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Front door handle isnt working properly

My front door driver side handle of my 1997 explorer is no longer functioning properly, it only affects one of the two devices that need to be moved out of the way for the door to unlatch, how would one remove the door panel to get a closer look?

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Most likely needs a latch... remove the screws from the panel, probalbly one behind the handle, some in the armrest and some along the bottom. possibly one under the window switches, window switches pull up away from panel. when all screws and window switchesremoved pull up on panel to remove.

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