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The trim panel around the upper lift gate
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Rear Hatch
there will just be some press clip pins holding it in place if yoou dont see any visible screws holding it so insert a cloth covered flathead screwdriver or the fork tool made for this and carefully pry the panel away from the hatch lid.
Posted on May 26, 2008
You need to remove the big plastic or vinyl rear hatch trim to get the side trims off. Remove the 10 mm bolt that holds the pull handle (if you have a pull handle), and then, using a flat tool, (like a stiff putty knife), insert the tool between the vinyl trim and the tailgate to loosen the plastic clips (there is like 18 of them); one the hatch panel is off, you will see that you can now remove the side trims.
Posted on Oct 27, 2008
I was able to get two wedges between the glass and the plastic trim. From that I used a scope to see inside and find the mechanism to release the window. Look for the one piece of plastic in the mechanism. The level has to be pushed toward the driver side of the car. Once I got the glass open, I removed the handle, and two screws from each side of the trim and removed the trim.
Once the trim was removed I had a small opening and could see the problem. The end of the latch has a small blue plastic (why plastic??) catch that broke.
Rather than taking the door apart and finding a replacement, I heated a screw driver and made a slot in the plastic. Next I used a heavy duty zip tie and connected the two pieces (plastic catch and metal part that opens the latch). I left some slack in the connection and all works great.
Not sure how long this will last, but for now I have the back opening. I will look at replacing the plastic piece, but not sure if a total new mechanism is needed.
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
This is due to the microswitch inside the glass hatch failing. It will not let you open the door because it is unsure if the glass is open or not.
Here is how to verify this:
Manually open the glass hatch.
Remove the two philips screws from the cover on the back of the handle area, and unscrew the plastic plug with the slot in it.
You should now be able to remove the cover.
You will see the harness coming off the glass handle going to a connector. Unplug this white two wire connector.
Your rear hatch should now open normally, just without glass opening.
To repair this, you will need to replace the glass hatch handle. It is a dealer-only part, and the cost is about $35.
To replace it, simply remove the 2 10mm nuts behind it (visible with the cover off that you just removed) and replace the handle and plug it back in.
Now all functions will work.
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Posted on Sep 16, 2009
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