Outter Liftgate Chrome Trim Panel Removal

Tiny
CHADCOLLIER2
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  • 2008 FORD ESCAPE
  • 3.0L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 124,000 MILES
This piece is on the outer side of the liftgate below the window with the Ford Emblem centered on it within it are two license plates lights, and two switches, one is between the two license plates lights and it's function is release latch assy, the other is to the right to release the window. I need to remove this piece to access the actuator latch release switch. Please Advise!
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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 AT 10:59 AM

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Tiny
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The piece in the picture is the one I want to remove, I removed the four bolts on the innerside of the liftgate, but the piece is still tight as before and won't move, and I don't want to crack it you see it's plastic, only chrome plated. Please Advise!
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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 AT 11:04 AM
Tiny
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Normally to gain access to actuators you remove lift gate interior not exterior. But that piece you want to remove is license plate and interior will have to be removed anyhow see pics.
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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 AT 12:08 PM
Tiny
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I've already removed the interior liftgate panel, and replaced the actuator, but the actuator was not the culprit, it's the small release switch I need to access, and replace and it's underneath this chrome piece so I still have the interior panel off, and I see the four bolts in your first pic, and I removed them yesterday and the piece was still stuck on tight, I even put a hairline crack on the bottom part to the left of the left license plate light, but it's not really visible but it's still there, but I wonder if there are any pushpins, or friction fasteners that aren't in the diagram i.E. Your first pic. If you can find out let me know. Thanks, Chad Collier
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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 AT 12:26 PM
Tiny
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See pic arrows may be push pins. Try to get a tool that can go on both sides not a screwdriver
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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 AT 12:50 PM

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