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How to Replace Inside Door Handle Cable 00-04 Ford Focus

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:26)
    • 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 (7:50)
    • Pry off the inside door handle with a trim tool
    • Press the door lock and remove the cable
  3. step : Removing the Inside Door Handle Cable (8:31)
    • Remove the rubber plug from the door
    • Remove the T20 Torx bolt from the door handle
    • Pop out the foam pad counterclockwise
    • Carefully pry off the water shield to access the cable
    • Remove the three T30 Torx bolts from the door lock actuator
    • Pull the cable out of the door lock actuator with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Twist the cable down and pull the ball end out of the actuator
  4. step : Installing the Inside Door Handle Cable (11:30)
    • Slide the ball end into the door lock actuator
    • Clip the cable into the door lock actuator
    • Tighten the T30 bolts to the door lock actuator
    • Insert the water shield into place
    • Attach the foam pad
    • Tighten the T20 Torx bolt to the door handle
    • Secure the rubber plug
  5. step : Installing the Door Handle (15:10)
    • Connect the door handle cable
    • Press the inside door handle into place
  6. step : Installing the Door Panel (15:21)
    • 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 of little clips that got stuck in there. These little clips, we're going to transfer him 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. Just push it through that way. Pull it through, and then there's a little tab right there on the connector. We'll just use a little screwdriver to push on that tab. So we can get underneath the tab right there and it's disconnected that way, and we can pull this trim off. Now there's a little cover right here. Just take a small screwdriver, get underneath there, and pop that cover off. There's going to be a T20 screw in there, so we'll use a T20 Torx bit and 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. There's two. This happens to have a couple of mismatched screws. It's probably going to be a Torx, 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 and extension and a ratchet. Once it's loose, I can just do it with the extension. Loosen it up and pull that screw out. Next we have these Torx screws that go along the outside of the door panel in the bottom, there's six of them. So we'll start by taking these off. We're going to use the T20 Torx bit and extension and a ratchet. Take all these out. Take all these bolts out--I mean screws out. And there's two more of those Torx 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 it out. We're going to disconnect these electrical connectors. Looks like this one's messed up a little bit. So we'll just use a little pick. Push down and pull that connector off. And then over here, there's a 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 back side, and past the handle. Pull the door panel out.

All right, now we're going to pull back on this, the weather guard. This has been off before, so it was easy to take off. You could take a razor blade and cut it off. So there's a little rubber grommet right here. Take that, grab it from the inside, and push it out. That will access this little Torx screw right there. Can you see that? So we're going to take a T20, an extension and a ratchet. We'll take that out. I'm going to have my other hand holding it on the inside so it doesn't fall. Loosen it up. I can get it by hand. It's an awfully long screw. All right, pull that screw out.

All right, we're going to roll the window up. We're just going to take the switch, and we'll connect it right here to the connector. Lock that in. I'll turn our key on and then push the window up. To get this door, inner door handle off, we're just going to pull this from the front. All right just take a trim tool. Stick it behind. Just pop it out. We'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 let me just grab this. Pull up and then that slides out of there. You see that and that's in the lock position. Then you're able to get slide that cable out.

We're going to take this out of our way. Just a little clip here. I'm just going to twist it. Take a screwdriver, slide that out like that, and here's another one down here. There's two right here. Just slide those up. Just like that. And this peels off. This is another one down here. Pull that foam off. I'm going to take this little plastic retainer off with a door retaining tool/remover tool. Just like that. I'm going to take more of this barrier off. Just peel it back a little bit. Just use a utility knife and just slice this. Going back together it should stick to itself. All right, so that's peeled back enough so that we can work in there. Now I'm going to take these Torx bolts out. I'm going to use a T30 and a extension and a ratchet. Get those all free. You can take them out by hand.

All right, so to get this cable off, just pull the latch out a little bit. You can grab the cable. Use a little screwdriver in here, pry it out a little bit, just like that. All right, and then you're going to twist the cable down. Come down here and we'll pull it out just like that. That's how you get the cable out.

To reinstall this cable, I'm going to come in from down here. It'll make it easier. Let's slide this in like that. Then we'll slide this part of the cable. Make sure you go on this side of the wire, feed it through here. With that still in place down below, go and I'll slide it onto the same spot that it was right there. Then we can reinstall the latch. I'll line the latch up, get the bolt started, and get the other ones started. Just snug those up. All right, I'm going to install this handle. Just have this in the lock position. Slide that down there, line this part up in the back and push it straight down like that and we'll check. Make sure that operates properly, and it seems to be working, so we'll slide it in over here and then press it on just like that.

All right, now I'm going to check the latch before we put it all back together. Take a straight screwdriver. We'll check it from the outside first. Yup, that's working properly. Make sure it's unlocked. Then we'll check it from the inside and that works. Then we'll check the lock. Now it's locked and that's working. Now we'll check the lock from the outside and that's working properly. Reinstall this inner door backing. Slide that on there. I'll put this trim piece retainer in. Push that through. We'll take this foam. Get it lined up. Push it on all of these clips just like that.

All right, now we're going to install this Torx screw. Slide it in with this hand. Get it lined up, and then I'll use my T20 and an extension, and I'll twist it in by hand. Once that's down just a little bit snug and that's it. I'm going to reinstall this grommet. Just slide it in right there. Before we put the door panel back on, we're just going to test it and make sure our door handle works. Click the latch down with a straight head screwdriver. Make sure the door's unlocked, and then from the outside, grab the handle and test it and it's working. I'll take the door panel. I'm going to slide it on. Start in this corner, work your way forward, and then angle it out a little bit. Make sure you pull these wiring harnesses through, so it goes here. This one goes over here, just like that.

Push it in all the way round. I'll reinstall this bolt, this one, quarter inch with the extension and a ratchet. And this, this one had a Phillips head screw. 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. Just get them started. And there's two on the back here. Tighten this one down. And we're going to install this handle. Goes this way. Slides up there and lock it in place.

All right, so we're going to slide wiring harness through here first. I'm going to 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. We'll line the tab up, lock that in. I want this to go in like this and lock that in. All right, so this wiring harness comes up like this. Connect that to the lock. It's supposed to slide in over here like this and then we're going to connect the window switch back here. Just like that. Snap that in place here and over here get this lined up. Oops. Click that in and we'll take our Torx screw, get that started and then we'll snug it up. Take this little cap and 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

  • T30 Driver
  • T20 Driver

2000 - 2007  Ford  Focus

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This part replaces:

  • OE # 6S4Z54221A00AA
  • DIY Solutions BHS03519
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