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1989 Exterior Door Handle for Ford Mustang

I need to replace the exterior door handles, driver & passanger for a 1989 Ford Mustang. I have found the parts and am wondering if anybody has done this before and could tell me how to do it?

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  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    The plastic handles broke due tot he cold I have the replaccements and just want to confirm my thought for the instalation . I am wanting to do thistoday to drive it on Monday for work.

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Once you pull the door panel you will see 2 nuts and a rod clip, that's all that holds it on.

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