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Liftgate window broken and liftgate dented

My 03 Element was backed into a mailbox. The rear window shattered and the liftgate was badly dented. We got a liftgate at a salvage yard to replace it. The problem is the wire harness on the left. It runs under the liner along the driver's side and we can't get the liner off to get to the connector. Any one have a diagram of the interior so we can unscrew the liner to disconnect the wiring and replace the liftgate??

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I would go to a dealer and go in to the part department and they can give you a printout telling how it comes apart and if there is a good body shop or trim shop near you they can help you cause they have book and diagram and the salvage yard you got the liftgate from also have books too.

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