Removing the plastic
trim ring around the tailgate release handle was
the trickiest part of this repair job.
I slipped a plastic
putty knife under the edge of the plastic trim
ring. I pushed upward on the plastic putty knife
to release the catch tab.
Then I inserted a
regular metal putty knife under the trim ring,
at the corner. (I wrapped masking tape around
the putty knife to prevent scratches.) I
carefully twisted the metal putty knife until
the corner of the trim ring popped out.