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How To Replace Tailgate Handle 2002-07 Jeep Liberty

Created on: 2014-01-12

Watch this video to learn how to replace the tailgate handle on your 02-07 Jeep Liberty.

  1. step 1 :Remove the tail gate handle
    • Pull firmly on the inner tailgate panel to unclip it.
    • Carefully peel back the water shield.
    • Use pliers to transfer any clips from the tailgate to the tailgate panel.
    • Unclip the latch rod from the tailgate handle.
    • Unbolt the 10 mm bolts on the inside of the tailgate securing the tailgate handle.
    • Use your T30 Torx driver to unbolt the lock mechanism.
    • Disconnect the power lock mechanism from the wiring harness.
  2. step 2 :Install the new tailgate handle
    • Transfer the lock mechanism bracket using your T30 Torx driver to the new handle.
    • Connect the power lock switch wiring harness to the door handle.
    • Bolt the door handle into the door with your 10 mm socket and ratchet.
    • Secure the lock mechanism to the tailgate handle with your T30 Torx Driver.
    • Connect the door latch rod.
    • Replace the water shield.
    • Clip the tailgate panel back onto the tail gate.

Tools needed

  • Ratchet

    T30 Driver

    10mm Socket

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Needle nose pliers

Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the internet. Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace the tailgate handle on this 2006 Jeep Liberty, and it's the same part and process on these Liberties from 2002 to 2007. The items you'll need for this is a new tailgate handle from 1AAuto.com, a 10 mm socket and ratchet, a flat blade screwdriver or a pick, a T30 Torx bit, and a pair of pliers. First we have to remove the interior tailgate panel. Just pull out along the edges to release the clips. Once all the clips have been released you can lift the panel up and off. If a clips stay behind, use pliers to pry it out, and then it just slides right back into the panel. Now pull back your water shield. Right here is your door handle rod. Using a pick or a flat blade screwdriver, pry that clip up and off the rod, and then pull the rod out of that hole.

Right here there's a 10 mm bolt, and another one right here, and we'll just fast forward as Don removes those. Next, remove these two T30 Torx bolts. Now pull the handle out and off. On the back here you just want to pry this metal clip off, and then pry out this switch. Next, you have to transfer this bracket over to your new tailgate handle. Just remove the two T30 bolts that hold it into place. Put the bracket into place on your new handle and replace those two T30 bolts. Push the switch into place, and that metal clip that secures it. Pull the door handle back and fit it back inside the tailgate, and then replace those two 10mm bolts and those two T30 bolts. Next, put the door handle rod back into that hole, and push the clip back down onto the rod. Replace your water shield, and push your tailgate door panel back into place, and just hit each of those clips back in, and then you're all set.

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2002 - 2003  Jeep  Liberty

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