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How to Remove Reinstall Rear Hatch Trim Panels 00-07 Toyota Highlander

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How to Remove Reinstall Rear Hatch Trim Panels 00-07 Toyota Highlander

Created on: 2018-03-07

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a rear hatch panel on 04 Toyota Highlander.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Rear Hatch Trim
    • Pry off the upper trim from the windshield
    • Pry off the side trim from the windshield
    • Pry off the trim door form the pull handle
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the pull handle
    • Pry the trim down with a trim tool
    • Pry out around the trim and remove the trim panel
  2. step 2 :Installing the Rear Hatch Trim
    • Insert the clips into the trim
    • Press the trim up into the hatch door
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt to the pull handle
    • Press on the door to the pull handle
    • Attach the side trim to the windshield
    • Attach the upper trim to the windshield

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • 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!

To remove your hatch trim panels, they need to be removed in order. You start with the top one, the ones on the sides, and then you can remove this large panel here. Let's start with this one on the driver's side. The clip is not going straight in. It's actually clipping onto the sheet metal this way, so you have to push it up and off. This one's kind of worn out. There might be more force to get yours off and then you'll go along and pop it out of the sheet metal. If it's hard to remove, you can use a plastic prying tool. You can get these from 1A Auto and you can push it in here and help you pry it out.

So there's a metal clip here and here. There's supposed to be one here. It's missing. Somebody probably had this off before, and then this clip here clips over the sheet metal this way because otherwise, the wiring harness would be in the way. You can put that aside.

This trim panel uses the same style clips. You pull down on it. Pull it away from the hatch and also going to work it out from behind the bigger panel. The metal clips stay inside the metal hatch panel. It's not a big deal. You can just make sure you push these back in over it when you put the trim panel back on. Remove the other side the same way. Pull it out of the clips and then you have to work it underneath this one. So that metal clip came with it. But these two stayed. Not a big deal. The pull handle here.

You're going to remove this plastic cap using the plastic trim tool. Use a 10 millimeter socket extension and a ratchet to remove these bolts. Take the grab handle out. Trim panel is held in with clips around the edge. You need to separate it from the door. Sometimes you can get your hand up here. If you can't, you can go back to your plastic trim tools. Slide it in here and then it'll help me pry it down. Usually once you get one free, you can start to work around the edge. You got to pull it with some amount of force. It feels like you're going to break it. But you're just popping the clips out of the metal. Sometimes the clips come loose and those can be reused. I'm just going to dump those out there. If the clips stay in the panel, it's not a big deal. We can take those out afterwards.

With the panel off, you can reach your rear wiper motor, your rear door handle, your rear lock cylinder, your rear door latch and the wiring for the defrost grid on your rear window. If the trim clips stayed in the hatch panel, take a trim clip tool. Just put it on here. Pop it right out. Do that for all the ones that may have stayed behind. These'll just slide back into the panel just like that. Couple of ours are missing. Not a big deal. There's plenty of these holding on. This one over here.

In fact, I'm going to move this one, since some of these are missing, over here. You start with the side trim panel. Going to be a little easier to install these first because the lower trim panel will fit in this groove and the upper one fits over here. So the metal clip stayed on this part of the trim. The other two metal clips stayed inside the body. So we'll kind of line them up. Push them in. Give them a good hit do the same for the other side. Take our rear lower trim panel and get it up in place. Push the clips back in. Final trim piece. We'll put this upper one on. It needs to slide over this and then will get pushed into these openings here. Up with it. Push it in and down. Get it lined up. The trim panel's installed.

To reinstall the pull hand, get the bolt through the metal bracket, 10 millimeter socket. Tighten it. Reinstall the plastic cap and the pull handle's reinstalled.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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