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How to Remove Rear Liftgate Outer Panel (Applique) 08-12 Ford Escape

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  1. step : Removing the Interior Liftgate Panel (0:25)
    • Open the liftgate
    • Remove the four Phillips screws from liftgate panel
    • Pull the panel down to loosen it
    • Lower the liftgate
    • Lift the lift glass
    • Push out the upper section of the panel
    • Remove the liftgate panel
  2. step : Removing the Rear Exterior Liftgate Trim (1:16)
    • Remove the two 11mm nuts directly behind the hatch
    • Disconnect the switch electrical connector
    • Squeeze the retainer clips to the side with needle nose pliers and press them up
    • Press the rubber grommet on the wiring harness through
    • Lower the hatch
    • Slide the weather strip up a little
    • Remove the exterior trim
  3. step : Installing the Rear Exterior Liftgate Trim (3:43)
    • Slide the connector and rubber grommet into the hatch door
    • Press the exterior trim onto the hatch door
    • Open the hatch door
    • Connect the wiring harness
    • Tighten the 11mm bolts to the exterior trim
  4. step : Installing the Liftgate Panel (4:55)
    • Insert the liftgate panel into place
    • Press the liftgate panel clips in
    • Tighten the four Phillips screws to the liftgate panel
    • Close the liftgate

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 11mm Socket

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