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the power tailgate creaks during closing ; only initial movement from wide open position.
Have tried lubricating hinge points as well as mounting points for the two struts.
Can't seem to get rid of it.
Anyone have same experience and/or advice ?
 

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When the tailgate is full up push it up a little further and look at the top two bolts that attach to the struts on each side. I had a bolt actually shear. If they are loose it may be causing the creek. Good luck.
 

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thanks smacmoyle, you were bang on.
I had checked and everything seemed tight.
After reading your post I looked at it again.
Pushing up on tail gate I found movement on the side where the lever is attached; other side was tight at 25 lb ft.
I retorqued them and all is quiet.
I spoke to dealer service rep who suggested diplomatically that there is a problem with the bolts coming loose and breaking and that I'd be better changing them out.
I've got 4 on order.
 
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