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Latch at top of back window

The screw in that latch at the top of the back window has broken off. Is this easy to repair. I worry about how to take the shroud off, if I can do it myself or not.

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Yes u can do it yourself.just take a drill and drill out broken screw try not to make the hole bigger. then just use a new screw i would use a self tapper

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