Question about 2000 Ford Focus
Drivers side door handle pulls easily but won't open door. Just started driving my daughters car to save money on gas and found a few things needing fixing. Do I need to remove the door panel? I'm somewhat handy Mom but have never attempted car repairs before. Also can't open the trunk Key doesn't work and when I lift the lever by the seat it pulls but feels like it isn't conected to anything. Thank You, Sadie Kay 2000 Ford Focus My driver's side door handle doesn't work from the outside but does from the inside. You said that yes she would have to
Some linkage maybe broken on the door handle. Door panel removal instructions are availablel on line www.carstereohelp.com/strford.htm but determining the problem will have to be found on your own.
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
The linkage may have disconected there r two links one for inside handle the other is not easy to access panel has to be removed
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
yes you will have to remove door panel to do the jhandle.
with the trunk problem i will recommend to wiggle the key to open it out other wise you will have to call a locksmith.
hope this helps
Posted on May 15, 2008
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The process of removing car door panels is essentially the same for each make of car. You may need to remove these panels when your fixing locks or power windows, replacing window cranks, installing speakers or replacing the side mirrors. Learning how to remove the panels yourself can save money on simple car repairs.
Check out how the door panels are attached to the car. Most panels use screws and bolts but others have snap-in fittings. Gather all the tools you need for removing the door panels. If the panel is attached with screws and bolts, you need a screwdriver or ratchet and socket. Car door panels with snap-in fittings are easily removed with a flathead screwdriver.
Locate where the screws and bolts are before starting. These are usually found in the arm rest area, along the bottom or sometimes near the door lights.
Roll down the car door window. Begin removing all screws and bolts that hold the door panel onto the car. If your car has snap-in fittings, pry gently on the bottom corner of the door panel until the fittings pop out.
Remove the power window control panel if your car has power windows. The control panel should pry out easily, and then you unplug the wiring harness from the back and place it to the side.
Use an L pick and flashlight when locating a manual window crank. Look behind the window crank and slide the pick under the edge of the metal clip that holds the crank in place. Remove the clip and pull the crank off.
Remove the door handle by unscrewing the small screw located in the center. Gently pull the door handle out until you see the back of the handle and unclip the rod from the door handle. This should remove the handle unless the handle and door lock are attached, then you just unclip the rod from the lock and remove them both together.
Unscrew the cap off rear upper corner door panel locks. These don't have a rod attaching them to the handle and unscrew separately from the door handle.
Pop the door panel off after you've removed everything. Gently pry on the bottom edge of the door panel until it releases. Pull out and up to completely remove the door panel.
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