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How to Replace Rear Glass Latch 08-12 Ford Escape

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How to Replace Rear Glass Latch 08-12 Ford Escape

Created on: 2019-04-04

How to replace the rear window glass latch on 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 Ford Escape

  1. If the electrical part is not latching, you can manually adjust the latch with a pick

    step 1 :Removing the Liftgate Panel
    • Open the liftgate
    • Remove the four Phillips screws from liftgate panel
    • Pull the panel down to loosen it
    • Lower the liftgate
    • Lift the lift glass
    • Push out the upper section of the panel
    • Remove the liftgate panel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Rear Glass Latch
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the latch
    • Remove the latch
  3. step 3 :Installing the Rear Glass Latch
    • Insert the rear glass latch into place
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the latch
    • Connect the electrical connector
  4. step 4 :Installing the Liftgate Panel
    • Insert the liftgate panel into place
    • Press the liftgate panel clips in
    • Tighten the four Phillips screws to the liftgate panel
    • Close the liftgate

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

Installation Video
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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 rear glass latch assembly on this 2012 Ford Escape. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description, and head over to

We're going to open the lift gate. We want to remove these Phillips head screws. Just use a Phillips head screwdriver. Get those out. Going to pull down, right here. Pull down, here. You can use a trim tool to get underneath there. Pull it down a little bit. It's not going to come down all the way. I have to release the lift glass, right here. Release that, and there's a section right here over this latch. So, we kind of need to push it out. As I push it out, just lift it over, and you can slide this panel right out of the way—just like that.

We'll disconnect this electrical connector, right here. Just push down on the tab and slide it out. Sometimes it comes out a little difficult. Oh—that's why. I was grabbing this piece, so it's just the inside—just like that. Then I'm going to take a 10mm socket and ratchet and take these two bolts out. There's one here and one on the other side. Pull that bolt out, and you can pull the latch right down.

Alright. Now we're just going to take this latch. Slide it into position. Put the 10mm bolts in—one on this side and one on the other side. Snug this up. Then we'll connect the electrical connector and lock it in place. So, if you had a problem with this latch and it wasn't unlatching, what you can do is—if the electric part wasn't unlatching—you can actually take a little pick. Slide it in there. You can release the latch.

Alright. We want to take this panel. We want to slide this part over the latch, right here. So, with that lift glass open, slide that over. Once that is slid over, try to get these push retainers in. Those are all lined up. Put these four screws in using a Phillips head screwdriver. Alright. Close that. That looks good.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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