My parents have a 2006 Explorer. Two days ago it appeared to me that the rear window (on the gate) was crooked. Apon closer inspection we noticed that the hinge pin has worked its way almost completely through the plastic hinge cover. Ford wants $27 for the part and $75 for the install. I looked and it appears that the window is held on by a flat headed torx bolt. What I cant figure out is how to remove the hinge from the car to replace it. Anyone ever run accross this issue? How did you repair it?
Remove the rear window wiper motor.
Position the liftgate trim panel aside to access the liftgate window glass electrical connectors and the 2 liftgate window glass hinge-to-glass nuts.
Disconnect the liftgate window glass electrical connectors.
CAUTION: Open and support the liftgate window glass before removing the liftgate window glass struts.
Remove the liftgate window glass struts.
To avoid breaking the liftgate window glass, disconnect the liftgate window glass struts from the liftgate window glass before disconnecting the liftgate window glass struts from the rear liftgate.
Remove the 2 liftgate hinge-to-glass nuts.
Apply threadlock into the liftgate window glass hinge-to-glass bolt hole, making sure that the threadlock is on the threads.
To install, tighten to 62 lb-in.
CAUTION: Be sure not to scratch the applique located at the bottom of the glass.
With the help of an assistant, remove the liftgate window glass.
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
My 2002 XLT was hit from the rear at a stop light. That put a slight dent in the liftgate, but the window glass would open but not close.
I pounded out the dent and was able to make a temporary adjustment to the hinges but the glass seemed to move after several open/closes. I was afraid to overtighten the torx screws for fear of breaking the glass, so I paid the Ford dealer to adjust and tighten the glass hinges.
Hello there. I'm new to this forum. Very intelligent post there Ncranchero. Anyway, Thunderduckie, I found this Metro Molded Window Hinge Pad which can be of help to you. I am not sure if they have the hinge alone.There, hope its helps somehow.