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2004 ford freestar rear hatch latch broken

2004 ford freestar rear hatch latch came off in my hand. I can't find a way to open the door or put it back in. It does not show a broken piece at all.

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    Exactly the same as the last guy

  • armand abbou Mar 18, 2012

    is there a sketch to open the back door to show how it is done



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Have you fixed yours yet? mine started doing this last year

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