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Tailgate - removal and refitting
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Removal
Hatchback
1 Disconnect the battery negative (earth) lead (Chapter 5, Section 1). Open the tailgate.

2 The tailgate may be unbolted from the hinges and the hinges left in position, or the hinges may be detached from the roof panel by unscrewing the mounting nuts. In the latter case, carefully pull down the rear edge of the headlining for access to the nuts. Take care not to damage the headlining.

3 Remove the parcel shelf left-hand support bracket as follows. Fold the rear seat forwards, and disconnect the left-hand seat pull cable from the bracket and clips.

Unscrew the screws and remove the bracket.

4 Pull up the rear seat side bolster, then carefully remove the side trim from the lefthand side of the luggage area. On low-series models, the bolster is retained with a screw.

5 Separate the tailgate wiring loom multiplugs, located on the left-hand side of the luggage compartment, on top of the wheel arch.

6 Unclip and remove the upper trim panel from the inside of the tailgate. Also remove the rear shelf cord plastic post (see illustrations).

20.6A Unclipping the upper trim panel from the tailgate
20.6A Unclipping the upper trim panel from the tailgate

20.6B Shelf cord post removal
20.6B Shelf cord post removal

7 Prise out the rubber grommet from the top of the tailgate aperture, and pull the wiring loom out through the hole in the body (see illustration).

20.7 Removing the wiring loom rubber grommet
20.7 Removing the wiring loom rubber grommet

8 Disconnect the rear window washer tube from the jet.

9 Prise out the rubber grommet from the right-hand side of the tailgate aperture, and pull out the washer tube.

10 Have an assistant support the tailgate in its open position.

11 Using a small screwdriver, prise off the clips securing the struts to the tailgate. Pull the sockets from the ball-studs, and move the struts downwards.

12 If the headlining has been pulled back, unscrew and remove the hinge nuts from the roof panel. Otherwise, unscrew the bolts securing the tailgate to the hinges (see illustration).

20.12 Unscrewing the bolts securing the tailgate to the hinges
20.12 Unscrewing the bolts securing the tailgate to the hinges

13 Withdraw the tailgate from the body aperture, taking care not to damage the paintwork.

Estate
14 Disconnect the battery negative (earth) lead (Chapter 5, Section 1).

15 The tailgate may be unbolted from the hinges and the hinges left in position, or the hinges may be detached from the rear roof panel by unscrewing the mounting nuts. In the latter case, carefully pull down the rear edge of the headlining for access to the nuts. Take care not to damage the headlining.

16 Unscrew the retaining screws, then unclip the УDФ pillar trim panels from both sides (see illustration).

20.16 УDФ pillar trim panel retaining screws (arrowed) - Estate models
20.16 УDФ pillar trim panel retaining screws (arrowed) - Estate models

17 Unclip and remove the upper trim panel from inside the tailgate.

18 Carefully remove the side trim from the left-hand side of the luggage area, and separate the tailgate wiring loom multi-plugs in the rear light cluster housing.

19 Attach a strong fine cord to the end of the wiring loom, to act as an aid to guiding the wiring through the tailgate when it is refitted.

20 Prise the rubber grommet from the top left-hand side of the tailgate aperture, and pull out the wiring loom. Untie the cord, leaving it in position in the УDФ pillar.

21 Disconnect the rear window washer tube from the jet. Pull out the rubber grommet, and remove the tube.

22 Have an assistant support the tailgate in its open position.

23 Using a small screwdriver, prise off the clip securing the struts to the tailgate. Pull the sockets from the ball-studs, and move the struts downwards.

24 Unscrew and remove the hinge nuts from the roof panel, or the hinge bolts from the hinge, as desired (see illustration). Withdraw the tailgate from the body aperture, taking care not to damage the paintwork.

20.24 Tailgate hinge and bolts - Estate models
20.24 Tailgate hinge and bolts - Estate models

Refitting
Hatchback and Estate
25 Refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure, but check that the tailgate is located centrally in the body aperture, and that the striker enters the lock centrally. If necessary, loosen the mounting nuts and reposition the tailgate as required.


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