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2012 Jeep Liberty liftgate window hinges. One hinge is

broken and the window is...
2012 Jeep Liberty liftgate window hinges. One hinge is broken and the window is sagging. I ordered new set of hinges. Are there any tricks to changing the hinges, without accidently breaking the (expensive) glass.
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Eric
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HI,

Ok, directions are attached for you. As to tips on not breaking the glass, first have a helper that can hold the glass steady as you unbolt the hinges from the body and then reinstall it to prevent the glass from twisting. Second, the bolt holding the glass to the hinge is only on at 90inch lbs, which is 7.5 ft lbs. This is barely hand tight. So do NOT think you have to torque down on that bolt or it will shatter the glass there.

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forgot to attach directions. here they are

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Customer reply replied 30 days ago
Thanks for noting not to over- tighten the glass side bolt.
Can I safely replace the hinges with the liftgate and glass in the up or "opened" posiion?
Are there any epoxies under the glass hinge?

HI,

I would not advise trying to replace them while still on the vehicle unless you have a couple of helpers to hold both sides perfectly still. The least little bit of twisting will break the glass. To me, not worth the chance.

There is not any epoxy under the glass. If you clean the glass with any glass cleaner, you could have some residue built up. Pour a little rubbing alcohol over and around the hinge on the glass just to make sure there is no residue acting as a gumming agent

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Thanks for the advise. Great information.
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