Introduction

The door on a 2001 Ford Focus would not open from the outside. In order to fix this problem a new handle bracket was required. Follow this guide for step by step instructions on how to replace the bracket.

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  • Remove the screw cover in the handle housing using a flathead screwdriver.

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  • Remove the screw that is holding the handle housing with a T20 Torx screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: Do not pull too hard. There are wires attached to the back of the housing. Image 2/2: Do not pull too hard. There are wires attached to the back of the housing.
  • Carefully pull the handle housing off.

  • Do not pull too hard. There are wires attached to the back of the housing.

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  • Detach the wires on the handle housing with a flathead screwdriver by pushing upwards on the release slot.

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  • Remove the cover on the door grip by prying gently with a flathead screwdriver.

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Image 1/2: There are nine screws in total: two on the front, three on the outer side, two on bottom, and two on the inner side. Image 2/2: There are nine screws in total: two on the front, three on the outer side, two on bottom, and two on the inner side.
  • Take off the inside door panel by removing all screws with a T20 Torx screwdriver.

  • There are nine screws in total: two on the front, three on the outer side, two on bottom, and two on the inner side.

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Image 1/3: Use an X-acto knife if needed. Image 2/3: Use an X-acto knife if needed. Image 3/3: Use an X-acto knife if needed.
  • Pull the insulation back to access the door handle bracket.

  • Use an X-acto knife if needed.

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  • Remove the two screws holding the handle bracket with a T20 Torx screwdriver.

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  • Remove the outside door handle by prying gently with a flathead screwdriver to loosen, and then slide it back.

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  • Detach the door latch rod from the handle bracket by pulling the plastic end out of the metal loop.

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  • Pull the locking rod free from the handle bracket and remove the broken handle bracket.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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