NOTE: Given the year of your vehicle, removing the door panel may differ from our instructions here. However, it shouldn't differ much, so you should be able to transfer these instructions to your particular model year.
Step 2: Pry and lift the power window control panel. Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the UNDERSIDE of the control panel. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1).
Step 3: Pry and remove the screw covers (2) on the interior door pull handle. Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2).
Step 4: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.
Step 5: Loosen and remove the Phillips screws (2) on the outer edge of the door panel.
One screw is located near the courtesy reflector lens, while the other is on the bottom edge.
Step 6: You can now LIFT and remove the interior door panel from the door frame.
Step 7: Disconnect the wiring harnesses (2) from the back of the panel.
Step 8: The panel should now be completely free from the vehicle.
Step 9: GENTLY peel and lift the water shield. Be careful not to tear it, as we'll need to reattach it later.
If your model has the mounting bracket near the top of the door panel, we shouldn't need to remove it for this installation. Just pull the water shield up enough to expose the interior of the door frame.
Step 10: Disengage the retaining clip near the BOTTOM of the locking rod, separating the rod from the assembly.
Step 11: Using the hammer/punch, lift the exterior door handle and punch out the center of the mounting rivets (2).
Step 12: Using the drill with a 3/8 bit, carefully drill the center of the rivets (2). Use a flathead screwdriver to pry and remove the remaining pieces of the rivets.
Step 13: You can now pull the exterior door handle from the OUTSIDE of the door. Disengage the locking rod from the back of the handle assembly.
Step 14: Your exterior door handle should now be completely free from the vehicle.
Step 15: Mount the NEW exterior door handle by re-engaging the latch rod to the back of the assembly, and slide it into place on the door.
Step 16: Using the short bolts/nuts (2), mount the new door handle to the door frame.
Step 17: Re-engage the long locking rod (inside the door frame), and secure it with the retaining clip (1).
Step 18: Reattach the water shield.
Step 19: To reattach the interior door panel, connect the wiring harnesses (2), and use the guiding tabs on the BOTTOM of the panel, slide it into position.
Step 20: Tighten the Phillips screws (5).
Step 21: Reattach the interior door handle's bezel.
Step 22: Reattach the screw covers (2) to the interior door pull.
Step 23: Reconnect the wiring harnesses to the UNDERSIDE of the power window control panel. "Snap"┬Ł this panel back into place.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
11 2011, 10 2010, 09 2009, 08 2008, 07 2007, 06 2006, 05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis Front Door Handle (Exterior) Replacement Instructions