Toyota Corolla 1988-1997 Repair Guide

Trunk Lid

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Remove the luggage compartment trim to access the hinge bolts.
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  3. Remove the torsion bars from the center bracket. Using tool SST 09804-24010 or its equivalent, push down on the torsion bar at one end and pull the luggage compartment lid hinge from the torsion bar.
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Fig. Fig. 1: A special tool is available to remove the torsion bars



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Fig. Fig. 2: Some torsion bars have brackets retaining them in the center

  1. Slowly lift the tool and remove the torsion bar from the bracket.
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  3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the trunk lid to remove that torsion bar.
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  5. Prop the hood in the upright position and scribe the hinge locations in the trunk.
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  7. Remove the hinge-to-trunk lid mounting bolts and remove the trunk lid from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Position the trunk lid on the vehicle and loosely install the retainer bolts.
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  3. Align the scribe marks on the tailgate and secure the fasteners.
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  5. Install the torsion bar to the side and center brackets, and using tool SST 09804-24010 or its equivalent, install the torsion bar to the hinges.
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  7. Install the luggage compartment trim that was removed to access the hinge bolts.
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ALIGNMENT



See Figures 3 and 4

To adjust the trunk lid in forward/rearward and left/right directions:

  1. Remove the rear seat cushion and seat back.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Forward/rearward and left/right adjustment directions

  1. Remove the roof side inner garnish.
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  3. Remove the rear seat side garnish and package tray trim.
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  5. Loosen the hinge bolts and position the trunk lid as required. Tighten the hinge bolts to 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
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To adjust the trunk lid lock striker:



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Fig. Fig. 4: Lock striker adjustment directions

  1. Remove the rear floor finish plate by pulling.
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  3. Remove the clips and the rear luggage trim.
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  5. Loosen the bolts and adjust. Install the necessary trim panels.
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