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Old 06-27-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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Driver Side Door Exterior Handle not working...

I've seen several posts talking about the exterior door handle "linkage" busting... (ex. http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...ht=door+handle)

My outside handle does not work, but the interior handle works fine...

I haven't been able to make much progress in my research of exactly what part I may need. Are there publicly available diagrams of the power lock / door handle system that I can try and figure out EXACTLY what part needs replaced, instead of paying the Ford garage $250 for parts and labor?

Any help is much appreciated.


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Old 06-27-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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take your door apart. pull back your insulation and check if everything is hooked up.
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Well, I guess I should have mentioned, I did do that... and the linkage and outside door handle definately are not connected anymore... :)

I'm going to take off the passenger side door panel tonight to compare the 2 sides figure out exactly which piece is broke off, but with it being in the upper corner of the door, it's kind of a pain to see exactly what I need to be looking at.
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well my dor handle broke but the interior handle still worked you will have to buy a new door handle assemblyit cost about 40 bucks and takes an hour to replace its prety simple to fix
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maggot515, thanks for your reply... you wouldn't happen to have any links to where I could order the parts (depending on what I find tonight) would you?
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well i wouldnt take both doors apart just take the drivers side apart and take out the door handle its a real bitch to get out the piece that borke on me was a little metal arm just go to ford and take them the whole handle assembly and they will know what you need
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ive had this problem and so has many others. ford definately did a crap job on the ford focus door handle assembly. Mine is still fudged up, im thinking about shaving the handle off and starting fresh. :)
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try ebay, or dealer, try to get it new if possible
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yeah that would be nice but a lot of work
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Yah, I guess that'd be the best bet... I'll just try to take the handle assembly out this weekend. Thanks for everybody's input!
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