Exterior Door Handle - 1ADHE00178

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Part Details

  • Finish:   Smooth - Paint to Match

This replacement exterior door handle is just what you need to get your vehicle in good looking form again!


  • Fits either LH (Drivers Side) or RH (Passengers Side) FRONT or REAR
  • Paint To Match Finish
    • Can be painted to match by buyer or installed as is
  • Direct replacement for original exterior door handle
  • Built to strict quality control standards
  • Mounting hardware not included

This exterior door handle is a direct bolt on and is built to strict quality control standards. It is a great replacement and has good cost savings over a dealer unit.

Paint To Match Note:

"Paint to match finish" refers to a smooth, paintable surface. This item will be shipped unpainted but will be ready for paint. Final preparation is suggested for better paint coverage and adhesion. 

This part can also be installed without painting if desired. 

Item Condition: New

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

4.00/ 5.0
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Perfect part at a great price
I found 1A Auto while searching for repair tutorial videos, and thought they would be a good place to get parts from. I was not disappointed! Fast shipping, quality parts, great instructions .. I will definitely buy from them again
January 24, 2017
Missing nuts and bolts
Was supposed to come complete with nuts and bolts for an easy installation but none were included. Luckily I was able to rummage some up from my spare parts bin to finish the installation.
February 12, 2017
Happy with everything. Service, quick response, correct part. Would be happy to use your services again an will as I drive older vehicles. Again, thanks for everything.
March 8, 2017
Door Handle
Its a door handle. It opens the door as it should. Customer service was great.
October 20, 2017
Frozen broken handle
You. Guys are great. The video got me all the way to the finish line!
January 22, 2018
Not durable
Looks fine. Installed easily. Worked just fine for as long as it did work. We had a flash freeze one night where it dropped below zero, I went out to my car and when I opened the door, the handle broke at the curved arm that connects the internal mechanism to the handle. Ill update this review if the warranty comes through alright.
January 28, 2018
A little more difficult than the video...but OK Fixed Door Lock problem too.
First, the door handle replacement video shows the process perfectly. The only issue I had, was the door handle didnt come out as easily as the video implies and it didnt go in as easily as the video shows. However, the rest of the installation went well. I would stress noting the position of the rod that connects the handle to the latch must be a certain direction. Also, replacing the handle (which had broken springs) also fixed an issue I had with the door lock, not functioning normally when using the remote or the key. Replacing the door handle fixed the lock function, returning it to normal.
April 3, 2018
Replacement Exterior door handle
Bought a replacement door handle and it was shipped out really quick and when I received it, it was of really good quality.
July 14, 2018
Will this fit my car? Add a vehicle to make sure
Customer Q&A
Ask a question to 1A Auto customers who purchased the product
What size bolt do you use to put on door handle?
Kelly E December 27, 2015
Hello, a standard 1/4 20 bolt 1" should work fine.
Brian F December 28, 2015
Depends on the vehicle. A European vehicle would probably use a 10 mm metric, vs the sae bolt referenced above. Many options here
Larry Jorden B March 21, 2017
Year Make Model Description
1998-2001Ford Explorer Ford Explorer Front or Rear Smooth - Paint to Match Exterior Door Handle Driver or Passenger Side
2001-2005Ford Explorer Sport Trac Ford Explorer Sport Trac Front or Rear Smooth - Paint to Match Exterior Door Handle Driver or Passenger Side
1998-2001Mercury Mountaineer Mercury Mountaineer Front or Rear Smooth - Paint to Match Exterior Door Handle Driver or Passenger Side
Part #: 1ADHE00178

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