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Need to remove tailgate door panel on a 2006 ford freestar to fix the loose panel that holds the licence plate. how do I remove it without breaking anything?

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Unscrew the two screws holding the handle on the bottom of the tailgate, then using a long screwdriver pry the clips loose on the inside holding the panel on. Replace in the same order.

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