Hatch Glass/Hatch Glass Support Strut Replacement

NOTE:
  • Put on gloves to protect your hands.
  • Take care not to scratch the tailgate.
  • Do not damage the rear window defogger grid lines and terminals.

1.Remove the tailgate side trim from both sides.

2.Remove the high mount brake light.

3.Disconnect the rear window defogger connectors (A), and release the wire harnesses (B) and harness holders (C) from both hatch glass support strut brackets (D). On the right side, release the wire harness from the wire harness trim (E).

 

4.While holding the hatch glass, using a Torx T30 bit, remove the bolts, then remove the hatch glass support strut brackets (A) from both sides.

 

5.While holding the hatch glass (A), use a Torx T30 bit to remove the bolt, then release the double-faced adhesive tape (B), remove the hatch glass support strut (C), support strut nut (D), and seal (E) from the hatch glass.

 

6.With an assistant holding the hatch glass, remove the nuts from both sides. Unlock the hatch glass latch.

 

7.Remove the hatch glass (A). Take care not to scratch the tailgate.

 

8.Install the glass and support strut in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:

  • Replace the removed support strut mounting bolt with a new one.
  • Make sure the rear window defogger connectors are plugged in properly.
  • Adjust the position of the glass.
  • Check that the hatch glass opens properly and locks securely.

9.Check for water leaks.