Kia Sportage: Power Tailgate System / PTG Spindle Repair procedures

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2021) Service Manual / Body Electrical System / Power Tailgate System / PTG Spindle Repair procedures

Removal
1.
Disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal.
2.
Remove the rear pillar trim.
(Refer to Body - "Rear Pillar Trim")
3.
Disconnect the PTG spindle connector (A).

4.
Using a screwdriver, lift the socket clips (A) up slightly.
5.
Remove the PTG spindle assembly (B).

  
Work in a group of two or more when removing and installing the PTG spindle.
Take care not to close the tail gate while the PTG spindle is being removed.
Do not reuse the PTG spindle drive if it is dropped on the ground. Discard any dropped PTG spindles.
When carefully removing the socket clip, take extra care not to lose the socket clip as it may pop out.
When carefully removing the socket clip, take care not to scratch the clip surface as scratches may cause corrosions in the future.
6.
If it is necessary, remove the nuts and replace the PTG spindle bracket (A).

Installation
1.
Install the PTG spindle bracket.
Tightening torque :
6.9 - 10.8 N·m (0.7 - 1.1 kgf·m, 5.1 - 8.0 lb·ft)
2.
Install the PTG spindle assembly.
3.
Connect the PTG spindle connector.
4.
Install the rear pillar trim.
5.
Connect the negative (-) battery terminal.
  
When assembling the PTG spindle drive to the ball socket, listen for a 'click' sound to make sure that it is firmly assembled.
After assembling the PTG Spindle drive to the ball socket, check the socket clip if it is firmly assembled or not. (the clip should not protrude from the socket.)
After assembling the PTG Spindle drive, make sure that the grommet on the body side is firmly assembled.
Inspection
Inspection of the PTG Spindle
Refer to Power Tailgate System - "Troubleshooting"
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