The button stuck after pushed in. I took the interior door panel off and could only feel the interior door opening mechanism. I was able to get the button out, but it is now very loose and doesn't open the door (but I can shut the door and open it from the inside.) Since it's only by feel, I can't figure out how to put the mechanism inside the door back together so the exterior button works properly . Any suggestions? This is the passenger door on a 1966 Mustang. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Bill Packer
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look for small plastic caps that hide the screws that are usually around the bottom of the armrest and in the plastic area of the interior door handle. you will have to hold the handle in the open position to remove the plastic surround. There will be a red section on the interior door button that is visible when the door is in the unlocked position, you will have to remove that by using a thin blade of some sort as that red bit is the actual clip that holds the button onto the rod.
Once all the screws etc have been removed you have to pry the panel away from the door by going around the perimeter of the door panel.
there will be plastic that seals the door which you will definately have to replace unless you want water to enter the interior of the car from the door.
this info may not be exact but it should give you and idea of what you need to do.
Parts are available at a salvage yard. Getting the door open is going to be your problem "unless" you pull the seat out and have room to take door panel off to open the door with the mechanism manually.
Order the exterior door handle AND the clip that attaches the rod to the exterior handle from your local dealership ( any part in the salvage yard will have at least as much wear as the one U are replacing ) Also order a can of touch up paint matching your car. After you have the parts and have painted the new exterior handle, roll down the window and remove the interior door panel. ( instructions have been posted at 'replace door lock buttom' ) Two nuts, one on each side, hold the broken handle in place and must be removed ( DON'T loose them ). Loosen the rod from the clip at the top to allow a bit more room, But take note on the way it is attached ( you will need to reattach the rod to new handle ) To install new mechanism put the new clip on the rod, carefully place the gasket and the new handle in place and install nuts to secure. Test the door handle and make sure it works. Reinstall interior door panel.
Take the door panel off the inside of the door. (Should involve screws at the bottom, plus bolts through the interior handle. Then pull out at the bottom, and lift upward Google for expedition door panel removal for more specifics if needed).
It sounds like the exterior handle linkage is binding against the lock button linkage. Actually looking in while pulling the handle would confirm. You then should be able to just bend the rods a bit to move them apart.
you will have to take the panel off to see why the inner lock/activator isnt working properly, besides youll have to take it off to fix it anyway.Maybe as simple as a bent handle to lock rod being bent and no longer long enough to activate lock correctly.youll just have to look and see.Let me know what you find