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How to Replace Front Inside Door Handle 08-12 Ford Escape

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  1. step : Removing the Front Door Panel ()
    • Pry off the trim around the mirror switch with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
    • Remove the trim door behind the inside door handle with a pick
    • Remove the T30 star bit from the door handle
    • Pry up the door pull cover with a pick
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the door pull
    • Remove the three Phillips screw on the side edge of the door panel
    • Pry the mirror switch up with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
    • Pry out the door panel clips from the door panel with a trim tool
    • Remove the door cable from the handle
  2. step : Removing the Interior Door Handle (3:55)
    • Press the tabs on the backside of the door handle
    • Remove the door handle
    • Apply pressure to the lock button and press and release the tabs with a pick
  3. step : Installing the Interior Door Handle (4:53)
    • Press the lock switch into the housing
    • Press the door handle into the door panel
  4. step : Installing the Front Door Panel (5:18)
    • Connect the door cable to the handle
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Press the door panel into place and clip it in
    • Tighten the three Phillips screws to the side edge of the door panel
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the door pull
    • Replace the door pull trim
    • Tighten the T30 star bit to the door handle
    • Press the door handle trim into place
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Press the mirror switch into place

Hi. I'm Mike from A1 Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to remove and reinstall a front inside door handle on this 2012 Ford Escape. If you need parts for your vehicle click the link in the description and head over to

Alright we're going to remove this cover right here. This is for the switch for the mirrors. I'm just going to use a trim tool. Just go behind here. Pop this out. Just like that. To disconnect the mirror switch, push down right here, slide that out. Next I'm going to take a pick tool. You just want to take this cover off behind the inside door handle. I'm just going to pull it forward. Pull that cover off. Next we're going to take this screw out. We're going to use a T30 socket extension and a ratchet. Take that screw out. This little cover that's right here, we're just going to remove that and use a little pick tool. Slide underneath here, pull it up. Next there's a screw down here. Just going to use a Phillip's head screw driver. Take this screw out. Take that screw out. There's some screws along here on the side right there. Take those two screws out. Just use a Phillip's head screw driver.

There's another screw that's right here on the front of the door. Just use a Phillips head screw driver. Take this one out. So I'm going to take a trim tool. Now normally you'd pry underneath here, pry up here, and pry up here. This vehicle has two clips right here and right here. On this vehicle these clips are broken so normally you would have to struggle a little bit more to get this piece off but just keep in mind this goes straight up. Take those clips off. I can disconnect the electrical connectors right here. Just push on this tab. Slide it out. Push on this tab. Slide it out. I'm just going to take a trim tool. Go in between the door panel. Just pry out. There's clips all around the door holding it on. Just like that. You should be able to grab the door panel and just slide it up.

There's a cable that's attached right here to the front. I'm just going to slide this out just like that. Then slide the cable up. Slide the retainer out. Then there's a connector right here. Just disconnect this connector. Just push the tab and slide it down. On the back side of the door panel there's these two little tabs. Push on these two little tabs right here, then we're going to push this piece through and slide it out. Just like that. I'm going to take this lock switch off of this housing. Just use a 90 degree pick and put a little pressure on the button. Want to get in behind here. Release the lock right there. There's another lock right here on that side. Then there's another lock on the back side. Try not to break the plastic. There you go. One left. There's the lock switch.
Now we'll take this door lock switch. We're going to install it in this housing. Just want to line it up. There's al little tab right here that goes with that. Set that in position and just lock it in place. Now this can slide back into the door panel. Just slide it on like that. This side has to go in first then lock it down in place. We'll take this door panel. We're going to slide these wires through here or at least get them in that area. Reconnect this electrical connector for the door locks. Line that up. Lock it in place and we'll take this. We want to get this little retainer through the slot right right here just like that. Then we're going to slide this cable to the side and then lock it in right there. Just like that.

Then we'll take the door panel. Make sure those wires are right there. Take this lock rod, you want this lock rod on here. Line that up. Then get the top. Make sure you pull that wiring harness out. The top of the door panel you want to slide into place up here. That looks good. Then we'll get the door pins to line up. All the way around. Just apply a little pressure. Just like that. We'll take this screw. Use a T30 socket extension and a ratchet. Tighten this up. Snug that down. Not too tight 'cause it is plastic. This is going to line up in here. Just press it in place. Just like that. Now we're going to install these three screws. There's two on the back side here. One goes on the front side right here. Just take a Phillip's head screw driver. Get this started right here.

Before I tighten it up. I'm just going to get them all started. All right those are all started, so now I'll snug them down. Reinstall this trim piece. Take the electrical connectors. Line them up. Lock them in place. Just like that. Then there's some tabs that should be right here. On this vehicle they broke off. They go right there and right there. So you're going to want to line those up. Then with them lined up, just push it down. Then we'll take this Phillip's head screw and the screw driver and get that started. Then we'll take this cover. Slide it into position.

Then we'll take the electrical connector. Get this lined up. Lock that down then line these two tabs up. Retainers. You might have to pull this out a little bit. Right there. Lock it in place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

2008 - 2012  Ford  Escape
2008 - 2011  Mercury  Mariner

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This part replaces:

  • Dorman 81760
  • OE # 8L8Z7822601AE
  • DIY Solutions BHS11556

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