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How to Replace Inside Door Handle 00-04 Ford Focus

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:23)
    • Pull the mirror trim out toward the window to unclip it
    • Disconnect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Pry off the trim door from the inside door handle
    • Remove the T20 Torx bolt from the inside door handle
    • Pry off the door pull trim with a trim tool
    • Remove the two Phillips screws from the door pull
    • Pry off the door handle trim with a trim tool
    • Disconnect the door lock and window switch wiring harness
    • Remove the T20 Torx screws along the perimeter of the door panel
    • Pry out the door panel from its clips
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step : Removing the Inside Door Handle (5:48)
    • Pry off the inside door handle with a trim tool
    • Press the door lock and remove the cable
  3. step : Installing the Door Handle (6:57)
    • Connect the door handle cable
    • Press the inside door handle into place
  4. step : Installing the Door Panel (7:26)
    • Lift the door panel to the door
    • Press in the door panel clips
    • Tighten the T20 Torx bolts along the perimeter of the door panel
    • Connect the door lock and window switch wiring harness to the trim piece
    • Press on the interior door handle trim
    • Tighten the two Phillips screws to the door pull
    • Press the door pull trim on
    • Tighten the T20 Torx bolt to the interior door handle
    • Press on the interior door handle trim door
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Press the mirror switch trim into place

Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

All right, on this driver's door panel we're going to start by pulling this piece off. Just grab a trim tool, get underneath here, pry it out a little bit, and then it comes off towards the back.

A couple little clips that got stuck in there. Those little clips, we're going to transfer them back over to here when we go to reinstall it.

All right, we want to disconnect this mirror switch. The easiest way to do it is to pop this through, and just push it through that way. Pull it through, and then there's the little tab right there on the connector.

We'll just use a little screwdriver. Push on that tab so we can get underneath the tab right there. Just disconnect it that way, then we can pull this trim off.

Now, there's a little cover right here--just take a small screwdriver, get underneath there, pop that cover off. There's going to be a T20 screw in there, so we use a T20 Torx bit, and an extension, and a ratchet. Take this screw out. Pull that screw out.

Next we're going to use a trim tool and take off this cover right here over the handle. Get underneath there and pry it up.

Then there's two, this happens to have a couple mismatch screws. It's probably going to be a Torx screw or a Phillips head screw. So, we're going to use a Phillips head screwdriver on this one. Take that screw out. All right, so this screw has a quarter inch head, so we're going to use a quarter inch socket, an extension, and a ratchet. Once it's loose, I can just do it with the extension. Loosen it up. Pull that screw out.

Next we have these Torx screws that go along the outside of the door panel and the bottom. There's six of them. So I'll start by taking these off. I'm going to use a T20 Torx bit, an extension, and a ratchet. Take all these out. Take all these bolts out, I mean, screws out.

And there's two more of those torque screws over here on the side. So, eight in total. Take that one out, and then we'll take this one out down here. All right, so we're going to pull this trim piece off. Just use a trim tool, slide in underneath here, pop this off, pop this side off, and just pull that out.

Then we're going to disconnect these electrical connectors. Looks like this one is messed up a little bit, so I'll just use a little pick, push down, and pull that connector off. And then over here, this connector right here--push that one down and pull that connector off.

Now we'll grab the panel. Pull it out, slide it up, pull up on this backside, past the handle, and pull the door panel out.

To get this inner door handle off, we're just going to pull this from the front. All right, just take a trim tool, stick it behind, and just pop it out. You'll slide it that way. These little tabs hold it in, and then it slides.

To get this cable off you want to put it in the lock position. Be careful, because you're going to have your door in the lock position--you don't want to close the door by accident.

So, I'll just grab this and pull up, and then that slides out of there. See that? When that's in the lock position, then you're able to slide that cable out.

We're going to install this handle. Just have this in the lock position, slide that down there, and line this part up in the back. Then we push it straight down, like that. Then I'll check to make sure that operates properly. That seems to be working, so I'll slide it in over here, and then press it on just like that.

Now we'll take the door panel. I'm going to slide it on. Start in this corner, work your way forward--going to angle it out a little bit. Make sure you pull these wiring harnesses through. This one goes here. This one goes over here, just like that. Push it in all the way around.

I'll reinstall this bolt. This one, the quarter inch, with the extension and ratchet. This one had a Phillips head screw, but yours may have that quarter inch bolt. Tighten this up snug.

Now we're going to install these T20 Torx bit screws. There's eight of them. There's two in here. I'll just get them started. Then there's two on the back here. All right, I'll tighten this one down.

I'm going to install this handle. Goes this way, slides up there, and lock it in place.

All right, so we're going to slide the wiring harness through here first, and then you'll line this clip up with the door. One clip I left in the plastic trim piece, and one clip I left in the door. Slide it on there, and then push it that way.

We can take this and connect this connector. You'll line the tab up and lock that in. Want this to go in like this, and lock that in.

All right, so this wiring harness comes up like this. I'm going to connect that to the lock. It's supposed to slide in over here, like this, and then we'll connect the window switch back here, just like that. Snap that in place.

Then, over here, get this lined up. Whoops. Clip that in. Then we'll take our torque screw and get that started, and then we'll snug it up.

All right, take this little cap, and then push it on. Snap it in place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

2000 - 2007  Ford  Focus

00-07 Ford Focus Inside Door Handle LF = LR

2000-07 Ford Focus Front or Rear Driver Side Interior Door Handle DIY Solutions

This part replaces:

  • Dorman 80633
  • OE # 6S4Z 5422601 B
  • DIY Solutions BHS01665

Part Details

  • Color: Black
  • Finish: Textured
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