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How to Remove Lower Tailgate Trim 07-14 Chevy Suburban

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How to Remove Lower Tailgate Trim 07-14 Chevy Suburban

Created on: 2017-06-19

How to remove and install a cracked or broken exterior lower tailgate trim on a 09 Chevy Suburban

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tailgate Trim
    • Open the tailgate
    • Remove the T30 Torx screw from the trim panel
    • Pry the upper trim panel loose
    • Close the tailgate
    • Open the tailgate glass
    • Remove the two plastic clips from the tailgate glass latch panel
    • Close the glass
    • Open the tailgate
    • Pop out the lower tailgate panel clips
    • Lower the tailgate partially
    • Open the tailgate glass
    • Pull the trim off the tailgate
    • Disconnect the tailgate switch wiring harness
  2. step 2 :Installing the Tailgate Trim
    • Lift the tailgate panel into place
    • Feed the switch wiring harness through the panel
    • Push the tailgate panel clips into place
    • Push on the upper tailgate panel
    • Connect the tailgate switch
    • Insert the T30 screw into the tailgate panel
    • Close the tailgate
    • Open the glass
    • Push the two plastic clips into the tailgate glass latch panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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To remove this trim panel, use a T30 Torx bit, and we'll remove this screw right here first. Now you'll just want to release the top, or the bottom of the top I should say. On this side, you can pull down right next to the lift support. On this side, pull the trim out and down.

Open up the glass. There are two clips here. Push the center in, and then pull them out. With a small screwdriver, push the center in, and then the clip should pry right out. Then put your glass back down and open up your gate.

On each side, pull down. There's a series of clips around the side. Repeat the same thing for the other side. Pull down, release the clips, and then come back into here and there are two clips that go in this way. You grab hold of this and pull back. Grab and pull back. Then you kind of want to make sure all these clips are out. Then there's clips further in that you can release by reaching in.

Bring your tailgate down some. Open your window up. Push the trim up and off. Bring it down. You still have a connection here for your switch tab here. Have your screwdriver handy, pull the tab out, and the trim comes down.

Reinstall this. My window is still loose here. Put it up into place underneath here on one side. Make sure I get it underneath correctly. The next thing is to make sure that this harness comes through this hole. Then pull it down. Basically, look up in there and there are larger – if you look right here, you'll see larger line up pins. Pull those down into place. Get the metal clips that are right in here in first. Then you can lock everything else into place.

Pull these down. Make sure those clips go into place. Then we can put these back in. Force them to line up. Lock those into place. The switch goes up and in. This T30 Torx screw goes up into place. Tighten it up.

Then you can go down. Open your window back up. We've got a little bit of – lift it off here. Put these in, and then they just lock flush. If you should push one of the pins all the way out, just put it in so it's sticking up about a quarter of an inch. It goes back in place, and then locks in.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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