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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: 2012-10-24

You can replace the door handle of your 00-07 Ford Focus. Watch this video to learn how. 1A Auto experts will guide you through the process step by step.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the mirror switch panel by hand
    • Disconnect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Pry off the trim panel inside the door handle
    • Remove the T2- Torx bolt inside the door handle
    • Remove the six T20 Torx bolts from the door panel perimiter
    • Pry off the door pull trim with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts from inside the door pull
    • Pry off the window switch panel by hand
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Pull the door panel up and off
    • Peel back the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Outer Door Handle
    • Remove the T20 Torx screw from the back of the outer door handle
    • Push the door lock bezel backwards and off
    • Slide the door handle back and off
    • Pull off the door panel pads
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Outer Door Handle
    • Put the new door handle pads into place
    • Put the new door handle into place
    • Put the new lock bezel into place
    • Insert the T20 Torx bolt into the back of the door handle
    • Make sure the door is unlocked
    • Test the door handle
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Apply penetrating oil to the lock mechanism
    • Push on the water shield
    • Hang the door panel in place
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Push on the mirror switch panel
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push the window switch panel into place
    • Insert the two 7mm bolts into the door pull
    • Insert the T20 Torx bolt into the door handle
    • Insert the six T20 Torx bolts into the door panel perimeter
    • Push in the trim panel inside the door handle

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Flashlight

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T20 Driver

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video we're going to show you how to replace an outside door handle on this 2003 Ford Focus. We're going to show you the driver's front door. The passenger's front door is a similar procedure. Tools you'll need are a small and regular size flat blade screwdrivers. You'll need a T20 Torx driver, and a 7 millimeter socket with a ratchet and extension. A flashlight would help on this repair.

On this door, first at the top corner, you're going to pull your trim out. It should pull. This has already come off. You pull out and then it pulls back and off. Then you can disconnect this. For this, take your small screwdriver and then you actually just pry right in here on this side of the connection, and pull it out. I'm just going to speed it up here. Those screws use a T20 Torx bit, so use your T20 Torx bit and remove all of them. You want to pry this off. It's easiest to get right here in the back, and pry that out. It comes right off. Go in with a 7 millimeter socket, with an extension and ratchet. A quarter-millimeter socket actually works as well. Remove these two bolts. And if you notice, I said a quarter millimeter, that's actually a quarter inch socket works just as well as the 7 millimeter socket. Now this panel actually, you reach right in here, hold firmly, and up here, pull firmly and pull this panel out. Then this disconnects. There's a little tab that's kind of back behind the wires. Push that tab down. Pull that out. The tab's actually right on the back, and push it down. Same thing over here, there's a couple of harnesses. They just have tabs that you press with your thumb and pull out. Disconnect it. Now you can just take your panel, pull it out and up, and it comes off. Carefully peel your water shield.

Now you go up inside the door and you'll see another T20 Torx screw. You can access it right through this hole. See if I can show it to you here. See the screw right up in through there? I'm going to fast-forward as I remove that screw. As it comes out you'll want to reach in with your other hand and basically, once it starts going easily, twist it out with your fingers and make sure you don't drop it down into the door. You need a screwdriver. A lot of times, your handle's pretty broken, but you basically have to force this piece back a little bit and pry it out. That comes out and off. Then your handle slides back and comes off. Then these pads can come off.

The new handle from 1A Auto comes with new pads. Put them on. Then reinstall the handle just like the original one. Push it in and forward. Put this in. It has to go in and back. You may have to pick up your handle a little bit. Put it on like that and it usually locks in place once you put the screw in. Fast-forward here as I put the screw back in. You might want to have an assistant with a light help you out. Get the screw in and then you can see I'm reaching around the door holding the back part of the door handle as I put the screw in. Make sure that your door is unlocked or that one of the other doors is open before you test it. While everything's apart, use some penetrating oil, spray the lock mechanism there and also spray the back side of it back here.

I'm going to fast-forward through putting the door panel back together. If you want to see this in regular motion, you can just check out our other videos, but hang the panel back up on the ledge, reconnect the mirror switch, reconnect the window switches and put those trim panels back in place and then put the bolts back in for the door pull. Now I'm going to fast-forward as I take those two 7 millimeter bolts, reinsert them into that door pole and tighten them up and then put the trim panel, snap it back into place. You want to put the top in first and then snap the bottom into place. And continue that speed as I just take the seven T20 screws. One goes in the door handle; the rest go around the perimeter of the door panel. Put those in, tighten them up. Last but not least, put the little trim panel over the screw in the door handle.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Flashlight

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

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