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How to Replace Rear Tailgate Glass Hinge 07-14 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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  1. step : Removing the 3rd Brake Light Trim (0:23)
    • To open the tailgate glass, insert the key into the tailgate lock, turn the key to the right and hold it until the glass unlatches
    • Lift the glass up
    • Pry off the inner plastic trim
    • Disconnect the brake light electrical connector
    • Disconnect the defroster electrical connector
    • Disconnect the washer fluid hose from the inline fitting
    • Pry the two wiring retaining clips
    • Remove the 5 mm hex bolt from each hinge
    • Remove the two wide base 10 mm nuts
    • Remove the tape securing the defroster wires
    • Remove the 3rd brake light trim piece
  2. If you are replacing both hinges, it will be easier to do the complete replacement on one side before doing the other

  3. step : Replacing the Tailgate Glass Hinge (5:42)
    • Remove the 10 mm glass nut
    • Raise the glass to move it off the hinge stud
    • Remove the 12 mm hinge bolt
    • Remove the hinge
    • Set the hinge in position
    • Install the 12 mm hinge bolt
    • Lower the glass onto the hinge stud
    • Install the 10 mm glass nut without overtightening
  4. step : Installing the 3rd Brake Light Trim (7:33)
    • Install the 3rd brake light trim piece onto the tailgate glass
    • Install the two wide base 10 mm nuts
    • Install the two 5 mm hex bolts at the hinges
    • Reinstall the wiring retaining clips
    • Reposition the defroster wires with the tape
    • Reconnect the washer fluid hose
    • Reconnect the brake light electrical connector
    • Reconnect the defroster electrical connector
    • Reinstall the inside trim onto the two panel clips

Hey friends, it's Len here at 1A Auto. Today we're working on our 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. And I want to show you how to remove the rear window hinge. It's going to be fairly easy. I want to show you how to do it. If you need any parts, you can always check us out at, thanks. Okay, so first thing we need to do is pop the glass. So you just take your key inside the door lock here, turn it to the right and hold it for a few seconds.

There we are. Now we have a clear view of what's going on. We can move to the next step. Next thing we're going to want to do is remove this plastic right here. There's going to be a little clip right about here and possibly one right about there. Essentially, there's two clips under here. It's going to feel like this piece is really stuck on there pretty good, but it'll pop off. You can use something like this, a little trim tool that makes it better for you. Just try to sneak it in there.

There we are. Push clip, push clip, those go right into these holes. We'll set this aside. We can move ahead to the next step. Okay, so now let's start disconnecting our electrical connectors here. This right here is a push button. You can push in with your finger and then just kinda grip it, pull it straight down. We always take a look at our electrical connectors to make sure there's no funny colors. Rainbow colors inside electrical connectors are no good. So if you see green, blue, red, pretty much anything aside from metal, you're going to want to service that.

This one looks great. I'll set it aside, get that out of the way. So here we are. We're going to push right on this right here, and that's going to push in on this tab. If you notice when you're pushing and that tab doesn't seem to move, just try to squeeze it together a little bit. Then give it a try. That looks like it pushes down that tab a little bit more and separates real easy. Always take a look inside your electrical connectors. These look good. If you see any funny colors, make sure you service those. These look great. I'm going to set them aside. Let's move ahead to the next step. So this is for the washer fluid hose.

Just going to grab it on both sides of the black. I'm going to try to separate right here. Here we are. Make sure we didn't rip the hose. That looks great. This is still good. We'll set this stuff aside. If we bring it this way. We'll notice we have a clip right there. These are usually pretty hard to get out, so I like to use something like this. It's my little forky tool. Let's see if I can press it in there. Give it a little twist, pops right out. Okay, I'm going to come along, do the same thing there. Cruising along. Let's grab this one.

There we are. We'll set this aside. So here's our hinge. All right. We have this right here. This is an Allen head bolt. It's a five millimeter. That holds on this plastic piece. We'll come across, there's another one all the way down at the other end, five millimeter. We also have a 10 millimeter head nut right here, and another one located right there.

So let's start with the outer edge and go with my 5 millimeter Allen head. That's what it looks like by the way. There's the head of it. We'll set this aside, go over and do the other side. There we are, same as the first. We'll go put it over there with it. Now I'm going to switch over to my 10 millimeter. I'm going remove this nut and that nut over there.

