Power Liftgate Grinding Sound

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spectralen

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2014 Suburban, my actuator seems to be hanging up on opening, and doesn’t do it every time. I put on new gas struts thinking the actuator needed them but that didn’t work.

I’m going to try and attach a short video of the problem so you can hear it. I took apart the actuator motor gear and clutch, it doesn’t look bad at all.https://www.facebook.com/share/v/JGJRgkvcoBWa7tX5/?mibextid=WC7FNe
 

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Mine hung up on the trim on the left side and makes a noise when opening. It’s the area around the strut.
 
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Mine hung up on the trim on the left side and makes a noise when opening. It’s the area around the strut.
Interesting , I’m going to look closer at this.

Did yours sound and act like mine in the video?
How did you fix it?
 

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Yes, it acts just like that but to confirm look at the trim that goes around by the strut. When mine hangs up I can open it manually.
 
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Yes, it acts just like that but to confirm look at the trim that goes around by the strut. When mine hangs up I can open it manually.
I disconnected the whole actuator and removed it until I figure out what the problem is, but keeping the model plugged in
 

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I think you have a bad lift motor. While you're replacing that, might as well replace the tailgate struts, too. They're cheap. Stabilus brand from Rock Auto are like $12 a piece.

You might try replacing the struts first, to see if that might de-stress the lift motor enough so it doesn't skip teeth.
 

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