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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2001-2007 Ford Escape Door Handle (Interior) Replacement

Fits years: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

All Ford Escape for sale Tools required:

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Flathead screwdriver (small)


Step 1: Pry and remove the screw cover inside the interior door handle. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1).

Step 2: Pry and remove the screw cover just beneath the side mirror mounting area. Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1).

Step 3: Loosen and remove the Phillips screw (1) inside the interior door pull, and the Phillips screw (1) on the rear end of the interior door panel.

Step 4: Pry and remove the interior door handle's bezel.

Step 5: Pry and remove the interior door panel.


A series of retaining clips hold the door panel to the vehicle. You will hear them "pop" as they disengage.

Step 6: Pull near the front of the interior door handle assembly to release it from the door. Disengage the locking cable.

Step 7: Attach the locking cable to the new interior door handle assembly, and slide it into place.


You will hear it "snap" into place.

Step 8: Reattach the interior door panel.

Be sure to attach the wiring harnesses, tighten the Phillips screws (4), and re-engage all of the retaining clips!
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003, 04 2004, 05 2005, 06 2006, 07 2007 Ford Escape Replacement Instructions

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