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How to Replace Rear Lift Gate Actuator and latch 07-14 Chevrolet Suburban

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  1. step : Removing the Tailgate Trim (0:35)
    • 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 Lift Gate Actuator and Latch (3:29)
    • Mark the position of the torx bolts
    • Remove the three T30 torx bolts from the latch
    • Lower the actuator and latch down and out
    • Disconnect the connector
  3. step : Installing the Lift Gate Actuator and Latch (5:05)
    • Connect the connector to the latch
    • Insert the latch into place
    • Tighten the three T30 Torx bolts to the latch
    • Torque the latch bolts to 80 inch-pounds
  4. step : Installing the Tailgate Trim (7:05)
    • 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 will be removing and reinstalling a rear power lift gate door lock actuator and latch in a 2009 Chevy Suburban. If you need this part or other parts for your car or truck, click the link in the description and head over to I'm 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 T30 and an extension. We're going to use one of our trim panel tools, we sell these at Slide it in, peel it back. I'm going to pull that down. I'm going to pull this one down. I 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, I'm going to use this button on the key fob, hold it down, and this rear glass will pop up. I'm going to take these two push pins out. Push down on them, release. Pull them out.

We don't want this to close all the way. I'm going to pull this up a little bit. Pry down on this. We can push this up and out of the way. For this switch there's a little clip, pull that up, pop that switch off. Before I pull this off, I'm just wipe right here. You're going to want to mark these fasteners so that we get it in the same location when we take it off. Use a felt tip pen. Just go around just like that. Just like that. Now we're going to take these torque bolts out. It's a T30. Use that T30 bit and a ratchet. You can only get these out by hand now. Pull one out and pull the other one out. As you can see, both holes are slotted so it's good to mark those because this could move. I'm going to pull this out here. There's an electrical connector here. Push down on the connector and pull right out. Just like that.

I'm going to install our lift gate latch. Push on the electrical connector first, I'm going to line it up here. Install our fasteners. We got our bolts lined up exactly where they were. We're going to torque these bolts to 80 inch-pounds. Make sure your in inch pounds, not foot pounds. If your hatch ever got stuck closed and the electrical wouldn't work, if you could pull this cover off from the inside there's a little lever right here that you can push and that will unlatch your latch. You want to slide this over up top first. Sliding these parts underneath up here, just like that. Before we push those push tabs in, we're going to line some of these push rivets, get those in. You need to remember there's an electrical connector right here, hook that up for your switch.

We're going to use 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 to where it's popped through like that, so that when we put the ... When we get these in the hole, you're just going to push down and make it flush. And that's good. You can close this. I'm going to line these up. Push that up. Over here, line these up. It's all lined up. Now we're going to install this bolt, it's a T30 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, hit the close button. And it latches good. Now we're going to open it, just push the button. Good.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

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