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How to Remove Cowl Cover 09-17 Chevy Traverse

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  1. step : Removing the Wiper Arms (0:28)
    • Place tape on the windshield to mark the position of the wiper blade
    • Pop off the end cap from the end of the wiper arm
    • Remove the 15mm nut from the end of the wiper arm
    • Lift the wiper arm from the stud
    • Repeat this for the other side
  2. step : Removing the Cowl Panel (2:00)
    • Pry the weatherstripping out of the cowl panel
    • Pry out the push clips along the edge of the cowl panel
    • Unscrew the ground lug with a 15mm wrench
    • Lift the cowl up from the side panels
    • Unclip the hood cable from the side of the cowl panel
    • Remove the trim panels from the edge of the cowl panel
    • Pry the fuse panel cover off
    • Remove the cowl panel
    • Place the fuse panel cover on
  3. step : Installing the Cowl Panel (4:51)
    • Hook the cowl panel into place underneath the windshield
    • Clip on the side panels to the cowl panel
    • Clip on the trim panels to the edge of the cowl panel
    • Clip in the hood cable
    • Press the weatherstripping onto the cowl panel
    • Clip in the washer hose
    • Clip on the side trims
    • Clip in the push clips
    • Screw the ground lug into place with a 15mm wrench
  4. step : Reinstalling the Wiper Arms (7:29)
    • Place the wiper arm onto the studs
    • Tighten the 15mm nut to the end of the wiper arm
    • Press the end cap on the end of the wiper arm
    • Line the blade up with the tape marked on the windshield

Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

I put some tape on the edge of the wiper blade. Just mark where it is. When I remove the arms, and reinstall them, I'll know where to align them. I'll just do this for both wiper arms and blades. You could use tape, or even a permanent marker on the glass would be fine, because it'll clean off. Use a small, flat-bladed screwdriver to pop these caps up off the end of the wiper arms. Do the same thing to both sides, and remove that nut. Needs a 15mm socket extension and ratchet to remove this. Got it free. It's taken off.

Then you need to close the hood, and actually lift up and rock it back and forth. Pull it off. Lay it back down. Open the hood. Take the wiper arm out. I'm just going to put the nut back on here so I don't lose it for now. And I'm going to do the same for the other wiper arm. Put the cap off to the side. Loosen the nut. I'm going to close the hood, and rock it back and forth. Pull it right out. This weatherstrip is just clipped into this outer plastic piece. Just kind of pop it up and out. It can remain clipped to this the cowl. There's push clips along the edge of the cowl. I'm going to take a flat-bladed screwdriver and pry them up. Just pull them right out.

Put the center parts right back in. I'm just going to go along the entire edge and do the same. The weatherstrip from right here too is going to unscrew this ground lug for jumpstarting, using a 15mm wrench closed in. Just unscrews. Take it right off. Going to slide this trip up and around. It'll sit like that. Do the same for the other side. I'll lift up on the cowl. Pull it out.

Unclip the hood cable. Push it right up. So that's loose there. I went on the other side and loosened it. Well, I'm going to move this fuse panel out of the way. Push the locks in. Lift the cowl panel up and out. I'm going to put this cover back on so nothing in there gets damaged.

To reinstall the cowl panel cover, this is the inside of it. There are some hooks that will hook underneath the windshield, and it'll lay down over this lip here. So I'm going to start by going this way with it. Feed it around the hood strut. I'm going to lift up on this plastic. Lift up on this clip here on the outside of the fender corner. It's going to slide underneath that. Slide it over and get the other side set. Lift up this plastic around the ground screw. Kind of lift forward like this. And then it's going to go up and clip underneath. Put this rubber back. Put that down. Push the clip back in. And push this back in, the same for both sides.

Push the washer nozzle hose back in here. Put this down underneath. Clip it in place. Clip this down. Go ahead and reinstall all the push clips. Push these clips back in. Got this clip. I'll put it back in. You're going to put the ground lug back on. It just threads back on. Give it a couple turns to tighten it. That feels good there. I don't want to break it off. And reinstall the wiper arms.

The one with the shorter end here is the driver side. Remove the nut that I put back on there so I wouldn't lose it. Just going to lay them in the same place. We're over the wiper transmission. We can wiggle it down. It'll go into the splines. That's where it was before. Get the nut started. Do the same for this one. Going to tighten these up. As I feel them get tight I'll stop. I don't want to break off the wiper transmission. Same for this one. Place these little caps. They just snap right back into place. They kind of pivot. Clip it right down. Do the same for both of them. Peel your tape off. Job is complete.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 15mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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