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07-19-2014 10:11 PM
Fierceintent Also 00-07 have alot of screws, the other day did a 2011 focus and it has much less screws and a better moister barrier.
07-19-2014 10:09 PM
Fierceintent
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I guess you are saying that the (drivers) regulator can be replaced without disconnecting the door handle assembly from the door frame? Maybe it can? Do you know that I am talking about the handle that is on the inside of the car?

This thread shows it removed. It was in my way when removing the delicate moisture barrier foam. I got the moisture barrier *removed without tearing it, but if the door handle stays on the door, you must tear it... at least on my car.

* = not fully removed, just peeled it fully forward, leaving one edge still connected.
Ah that's why, because I always rip that crap off. Last week I did one of them and I don't recall taking the door handle off. I mean if you want an easier way just get a blade and cut around the door handle. I normally don't reinstall that plastic crap. Most of it is to far gone.
07-19-2014 05:59 PM
amc49 Actually you probably CAN remove panels without the upper door handle coming off but frays the panels more in my view. One screw and handle is off anyway. And yes the lower door yank handle MUST come off.
07-19-2014 05:51 PM
amc49 You should see my 'moisture barriers', they're repaired in like 50 places now LOL.........I simply stick them back up and glue at the tears to hold the pieces together. First couple times I was careful but after enough breakages you get to where you don't give a sh-t anymore......
07-19-2014 05:50 PM
Marde
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Can't get door panel off without doing it.
Not on mine. Panel comes off while door handle is fully attached onto the door frame.

The small accessory panel that holds the door lock switch and power window controls must be removed first, and then wiggled around the door handle... and then the door panel can be removed.
07-19-2014 05:40 PM
Marde
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Why would you want to remove the door handle?
I guess you are saying that the (drivers) regulator can be replaced without disconnecting the door handle assembly from the door frame? Maybe it can? Do you know that I am talking about the handle that is on the inside of the car?

This thread shows it removed. It was in my way when removing the delicate moisture barrier foam. I got the moisture barrier *removed without tearing it, but if the door handle stays on the door, you must tear it... at least on my car.

* = not fully removed, just peeled it fully forward, leaving one edge still connected.
07-19-2014 05:27 PM
amc49 Can't get door panel off without doing it.

BTW, proper handle assembly popping loose at least on the earlier models is...rotate FRONT of assembly out and toward centerline of car, then once front is popped loose go forward to unhook the back.
07-19-2014 03:00 PM
Fierceintent
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I see the quote is 3 plus years old but wanted to share what I learned last night when replacing my drivers door window regulator. Like jongun78, I was puzzled on how to remove the inside door handle assembly from the door frame. You can Pull & Wiggle & Snap the assembly off the door and you might or might not break it in the process. I found a smarter method. After the interior door panel has been removed... Using a medium/heavy duty hemostat, I was able to reach into the slot where the window glass slides into and Pinch the plastic tab/prong that is securing the door handle onto the door. Once the prong was squeezed by the hemostat, I Pulled, Wiggled, Snapped the handle assembly off of the door frame. If that one little plastic prong gets broken your screwed.

Thank you to the OP for this how-to thread. I also used the link below to help me learn how to do this job. This was my first time doing a window regulator. After a month of driving with a broken window regulator, I am so happy to have my power window working again.

I bought a XW4Z-54234A44-AA "spacer" in advance but oddly never saw where it was used. Never really looked for it. Strange. Realized
I missed or forgot about it only after the job was done.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/206251168/...or-Replacement
Why would you want to remove the door handle?
07-19-2014 06:16 AM
amc49 Hey I'm still cussing over the last snap ring I bought from them.........$15 for THAT???!!

The Dorman part virtually the same as Ford but without the oval stamped on it and the Ford one breaks as quick........easy $50 savings there and Ford gives no lifetime warranty like over the counter does. One of the few parts you should keep the receipt on, they break more than once. I've been through like 5 now on two cars, even went to rebuilding the broken ones. The unobtanium part (Ebay only) is the two window clips that commonly break. One is same as manual window one but the other is different and power only. The manual one can easily be found at the scrapyard as they don't break, it is the power motor running window up/down till it hits hard that breaks them. If you train yourself to not bash them hard they then last much longer, I barely kiss them nowadays and never go down 100% to bottom either.
07-18-2014 01:49 AM
Marde
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The spacer is used on rear glass only
Ah dang-it, I shoulda caught that before. Thank you for the info. Bought it at my local Ford dealer, so will return this small spacer and get 16 bucks back. If it weighed 1 pound, I guess it might sell for $1,600.00 or more. -jk I accepted prices on Ford (+GM +others) parts long ago, no complaints from me... so I bought a Dorman window regulator.

Thanks again, Cheers!
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