This is a Dorman brand door handle. It is designed to replace a broken or missing unit.


  • Brand New Dorman Door Handle
  • Fits either LH (Drivers Side) or RH (Passengers Side) FRONT or REAR
  • Smooth Black Finish
    • Can be painted by the buyer to any color desired or installed as is
  • Direct replacement
  • Built to strict quality control standards

This door handle makes a great replacement and provides a good value.

Item Condition: New

WARNING:  This product can expose you to chemicals including Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)d, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information, go to

Lifetime Warranty

This item is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. In the event this item should fail due to manufacturing defects during intended use, we will exchange the part free of charge (excludes shipping charges) for the original purchaser.

  1. step : Remove the door panel (1:05)
    • Use a flat blade screwdriver to remove the bezel around the door latch.
    • Remove the two Phillips screws exposed.
    • Use a rag and your flat head screwdriver to pry up the door lock switch.
    • Unplug the wiring harness and set the switch aside for safe keeping.
    • Use your putty knife and a cloth rag to unclip the door panel.
    • Lift the door panel up and out to remove it.
    • Pull the switch panel through the door panel.
    • Carefully remove the water shield.
  2. step : Remove the door handle. (4:10)
    • Lift the door panel up and knock out the two rivets securing the door handle with a hammer and chisel.
    • Use a 5/16 drill bit to remove the rivets.
    • Back on the inside of the door, unbolt the 11 mm bolt securing the window track.
    • Use a pair of needle nose pliers to unclip the door handle rod.
    • Pull the door handle up and out.
  3. step : Install the new door handle. (6:00)
    • Transfer over the door handle rod.
    • Make sure the door handle mount is clear of any debris from the rivets.
    • Feed the new handle and rod down and into place.
    • Bolt the new door handle in using a ratchet and extension to access the nuts on the inside of the door.
    • Clip the rod back in.
    • Test the door handle.
    • Bolt the window track back into place.
  4. step : Reassemble the door panel (8:45)
    • Check out our door panel explorer video for more detailed door panel assembly instructions.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Drills, Drill Bits & Related

  • 5/16 Inch Drill Bit

  • General Tools

  • Center Punch
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Putty Knife

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 11mm Socket

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My teenage son's door handle broke - it's his first car, it's old and we don't want to invest it. But, you need a door handle!

Our local go-to shop estimated over $800 to fix it. When I found your video and part for less than $20 - I did a happy dance!

The video is so good, I could have done the repair myself. Fortunately, it was well within my husband's skill set.

February 27, 2017
1 year ago
Fits great!!!
Great price and fits as it should. Does not come with bolts but hardware store carried them for 67 cents. Would buy again.
January 26, 2017
1 year ago
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Vehicle Fit

Year Make Model Description
1998-2001Ford Explorer Ford Explorer Front or Rear Exterior Door Handle Driver or Passenger Side Dorman 79102
2001-2005Ford Explorer Sport Trac Ford Explorer Sport Trac Front or Rear Exterior Door Handle Driver or Passenger Side Dorman 79102
1998-2001Mercury Mountaineer Mercury Mountaineer Front or Rear Exterior Door Handle Driver or Passenger Side Dorman 79102

This part replaces:

  • Partslink FO1310117
  • Dorman 79102
  • OE # 2L2Z7822404AAPTM
  • OE # F87Z7822404BAL
Part #: DMDHE00023

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Brand #: 79102

How-to Video:

(09:33 min)