VW Passat & Audi A4 1990-2000

Tailgate & Trunk Lid

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

NOTE
The help of an assistant is recommended when removing or installing the tailgate or trunk lid.

  1. Open and support the panel.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Protect the body and panel with covers and or protective tape to prevent damage to the paint.
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  7. Use a suitable marker, or scribe marks around the mounting locations for reference during installation.
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  9. Remove the inside trim panel as necessary and unplug any electrical connectors, windshield washer hoses, and central locking system vacuum hoses that would interfere with the panel removal.
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  11. While an assistant helps secure the panel, if necessary, disconnect the gas charged shock, then unfasten the attaching fasteners, and remove the panel from the vehicle. Place the panel on cardboard to avoid damaging the finish.
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To install:

  1. Place the panel into position. Install and partially tighten attaching bolts.
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  3. Align the mounting points with the reference marks and tighten the attaching fasteners.
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  5. Check the panel for an even fit between the fenders and for flush fit with the rear of the vehicle and on models with a tailgate, with the rear of the roofline.
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  7. Apply a small dab of grease on the retaining ball, then install the gas support shock making sure the shock and retaining clip is installed and properly seated.
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  9. Attach any electrical connections, washer hoses and central locking vacuum hose disconnected during removal.
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  11. If removed, install the interior trim panel.
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  13. Check the alignment and latch operation, and adjust as necessary.
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Fig. To remove a gas charged support shock, use a small prytool to release the retaining clip, then . . .



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Fig. . . . carefully pry the shock away from the pivot ball while supporting the body panel



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