Kia Optima Hybrid: Exterior / Trunk Lid Repair procedures

Replacement
Trunk Lid Assembly Replacement
   
When removing and installing the trunk lid, an assistant is necessary.
Wear gloves to protect hands from injury.
1.
Loosen the trunk inside handle (A) mounting screws.

2.
Detach the clips, then remove the trunk lid trim (A).

3.
Disconnect wiring (B) and connectors.
4.
After loosening the mounting bolts, then remove the trunk lid (A).

Tightening torque:
6.9~8.8 N.m (0.7~0.9 kgf.m, 5.1~6.5 lb-ft)

5.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
   
Replace any damaged clips.
Trunk Lid Weatherstrip Replacement
1.
Remove the trunk lid weatherstrip (A).
   
Do not apply sealant to the body.

2.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
   
Install the weatherstrip aligned with canter line (B).
Trunk Lid Latch Replacement
1.
Remove the trunk lid trim.
2.
Disconnect the trunk lid latch connector (A).
3.
Disconnect the cable (B), then loosen the latch assembly (C) mounting bolts and remove.

Tightening torque:
6.9~10.8 N.m (0.7~1.1 kgf.m, 5.1~8.0 lb-ft)

4.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
   
Make sure the trunk lid locks/unlocks and opens/closes properly.
Trunk Lid Back Panel Replacement
   
When prying with a flat-tip screwdriver, wrap it with protective tape, and apply protective tape around the related parts, to prevent damage.
Put on gloves to protect your hands.
1.
Remove the trunk lid trim.
2.
After loosening the mounting nuts, then disconnect the rear combination lamp connector (B).
3.
Remove the rear combination lamp (A).

4.
Loosen the trunk lid back panel (A) mounting nuts.

5.
Using a screwdriver or remover, remove the trunk lid back panel (A).

6.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
   
Replace any damaged clips.
Adjustment
1.
After loosening the trunk lid hinge (A) mounting bolt, adjust the trunk lid by moving it up or down, or right or left.
2.
Adjust the trunk lid height by turning the trunk lid overslam bumpers (B).
3.
After loosening the trunk lid latch (C) mounting bolts, adjust the trunk lid latch by moving it up or down, or right or left.

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