REMOVING THE DEFECTIVE SWITCH
1 To access the switch assembly, the tailgate inner trim panel needs removing, by first releasing these screws to remove the inner pull handle recesses. 3 With the trim panel removed, you can now see the location of the six retaining nuts that hold the complete tailgate handle assembly onto the tailgate. 2 The tailgate inner trim panel is secured by clips. Carefully ease it away from the tailgate, then lift the inner panel’s top edge upwards to release it. 4 Undo the six retaining nuts, which are accessible through the slots on the inside of the tailgate and hold the exterior handle assembly in position. 5 Disconnect the cable multi-plug that supplies to the tailgate handle release switch, and feed the wiring lead through the slot in the tailgate. 6 With the six nuts now removed you should be able to lift the complete rear tailgate handle assembly of the tailgate itself. 7 Once the complete assembly is removed, on the underside you will now see the tailgate handle release switch and the number plate lamps’ wiring. 8 Using a thin screwdriver or flat blade carefully pry out the clips that hold the number plate lamps in position (both lamps are the same). 9 With the clips released on the number plate lamps, and with the bulb holders still in place, both lamps can be pushed out of the tailgate handle. 10 Using a thin screwdriver or a flat trim tool, release the two clips that hold the release handle and the switch into the tailgate handle assembly. 11 When the clips on both sides have been released, the tailgate release handle switch can now be pushed out from the handle assembly.