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How to replace '96 Ford Explorer driver side exterior door handle

'96 Ford Explorer Sport driver side exterior door handle hinge broke. Facing the door, the right hinge on the handle broke (hinge near the rear of the vehicle). Don't know where to start. Please help.

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You will need to remove the door panel to gain access to the handle. Roll the window up or down as needed to get to the nuts that attach the handle to the door. You will also need to remove a rod the goes to the door lock. You will see the rod after the door panel is removed. Good luck.

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