How Do I Remove the Back Interior Panel of a Santa Fe

Discussion in 'Hyundai Santa Fe' started by Juan & Mary Mercogliano, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. Hello,

    While backing up, my wife hit a pole and dented the little section of sheet
    metal below one of the rear parking lights of her 2004 Santa Fe. What got
    dented is a little rectangular panel of approximately 3" x 12", that curves
    following the shape of the parking light lens. I'd like to remove it, fix
    it, spray paint it and reinstall it.

    After removing the parking light unit, I noticed that the panel is attached
    to the body by 4 bolts that can be accessed from behind. But I will have to
    remove the interior plastic panel right behind the rear lights and see
    whether I can reach the bolts in question. Does anybody know how to remove
    it? I imagine that probably I will have to pry the panel until it pops out.
    But I wouldn't like to make matters worse by damaging the interior, which is
    fine so far.

    I will appreciate any guidance you can provide.

    Juan & Mary Mercogliano, Apr 7, 2008
  2. Juan & Mary Mercogliano

    hyundaitech Guest

    I believe there may be a couple screws. Pull up the carpet/cargo covers
    and check around the bottom flange. Also check attachments and behind
    hole covers for screws
    hyundaitech, Apr 9, 2008
  3. Thank you. It will be my project for tomorrow.
    Juan & Mary Mercogliano, Apr 12, 2008
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