GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Hatch Lid



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

You will need an assistant to help you remove the glass. The rear hatch window upper hinge and glass are serviced as an assembly.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Open the rear hatch window.
  5. Remove the roof panel.
  7. For 1984-89 vehicles, remove the interior center roof trim panel.
  9. For 1990-92 vehicles, remove the right and left hatch front trim panels.
  11. Peel back (both sides at the glass attachment access holes) and reposition the noise control patch.
  13. If necessary, detach the ground connector for the electric rear defogger, and or the high-mounted stop lamp connector and retainer.

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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the hatch lid struts, detach the electrical connector

Do not remove the high-mount stoplamp assembly from the upper hinge unless the hatch glass and upper hinge are being replaced.

  1. With the hatch properly supported, pry the retaining clip out of the hatch lid struts, then pull the struts away from the ball sockets on the lid.

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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a small flat-bladed tool to carefully pry the retaining clip out

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Fig. Fig. 3: You may find it easier to remove the clip with a pair of needle-nose pliers

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Fig. Fig. 4: Then, pull the strut away from the ball socket on the lid

  1. With an assistant supporting the hatch window, unfasten the remaining retainers and/or or hinge pins. Carefully remove the hatch from the vehicle and place on a suitable workbench.