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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 00-07 Ford Focus

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How to Replace Exterior Door Handle 00-07 Ford Focus

Created on: 2011-05-06

In this video, 1A Auto shows you how to replace a broken or snapped off exterior door handle in a 00-07 Ford Focus.

  1. step 1 :Remove the door panel
    • Remove the T20 Torx screws securing the door panel
    • Pry up the panel in the door pull to expose the bolts underneath.
    • Use your flat blade screwdriver to pry up the bezel around the door latch.
    • Unplug the wiring harness from the lock switch.
    • Uninstall the door latch and disconnect it from the door latch rod.
    • Remove the door panel.
    • Remove the insulator and water shield
  2. step 2 :Remove the door handle
    • Unbolt the outside door handle and remove the door handle.
  3. step 3 :install the door handle
    • Clip the door handle back in.
    • Bolt the door handle back into place.
  4. step 4 :Put the door panel back on
    • Put the water shield and foam insulation back on
    • Replace the door panel, threading through the wiring for the lock switch.
    • Secure into place with T20 Torx screws.
    • Install the door latch, clip in the door latch rod and clip it into place.
    • Plug in the wiring harness to the latch bezel and snap it into place.
    • Replace the remaining screws and snap the door pull panel back together.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T20 Driver

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Brought to you by, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. In this video, we are going to show you how to replace the outside door handle on this 2002 Focus, same as any 2000 or 2007 front door. Tools you'll need are a T20 Torx driver and a flat-blade screw driver.

To remove your door panel, you need to remove a series of T20 Torx screws. There's usually a little door on here, you would pry it out of the way in that little space and there's one screw. There are couple on the front here, one there and one further down and then there's four on the bottom and one there, two on the back there and there, and then you also pry off this panel here carefully from underneath. There's two quarter-inch bolts there and there. First, you remove this one. Then you use a screwdriver and carefully pry out here and reach in here and pry. Pull this panel out. There's a power window, if you look right here, you'll see a little tab, press on that tab, and disconnect that harness, pull this out. On here, there's a little tab right here, press, pull that out. This panel right here, just grab hold of it, pull it out, back and away. Now, I'm going to remove the two quarter-inch and all the T20 Torx screws. We're going to fast forward quite a bit through doing all that because it's pretty monotonous and you don't need to see me struggling with them, not that they're a struggle, but just don't want to bore you too much.

Once you have all those screws out, it helps to have the window down but it's not necessary, pull the door panel out, up and off the window seal here and the door panel is off. I'm going to pry off the inside door handle, it just makes it easier to get the door panel back on. Now, I'm going to carefully ... I'm going to pull this foam insulator out. It's just clipped on to a bunch of clips on the door and I'm going to carefully pull back the water shield and insulation from the door. To remove your exterior door handle, you want to remove this, pull off this plug and that exposes a T20 Torx screw right in there, remove that. Now, we're are going to fast forward through removing that bolt. It's along screw and once you've done that, just use a screwdriver, lightly pry right on that piece there and then your door handle slides back and then right out, like that. Obviously, to reinstall it, put the front in, push it in and forward. This has a tab on it that goes in to the door first and then on and then reinstall the T20 screw. Put our plug back on.

Just fast forward through putting that water shield back on and the big foam insulator that clips back on. Now, we take our door panel and make sure this little wire comes through there, the power steering part is there, lift this panel up and make sure our door handle wire goes there, on, and now, we can put on our T20 screw. Again, like before, we will fast forward through putting all those screws in. This can go back on, make sure you hook it on to the sail panel here first. There's a little slot right here that the handle goes into, make sure we get this out of the way, make sure the handle goes in, and it snaps in there. Now we could reinstall this panel, connect it to the power switch and connect the lock switch. Now, like that. Make sure this back part snaps in, snap the front part in and last, screw. Last but not least, put the top part up in first and it snaps back together and all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

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