Kia Sportage: Tailgate / Tailgate Assembly Repair procedures

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2021) Service Manual / Body (Interior and Exterior) / Tailgate / Tailgate Assembly Repair procedures

Replacement
  
Wear gloves to protect hands from injury.
  
When removing and installing the tail gate, an assistant is needed.
1.
Remove the tailgate trim (A).
(Refer to Tailgate - "Tailgate Trim")
2.
Disconnect the washer nozzle hose (A) and high mounted stop lamp connector (B).

3.
Using a screwdriver, lift the socket clips (A) up slightly on both ends of the tailgate lifter (B).

4.
Disconnect the connectors and tailgate wiring harness (A).
5.
Remove the tailgate assembly (B) after loosening the mounting bolts.
6.
Remove the tailgate assembly (B) after loosening the mounting bolts.
Tightening torque :
21.6 - 26.5 N·m (2.2 - 2.7 kgf·m, 15.9 - 19.5 lb·ft)

7.
Install in the reverse order of removal.
  
Make sure the tail gate locks/unlocks and opens/closes properly.
Adjust the tail gate alignment.
Make sure the connectors are connected in properly.
Replace any damaged clips.
Tailgate Assembly Components and components location
Component Location 1. Tailgate assembly ...

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