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Liftgate finish handle, trim busted off

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#1 OFFLINE   VerbalK


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Posted 30 August 2016 - 07:46 PM

Man, really love everything "important" about my 2013 SE, but jeez, all the trim pieces are crap.


Notice the lift handle was separating on right side.  Fixed with some gorilla tape.   and now about 3/4s of it popped off.  Looks like the whole assembly is attached to four clips with thin strips of paperthin plastic.


Looks like the part is about $100, but I don't know if that include the adhesive to attach to life gate (or how to remove the old adhesive without destroying finish.


Anybody have a way of jury rig this (preferably without a roll of gorilla tape)



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#2 OFFLINE   scottwood2


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Posted 31 August 2016 - 07:39 AM

You might want to look for service bulletins on this.  I had this same problem with my Scion xB and Toyota eventually offered repair or reimbursement of the cost. 

#3 OFFLINE   jmk


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 05:10 PM

Yup. Just happened to me/us this past week. 4 tiny little plastic 'straps connect the top of the cover the the lower, and the lifting force of the tailgate pulls the lower joint apart (someone ought to show Ford engineers how to use a free-body diagram for calculating lifting forces...oh wait, some noob used computer generated code to create a mesh and 'analyzed' it....kid engineers these days...no practical sense...end rant). So what I did is drill and counter bore a small hole on the underside of the cover. I also drilled 2 small holes in each of the plastic 'straps' very close to the end that separated. Besides some clamps and tape to hold the shape while curing, I used my go-to-for-broken-Ford-plastic (I have a 2006 Mazda...works on that too) adhesive - Gorilla Glue. I was sure to let it ooze through the holes I bored, in addition to making sure the broken (and cleaned) seams were addressed. Doing a 24hr cure. Will see. I've seen the part on the 'net for <$90 not incl shipping, but then I'd have to paint the tri-color platinum white. Glue first....buy and paint if I have to. What a miserable design detail.


Like to pic a few pics, but no can do...

Edited by jmk, 23 July 2017 - 05:20 PM.

#4 OFFLINE   SnowStorm


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Posted 24 July 2017 - 10:53 AM

That thing has worried me as our catch has been hard to release unless its kept greased.  I've yanked up rather hard at time but it hasn't broken (may be a bit loose though).  Will stop doing that now and keep it greased!  Totally agree with any rant about lousy design of stuff like this.

#5 OFFLINE   rmlow_76


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:31 AM

I had my release handle tear off completely one night.  Ford quoted about $450 to paint and replace with a new handle.  Found one at a salvage yard for about $70 shipped.  Unless i figure out how to remove all the interior trim to get to the mounting bolts, I'll have to pay Ford to install it.



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:32 PM

I guess this might make the electric liftgate a nice feature?

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