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Old 05-19-2015, 08:17 PM   #1
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SOLVED: Exterior Door Handle Broken

The other day I went to open my driver door from the outside and a whole lot of nothing happened. I pulled the handle and it pulled out, but didn't open the door and didn't spring back into place.

I did some reading on this thread and I think I'm having a similar problem.

So I took apart my inner door frame and pulled out the assembly. Hoping someone with a more keen eye than me can look and see if it's broken. See the attached picture.

If it is broken, do I need the whole assembly?

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Old 05-20-2015, 09:40 AM   #2
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Looks to be OK, work it and if the link rod goes up and down it's OK, trouble is lower down in the latch or at where the long metal rod attaches to latch. The key in lock should work that other link rod as well.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:38 AM   #3
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AMC49, I'd like to believe that, but it seems that the door handle isn't catching any piece of this assembly when I pull on it.

Take a look at the highlighted part in Red. It looks to be broken to me..
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:29 PM   #4
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I ended up buying a replacement part (PN: <26684). Luckily my local Ford dealer had it in stock. You can see from this picture that the clip I pointed out in the previous post was broken.

This fixed the problem. It was a bit of a pain to work on and took a few hours in total, but there was nothing overly challenging if you take your time.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:55 PM   #5
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Fixed

Not much else you could do there.
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My bad, used to looking for that broken tab shaped and located somewhat differently, like on mine. You were correct and broken there.

They change up those linkages right and left.
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Don't you just love that cheap weak white metal? I know, it's lighter and cheaper, but so often it fails when steel wouldn't have.
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Absolutely, it would increase the price of the part by only a few cents and then never break. Then ask yourself, why like on so many other parts, they do NOT do it.

You could even leave it made of the same material, just make the fingers bigger and thicker. Another one of the many parts you can clearly see could easily be made slightly different to not break, but they DO. Planned obsolescence plain and simple, add it up with 50 other things made like that on the cars and how you overwhelm owners with small issues enough to make them dump the car to buy another.

Look at all the design effort made on the entire part, to only have it fail over and over at the same place repeatedly to bump up parts sales. After them doing that on a string of years of the cars with no changes it becomes very clear it's intentional, not accidental.

In old school years they would monitor OEM parts sales to modify parts on later models to improve them, that has gone out the window now, it's all about increasing parts sales and making them as complicated as they can to weed out any other than the most well-heeled companies from making parts on their own. To force you to buy their own underdesigned part. After all the millions they put into the design group.

It's pretty funny once you get past the p-ssed off part.
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