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Tail Gate Handle and Latch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Tail Gate Handle and Latch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

T25, T40, Torx driver, trim panel tool, flathead screwdriver, 10mm socket

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Tail gate latch, tail gate lock cylinder

Hot Tip:

Check tail gate latch operation before closing tail gate

Performance Gain:

Repair broken tail gate release handle, latch or solenoid

Complementary Modification:

Replace tail gate latch

The tail gate lock is electrically networked with the central locking system. The tail gate lock cylinder and the driver door lock cylinder are the external mechanical means for switching off the alarm system and unlocking the vehicle. The tail gate lock cylinder and latch work in conjunction via rods and electrical switches to open your Volvo V70 tail gate. Some models may not be equipped with a tail gate lock cylinder. In this case, locking and unlocking is performed via the lock rod in the tail gate or by the power lock button.

The lock cylinder tumbler can wear out or become corroded. The more common issue is the latch itself failing, not holding the tail gate shut or the tail gate lid rattling. The latch has an integrated solenoid. When it fails you have to replace the entire latch. A symptom of a faulty solenoid would be the latch not unlocking via the power lock switch consistently or failing to unlock at all. If all the other locks unlock but not the latch, try the lock rod. If that unlocks the latch, the solenoid may be at fault.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had 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 you're 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.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Start by removing the tail gate trim panel.
Figure 1

Start by removing the tail gate trim panel. Working at the left side, remove the two T25 Torx screws for the recessed handle (red arrows). Then remove the handle from the tail gate (inset).

Then pull the trim panel down to detach the clips (red arrows).
Figure 2

Then pull the trim panel down to detach the clips (red arrows). Just release the section near the window for now.

Then pull the trim panel away from the tail gate to release the trim clips from the tail gate (red arrow).
Figure 3

Then pull the trim panel away from the tail gate to release the trim clips from the tail gate (red arrow). You will have to pull the panel down toward the bottom of the tail gate to detach the clips.

Next, pull the trim piece (red arrow) away from the edges of the tail gate.
Figure 4

Next, pull the trim piece (red arrow) away from the edges of the tail gate. The left side is shown. The right side is the same.

Pull the trim piece away from the tail gate detaching the retaining clips (red arrows).
Figure 5

Pull the trim piece away from the tail gate detaching the retaining clips (red arrows).

If replacing the tail gate handle, remove the wiper assembly (red arrow).
Figure 6

If replacing the tail gate handle, remove the wiper assembly (red arrow). See our tech article on rear wiper assembly replacing. If you're only replacing the latch, skip to step 10.

Working on the right side of the tail gate, remove the electrical connector from the holder (red arrow) and disconnect it by pulling it straight apart.
Figure 7

Working on the right side of the tail gate, remove the electrical connector from the holder (red arrow) and disconnect it by pulling it straight apart. 

Working at the center of the tail gate, unhook the plastic clip (green arrow) and remove the rod from the handle (inset).
Figure 8

Working at the center of the tail gate, unhook the plastic clip (green arrow) and remove the rod from the handle (inset). Then, remove the four 10mm nuts (red arrows).

Pull the tail gate handle out of the tail gate, feeding the wire through the hole (red arrow).
Figure 9

Pull the tail gate handle out of the tail gate, feeding the wire through the hole (red arrow). Reverse these steps to reinstall the handle.

Working at the center of the tail gate, unhook the plastic clip (red arrow) and remove the rod from the handle (green arrow).
Figure 10

Working at the center of the tail gate, unhook the plastic clip (red arrow) and remove the rod from the handle (green arrow).

Then, remove the rod from the latch (red arrow).
Figure 11

Then, remove the rod from the latch (red arrow). When reinstalling the rod, be sure it is properly seated in the plastic slot (green arrow).

Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the latch.
Figure 12

Disconnect the electrical connector (red arrow) by pulling it straight out of the latch.

Remove the three T40 Torx tail gate latch fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 13

Remove the three T40 Torx tail gate latch fasteners (red arrows).

Then, pull the latch out just enough to access the lock rod (red arrow).
Figure 14

Then, pull the latch out just enough to access the lock rod (red arrow). Pull the lock rod out of the latch and place it out of the way. Remove the latch from the tail gate. To install, reverse the removal steps. Be sure to check the operation of the tail gate latch and lock before closing the tail gate. Use a flathead screwdriver to lock the latch (with tail gate open). Then unlock it using the key and tail gate release handle.

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