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How to Remove Rear Lift Gate Hatch Panel 96-04 Nissan Pathfinder

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How to Remove Rear Lift Gate Hatch Panel 96-04 Nissan Pathfinder

Created on: 2018-06-28

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a a lift gate hatch panel on 00 Nissan Pathfinder

  1. step 1 :Removing the Rear Hatch Panel
    • Open the liftgate
    • Pry off the trim pieces from the handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the handle
    • Remove the handle
    • Pry the hatch panel off with a trim tool
    • Lower the liftgate
    • Open the lift glass
    • Remove the panel
  2. step 2 :Installing the Rear Hatch Panel
    • Open the lift glass
    • Insert the panel into place
    • Close the lift glass
    • Press the panel on
    • Insert the handle into place
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts to the handle
    • Press the trim pieces on
    • Close the liftgate

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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

We'll open the lift gate. We've got to pull this handle off. We're going to pull this trim piece off with just a straight blade screwdriver to expose the bolts, these two 10-millimeter bolts. I'm going to use a 10-millimeter socket and an extension and a ratchet to take that bolt out. I'm going to take this one out and the handle will come right off.

Now we are going to use some trim tools to get the push pins off. You can buy these at Just slide in here, these little push pins right there and all around here. So once you get all those push pins out, now you're going to pull the lift gate down a little bit. Open up the lift glass, and then this panel will go up like that, and you can set that aside.

Right now I'm going to take the key and open the lift glass. We're going to take the panel, go on and get the panel over this, right there. Then we can close the lift glass. Now we're going to line up the push pins in the back. Push those on and line those up. Now reinstall this handle. There's a little tab right there that lines up with that hole. We'll line that up and we'll take our 10-millimeter bolts. I'm going to snug them up just like that, not too tight, it is plastic. And then push the cover over and push that cover over.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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