Tailgate - removal and refitting

Removal
1 Remove the trim panel (Section 32).

2 Disconnect the wiring from the heated rear window element, radio aerial, wiper motor tailgate speakers and tailgate lock motor as applicable (see illustration).

15.2 Electrical connections at the tailgate (1986 model shown)
15.2 Electrical connections at the tailgate (1986 model shown)

A Wiper motor
B Radio aerial connection C Feed and relay connectors D Earthing point

3 Tie a strong cord to the end of each separate wiring loom. Pull out the flexible grommets and withdraw the wiring looms until the cords appear. Untie the looms, leaving the cords in the tailgate.

4 Repeat this procedure for the washer supply pipe.

5 With an assistant supporting the tailgate, prise off the stout clips or release the pegs and disconnect the support struts from the tailgate (see illustration).

15.5 Releasing tailgate strut retaining clip
15.5 Releasing tailgate strut retaining clip

6 From the top edge of the tailgate aperture, remove the weatherstrip. Release the headlining clips from the flange.

7 Undo the screws and remove the pillar trim on each side, then pull the headlining down for access to the hinge bolts.

8 With the tailgate supported, undo the nuts from the hinge bolts and remove the tailgate.

Refitting
9 Refitting is a reversal of removal. Adjust the position of the tailgate in the aperture at the hinge bolts and the closing action at the striker plate.

    See also:

    Fuel pump - testing
    1 If the fuel pump is functioning, it should be possible to hear it УbuzzingФ by listening under the rear of the vehicle when the ignition is switched on. Unless the engine is started, the fuel pu ...

    Electrical fault-finding - general information
    Note: Refer to the precautions given in УSafety first!Ф and in Section 1 of this Chapter before starting work. The following tests relate to testing of the main electrical circuits, and should not ...

    Timing belt and sprockets - removal and refitting
    Note: The belt tension should be checked using Ford special tool No 21-113 after refitting. A suitable puller may be required to remove the sprockets. If the camshaft sprocket is removed, a new re ...