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Once you have the cover off, there should be a rectangular black panel with push pins in to, remove it.
The rods for the left and right latches are in the center near the handle. Open the clicks holding the 2 latch rods.
Then you can pull the rods towards the center to open the hatch.
This will make it easier to work on when open.
The actuator is bolted down to the hatch.
The lock rod for the key lock is also accessible here in this diagram. Disconnect it.
The latches can be unbolted once the hatch is open.
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The outside handle is bolted through the door to the inside metal mechanism that holds the 2 horizontal rods that go to the left and right side latches that release the hatch so it will open.A rod from the outside handle goes down to the inside mechanism to move the 2 horizontal rods to open the latches. See if there is a rod from the outside hanlde to the inside mechanism. I have a odd picture that shows the rod. It's not hte best, XXXXX XXXXX only one Ford has.
Add this is the mechanism it acutates.