2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Slam That Hatch
February 15, 2011
Turns out latching our longterm 2011 Nissan Juke's hatch requires a pretty serious slam. Even when you think you're giving it plenty of gumption it may not be enough.
It's deceptive because when the hatch is flush with the bodywork (above left), it is not actually fully latched. I learned this when the hatch rattled immediately when I set off after having just tossed something in the cargo area.
Once you really whing the hatch down -- or give it the ol' double-tap where you close it and then lean on it with your body weight -- will it catch for real (above right). Note the hatch is misaligned with the surrounding bodywork when it is well and truly latched.
Could be a simple adjustment issue where the striker plate is too far inboard and the weatherstripping is acting like a spring.
Any other Juke owners notice this, or is it isolated to our longterm example?
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor