Removal of interior rear hatch panel

40

Asked by Jan 23, 2015 at 02:27 PM about the 1999 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I need to remove this panel to replace a latch bolted to the outside of the door.
How to I remove this panel without damaging it?
     bhhead@gmail.com

3 Answers

19,810

Will the hatch open? If not it can be a b*tch. A locksmith with a slim jim could probably do it, depending on what is broken inside the door.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
40

The hatch opens and closes as the other latch still operates. I don't want to damage popping off the molded plastic interior. Does it pop at the top and lift out, or just pop off directly? I hate to experiment with a crow bar without knowing where the clips are. Thx, Brian

4 of 4 people found this helpful.
19,810

Some models have a few screws, some use all plastic rivets. If your liftgate has an electric opener or electric mechanism disconnect the negative side of the battery. On my daughter's 99 I can see six plastic rivets. Four along the top of the trim panel and one on each side of the window about half way down. If the liftgate has a lock knob, gently pry it up, there may be a screw underneath. If you have a strap type handle, or regular handle inside, remove the screws. I have found using a one inch metal puddy knife works best. Slide the blade between the trim panel and the metal portion of the door. Slide it along until you reach an obstruction preventing the blade from moving. Those are the locations where a plastic rivet/hidden screw may be located. If the blade is stiff enough you should be able to pry the rivet out. Work your way around the perimeter. As the panel loosens there will always be one or two more catches holding it in place, but you should be able to see, at that point, what is holding them. When all are out it should come straight off.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 63,292 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $1,495.

ZIP:

Ford Explorer Experts

  • #1
    OJ
    Reputation
    10,740
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,350
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    2,450
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
938 Great Deals out of 71,552 listings starting at $995
Used Ford Expedition
401 Great Deals out of 21,916 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
647 Great Deals out of 36,708 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford F-150
2,228 Great Deals out of 182,699 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Durango
298 Great Deals out of 20,448 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota 4Runner
240 Great Deals out of 21,560 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Pathfinder
310 Great Deals out of 24,072 listings starting at $2,200
Used GMC Yukon
429 Great Deals out of 20,960 listings starting at $1,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 37,548 listings starting at $22,190
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
102 Great Deals out of 3,565 listings starting at $15,310
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
194 Great Deals out of 5,353 listings starting at $11,495
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
216 Great Deals out of 5,425 listings starting at $9,850
2013 Ford Explorer For Sale
81 Great Deals out of 2,762 listings starting at $9,474

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.