GM Lumina/Silhouette/Transport APVs 1990-1999 Repair Guide

Rear Liftgate Assembly

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The rear liftgate assembly is formed from an inner and outer plastic panel bonded together with structure adhesives. The liftgate has a stationary glass window. The liftgate's hinges are welded to the body spaceframe and bolted to the formed liftgate panels.

REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION



  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Open the liftgate and support it securely.
  4.  

See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a suitable support tool, such as this safety stand (used here with a blanket to avoid scratches) to support the liftgate in the open position

  1. Remove the right and left side window garnish moldings.
  2.  
  3. Remove the liftgate trim finish panel.
  4.  
  5. Unplug the electrical connectors from the following components:

    Rear speakers
     
    Liftgate ajar switch
     
    License plate lamp
     
    Back-up lamps
     
    Window release actuator harness connector.
     

  6.  
  7. Use a small prytool to carefully pry out and remove the strut retaining clip. Pull the end of the strut from the stud.
  8.  

See Figures 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 2: View of the liftgate strut assembly mounting



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Fig. Fig. 3: Slide a small prytool under the retaining clip to remove it from the strut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Once the clip is removed, the strut can be pulled from the stud

  1. Unfasten the shoulder bolt securing the upper end of the strut to the strut bracket.
  2.  

See Figure 5

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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the shoulder bolt from the mounting bracket to release the strut

  1. With the aid of a helper, remove the liftgate hinge bolts and remove the liftgate assembly.
  2.  
  3. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  4.  

See Figures 6 and 7

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Fig. Fig. 6: Liftgate hinge attachment and proper alignment of the hatch cover



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Fig. Fig. 7: Exploded view is of the liftgate and related components

 
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