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How do we remove the interior ceiling on our '03 Taurus SES?

Yuck! We've had mice get up in the ceiling of our car (this has a sunroof) and we think there are dead ones -awful smell. How on earth do we remove the ceiling panel to clean this out? The car is undrivable, due to the smell. PLEASE HELP!

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You need to Remove The Trim Panels all around the top and the Sunroof and you will see the Fasteners. You will have to take the whole Headliner out so as not to Risk Breaking it.

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