Ford Explorer: Handles, Locks, Latches and Entry Systems / Removal and Installation - Exterior Front Door Handle Reinforcement

Ford Explorer 2020-2024 Service Manual / Body and Paint / Body and Paint / Handles, Locks, Latches and Entry Systems / Removal and Installation - Exterior Front Door Handle Reinforcement

Removal

NOTE: LH (left-hand) side shown, RH (right-hand) side similar.

  1. Remove the front door latch.
    Refer to: Front Door Latch (501-14 Handles, Locks, Latches and Entry Systems, Removal and Installation).
  1. NOTE: This step is only necessary when installing a new component.


    Release the cable tension by turning the release screw until the handle lever releases from the stop.
    1. Turn the release screw until the handle lever releases from the stop.
    1. Release the handle lever from the stop.
  1. NOTE: This step is only necessary when installing a new component.


    Remove the exterior front door handle reinforcement.
    1. Press the locking tab down.
    1. If equipped.
      Disconnect the door lock cylinder rod.
    1. Release the cable from the routing clips and detach the exterior front door handle reinforcement.
    1. Detach the cable from the exterior front door handle reinforcement cable bracket.
    1. Remove the cable eyelet from the lever.

Installation

  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
  1. NOTE: This step is only necessary when installing a new component.

    NOTE: This step must be done correctly or the exterior door handle will not engage the lever on installation.


    Position the exterior front door handle reinforcement in the service position.
    1. While keeping tension on the cable and holding the handle lever in the engaged position against the stop.
    1. Turn the release screw until the handle lever is positioned against the stop.
  1. Carry out the power door window initialization.
    Refer to: Power Door Window Initialization (501-11 Glass, Frames and Mechanisms, General Procedures).

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