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How to Replace Interior Door Handle 00-07 Ford Focus

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:39)
    • Pull the base mirror trim piece off
    • Disconnect the wiring harness with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the T20 screw in the door handle
    • Remove the T20 screws on the bottom of the door panel
    • Remove the T20 screws on the end of the door panel
    • Pry the trim panel piece off
    • Remove the two 7mm bolts in the door pull
    • Pry off the door handle panel
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
    • Pry out the door panel
    • Lift the door panel up and off
  2. step : Removing the Door Handle (3:29)
    • Pull the door handle off the door
    • Disconnect the door latch cables
    • Remove the door handle
  3. step : Installing the New Door Handle (4:06)
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Insert the door handle into place
  4. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (4:45)
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the door handle panel
    • Push the door handle panel into place
    • Connect the mirror wiring harness
    • Push the mirror trim piece in place
    • Insert the two 7mm bolts to the door pull
    • Push on the door pull trim piece
    • Insert the T20 screws on the end of the door panel
    • Insert the T20 screws on the bottom of the door panel
    • Insert the T20 screw in the door handle
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door handle

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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 Thanks.

In this video, we show you how to remove and replace an inside door handle on this 2003 Ford Focus. We're going to show you the driver's front door. Pretty much the same procedure for the passenger's front door. Tools you'll need are a small and regular size flat blade screwdrivers, T20 Torx driver, and 7mm socket with a ratchet and extension.

Okay, on this door, first look at the top corner. You want to pull your trim out. It should pull, this has already come off, pull out, and then it pulls back and off. And then you can disconnect this. This, get your small screwdriver, and you actually pry right in here on this side of the connection. 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.

Okay, you want to pry this off. It's easiest to get it right here in the back. Pry that out it comes right off. Okay, go in with a 7mm socket, the extension, and ratchet. A quarter-inch socket actually works as well. Remove these two bolts. Now reach right in here and pull firmly. And up here, same thing, pull firmly. Pull this panel out. And then this disconnects. There's a little tab that's back behind the wires, push that tab down and pull that out. Tab's actually right on the back and pushes down. Same thing over here. A couple harnesses, they just have tabs that you press with your thumb.

Pull out and disconnect. Now you can just take your panel, pull it out, and pull up and it comes off. Okay, now this handle, pull it firmly and it comes out. To pry off the cable, pull up on it firmly, the cable comes up. You actually push that back and you see the ball of the cable comes up, comes off.

Here's a new handle from 1A Auto. Push that back, push the cable down in, and then lock it right into place. Put this back one in first, rotate it in, and lock it into place. Okay, 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. Put 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. And now I'm going to fast-forward as I take those two 7mm bolts. Reinsert them into that door pull and tighten them up.

Then put the trim panel and snap it back into place. You want to put the top in first and then snap the bottom into place. 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 and 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:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver

2000 - 2007  Ford  Focus
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