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    lift gate glass

    So I've searched and haven't found anything quite yet, I'm sure if I had a FSM I'd figure it out. Need to buy one soon, anyhow I want to fix my rear window on my lift gate. It unlatches via the window lever on the gate but it seems like the driver side hinge gets bound up. Normally I would tear into it, but I'm afraid of permanently breaking the hinge (maybe I have to to replace it?) or shattering the glass itself (definitely don't think I want that to happen). So any tips or leads on the hinges themselves for replacement.

    And yes soon I'll source a FSM and reference it before posting my ignorance on the internet.

    Thanks in advance for any help whether direct or navigating me to solid resources.

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    might be the prop rod rather than the hinge? had a look at the fsm but doesn't give much deatail so must be fairly straight forward to work on. only warning it gives is not to try and take the prop rod off with the window closed. must be fully open to reduce the pressure in the rod. and about the hinges says to pry the cover off then just unbolt it. on assembly put glass in closed position and hand tighten the hinge bolts then fully open the glass and push down to seat it on the hinges.

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    Be careful working on the glass in the closed position,the strut will shoot out like a rocket if its pressurized. Im guessing you have a frozen strut,never heard of a hinge going bad.

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    You can take the strut off in the closed position if you can get a good hold of it as you take the end off so it doesn't spring open suddenly is you try it take it off the glass first so you don't put any stress on the glass

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    The strut is stuck. Exact same thing happened on my Jeep. Waited for a warm day (it was -15 C when I discovered the issue) and very carefully forced it up with some up and down strokes to get it warmed up Be sure to give the glass all the support you can.

    I believe you *could* remove the glass if you're really worried, it's just bolted to the struts. The FSM would help with that. You can get a new back glass for $100 - $200 from a wreckers if you manage to bust it.


 

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