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Re: how do i remove the rear door hatch panel for a 2003...
Normally just check real close for hidden screws behind any handle at ends, all around outside of panel, if carpet, at bottom area, feel for possible hidden screws beneath carpet, the the rest should be pull clips, that release as you pull on the panel. Sometimes it will scare you into thinking something going to break & if so, look again for screws. Usually quick pull works best. try to do it when warm, so panel is less likely to crack.
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You will probably need to remove the rear panel inside the hatch cover/back door and unplug the wiper motor to see if there is electricity to the motor when the switch is turned on in the front of the car.
If no electricty, you will need to fix that first, and you could likely also run a hot wire to the motor to see if it will work when it is properly hooked up. Remember, the use a separate ground wire to that motor that also needs to be jumped. Most usual problem is a dead motor or a frozen wiper shaft
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There is an electric motor that runs the wiper in the rear hatch. Remove the rear plastic panel and verify that the motor is getting 12 volts, using a multi-meter. If it is, then the motor needs replaced. If not then the wiring is likely bad between the switch on the dash/stalk and the rear wiper. The wiring may have broken where it goes into the rear hatch, also.
It will surely be the rear wiper motor that failed. The hatch panels can be removed, lift the hatch. You'll find a torx screw where the pull handle is, remove. Pull down the lower portion of the panel, the upper is also held on by push clips, just pull it away. Lower hatch, remove wiper arm cap, and nut holding wiper arm on. take off the large nut off at the base of the wiper shaft. raise hatch, remove elctrical connector, and 3 10mm bolts holding wiper motor and bracket. Replaced and reverse procedure.
You need to remove the large plastic panel off the back interior of the hatch. 2 screws where the handle is and the rest are just plastic clips... Once this is removed you will see the motor assembly. About 80% of the people replace this motor, but it can be fixed. Take out the torx screws from the motor (after you taken it off the hatch) and soak the shaft the wiper sits on with penetrating oil. Work it free and put it back together, good as new. I did mine today, saved $100 from the wreckers. :) Good luck!
You need to open the rear glass from the rear hatch. Look inside where the glass latches to the rear hatch. There is a Phillips head screw that connects the rear inner plastic panel to the rear hatch, remove this screw. Now, in the strap that you use to pull the rear hatch down, there is a torques head screw, that holds this strap to the rear hatch, you need to remove this screw. Start at one of the outer corners of the inner plastic panel and pull the panel away from the hatch. You will see the upper wiper motor in the right hand corner of the hatch. ther is one connector that is easy to see, you have to pull up on a plastic clip to remove this connector. Look for the rubber hose for the windshield washer fluid, it may be cracked or fallen off the plastic nozzle to the outside of the rear door. Please the hose back on or replace the hose if it's cracked or damaged by the wiper motor. To install just follow the procedure in revers. Good luck and hope i made some sense. Keep me posted, be glad to help out.
You are probably correct in thinking its the wiper motor. You can do this but you will need to remove all the interior trim from the rear hatch first. Get a trim clip removal tool at a parts store...it will work much better than just a flat blade screwdriver. You'll have to remove the trim panels starting in order from the top of the door, then the left rear window side trim, then right rear window side trim, then the grab handle, and finally the main rear hatch trim panel. Once inside, removing and replacing the rear wiper motor is easy. You'll start by lifting the cover on the wiper arm retention nut. Remove this nut to get the wiper arm off, then remove the nut under neath which is the motor shaft mounting nut. Now, back inside to remove the other 3 motor mounting bolts. Don't forget to disconnect the connector for the motor wires. Reverse steps to replace.
the plastic panel pops off , if you had a trim removal tool it would be nice but it can be improvised , they are just tension clips , get some kind of lever behind the panel and give it a pop , once the plastic panel is off its pretty much self explanatory from there , a connector and couple small bolts , now the outside has nut under the w/w blade , a piece of the arm cover pops up to access the nut , remove w/w arm , then a grommet and under the grommet is a bigger nut that helps hold the motor onto the door/hatch , when reinstalling before you put the w/w arm back on run the wiper and make sure it shuts off and in the park position . should be a piece of cake .