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1997 ford explorer: door handle..rod..the clip on latch end snaps open

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need to replace exterior door handle on my 1997 ford explorer.how do I remove the rod that goes from handle to latch?.can't figure out how the clip on latch end snaps open.
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Here are the instructions for the exterior door handle, (CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS).
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In order to remove the rod the latch must first be removed (CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS).




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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
all I need to know is how to unsnap the snap connector on the latch end of the linkage that runs from outside door handle down to latch so I can remove outside door handle.
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In order to remove the rod the latch must first be removed (CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS). You will to drill out the rivets holding the handle in place.




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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
alright, now we're getting closer. this was the information I already had. it looks like the linkage has to be removed from the latch first but it doesn't show or say how to release the connector holding linkage to latch do you have any idea how to remove the linkage from the connector on the latch?.
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Ok, in order to remove the linkage, the handle must be removed from the door and then you can disconnect the linkage.







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The handle must be removed first.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I already drilled the rivets out that hold the exterior door handle on but the linkage is stopping it from being removed from door.
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Is the window all the way up?

Did you remove the door panel?








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Flip the handle so that the bottom is now facing skyward. Also try loosening the latch.CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
yes to both of these questions. taking off the door panel was the only way I could see the latch end of the rod.If you look at the drawing you sent on removing door handle it says to remove the door latch to door handle rod first.also you can see the rod has two 90 degree bends on the door handle side so the latch end of the rod would have to be removed first and I can't figure out how to release the connector from latch to rod.I'll bet you wish you hadn't taken my question from the start. sorry I'm making it this difficult,I know it looks easy.
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LOL! You're right, this should've been easy, try to flip the handle so that the bottom is now facing skyward. Also try loosening the latch.CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS



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Check out the diagram below, the red arrows are pointing towards the path in which the j hook connects latch, hope this helps you out.


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