At this point, our plastic's moving pretty freely up there. Here's our nut, by the way. It's got a nice rubbery seal on there. Helps keep moisture out that could be trying to come in from the outside. Even though this is tucked up inside the seal anyway, they put it on there. I'm going to leave it on.

For some reason I think the rubber is stuck on this one. I'll grab it real quick. My plastic trim tool here. There it is. So it's just the rubber stuck on there. We'll leave that on there. I'm going to bring this down a little bit. Grab onto this. So now we've got just a little bit of tape here, little bit of tape right here. Now we'll move along. We're just going to remove the tape that goes along the plastic holding the defroster wires to it just like that, like that. Just come right across and do the whole thing.

Looks like there's another one up there. Okay. Bring this down carefully here. Bring it right down here, and there we are, easy peasy. Alright, so right up here we're going to take off this, it's a 10 millimeter. Here it is. It's still in decent condition, but we'll clean it up, get it back to good working order. I'll open up the glass here. Just hold that just like that. Okay. It's up. It's being held. Now we're going to loosen up this nut right here, or bolt, sorry. I'm going to be using a 12 millimeter. Here we are. There's our hinge.

Now we'll just go ahead and install this. Of course, if you were going to do the other side, you would just do the same procedure. But of course, it would be best to have this side back together first so you don't just have your window flopping around. We're going to put our bolt back in. This is our 12 millimeter. Snug this up. It's bottomed out. Give it a teeny bit more. Tight.

All right, I'm just going to lower the glass down so I can see it. Okay, so now when we tighten this, we want to be very careful not to over tighten it. Okay? I'm just going to go ahead and bring it until it feels like it bottoms out. Just a teeny bit more. We've got our rubber seal in there still. So now it's time to go ahead and put on our trim piece here. I'm just going to go right up along the top. Let's see if I can line it up. Here it is. Okay, so we've got our nuts with our rubber gaskets on them.

I'm just going push the plastic down as we do this. Got my rubber gasket. Start that in there. Not going to tighten them down until I start those bolts as well. The reason why I didn't tighten it down is so I can move this around to line up the hole as needed. Sometimes it's not easy to get these started. There it is. That one is started. Getting these things started can be fun. Would the big biggest challenge of the day for something so simple as starting a bolt.

There we are. So they're all starting now. I'm going to start with the center. I'm going to snug these up. I don't want to go too tight because I'm going to be compressing it up against the glass. So I want to put as minimal pressure on the glass as possible. Bring that down. I'm just going to snug this up until I feel as though it bottoms out.

Grab my little washer fluid hose, bring that down. Okay, bottomed teeny bit. Come over here. Do the same thing. Okay, bottomed teeny bit. Tight, tight. Let's move ahead to the outer bolts using my five millimeter again. Okay, bottom snug. Next, bottomed snug. Give it a nice little wiggle. Feels good. Let's just take a peek at it real quick. That looks pretty great. Okay, let's move along to the next step.

Now what we're going to do, I'm just going to get this up here and come right along here. This clip right here, it broke. I'm not too worried about it. I'm just going to use a wire tie. Come down along through here. I don't probably have to tell you how to use a wire tie, but I'm just going to bring it around, put it up and through.

Just get that so it can't flop around. I don't want it getting caught anywhere, making its way down in between the hinge or anything crazy like that. I want it to stay right up and out. Looks good there. We'll trim that off in one second. We'll keep moving here though. Get that in there. We have our wiring. I'm just going to tape this back. Stick it with our little sticky tape that's there. So the washer nozzle comes underneath this little hooky do there. So we're going to put it around that right up in there.

Grab this third brake light pigtail. Listen for the click. Give it a nice gentle tug. That feels great. We'll grab this. We've got our lock right here, and then our lock slot there. Bring it in. Click, give it a little tug. It feels good. Put that up in here. All right, let's trim that off and we'll move ahead to the next step.

We'll dispose of that properly. Okay, so we've got our two holes and our two clips. Just put your fingers near the holes so you know where to line them up with the clips, and then press. Presses right in. Push these up and out of the way so they can't get caught on anything. Let's give it a little test. Very nice, easy peasy.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Hex Wrenches

  • 5mm Hex Socket

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Plastic Fastener Remover
  • Trim Tool Set

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