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Door panel removal

The linkage has come disconnected from the inside door handle and door has to be opened from the outside. How do I get the door panel off so I can fix the problem?

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  • VioletCow Jul 22, 2008

    Need to relce lock solenoid

  • tylerdoug Sep 22, 2008

    There are three screws along the bottom, one on the end, two in the grab hole to pull the door closed(you have to open an one inch cover with a small screw driver) and one screw under the back plate where the door lever is. (slides out with little effort towards the from of the car).

    Your problem most likely is not the linkage but the lever itself has broken off. I am in the process of finding a replacement lever. The original lever bracket is rivetted to the door frame and I have been told that you have to replace the door frame at a cost of about $700 just for the parts. Add this to the list of problems with the LS.

    This car should have been labeled a lemon.


  • ryancraft Dec 13, 2008

    I have just pulled the panel off my 2000 LS since the door handle stopped working from the inside. There is some sort of box that the cable from the handle is leading too.... Any suggestions where I go from here?

  • ryancraft Dec 13, 2008

    just looking at it more, the handle still pulls the cable but very little, not enough to open the door. when i pull the cable with my hand, it will open the door

  • ryancraft Dec 17, 2008

    Slyyone..... Curious, did yours have a box that the opening mechanism lead into? The handle still functions fine, its almost as if the cable that the handle pulls on is worn out? I am still interested in fixing this myself, the dealership is going to charge an arm and a leg for like you said, an hours work. I've had the whole interior of the car apart several times installing new door speakers and running wires, i am just real confused about this one little part and finding out what i actually need to replace. I am going to attempt to find a chilton manual or something to learn more about the issue, im sick of rolling down the window to get out.



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My window has dropped down on the drivers side and I can hear the motor working but the window is down in the door panel and won't come up. How do I get the door panel off to see if the window can be placed back on track. I see 1 screw only and after unscrewing it panel is still firmly attached. Please help . I need to know how to get this door panel off.



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Solution #1 posted on Dec 14, 2008 Door panel removal - 0%20stars_w.png
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I just went thru this on my 2002. The silver handle is actually plastic (I didn't previosly realize this) and had broken in such a way that it no longer applied leverage to the door mechanism. Everything still worked fine from the outside.
I got a new handle from the dealer (is one complete piece) for about $70. and took the door apart (much more difficult than it sounds).3 or 4 screws across the bottom - 2 in the flip up portion of door handhold and 1 straight behind the handle itself. Lots of plastic pop locks holding door in place - need to be pulled straight out vice normal slide up - proceed slow - very easy to break plastic pieces. Replacing handle requires you to drill out three rivets and replace them for holding new door handle in place.
Can do in about 1 hr with help and all the necessary tools - flat pry bar, screwdrivers, cordless drill, etc.

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We have an LS too. The window is not off track. Ford came up with some hokey cable & pulley system fo rthe windows, and they have some plastic parts incorporated, that break off. Nice. The repair is replacing the whole system in the door. Parts are close to a hundred bucks on-line plus shipping. The door panels have four screws at the bottom of the door panel, and two under the plastic cap, down in the inside door pull. Then you just have to pty the pannel off. It has a bunch of push in plastic connectors that are the primary fasteners for keeping the panels to the doors. That's about what I know so far. I opened mine up and unbolted the broken garbage ( cable system) from the window and lifted it up in the track and wedged it up with the rubber strip from a squeegee made for washing the car windows. I have not as yet aquired the new stuff to tear the door open again and swap in the new garbage.

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Thanks ... this worked great.

I found that you can open the door when the latch is broken by pulling on the lock with one hand and the latch with the other simultaneously. You can actually get away with not replacing the latch until the lock breaks!


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SOURCE: Door handles broken How can I open the door to get the door panel off to repair it?

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SOURCE: Driver side outside door handle does not work

the trim should just pop off with a screwdriver but make sure you have all the screws taken out first

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

SOURCE: drivers door will open from inside but not outside.

there is a clip on the back side of the window winder handle it is in the shape of a c you need to take a pair of neddle nose plires and pull the clip out and the handle will come off

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