Power Liftgate Help (First Gen)

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2009 Mazda CX-9 GT
Got home Friday after work, press the liftgate button, and all I hear is bangin' and clangin'; the ballmount tore out and cracked the interior panel.....







Now to find somebody to weld the ballmount back in place.
Can anybody with a first gen confirm that this ballmount comes out at 90 degrees? Either an image or a verbal confirmation? The only reference I have is this image I got from Facebook of a similar repair:




This one appears to be at quite an angle, but it also is only tacked into place, so I suspect it isn't the final repair.
 
I don't have a first gen cx-9, but scoured auto trader for photos that might help you. To me it looks like the ball mount is mounted horizontally (or almost horizontally towards the passenger side).

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2009 Mazda CX-9 GT
Youri, thank you for your efforts. I did the same type of thing. Pretty sure I've seen every liftgate image on the net. LOL

I really need a close up of the mount to confirm/deny my thoughts.
 

helbigtw

T-Rav
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PA
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08 CX-9 GT FWD
Sorry for the late reply.... i'm sending you a pm for email. I'm happy to send photos of mine.
p.s. several years back this was a more prevailing topic. Seems like people who used the button a lot to close the gate had this happen eventually.
The metal on the liftgate shell fatigues and the ball & thread tears out. Your options are a complete liftgate replacement, or find a body shop
that is good at welding and will work with you to fabricate a solution to straighten the gate and weld the ball back in place somehow.
 
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2009 Mazda CX-9 GT
I replied to your PM helbigtw. I have a few mechanic friends, so one of them will easily repair this for me. We just need to confirm how the ballmount sits. Can't wait to get this fixed.
 
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