Kia Sportage: Windshield Glass / Tailgate Glass Repair procedures

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2020) Service Manual / Body (Interior and Exterior) / Windshield Glass / Tailgate Glass Repair procedures

Removal
  
Put on gloves to prevent hand injuries.
  
Use seat covers to avoid damaging any surfaces.
1.
Remove the tailgate trim.
(Refer to Tailgate - "Tailgate Trim")
2.
Remove the rear spoiler.
(Refer to Body Side Molding - "Rear Spoiler")
3.
Remove the rear wiper motor
(Refer to Body Electrical System - "Rear Wiper Motor")
4.
Disconnect the hot wire connector (A).

5.
Cut off the sealant on the edge (B) while pulling the piano wire (A) to the left and right.
  
Put on gloves to protect your hands.
Heat may occur when working on the wires. Be careful not to burn your hands.
Be careful not to disconnect the piano wire.

6.
Put in a piano wire (A) through the corner of the tailgate glass and insert wire grips into both ends of the wire.

7.
Cut off the sealant on (A-A), (B-B), (C-C), while pulling a piano wire (A) to the left and right.
  
Put on gloves to protect your hands.
Heat may occur when working on the wires. Be careful not to burn your hands.
Be careful not to disconnect the piano wire.

8.
Remove the tailgate glass (A).

Installtion
1.
Using a cutting knife (A), remove the remaining sealant (B) on the body panel.
  
Put on gloves to protect your hands.

2.
Apply the body primer to the bonding surface of body panel.
  
Be careful not to touch the surface covered with the primer because touching it may lead to water leaks after installing the tailgate glass.
Do not apply the body primer to the glass.
Remove any foreign materials from the primer-covered surface.

3.
Apply the glass primer to the outer edge of tailgate glass.
  
Be careful not to touch the surface covered with the primer because touching it may lead to water leaks after installing the tailgate glass.
Remove any foreign materials from the primer-covered surface.

4.
Using a sealant gun, apply the sealant (B) to the edge of rear tailgate glass (A).

5.
Using the glass holder, adjust the tailgate glass (A) to fit the alignment marks (B) on the body and lightly push the tailgate glass to make the edges fully seated on the bonding surface of body.
  
When installing the tailgate glass (B), be sure to fit the protruding part on the reverse side of the glass into the groove on the body frame.

6.
To make sure that the applied sealant is completely hardened, leave the car on a flat surface for at least 3 to 4 hours after installing the tailgate glass.
  
If driving the car is inevitable, drive at a low speed for at least 8 hours.
Advise the driver to avoid aggressive driving or driving on rough roads for 2-3 days after installing the tailgate glass.
7.
Conduct a leak testing.
  
The leak testing shall be conducted at least 4 hours after the tailgate glass installation is completed.
Do not directly spray the high-pressure water to the joint area.
8.
Install the rear wiper motor
(Refer to Body Electrical System - "Rear Wiper Motor")
9.
Install the rear spoiler.
(Refer to Body Side Molding - "Rear Spoiler")
10.
Install the tailgate trim.
(Refer to Tailgate - "Tailgate Trim")
Tailgate Glass Components and components location
Components 1. Tailgate glass ...

Body Electrical System
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