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How To Replace Outside Door Handle Keyless Entry 04-08 Ford F150

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How To Replace Outside Door Handle Keyless Entry 04-08 Ford F150

Created on: 2021-01-16

Find out how to remove and install the outside door handle with keyless entry with this instructional video

  1. step 1 :Removing the Door Panel
    • Pry off the speaker cover
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry up the window switch panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Disconnect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Disconnect the door lock wiring harness
    • Disconnect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Disconnect the trunk switch wiring harness
    • Remove the two 8mm bolts inside the door handle
    • Remove the 10mm bolt inside the door pull
    • Remove the 5.5mm or 7/32 bolts from around the speaker
    • Remove the two 6mm bolts at the bottom of the door panel
    • Pull off the speaker
    • Disconnect the speaker wiring lead
    • Remove the speaker panel
    • Pull out the two lower speaker plugs with a pair of pliers
    • Pry out the door panel
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the latch cables from the door handle
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step 2 :Removing the Keyless Entry Tab
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the bracket near the latch assembly
    • Disconnect the keyless entry sensor harness
    • Pry open the green clip from the door handle rod
    • Pry out the harness clip
    • Pry out the clip on the keyless entry wires
    • Pry out the top and bottom tabs and push in the third tab on the keyless entry while applying pressure
    • Repeat the process for the other side of the keyless entry pad
    • Remove the keyless entry pad
  3. step 3 :Removing the Door Handle
    • Pry off the two rubber boots on the end of the door with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts in the side of the door
    • Remove the two 10mm nuts on the door handle
    • Wedge the door handle up and down while pulling out
    • Remove the door handle
    • Slide off the retaining clip
    • Remove the door lock cylinder
    • Pull the lock cylinder off of the hook
  4. step 4 :Installing the Door Handle
    • Remove the door latch rod from the old door handle
    • Clip the door handle rod into the new door handle
    • Insert the cylinder into the door handle
    • Slide the retaining clip onto the new lock cylinder
    • Insert the door handle into place
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts into the door handle
  5. step 5 :Installing the Keyless Entry Tab
    • Push the keyless entry tab buttons evenly into the door handle
    • Insert the two 10mm nuts to the door handle
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts in the side of the door
    • Push the keyless entry harness clip in
    • Insert the door handle rod into the green clip
    • Push the door lock rod into the lock cylinder
    • Connect the keyless entry harness
    • Push the bracket near the lock assembly into place
  6. step 6 :Reinstalling the Door Panel
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Push on the two lower speaker plugs
    • Push in the speaker panel
    • Connect the speaker wiring lead
    • Put the speaker into place
    • Insert the two 6mm bolts at the bottom of the door panel
    • Insert the 5.5mm or 7/32 bolts around the speaker
    • Insert the two 8mm bolts inside the door handle
    • Insert the 10mm bolt inside the door pull
    • Connect the door lock wiring harness
    • Connect the mirror switch wiring harness
    • Connect the trunk switch wiring harness
    • Connect the window switch wiring harnesses
    • Push in the switch panel
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Push on the speaker cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    5.5mm Socket

    6mm Socket

    9mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

    7/32 Inch Socket

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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 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the exterior door handle on this 2005 Ford F150. We show you on the driver side but the passenger side is a similar procedure. However, the driver side on this vehicle does have the keyless entry buttons. The items you'll need for this are a new exterior door handle for 1AAuto.com; a 6, 8, and 10mm socket and ratchet with an extension; flat blade screwdriver; a 5.5mm or 7/32" socket; and a pair of pliers.

Start off by prying off this panel. You want to start at the bottom, work your way up to the top, and then pull it free. Then pry out this small panel behind the door handle, and then pry up on your switch pad. Pull it forward and push the tabs on each of the harnesses and disconnect them. Now, you want to remove these two 8mm bolts, this 10mm bolt, these 5.5mm or 7/32" bolts, and then these two 6mm bolts down here. We'll fast-forward as Mike removes all of those. Now pull your speaker out, and then push the tab on the harness and disconnect it. Remove this small panel, and then, using a pair of pliers, pull out the lower two of these plugs. Slide your door panel up and off. Then pry out your door handle cable and unclip it. Your door panel is free. Carefully peel back your water shield, and it can help to use a razor to help separate that adhesive.

Remove this 10mm bolt right here. Then pull that bracket aside and just push the tab on the harness and disconnect it. Set that aside. Using a flat blade screwdriver, pry open this green clip inside the door and pull the rod free. Then pry out this harness, and, up here, you want to just pry out this little clip that holds the harness in. Pry off this clip right here over the wires that go to your keyless entry pad. You can see there's a towel underneath. That way it will catch it, so it won't get lost in the door.

Your keyless entry pad is held on with two tabs on the bottom and two up top. Just pry out the bottom tab and the top tab, and then pry out the big tab on the side while applying pressure. Then you want to do the same thing on the other side of the keyless entry pad, and it will pop free. You can just pull that out and set that aside.

Now, using a flat blade screwdriver, pry out these two caps. You just want to pry in, push down, and then pry out. Then remove these two 10mm bolts and the 10mm nut right here, and then the 10mm nut up above it right there. We'll just fast-forward as Mike removes those. Move the door handle up and down while pulling out, and it will pull free. Then you can just open the handle a little bit to release that top part. Pull out this clip and push the lock cylinder out. Your door handle is freed.
On the left is the old exterior door handle. On the right is the new one from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical and they'll fit exactly the same. Pull the door handle rod out of your old door handle and push it into place in your new one. Then unclip the hook for your lock cylinder. Push your lock cylinder into your new door handle and then if it doesn't go in all the way easily just use something to help push it down. Make sure this rod goes right down in there. Make sure your buttons are in the right spot. Here I just start on the two 10mm nuts to hold the handle in place.

I'm Just reaching in with my left hand and I'm feeling to make sure that the buttons are going in evenly and just push them into place. Quick check: make sure they're in place. Now we can tighten up the nuts and put in these bolts. Now we can install those two 10mm bolts and tighten up the 10mm nuts to secure the handle.

Now replace this clip, push this harness back into place, and then put the rod back into that clip and close it. Then take that hook and push it back into place on the lock cylinder. Reconnect the harness to this bracket, line the bracket up, and replace that 10mm bolt and tighten it up.

Replace your water shield. To reconnect your door panel, just line up these lower hooks into those slots, feed your harnesses through the door, make sure that one is ready for the speaker, then re-clip your door handle cable, and then push it back into that bracket. You want to make sure you push it in all the way. Then push your door panel back into place, lining up all of those slots. You want to make sure that the lock rod is going up through this hole. Then slide the door panel down. Replace those two lower plugs. Put that small panel back into place. Reconnect your speaker and push that back into place. Then replace those two 8mm screws, the four 5.5mm or 7/32", the 10mm, and the two 6mm. Reconnect your harnesses to your switch pack. Then line up the tabs on the back and push the front down. Then line up the tabs on this panel and push it into place. Take the small panel behind the door handle and just push it back in.

Make sure this rod goes right down in there. Make sure your buttons are in the right spot.
We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 5.5mm Socket
  • 6mm Socket
  • 9mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

  • 7/32 Inch Socket

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