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How To Replace Inside Door Handle 97-03 Ford F-150 Expedition

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How To Replace Inside Door Handle 97-03 Ford F-150 Expedition

Created on: 2021-01-16

If the interior door handle is snapped or broken, this video will show how to remove the door panel to access and replace it

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Wrap a flat blade screwdriver in a cloth rag to avoid damaging the paint
    • Pry off the mirror base trim with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull of the window switch wiring connector
    • Pry off the power mirror switch with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Pry off the courtesy light with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the Phillips head screw from the upper front corner of the door panel
    • Remove the Phillips head screw from behind the courtesy light
    • Pry off the door handle bezel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the door panel by hand
    • Twist the courtesy light bulb out
  2. step 2 :Removing the Door Handle
    • Remove the 8mm bolt that holds the handle to the latch mechanism
    • Pry the lock rod out of the latch mechanism
    • Remove the 8mm bolt from the latch mechanism
    • Pull off the latch mechanism
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Door Handle
    • Slide the latch mechanism into place
    • Insert the 8mm bolt into the latch mechanism
    • Attach the lock rod to the latch mechanism
    • Push the door handle into place
    • Insert the 8mm bolt that holds the door handle to the latch mechanism
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Twist the courtesy light bulb into the door panel
    • Pull the wiring harnesses through their cavity
    • Put the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the Phillips head screw into the upper front corner of the door panel
    • Insert the Phillips screw behind the courtesy light
    • Push in the courtesy light
    • Push on the door handle bezel
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push in the window switch panel
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Push in the mirror switch
    • Push on the mirror base trim panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

    5/16 Inch Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

    8mm Wrench

  • Wrenches - SAE

    5/16 Inch Wrench

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Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1A Auto. I want to help you save time and money repairing or maintaining your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20-plus years experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this to show you the correct way to install parts from 1AAuto.com. The right parts installed correctly: that's going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video.

In this video we're going to show you how to remove and replace an inside door handle on this '97 Expedition, same as any 97-03 F150 and 97-02 Expedition. The tools you'll need are a regular screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, and an 8mm or 5/16 socket and ratchet or wrench.

To remove the door panel is fairly simple. You need to remove some panels and then a couple screws. OK, I'm using a rag just to protect the paint to make sure I don't scratch and also protect the vinyl. First, up here, pull out on this little triangle and then you pull up. You can see it has two pins on the back and then a pin there. Then, again, with the rag pry up on your switch panel. Then on the switch panel, you can see all these connectors. They have a little tab here. You push on the tab and then pull. You just kind of have to work them. Then do the last one. Then the next thing is, you actually do want to take this mirror switch and you have to be careful without the rag. I'll just pry it up. It comes out and, again, there's a little tab here. Then the last part is right down here. On this light, insert your screwdriver. Actually you don't really need the rag. Put your screwdriver right here and pry the cover off. Once those panels are off there are two Phillips screws, one here and then one down here in the light right there. I'm going to remove those. The last thing you need to do is remove this little grommet around the door panel and you can just insert your screwdriver in here, pry it out a little bit, and then it comes off and around the handle. Once that's done, then, you just take the whole panel and lift up. The only thing you have to worry about is, back in here, there's a little light. You just twist and pull it out. Now your door panel is free from the vehicle.

Now you have the door panel off. With your inside door handle, most often, what happens is this big black plastic handle break. Pretty simply, this is an 8mm or a 5/16 if you're using standard sockets, and you just remove the bolt and the handle comes off. You can replace that. Now if it is your mechanism that's bad you can use your socket to press in the teeth here. That comes off and you'll probably need a wrench or a socket with a ratchet. Once that's off then the handle slides forward and comes off.

Then, obviously, to get it back on you would slide it in, put in your 8-mm, 5/16 bolt, and tighten up the bolt. Put your lock rod back in, and then your handle back on. Make sure everything works good.

Now you put your door panel back on and you're all set. Here in the interest of time we're just going to speed through putting the door panel back on. If you want to see this is a real time you can check out our other videos for the Expedition and F150 door panel, but you can probably pick up enough to get the door panel back on. Plus, once you take one off, getting it on is pretty much just a reverse of the procedure. There you go and we hope this helps you out

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

  • 5/16 Inch Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 8mm Wrench

  • Wrenches - SAE

  • 5/16 Inch Wrench

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