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2002 Explorer rear liftage latch replacement

How do I replace the latch assemby on the rear liftgate on my 2002 Explorer I have this problem. The handle just dangles loosely from its hinges and performs no function. The pin that connected it to the latch mechanism is broken. I can reach under the interior panel into the liftgate and manually push the latch open by pushing the rods to release the latches, but it's only a temporary solution. I don't know where to find the interior parts for the handle/latch connection, especially because I'm not sure of the name of the part.

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Liftgate Latch Remote Control Removal and Installation

  1. Remove the liftgate trim panel. For additional information, refer to Section 501-05.
  1. Remove the watershield.
  1. Disconnect the actuator electrical connectors.
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  1. Disconnect the liftgate window glass latch release cable.
    1. Release the cable conduit.
    1. Disconnect the cable.
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  1. Disconnect the liftgate latch release cable.
    1. Remove the cable conduit.
    1. Disconnect the cable.
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      1. Release the exterior liftgate release handle actuating rod.
        1. Open the clip.
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      1. Remove the bolts and the liftgate latch remote control.
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      1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
        • Transfer parts as necessary.

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  1. Remove the liftgate latch remote control. For additional information, refer to Liftgate Latch Remote Control in this section.
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  1. Remove the liftgate trim panel.
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  1. Remove the screws and the liftgate latch actuator
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Liftgate Latch Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the liftgate trim panel.
  2. Remove the watershield.
  3. Remove the bolts and the liftgate latch.
    • Discard the bolts.
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  1. Disconnect the liftgate ajar switch electrical connector.
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  1. Disconnect the release cable.
    1. Disconnect the cable conduit.
    1. Disconnect the cable.
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  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
    • Transfer parts as necessary.
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