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Tail Gate Latch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Tail Gate Latch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$60

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30 Torx drivers, trim panel tool, small pick, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW X3 Sport Utility (2004-10)

Parts Required:

Trunk latch

Hot Tip:

Check trunk latch and button operation before closing trunk

Performance Gain:

Repair broken latch

Complementary Modification:

Replace release button

The tail gate latch is electrically networked with the central locking system and controlled by the general module. The most common issue is the electronic solenoid portion of the latch failing. When it fails, the tail gate will not release.

The general module receives a signal from the remote key or tail gate button to open the latch. The general module then sends battery volts to the latch solenoid to open the latch. The latch is supplied chassis ground all the time via a grounding point in the left rear of the cargo compartment.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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The tail gate latch (red arrow) is electrically networked with the central locking system and controlled by the general module.
Figure 1

The tail gate latch (red arrow) is electrically networked with the central locking system and controlled by the general module. The most common issue is the electronic solenoid portion of the latch failing. When it fails, the tail gate will not release.

Working in trunk, open access panel.
Figure 2

Working in trunk, open access panel. Do this for the left and right side.

Lift and remove the cargo area carpet panel (red arrow).
Figure 3

Lift and remove the cargo area carpet panel (red arrow). Use a small pick to open the four trim covers and remove the Phillips head screws under them (yellow arrows).

Next, remove the two Phillips head screws on the interior edge of the sill trim (red arrows).
Figure 4

Next, remove the two Phillips head screws on the interior edge of the sill trim (red arrows).

Using a trim panel tool, unclip the left side C-pillar trim (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

Using a trim panel tool, unclip the left side C-pillar trim (yellow arrow). There are two trim clips that have to be disconnected (red arrows).

Pull the C-pillar trim panel (red arrow) up and out of the sill trim (yellow arrow), remove it from the vehicle.
Figure 6

Pull the C-pillar trim panel (red arrow) up and out of the sill trim (yellow arrow), remove it from the vehicle.

Lift the sill trim up and feed it out of the right side C-pillar trim (red arrow), at an angle.
Figure 7

Lift the sill trim up and feed it out of the right side C-pillar trim (red arrow), at an angle.

Remove the four T30 latch mounting fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 8

Remove the four T30 latch mounting fasteners (red arrows).

Remove the latch from the body by pushing the bracket (yellow arrow) away from the latch and feeding the latch out (red arrow).
Figure 9

Remove the latch from the body by pushing the bracket (yellow arrow) away from the latch and feeding the latch out (red arrow). Once out, disconnect the electrical connector by pulling it straight out (blue arrow).

Install new latch in reverse steps of removal.
Figure 10

Install new latch in reverse steps of removal. If you have to swap the solenoid out or you are replacing only the solenoid, remove the two Phillips head screws (red arrows), then swap it over. Be sure to align the solenoid pin in the lever correctly (blue arrow). Be sure to check the operation of the tail gate latch before closing the tail gate. Use a flathead screwdriver to lock the latch (with tail gate open). Then unlock it using the remote key and trunk release handle.

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