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How to Replace Liftgate Switch 10-16 Cadillac SRX

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How to Replace Liftgate Switch 10-16 Cadillac SRX

Created on: 2019-02-01

How to replace a faulty or broken liftgate switch on 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 Cadillac SRX

  1. step 1 :Removing the Liftgate Panel
    • Remove the trim door from the hatch pull with a pick
    • Remove the T30 screw from the hatch pull
    • Pry out the liftgate panel with trim tools
    • Pull the panel straight down and once loose, toward the rear
    • Disconnect the electrical connectors
  2. step 2 :Removing the Liftgate Switch
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Press the tabs and remove the switch
    • Applying a bit of pressure on the switch, press the tabs on the switch with a flat blade screwdriver to release it from the housing
  3. step 3 :Installing the Liftgate Switch
    • Find the keyway and press the switch into the housing
    • Find the keyway and press the switch into the panel
    • Connect the electrical connector
  4. step 4 :Installing the Liftgate Panel
    • Manually close the liftgate to test the latch
    • Open the liftgate
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the liftgate panel
    • Clip in the liftgate panel trim closest to the latch first
    • Line up the rest of the panel and clip it in
    • Tighten the T30 Torx to the hatch pull
    • Press the trim button to the hatch pull into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

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Mike: Hi. I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to remove and reinstall the inside lift gate switch for this 2013 Cadillac SRX. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to Open the lift gate. Next, we're going to take this cover off. You can try to take this off with a trim tool right here. Right here, you can get underneath. It's a little bit tight, so I'm just going to use a pick. Just be careful not to scratch the plastic. Get underneath here and pop it off there. Slide it out.

Now we're going to take this screw out. It's a T30, so use a T30 socket, extension and a ratchet. There's multiple clips that hold this in underneath here and then a couple of retainers that go that way on the back. So we're just going to take some trim tools. They actually sell these trim tools at Just go underneath here, try to pry it out a little bit. You can just grab it with your hands and pull it straight down. Just got to force it and then the back is going to come this way. Just like that.

See these are those clips that are in the back. Be careful not to break those. Then you have all these other retainers all around. You got to disconnect this electrical connector. Push down on this lock and slide it off. All right, now we're going to take this inside lift gate switch off. You could potentially do this with the cover on, but to be safe, we took the cover off. Disconnect the electrical connector right here. Push down on the tab and slide it up just like that. Then there's two tabs right here. You push these together just like that and slide this out.

Now we're going to remove the switch from the housing. Just take a small flat blade screwdriver. You can use a pocket screwdriver. There's little tabs right here; just push. You're going to want to put a little bit of pressure on the switch. As you do this, push those tabs just like that and release those. I'm going to spin this around, still holding pressure, and then I'll push these two tabs. You may have to try this a couple of times, and there we go. The switch comes out of the housing just like that.

All right. Now, we're going to reinstall this switch into the housing. Now, there is a way that this goes. It goes a certain direction. There's a key right there. It's in the middle and then there's two on that side, so you're going to want to line that up with the one in the housing. Just slide that in and lock it in place. You can take this and then it's the same thing. There's going to be a key way for this housing. It only goes in one way. There's three different keys on that side and two keys on that side. So, it goes in this way only. Lock that in place. Reconnect the connector and lock that in place.

I'll take this cover. Connect the connector right here. Lock it on, and we want to slide these two pins in, in the back first. Lock those on and then line up the other guides. There's a guide pin right here. Line that up and then line the other one up as well. Just push. Give it a tap. Install this bolt. Use a T30 socket and extension. Once I get it down, I'll snug it up with the ratchet. Just snug, not too tight. It is plastic. This little cover, line it up and lock it in. We can close this.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

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