GM Celebrity/Century/Ciera/6000 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Tailgate Lock Actuator

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Open the tailgate, then position the glass fully upwards.
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  5. Remove the tailgate handle, inner trim panel and water deflector.
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  7. Remove the right side access hole cover, then disconnect the actuator electrical connector.
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Fig. Fig. 1: After removing the inner trim panel, the actuator, lock cylinder and other nearby components are accessible

  1. Locate the rivets holding the actuator. Drive out the rivets center pins, then drill out the rivets using a 1 / 4 in. (6mm) drill bit.
  2.  
  3. Remove the actuator and rod from the upper lock lever.
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To install:
  1. Install the actuator assembly, then reconnect the upper lock lever.
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  3. Secure the actuator using 1 / 4 - 20 x 16 in. screws and nuts.
  4.  
  5. Reconnect the electrical connector, then install the access hole cover.
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  7. Install the water deflector, inner trim panel and tailgate handle.
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  9. Reconnect the negative battery cable, reset the radio and clock.
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