Remove the screw in the cluster( door handle, mirror, locks) careful though some of the screws are just "dummies" youll know it is if it starts stripping out. remove the big handle ( should be about two or three big screws under it and on the side where it mounts). when you do that you should be able to pull things a little better. the tricky part is getting the lock rod out of the manual lock part.but once you get it out, the door panel pops right off.
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First disconnect negative battery terminal.Underneath of armrest there is two screws, remove them, using small screw driver pry out armrest switch control plate and remove screw behind it, pry of the side mirror cover using wide putty knife. carefully start prying from the bottom of the door around going toward the top then lift the door panel over door lock knob. Carefully look under and disconnect all electrical connectors and remove the panel. Installation is in reverse order of removal!
Explorer/Mountaineer and 1993-99 Ranger See Figures 1 and 2
Open the window.
Unscrew the door lock knob.
On Explorer/Mountaineer, remove the 2 screws retaining the trim panel located above the door handle.
On Ranger, remove the two screws in the armrest and remove it.
Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front door trim panel
Fig. 2: Exploded view of the Explorer and Mountaineer 4-door rear door trim panel
If equipped with manual window crank handles, pull off the handle cover, then remove the attaching screw.
Remove the trim cup behind (Explorer/Mountaineer) or around
(Ranger) the door handle using a small prying tool. Retention nibs will
flex for ease of removal.
If equipped with power accessories, use the notch at the lower end
of the plate and pry the plate off. Remove the plate from the trim
panel and pull the wiring harness from behind the panel. Disconnect the
harness from the switches.
Remove any retaining screws uncovered by the removed trim pieces.
Using a flat wood spatula, insert it carefully behind the panel
and slide it along to find the push-pins. When you encounter a pin, pry
the pin outward. Do this until all the pins are out. NEVER PULL ON THE
PANEL TO REMOVE THE PINS!
Lift slightly to disengage the panel from the flange at the top of the door
Disconnect the door courtesy lamp and remove the panel completely. Replace any damaged or bent attaching clips.
PCM Ford's Location:
* Ranger - behind instrument panel (cowl), center to both driver and
* Explorer/Mountaineer - behind instrument panel (cowl), (access from
engine compartment dash panel) on passenger side to center of vehicle.
* All other F-Series, Expedition/Navigator - lower dash panel on
* Excursion - lower dash panel on driver side.
The PCM is behind the glove box and has a big harness connector in the
firewall that you access from the engine compartment. REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Fig. 1 The calibration number will be needed to order such
parts as a replacement PCM, various sensors, and almost any emission
control component. Typically this number is attached to a label found on
the driver's door or the door pillar
1997-00 F-150, F-250, Expedition and Navigator
Fig. 2 Loosen the connector retaining bolt and remove the PCM
Fig. 3 Remove the passenger side front door scuff plate
Fig. 4 Remove the passenger side kick panel
Fig. 5 Remove the PCM bracket clip and remove the PCM
Remove the battery and the battery tray.
Loosen the connector retaining bolt and remove the PCM connector.
Remove the passenger side front door scuff plate.
Remove the passenger side kick panel.
Remove the PCM bracket clip.
Remove the PCM.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
Tighten the PCM connector retaining bolt to 36-44 inch lbs. (4-5
First you need toremove the steering wheel. You will also need a lock ring removal tool. This tool will help you remove the circlip from behind plastic cover. Dont lose this clip.After you have removed the lock plate then the horn ring should be visible and you can replace it.
Remove screw off striker plate at door latch and pull plastic off. Unscrew lock knob. Pull off plastic around door handles. Remove bolt from top of handle. Pull off side mirror cover. Lift and wiggle the panel up and off watching that the hole around handle doesnt get caught.
There is a very affordable special tool which can be found at many auto parts stores... it is a thin metal plate that will slip behind the panel and dis-lodge the clip off the handle...If this removal tool is not available,try a hook shape scribe which will remove it as well but takes a little more effort and fishing around for the clip
Yes that whole plate needs to come off. Be careful as some of those torx heads are just for show and not actual screws. The door handle also needs to be removed. There are three screws for the handle, usually a torx head. The door panel will then unclip and with the window down you can push in and pull up gently on the upper door trim (hard plastic part) to release the door panel from the door.