances are if it's rattling you will need the latch adjusting to cure it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dh.dti View Post
    Lithium/white spray greese is very good... although chances are if it's rattling you will need the latch adjusting to cure it
    ok, how do i adjust the latch then?

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    To be honest mate , good old vaseline does the trick nicely, had the same problem with mine and lubed the catch on the tailgate and the lower one and also the the rubber adjusters and that sorted it.
    Cheers Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by old cruiser View Post
    To be honest mate , good old vaseline does the trick nicely, had the same problem with mine and lubed the catch on the tailgate and the lower one and also the the rubber adjusters and that sorted it.
    Cheers Pete
    Hi Pete,

    Is yours an estate? When you say you lubed the rubber adjusters, how exactly did you do this, just plaster it in vaseline or take it off first?
    Did you manage to cure the rattling with this method or did you have to adjust the latch?

    Cheers
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    Didn't adjust the latch at all mate and just smeared vaseline on the rubbers, mine is a hatch incidently, but may still sort yours, must say at first I thought I had an issue with the suspension, 'til I spoke with my brother who was panel beater and mentioned this vaseline trick, give it a try mate, you never know!!
    Cheers Pete

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    If you get a set of "torx" alen keys. You can just about get in and adjust the stricker plate. Just do it a bit at a time. I did it on mine and it is fine now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    If you get a set of "torx" alen keys. You can just about get in and adjust the stricker plate. Just do it a bit at a time. I did it on mine and it is fine now.
    If I can manage to loosen the torx screws, do I need to move the plate forward (towards the front of the car) or backward (toward the rear of the car)?

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    I forget to be honest. But try moving it away from the tailgate. "ie" push the plate down. Just a little though. then gently close the tail gate. If you over do the adjustment you will feel the tailgate "hitting" somthing hard sort of feeling. Then go for a ride to see if it has improved it any.
    PS I got my "torx" allen keys from Halfords.

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