REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
Remove the torque rod:
- Access the torque rod bolts under the vehicle. With the gate closed, the bolts can be reached between the bumper filler pan and the frame. Unfasten the torque rod retaining bolts.
- Remove the torque rod and brackets.
- Open the gate to the horizontal position.
If equipped, disconnect the rear window actuator release wire:
- Remove the trim panel.
- Disconnect the wire from the actuator.
- Disconnect the harness clip and the wire from the panel.
- Remove the harness wire and grommet from the endgate, then disconnect the ground wire.
- Support the tailgate in its lowered position using a table, a pair of sawhorses or an equivalent prop.
- Disconnect the cable support bolts.
- Remove the hinge pin "barrel" clips by spreading the clip enough to move it above the recess in the pin; as the pin is removed, the clip will ride on the pin and then fall free of it.
- Remove the hinge pins from the right and left hinges, then remove the tailgate.
- Support the tailgate, with a table or suitable support, in a horizontal position.
- Install the pins into the left and right hinges.
- Connect the hinge pin clips to the hinge clips.
- Install the cable support using the retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 25 inch lbs. (2.8 Nm).
If removed, connect the rear window actuator wire:
- Connect the harness wire and the grommet to the gate.
- Connect the harness T-clip and the wire to the panel.
- Connect the wire to the actuator.
- Install the trim panel, then connect the ground wire.
Install the torque rod:
- With the gate closed, place the torque rod and the brackets onto the vehicle. Tighten the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
- Check for proper tailgate operation.
Align the tailgate so the gaps between all of the components are equal; it must be flush with the fenders. Center the tailgate in the opening between the fenders by adjusting the hinges and/or the striker bolts.