Jeep WJ Grand Cherokee Liftgate Trim and Components

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The liftgate trim panel is hooked up with 5 screws, 4 spring clips and 10 plastic fasteners

Trim panel elimination

1. Raise the liftgate

2. Remove the 5 phillips screws securing the liftgate trim panel to the liftgate

3. Disconnect each rear window defroster wires, that are locked into place (See picture beneath).

4. Using a trim stick or equal, rigorously pry the liftgate trim panel off the liftgate. There are 10 plastic fasteners used on the liftgate, with 3 completely different sizes used. These break simply so it’s a good suggestion to have just a few spares readily available.

5. To entry the inside elements, take away the black insulator cowl from the liftgate. This is hooked up with a light-weight adhesive and can slowly be pulled off.

Defrost connectors: Press the tab on the connector to launch it and rigorously wiggle the connector out. Keep it parallel to the glass, don’t bend it up or down.

The black vinyl insulator cowl is hooked up with a light adhesive

Reinstalling the trim panel

1. Inspect all 10 of the plastic fasteners, ensuring they’re locked in place and straight, and that they don’t seem to be damaged or broken.
2. If you’ve eliminated the black insulator pad, reinstall it, working from one facet to the opposite, ensuring that the cut-out holes are aligned correctly. Take a small towel and rub across the edges to properly seal it again in place.
3. With the liftgate totally open, carry the trim piece and maintain within the approximate place up in opposition to the liftgate. Start by aligning the 2 yellow backside fasteners into their holes, as soon as each are lined up, hit the trim together with your palm within the space immediately above every fastener to lock them firmly in place. Next, align the following two plastic fasteners on one facet, and then the opposite facet, and snap them into place. You ought to now have all 6 decrease connectors mounted.
4. At the highest portion of the trim piece, test that the coiled defroster wires are routed by way of their slots which are lower in to the highest of the trim panel.

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5. Align every of the 4 high white fasteners, beginning them of their holes and flippantly holding the trim panel in place to maintain them from slipping out. Also be sure that the 4 spring clips are lined up as effectively. When every part is lined up, faucet every space above the fastener firmly together with your palm to seat them into place.

6. Check the whole perimiter of the trim panel to ensure it’s seated flat in opposition to the liftgate. Install the three brief decrease phillips screws. Close the liftgate and open the liftgate window. This will permit simpler entry to line up the 2 lengthy screws which are by the window latch. You could have to drag the trim in the direction of you a little bit and transfer it as generally the screws are robust to align of their holes.

7. Carefully reconnect the 2 defroster wires, ensuring they “lock” into place.

Liftgate inside elements

Liftgate cable and latch changes

Latch adjustment:

(1) With the liftgate closed, slowly open the liftgate utilizing the surface deal with.

(2) Determine if extreme deal with journey is required to unlatch the liftgate. If so, adjustment to the latch rod could also be required.

(3) Open the plastic latch rod retention clip on the surface deal with and disconnect the latch rod from the surface deal with.

(4) Verify that the latch management meeting is in its totally returned place.

NOTE: Do not pre-load the latch rod when attaching.

(5) Attach the threaded finish of the latch rod to the open retention clip. Make certain all extra play has been eliminated between the surface liftgate deal with and the latch meeting.

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(6) Fully shut the plastic retention clip.

(7) Cycle the surface deal with and confirm easy operation.

Cable adjustment:

(1) Determine if one in every of extra of the next happens:

– Excessive deal with journey is required to unlatch the liftgate.
– Only one facet of the liftgate will unlatch.
– As one facet of the liftgate unlatches, greater than 2 mm (0.08 in.) of extra exterior deal with journey is required to unlatch the opposite facet (latches are usually not synchronized/timed).

NOTE: Do not shut the liftgate through the adjustment process.

(2) To modify the latch cables, open the liftgate.

(3) Open the plastic latch rod retention clip on the surface deal with and disconnect the latch rod from the surface deal with.

(4) Open each latch cable retention clips and take away the threaded finish of the cable from every clip.

(5) Verify that the latch management meeting is in its totally returned place.

(6) Verify that each latch cables slide easily and don’t bind.

NOTE: The latches should be of their totally closed place to correctly modify the latch cables. The following step is important to take away extra cable play on the latch finish of the cable.

(7) Using an appropriate device, totally latch (shut) each liftgate latches.

(9) Remove the surplus play from the opposite latch cable and seat each cable threaded ends into their respective opened retention clips.

NOTE: Apply a small bead of RTV to each open cable retention clips and threaded cable ends to stop the threaded ends from rotating inside the retention clips.

(10) Close each cable retention clips. Verify full clip closure.

(11) Adjust the surface deal with rod (see above part).

(12) While the liftgate is open and the latch management meeting continues to be uncovered, slowly open the surface latch deal with to unlatch each facet latches. Verify each latches unlatch.

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(13) Cycle the liftgate closed and open to confirm right operation of the liftgate latch system.

Liftgate guide unlock / lock lever

All WJs characteristic an emergency unlock/lock change lever for the liftgate. Should the liftgate turn into locked and unable to be opened resulting from a change or circuit failure, a guide unlock/lock lever is accessible behind a small panel on the inside trim panel. As proven within the images above, the lever might be moved up or right down to unlock or lock the liftgate door.

Flip-up glass prop rods

1. Open the liftgate glass

2. Using a trim stick or equal, gently pry open the locking cap on the highest finish of the prop rod

3. Rotate prop downwards to disconnect it from the decrease ball stud.

4. Install new cylinder in place

5. Compress locking cap to lock the rod on the ball stud. Lower window slowly to confirm correct operation

Liftgate glass assist rods

1. Open and assist the liftgate. It best (and most likely safer) to even have a second individual assist out and assist either side of the liftgate as every rod is being modified. Rods needs to be changed in pairs.

2. Remove the 2 T-40 torx screws attaching the rod to the liftgate and automobile physique and take away the rod.

3. Install new assist rod and tighten the Torx screws

4. Lower liftgate slowly to confirm correct operation

Liftgate associated components

Item Part # MSRP
Lock actuator, liftgate 5018479AB (1999-2004) $108.10
Wiper motor, rear 55155122AG (1999-2004)
outdated by
RL155122AG (1999-2004)
$117.00
Wiper arm, rear 5102882AA (1999-2004) $58.35
Wiper blade, rear 5102881AB (1999-2004) $13.50
Prop rod, flip-up glass 55136965AE (1999 – NOTE: should substitute total glass meeting)55136965AE (2000-2004) $42.35 (rod solely)$43.25
Support rod, liftgate 55137023AA (left, 1999-2000)
55137022AA (proper, 1999-2000)55137023AC (left, 2001-2004)
55137022AC (proper, 2001-2004)
$47.25
$47.25$62.60
$62.60
Weatherstrip, liftgate Glass 55136053AB (1999)55136053AD (2000)

55363160AD (2001-2004)

$36.00$37.25

$80.85

Seal, liftgate 55135388AD (1999-2004) $115.00
Insulation cowl, liftgate 55136185AC (1999-2004) $47.85
Trim fastener, plastic
(white x 4)
6503709 $2.35
Trim fastener, plastic
(yellow x 4)
6502991 $2.45
Trim fastener, plastic
(inexperienced x 2)
6503204 $7.50

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