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How can I get inside the door panel to fix a rod that came loose from door handle? It's a 1998 Ford explorer 2door

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The Int door trim cover held on with plastic body pins .They have barbs on them so they slide in easy but need to be pryed out once you get the first 1 then you can pop them out with your hands then allin and reuse them .
You will have to remove some things from the inside of the door window cranks mabey the arm rest it really depends on what model you have look for little plastic trim covers that pop out underneith things not much holds it on
Then lift the trim up out of the window track watch the speaker wires if you have door speakers .
You will have to remove some plastic to get at the door mechisiam don't rip it you want to tape it back on when your done .

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SOURCE: 1998 GMC Truck

there are about 5 to 7 strews you have to take out the door

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SOURCE: 1998 Toyota Camry Inside Door Handle

The Door Panel Has Got To Be Removed.
Start By Removing The Handle Cover You Mentioned On The Handle Careful Not To Break It . A Small Screwdriver Can Help.
Next Remove Black Piece By The Window By Pulling It Strait Outward. Then Remove The Screw Cover On The Actual Handle You Use To Close The Door. Remove The Screw From Below It And There Is One Under The Front Edge Of It As Well. There is 2 screw along the bottom edge of the door as well. then remove screw up by the mirror. now remove this little plastic clip right on the side closest to the outer edge by pressing the center and pulling the whole thing out. Then There Are 2 10mm screw that hold on the door latch remove and slide the whole handle forward and it should come free. Now Reverse all these steps with the new handle in place.
THIS SEEMS HARDER THEN IT IS I PROMISE.
If You Have Any Questions What So Ever Please Feel Free To Post Then And I Hope I Helped At least A Little.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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SOURCE: remove inside door panel without breaking it

they have push in clips that hold the panel on the door you can pull it off with your hand or go to parts store and buy a door panel removal tool
PLS take time to rate this solution and by the way you will probably need to buy new push in clips to hold panel on

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Door won't unlatch or come open

Ford had a problem with the door handles not working properly. They are cheap plastic. If the exterior door handle is broken, you will need to drill out the rivets that hold it in, and then get the door open and the panel off. You have to disconnect the rod going to it. Then, remove the handle. If you don't want to drill again, I suggest replacing the rivets with a bolt and nut easily obtainable at your hardware store. I've found that a M7 bolt works very well. If you are having a problem with the interior door handle, it's the same problem. Remember to check your door latch because if your exterior handle is broken, then your latch isn't working properly. I got one at Ford for about 40 bucks.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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SOURCE: driver door handle will not open door 1993 Honda Civic

there is a pin in the door handle might have broke off there are two 10 mm nuts that will release the handle but you have to take the door panels off and remove it any local junk yard should have it or can order it for you

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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