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The drivers side door panel clips broke off and now i cant open my drivers side door without the panel coming half way off, i need a way to put it back i have history in automotive engineering but i want to find a right way of going about this

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A ford dealer will carry the proper fasteners for this concern. They are small plastic fasteners and are relatively inexpensive. Take one with you if you have it.

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