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How to Replace Rear Applique Emblem Trim 07-14 Chevy Suburban

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  1. step : Removing the Tailgate Trim (0:30)
    • Turn the automatic lift gate off
    • Open the lift gate
    • 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 : Removing the Rear Wiper Arm (3:28)
    • Remove the four 10mm nuts from the hatch
    • Pull the cover off the wiper arm stud
    • Remove the 13mm nut from the wiper arm stud
    • Attach a wiper arm puller to the wiper arm
    • Turn the puller with a 19mm socket and ratchet to release the wiper arm from the stud
    • Pull the wiper arm off the stud
    • Disconnect the washer fluid line
  3. step : Removing the Rear Wiper Motor (5:25)
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Hold the nut with a 10mm wrench and loosen the screw with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry the wires from the hatch with a trim tool
    • Remove the wiper motor
  4. step : Removing the Emblem Trim (7:26)
    • Remove the three 10mm nuts
    • Disconnect the electrical connectors
    • Pry down the wire clips with trim tools
    • Press the rubber grommet in
    • Press in the clips behind the emblem trim
    • Lower the hatch
    • Pull the emblem trim off and slide the wires out
  5. step : Installing the Emblem Trim (11:05)
    • Insert the wires into the slot on the hatch
    • Press the emblem trim into place
    • Clip the wires onto the hatch
    • Connect the electrical connectors
    • Tighten the three 10mm nuts to the trim
  6. step : Installing the Rear Wiper Motor (12:47)
    • Insert the wiper motor into place
    • Tighten the bolts to the motor with a 10mm wrench and flat blade screwdriver
    • Connect the electrical connector
  7. step : Installing the Rear Wiper Arm (15:10)
    • Slide the wiper arm onto the stud
    • Connect the washer fluid line
    • Fasten the 13mm nut onto the wiper arm stud
    • Push the cover onto the stud
    • Test that the rear wiper works
  8. step : Installing the Tailgate Trim (17:35)
    • 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

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

In this video we are removing and reinstalling the rear applique for a 2009 Chevy Suburban. If you need parts for your car or truck, click the link in the description and head over to 1AAuto.com.

We're going to open the lift gate. We're going to switch our automatic lift gate off. We're going to take this handle off. We're going to use a T-30 and an extension. Get that off. Next we're going to use one of our trim panel tools. We sell these at 1AAuto.com.

Slide it in. Peel it back. We're going to pull that down. Going to pull this one down. We just need to pull the edges out to gain access to this. Before I pull it out, I'm going to pop this. I want to pop this rear glass. We're going to use this button on the key fob. Hold it down. This rear glass will pop up.

I got to take these two push pins in and out. Just push down on them. Release and pull them out. Pull those out. We don't want this to close all the way. We're going to pull this up a little bit. Pry down on this, and we can push this up and out of the way. For this switch, there's a little clip. We're going to pull that up. Pop that switch off. With a 10 millimeter socket, an extension, and a ratchet. There's a nut here, there's a nut underneath the wiper motor, there's a nut here, and there's a nut right there.

We'll take these two nuts out first, and we'll get the wiper motor out after. We're going to pull this cover off. You just pull up on the backside, and then you're going to grab and separate. Then it will pull out. There's two tabs right there. 13 millimeter socket and a ratchet, we'll take this nut off. We can use this tool, we sell this at 1aauto.com. With a 19 millimeter socket and a ratchet we'll release the wiper arm. Pull that off. We can pull this for the washer fluid, just pull it straight out. We're going to have to pull this off. If you have a wrench that's big enough, you can use that. If not, just channel locks will work—channel locking pliers. Once you get it loose, you can do it by hand. It's just plastic so be careful. And we'll pull that garment off.

