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1988 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible Base



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Mechanic Q: When prepping my Le Baron for repaint?

Do I need to take old paint down to primer or can I scuff old paint and reapply a primer coat over old paint?

Mechanic Q: How to open rear hatch with latch mechanism broken?

Took inside panel off of rear hatch. Disconnected mechanism rods. Moved the rod by hand. Mechanism seems to be moving, can feel spring tension. Also sprayed with lubricant/rust buster and let set for a day. Still didn't help. Should I enlarge the small access hole to get a better look or is there a better way to open the door. Thank-you

A: How to open rear hatch with latch mechanism broken?

I'm thinking I might have to hacksaw the post that the latch clamps onto. Any further ideas?

Mechanic Q: How to open rear hatch with latch mechanism broken?

The rear hatch is closed. I can't open it. I've taken the inside panel off. Unhooked the latch rods and tried to move them by hand. I feel it engage the spring assembly when I push the rod down. That didn't unlatch door. I sprayed lubricant/rust blaster on the latch mechanism. Let it set for a day, but that didn't help either. I can just barely see through an access hole. Should I enlarge the hole to gain access or is there a better way?

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