Toyota Corolla 1988-1997 Repair Guide

Tailgate

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Open the tailgate completely.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the rear tailgate components

  1. Remove the inner trim panel.
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  3. Disconnect all electrical wiring. Remove the harness and position out of the way.
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  5. Scribe the hinge location on the tailgate to aid in installation.
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  7. Disconnect the damper stays from the tailgate and position out of the way. Disconnect the rear defroster wiring, if equipped.
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  9. Remove the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and remove the tailgate from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Position the tailgate on the vehicle and align the scribe marks.
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  3. Install the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and secure tightly.
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  5. Attach the damper stays to the tailgate assembly.
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  7. Install the electrical harness and reattach all connections.
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  9. Install the interior trim panel.
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  11. Close the tailgate slowly to check for proper alignment, and adjust as required.
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ALIGNMENT



See Figures 2, 3 and 4

To adjust the door in forward/rearward and left/right directions, loosen the body side hinge bolts and position the tailgate as required. tighten the bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).



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Fig. Fig. 2: Forward/rearward and left/right adjustment on the tailgate



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Fig. Fig. 3: Left/right and vertical adjustment of the tailgate

To adjust the tailgate lock striker, loosen the mounting bolts and using a plastic hammer, tap the striker to the desired position. Removing of the lower trim panel is normally required to access the striker.



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Fig. Fig. 4: Adjust the door striker in either of these directions

Vertical adjustment of the door edge is made by removing or adding shims under the hinges.

 
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