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Changing rear tailgate handle

Wondering how to get hanle out and new one in once the screws holding it in are removed?Thanks

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Remove the handle bezel by prying gently on the upper retainer tabs. Disengage the linkage rods by unsnapping the clip and turning and allowing the linkage to pop out.

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