Toyota Celica, Corolla, ECHO & MR2 1999-05

Hatchback/Liftgate/Tailgate Or Trunk Lid

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Adjustment



Hatchback

To adjust the door in horizontal direction, loosen the side hinge bolts and position the tailgate as required and secure. Tighten the bolts to 11 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).



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Fig. Loosen the tailgate hinge bolts and adjust the horizontal position

To adjust the door in the vertical direction, loosen the body side hinge nuts to adjust. Increase or decrease the number of shims used under the hinge. Tighten the bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).



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Fig. Loosen the body side hinge nuts to adjust the vertical direction

To adjust the tailgate lock striker:

  1. Remove the deck rear trim cover.
  2.  

Be careful NOT to damage the clips during removal.

  1. Adjust the lock position by slightly loosening the lock mounting bolts, and hitting the lock with a hammer and brass bar.
  2.  

Do NOT tap the lock too hard.

  1. Install the deck rear trim cover.
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Fig. Loosen the bolts, tap and adjust the lock in the direction desired, but do NOT tap too hard

Trunk Lid

To adjust the door in horizontal direction, loosen the hinge bolts and position the tailgate as required. Tighten the hinge bolts to 69 inch lbs. (8 Nm).



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Fig. Adjusting the trunk lid hinge in the horizontal and vertical directions

To adjust the tailgate lock striker, loosen the mounting bolts and using a plastic hammer and a brass bar, tap the striker to the desired position.

Vertical adjustment of the door edge is made by removing or adding washes to shim the hinge bolts.



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Fig. Adjust the lock position by slightly loosening the bolts and tap the lock with a hammer and brass bar

Removal & Installation



Toyota does not provide a trunk lid removal. The following is a generic procedure, some changes may need to be made for your particular vehicle.

  1. Remove the luggage compartment trim to access the hinge bolts.
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  3. Using a pry tool or SST 09804-24010, push down on the torsion bar at one end and pull the luggage compartment lid hinge from the torsion bar.
  4.  
  5. Slowly lift the tool and remove the torsion bar from the bracket.
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Fig. Push down the tool, then pull the trunk hinge from the torsion bar



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Fig. Slowly lift the tool and separate the torsion bar from the bracket

  1. Repeat the last 2 steps for the other side of the trunk lid to remove that torsion bar.
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  3. Prop the lid in the upright position and scribe the hinge locations in the trunk lid.
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  5. Remove the hinge-to-trunk lid mounting bolts and remove the trunk lid from the vehicle.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Position the trunk lid on the vehicle and loosely install the retainer bolts.
  2.  
  3. Align the scribe marks on the tailgate and secure the fasteners.
  4.  
  5. Install the torsion bar to the side and center brackets, and the pry tool or SST 09804-24010, install the torsion bar to the hinges.
  6.  
  7. Install the luggage compartment trim that was removed to access the hinge bolts.
  8.  

  1. Open the tailgate completely.
  2.  
  3. Remove the inner trim panels.
  4.  



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Fig. View of the rear liftback door interior components

  1. Disengage the electrical connector from the wiper motor and third brake light as required. Remove the harness and position out of the way.
  2.  
  3. Scribe the hinge location on the tailgate to aid in installation.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the damper stay from the tailgate and position out of the way. Disconnect the rear defroster wiring, if equipped.
  6.  
  7. Remove the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and remove the tailgate from the vehicle.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Install any components removed from the old tailgate such as the wiper blade assembly, motor, striker etc.
  2.  
  3. Position the tailgate on the vehicle and align the scribe marks.
  4.  
  5. Install the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and secure tightly.
  6.  
  7. Install the damper stay to the tailgate attaching the upper end to the tailgate first.
  8.  
  9. Reconnect the electrical harness as required.
  10.  
  11. Install the interior trim panel.
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  13. Close the tailgate slowly to check for proper alignment, and adjust as required.
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If your windshield, or other fixed window, is cracked or chipped, you may decide to replace it with a new one yourself. However, there are two main reasons why replacement windshields and other window glass should be installed only by a professional automotive glass technician: safety and cost.

The most important reason a professional should install automotive glass is for safety. The glass in the vehicle, especially the windshield, is designed with safety in mind in case of a collision. The windshield is specially manufactured from two panes of specially-tempered glass with a thin layer of transparent plastic between them. This construction allows the glass to "give" in the event that a part of your body hits the windshield during the collision, and prevents the glass from shattering, which could cause lacerations, blinding and other harm to passengers of the vehicle. The other fixed windows are designed to be tempered so that if they break during a collision, they shatter in such a way that there are no large pointed glass pieces. The professional automotive glass technician knows how to install the glass in a vehicle so that it will function optimally during a collision. Without the proper experience, knowledge and tools, installing a piece of automotive glass yourself could lead to additional harm if an accident should ever occur.

Cost is also a factor when deciding to install automotive glass yourself. Performing this could cost you much more than a professional may charge for the same job. Since the windshield is designed to break under stress, an often life saving characteristic, windshields tend to break VERY easily when an inexperienced person attempts to install one. Do-it-yourselfers buying two, three or even four windshields from a salvage yard because they have broken them during installation are common stories. Also, since the automotive glass is designed to prevent the outside elements from entering your vehicle, improper installation can lead to water and air leaks. Annoying whining noises at highway speeds from air leaks or inside body panel rusting from water leaks can add to your stress level and subtract from your wallet. After buying two or three windshields, installing them and ending up with a leak that produces a noise while driving and water damage during rainstorms, the cost of having a professional do it correctly the first time may be much more alluring. We here at Chilton, therefore, advise that you have a professional automotive glass technician service any broken glass on your vehicle.

 
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