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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2000-2003 Ford Focus Door Handle Latch Cable Replacement

Fits years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

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Tools required:

  • T30 Torx bit/ratchet

  • T20 Torx Driver

  • 7mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • Flathead screwdriver (2 " small, medium)

Step 1: Open the vehicle's door.

Step 2: Pry and remove the small trim panel that covers the side mirror's mounting area. Disconnect the wiring harness (1) attached to the back of this panel.

Step 3: Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw inside the interior door handle.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screws that line the bottom and side edges of the interior door panel.

Step 5: Pry and remove the trim panel on the interior door pull, exposing 7mm bolts (2). Loosen and remove these bolts.

Step 6: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel panel. Disconnect the wiring harnesses (2) attached to the back of this panel.

Step 7: You can now lift and remove the interior door panel.

Step 8: Disengage the retaining clip (1) to remove the foam block.

Step 9: Loosen and remove the T30 Torx screws (3) near the door latch mechanism.

Step 10: Pry and remove the interior door handle assembly. Disengage the cable from the back of the assembly.

Step 11: Peel back the water shield, and disconnect the locking cable from the latch mechanism.

Step 12: Attach the NEW locking cable to the latch mechanism.

Step 13: Attach the other end of the cable to the interior door handle and attach the handle to the door frame.

Step 14: Reattach the water shield and foam block.

Step 15: Tighten the T30 Torx screws (3).

Step 16: To reattach the interior door panel, simply reverse the removal process. You'll want to be sure that the "lip" of the panel fits down into the window slot at the top of the door panel.

Be sure to reconnect all wiring harnesses, trim panels, and bezels. Further, be sure to tighten the T20 screws that line the outside of the panel, as well as the 7mm bolts near the interior door pull!
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003 Ford Focus Replacement Instructions

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