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How To Replace Rear Door Handle Latch Cable 04-08 Ford F150

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:40)
    • 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
    • Pull off the side panel next to the window
    • Remove the 6mm bolt next to the window
    • Remove the two 8mm bolts inside the door handle
    • Remove the 10mm bolt inside the door pull
    • Remove the two 6mm bolts at the bottom of the door panel
    • Pry out the door panel
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the latch cables from the door handle
    • Remove the 5.5mm or 7/32 bolts from around the speaker
    • Pull off the speaker
    • Disconnect the speaker wiring lead
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step : Removing the Latch Assembly (2:34)
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the bracket near the latch assembly
    • Pry open the green clip from the door handle rod
    • Remove the three T25 Torx screws from the latch assembly
    • Push the tabs and disconnect the clip from the door latch cable
    • Remove the latch assembly
    • Remove the wiring harnesses
  3. step : Removing the Door Lock Cable (4:25)
    • Lift the cover on the latch assembly
    • Pull back the latch
    • Remove the cable from the bracket
  4. step : Installing the Door Lock Cable (4:42)
    • Insert the cable behind the latch
    • Insert the cable into the bracket
  5. step : Reinstalling the Latch Assembly (5:14)
    • Connect the wiring harnesses
    • Insert the latch assembly into place
    • Insert the three T25 Torx screws to the latch assembly
    • Insert the door handle rod into the green clip
    • Push the bracket near the lock assembly into place and tighten the 10mm bolt
    • Push in the latch cable clip
  6. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (6:55)
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Insert the 5.5mm or 7/32 bolts around the speaker
    • Connect the speaker wiring lead
    • Put the speaker into place
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the two 6mm bolts at the bottom of the door panel
    • Insert the two 8mm bolts inside the door handle
    • Insert the 10mm bolt inside the door pull
    • Insert the 6mm bolt next to the window
    • Connect the window switch wiring harness
    • Push in the switch panel
    • Push on the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Push on the trim panel next to the window

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In this video we're going to show you how to replace the rear door handle cable on this 2005 Ford F150. We show you on the driver side, but the passenger side is the same procedure. The items you'll need for this is a 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm socket and ratchet with an extension, a flat blade screwdriver, a T25 Torx bit, a 5.5mm or 7/32" socket.

Pry out on the small panel behind the door handle. Then pry up on this panel, and just pull it forward. Lift it up and push the tab on the harness and disconnect it. Then pull out on this panel and pull it free. It helps to use the flat blade screwdriver and just pry it free. Remove the 6mm bolt, these two 8mm bolts, this 10mm bolt, and then these two 6mm bolts down here. We'll fast-forward as Mike does that. Now lift the door panel up and pull it out. Then you want to pull out your door handle cable. It's easiest with a flat blade screwdriver to pry it out. Then unclip it from the door handle, and your door handle's free. Then remove these 5.5mm or 7/32 bolts from your speaker. You may notice that we switched doors. We're just going to show you the procedure on this door that actually has a water shield. Pull your speaker out, and then just push the tab on the harness and disconnect it. Then just peel back your water shield.

Now remove this 10mm bolt and just pull that bracket out. Now reach back here, and with a flat blade screwdriver you want to just pry the screen clip open and pull the rod out. Now remove these three T25 Torx screws, and we'll just fast-forward as Mike does that. Now you want to just pull these clips out, just push the tabs on the back and pull them free. You just reach in and try to squeeze the tabs together on the backside and pull. Now just work your door lock actuator assembly down and out. It does take some maneuvering to get it to come out but just keep working at it and will come. Push in on the tabs on these harnesses and disconnect them.

Now lift up this plastic cover and just pull it free. Push the cable out of this bracket and pull the latch forward and pull the cable free.

Take the plastic cover and feed it back down into place. Then just lift it up a little bit, feed your cable back in behind that latch. Then just push it back into that bracket. Then fit the cover back down into place.

Reconnect the harnesses. Make sure they are connected all the way, and then feed the door latch assembly back into the door. Make sure you push the lock rod up through the door and to help hold the latch assembly into place. You just clip on the child lock into the door and replace one of those T25 screws just preliminary right now to hold it in place. Make sure you push those yellow clips on the cable back in. Replace and tighten up those three T25 screws. Now just put the door handle rod back into that green clip and re-clip it. Then take this bracket, put it back into place, and replace and tighten up that 10mm bolt.

Now replace your water shield. Reconnect your speaker. Push it back into place and then replace those four 5.5mm bolts and tighten them up. To replace your door panel, just re-clip the door handle cable into the door handle and then push it back into place. Make sure these clips stay into the door. Then line up the tabs on the back and make sure that the lock rod goes up through the door panel and that your harness for your window switch is coming up through that hole in the door panel. Then push the door panel down into place. We'll fast-forward as Mike replaces all of those bolts. Now replace the small panel behind the door handle, reconnect your window switch, push those tabs into place, and push the panel back down. Then line this panel up, slide it down into the door panel, and push those two clips back into place. You're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 6mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • 8mm Socket
  • 5.5mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

  • 7/32 Inch Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T25 Driver


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