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How do you remove Tailgate interior PANEL on Ford Freestar 2004 tailgate door

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  • Ted Van Weert Jul 19, 2013

    The tailgate is closed and I can't get to the screws

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How do you remove Tailgate interior PANEL on Ford - bc56333.gif

Remove the 2 bolts from handle, #2 from picture. Remove 2 screws from either side of door pane(#4) now just the clips hold it on, pull panel off at one corner and work your way around until its completely removed.
Thank you and good luck,
Lee

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    Lee A. Jun 06, 2010

    I am just wondering why you passed on my assistance or didn't accept/rate my solution accordingly. If there was any issue with the assistance given I would appreciate some feedback so I can better assist you or someone else in the future. This is very detailed information and not sure how it could be lacking. If you could please reconsider and accept/rate the solution appropriately I would appreciate it.
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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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