Question about 2004 Ford Freestar
The tailgate handle came off. Got it back on, but it looks like the spring is not in the right position. Any idea where it should go?
I have had the same problem with my 2005. I don't know how but my 7 year old keeps pulling it off and I took pictures so I know how to do it from now on. It's easy to do without affecting any vital parts, i.e., the spring.
You take the back panel off consisting of 2-9mm screws and 2-philips head screws. Careful pulling the bottom portion off not to rip off any posts.
Once inside there is a grey bar that runs from one side of where the handle belongs to the other. This is the part that has the spring on it. Insert your handle all the way in and once there pry gently the grey bar until its prongs are in place. The spring is located just around the area that is flat coming off the grey bar and has a noticable spot for it. Also, off of the grey bar is a black plastic tab that is supposed to hold the bar from shifting back and forth, but gives easily. So you don't encounter the problem again you might try to gently bend it back to original shape.
Posted on Aug 05, 2008
I just had the same problem and have the 100000 mile warranty and of course it is not covered - by the sounds of it - it should be a recall item
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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