Question about 2004 Ford Freestar
The procedure is as follows:--
Step 1. Open the tailgate fully.
Step 2. Remove the plastic surround which is part of the housing for the lever which opens the tailgate from the inside. This surround is held by one plastic lugs. The center of these lugs is found at- TOP EDGE ie edge closest to glass. One lug can be found in from each side. The third lug is in the middle, from the edge.
SIDES: One lug on each side down from each top corner.
BOTTOM: (4 lugs in total) One lug can be found in from each side.
Start at the top right corner by sliding the flathead screwdriver between the carpet trim and the plastic surround from the side. Push the screwdriver in firmly and gently twist at the same time. You will feel the lug come free. Repeat this process at the center of each lug. The surround will come free. It is fragile; if it breaks,you can get spare lugs at local auto part stores.
Step 3. Move to the bottom of the tailgate. With a 1/4 turn the 4 plastic fasteners can be removed.
Step 4. With the plastic surround removed in step 2, this has revealed 2 torx head screws. Remove them. The only thing holding the complete trim to the door now are the four fragile plastic tabs at the top. DO NOT PULL THE TOP OF THE PANEL. These four fasteners hold the top of the panel at the bottom of the window and fit into slots where the open side faces the top of the door. The trim panel is slid upwards to disengage these fasteners. Before sliding the trim up, you must support the trim while you disconnect a power supply connector on the right hand side. This can be done with one hand. Then slide the whole panel toward the top of the door, working the fasteners out of their slots. This is the only way you will remove this panel without breaking the panel itself. The trim is very light and will now come away.
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Posted on Jun 05, 2010
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