Now we're going to disconnect the electrical connector. We're going to use a flat blade tool. We can just push in and disconnect it. We used a flat blade tool right there and then pull down. For this, we're going to use a 10 millimeter wrench and a flat blade tool. That's fairly small. You’re going to have to hold the nut while you turn the stud in the middle because there's nothing that holds the stud on the inside. Once you get it low enough, you can grab in the back and then twist the nut off. Do the same to the other side.

Now, when you're taking this last one out make sure you hold the motor so it doesn't fall and hit you in the head. Now we can pull it out of our way. This wire is kind of tight right here, so we're going to pull that harness down a little bit. Use a trim tool on here, pull that, and pull down the wiper motor.

We're going to take off the nut right here. It's a 10 millimeter. This is the one that was underneath the wiper motor. Take that off. And then there's a 10 millimeter under here. Next we're going to disconnect the electrical connectors. Just push the little tab down there. And this one here. These three. I'm going to use a trim tool. Pry up on that. Now these little retainers that hold the connectors in. We have to take those off to get them through the hole. So, we're going to take a flat blade screwdriver, pry up on this side and we'll just slide the clip off. Do the same to this one. Slides off. And this one doesn't have one. This rubber grommet, we're going to have to push this in a little bit, because we're going to fish our wires through there. Once we pull it from the front. Now there's two little clips that are holding this in from here, and up here. I'm going to use some needle nose pliers, get in behind the door, and squeeze the clip. You can use a screwdriver to push it while you squeeze it. And it just pushes just like that. This one's probably harder to see. There we go. Now carefully pull the gate down, but then you want to hold this piece because it is loose. You can pull it out slowly. Pull the electrical connectors out one at a time. We're all set.

We're going to skirt these wires back in here one connector at a time. You can try to push this grommet from the outside. Sometimes it's easier to just pull it through. We'll just pull it through. Line up the holes, and then these locks on the top are just going to lock in. I'll open it up. See that grommet? I'm just going to pull on the wires, and make sure that seals good. Now I got to reinstall the nuts. I'm going to use a 10 millimeter and a extension. And I'm going to go back and snug them all down with a ratchet. Just snug, not too tight. It is plastic so you want to be careful. That's good.

Install this window wiper motor. Line this up like that. Take our 10 millimeter nut, get that started, and get the other one started. I'm going use the socket and the extension, and just snug it up. Hold it from the backside for a little bit until it stops turning. Snug those up and put our electrical connector in.

We want to line this up a little bit. If you have to, loosen those nuts up a little more so that we can get this good. There's a little tab right here that's going to go down to there. Put that in there, and then we're going to take our plastic nut and thread that on. Take our channel lock pliers, and we don't have to get this too tight just a little bit. That's good like that. It's a good idea just to turn the key on and cycle the rear wiper, and then get it to stop and then turn the key off so that you know that it's timed right, because otherwise if you put your wiper arm on and it's not in sync with time then your wiper could be in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Now we shut the key off.

When it went back to the stop position, we know it's in the right time, so we will put our arm back on. Take our washer fluid feed. Plug that in. Make sure it goes around the arm this way. And then put our nut back on using our 13 millimeter socket and a ratchet. We'll snug that down. Install our guard back on. Just push it straight on.

Now, we're going to test it and make sure it works. We want to slide this over up top first, sliding these parts underneath up here, just like that. Before we push those push pads in, we're going to line some of these push rivets. Get those in. We need to remember there's an electrical connector right here. Hook that up for your switch.

With these plastic type rivets that we pulled out before, you want to get it set up like this so you're going to push on this to get it so it's popped through like that. When we get these in the hole, and you're just going to push down and make it flush. And that's good. We can close this.

We're going to line these up. Push that up. Over here, line these up. That's all lined up. Now, we're going to install this bolt. It's a T-30 torx. Tighten it up. Just snug it up. We're going to turn on our automatic lift gate. Now, we're going to test our lift gate close button and it latches good. Now, we're going to open it. Just push the button.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Channel-Lock Pliers
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 10mm Wrench


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