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Old 02-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Driver Door Handle Slack/Broken from Outside

Hi Everyone, I am new here, so please be kind!

I have a 2001 Focus sedan with manual windows and locks. My driver door handle has recently become slack for the first 1cm or so of "pull". In addition, when opening it from the locked position with the key, it fails to open, but I can still use the handle to open the door when I leave it unlocked. When I go out and about I still lock it, but when I return to my car I have to go around to the passenger side and not just unlock it, but use the internal handle to physically prop it open a crack before I go back around. Additionally, when I do open the door, the handle no longer returns flush back to its original position. I have seen some threads regarding this issue, but I didn't really get all the info I need.

I have tried using white lithium spray both in the keyhole and in the door latch that is exposed when opening the door. Aside from looking cleaner once finished, this didn't do anything to help the problem. It seems I will probably need to take off the interior door panel and look for some sort of part that may have A) broken B) become loose or C) fallen off inside the panel?

I tried using a set of hex allen wrenches on the little bolts, but none seem to fit. I have a power drill/screwdriver with heaps of attachments I have never used; maybe I need one of those or something more specific?

Any guidance, preferably with pictures, on how to fix this problem would be great. I'm particularly concerned with removing the panel since the side mirror seems to fit over that piece and I don't see a way to remove that. Also, the window crank seems like it will be an obstacle as well.


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Old 02-06-2013, 04:01 PM   #2
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you wont be able to use hex allen keys as the handle has torx head bolts holding it on, these are the star shaped ones, probably be best to get some before you start to take things apart.
one final thing when you undo the torx bolts which hold the handle on hold the handle from the outside as you undo them and once the handle is free stop turning the bolt because if it comes out from its housing it will fall into the door & be a p.i.t.a to find & get back out
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You will most likely need to replace the handle reinforcement. Little pot metal piece that pushes the latch rod down is know to break. Not to hard of a job but it is a tight space to work in. Part can be had from CFM
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