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Door Handles - Removal Of Exterior

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The Ford Mondeo hit our roads in 1993, and has consistently been a sales success. Now on its 4th incarnation, it remains a drivers favourite.
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Ford Model: Mondeo
Petrol/Diesel: Both
Estimated Cost: ????
Difficulty? Easy Skills
How long does this take? About 10 mins per door

How to Remove MKIII Exterior Door Handles


The job should take about 10 mins per door to do.

1: Remove the cover cap from the edge of the door. This will give you access to the adjustment screw.

2: Pull the handle out to the full extent & unscrew until the handle remains extended. ( see note 1 below )

3: Remove the rear part of the handle, this will just lift out.

4: Pull back the handle towards the rear of the car & then pull outwards. The handle will now come free.

5: Refitment is reverse of the above.

note 1 - make sure you dont undo the screw too much as this will reverse the pin that holds the latch internals & cause problems for refitting - 2 turns should be more than enough for the internal pin to do its work & hold the latch mechanism open - this is why its important to check that the internal mechanism is being held properly & the exterior handle is loose before you remove the exterior handle.

should you have problems with refitting due to the pin not doing its job & letting the internal lever loose inside the door after the handle is removed then fishing wire or similar made into a loop can be used to poke through the hole in the door & onto the internal lever & pull it back allowing the external handle to be refitted properly again, the only other way is to remove the door card & the upper section of the internal weather seal & push the lever manually & refit the handle that way.


The following pictures shows:

The Adjustment Screw


The Handle Removed


The Handle Re-fitted.