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Door handles I believe the plastic clips holding the linkage to the door handles on both doors of my 92 ford tempo have broken... how do I get a door open so I can repair it?

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  • evetsc9 Dec 15, 2008

    the point was that its both doors and I'm essentially unable to get into the vehicle




  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    i have a 1992 ford tempo, my door handle has litterally broken, the peice that applys force to the locking mechanism has snapped, any diagrams would be helpful.

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You have to remove the inner door panels, remove all screws on inside some may be hidden under platic clip in pieces. after you remove them there will be a plastic sheet glued to door. pull this back and you will have access to the linkage, these clips can be purchaes at autoparts store or of course from the dealer. Hope this helps

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