Lincoln Aviator: Body Closures / Removal and Installation - Liftgate

Removal

NOTE: Removal steps in this procedure may contain installation details.

  1. Remove the liftgate trim panel.
    Refer to: Liftgate Trim Panel (501-05 Interior Trim and Ornamentation, Removal and Installation).
  1. Lower the headliner.
    Refer to: Headliner - Lowering (501-05 Interior Trim and Ornamentation, Removal and Installation).
    1. Remove the bolt.
      Torque: 106 lb.in (12 Nm)
    1. Disconnect the liftgate electrical connectors.
    1. Disconnect the liftgate harness routing clips.
  1. Disconnect the rear washer hose.
  1. Remove the grommet and route the harness out of the liftgate.
  1. Mark the location of the liftgate hinge bolts.
  1. NOTE: This step requires the aid of another technician.

    On both sides.
    Remove the clips holding the liftgate struts or the power liftgate motor and position aside.
  1. NOTE: This step requires the aid of another technician.

    Remove the liftgate bolts and remove the liftgate from the vehicle.
    Torque: 22 lb.ft (30 Nm)

Installation

  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
  1. Align the liftgate as necessary.
    Refer to: Liftgate Alignment (501-03 Body Closures, General Procedures).

Vehicles with power liftgate

  1. Carry-out the power liftgate initialization.
    Refer to: Power Liftgate Initialization (501-03 Body Closures, General Procedures).

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    Fastening the Seatbelts

    The front outboard and rear safety restraints in the vehicle are combination lap and shoulder belts.

    Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle (the buckle closest to the direction the tongue is coming from) until you hear a snap and feel it latch. Make sure that you securely fasten the tongue in the buckle.

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    To unfasten, press the release button and remove the tongue from the buckle.

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