Question about 2000 Lincoln LS
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?
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.
Posted on Sep 01, 2008
posted on Dec 14, 2008
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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.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
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.
Posted on Oct 15, 2008
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!
Posted on Dec 25, 2008
I'm guessing you can try to go in from the window and see if you can wiggle or pull the linkage to pop the door open...
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
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
Posted on Mar 27, 2009
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