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Old 05-29-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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How to replace the exterior door handle.

Can someone explain how I can replace the driver's side exterior door handle on my 97 ford explorer myself? I have already ordered the new door handle, but just need to know how to do it w/o seriously damaging my vehicle. Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:07 PM   #2
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:06 AM   #3
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I think you have to remove the inner door panel. Should be fairly easy form there.




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there are two rivets that you will have to drill out. on the inside of the door, there is a threaded clip that holds the linkage in, you will have to open it (it opens like a door, it may be a little stubborn, but it will open). then put your new handle on, and then the linkage back in, and snap the clip back in place. you will need one of the bigger pop rivet guns because the rivets are 1/4 ones. also, when you go to rivet the handle back on, tape some cardboard under the handle. that way if the rivet gun drops after it snaps off the rivet, it will not scratch the door. hope this helps you.




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Welcome to this forum! I've moved your thread to the stock 95-01 section.
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Old 05-31-2009, 07:35 AM   #6
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Can someone explain how I can replace the driver's side exterior door handle on my 97 ford explorer myself? I have already ordered the new door handle, but just need to know how to do it w/o seriously damaging my vehicle. Thanks.
Here ya go...

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...ht=door+handle




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Old 12-31-2012, 03:27 PM   #7
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I have a 2000 explorer. The original outside drivers door handle lasted about 100k and I had to replace it. I'm sure I did the repair correctly in terms of drilling the rivets out and getting the linkage lined up properly. However, I've had to since replace the handle twice within 20k miles. I've been using a new aftermarket replacement (Dorman) handle from one of the well know wholesalers. Here's my question... does anyone know if the dealer supplied handle is of better quality than the aftermarket handle? thanks




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