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Old 04-14-2004, 01:10 AM   #1
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Door handle removal

Ok it's like late and I didn't want to search so....what's the procedure to remove the door handles....thanks in advance


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Originally posted by Twofocused

Door panel removal:

The inside mirror cover comes off first. It is held on with clips and just pulls off. You may have to rock it back and forth its on pretty tight.

Pop off the inside grab handle cover, there is 1 or 2 screws behind it.

Pop off the screw head cover behind the inside door handle, there is a screw behind it.

The rest of the screws are visible along the edges of the door panel.

There is a black plastic plug that covers the hole for the handle screw.
Put tape on the star bit if you drop the screw down the door you will not find it without taking the entire guts apart.
The star bit has to have a hole in it just like the screw that holds the MAF in the housing.
The nice thing about this is you dont have to remove the water shield or anything else to get the outside handle off. Just remove the star screw, the bezel pops off, then the handle slides back (toward the rear of the car) and out.

This is real easy, takes about 45 min the first side, 30 the second side.
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Oh, and if you have manual window rollers, you'll need to remove the clip behind the winder roller handle cover that secures the handle to the door.
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Old 04-14-2004, 12:01 PM   #5
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I have been meaning to add some additional info on this "door handle removal directions". For those who have an "03" ZX5 I can tell you from first hand experience there are a few variances, or at least on my car.

1. On the front doors you have to peel back the weather barrier in the upper
corner to expose the hole which allows you to reach the screw holding the bezel, there is no plug. This weather barrier is held on by some very sticky black caulk and can simply be pressed back into place when you are done.

2. The screws are the standard star bit not the ones with the hole in the middle
(or at least mine were).

3. On the front door handles I found that you do not have to remove the screw for the
bezel to come off. I only unscrewed mine about half way and the bezel came free so less chance of dropping the screw.

4. I found that using silly putty or something similar worked better than tape for holding the screw. For safety, I used a telescoping magnet to grab the screw on the last turn.

I'm not sure if these variance apply to all 4-door models or only certain model years but thought this supplemental info might come in handy for some.

Maybe we should combine this info and make it a sticky.
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Mine had the plug for the hole that covered the access to the door handle screw.
But I have a 2003 ZX3.

I also used a standard torx bit but I didn't check and see if the screw itself required it.
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I'm wondering if, like mine, the ZX5/4 door models are the only ones different. On the rear door I didn't have to remove the weather shield and it did have the plug you're speaking of just the front doors were different.
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Sweetblondes SE also didnt have the plugs on the front doors.
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Is this a four door(sedan/ZX5) thing with not having a plug for the hole ?
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must be, it's covered by the weathershield so I guess Ford thought they could save a nickel by not putting in a plug.
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