Lincoln Town Car
The following procedure must be used during removal and installation of the door armrest and trim panel. Refer to the appropriate illustrations for component and vehicle model identification.
CAUTION: To avoid breakage of door pull cover(s), insert a screwdriver diagonally between pull strap, and chrome bracket. Snap out both sides then remove.
NOTE: Do not use trim panel to remove trim clips from door inner panel. Replace any bent, damaged or missing push pins.
Remove window regulator switch housing from back of trim panel. Lift up housing and disconnect all connectors.
Disconnect driver seat memory seat switch (driver's door only) if so equipped.
Twist out courtesy lamp wire assembly.
Removal and Installation
the reason i have to remove the door panel is to fix the outside door latch i guess the mechism came loose from the handle
You will have to remove the door panel first, then you will have access to the screws which are mounted on the bottom side of the plate you are referring to, otherwise you may damage the switch panel. (see diagram below).