Re: 96 Explorer Door Handle Problem
Although I have taken off door panels of my other cars in the past, I
have never done so with my Explorer, so this is a general description
of how to take off any door panel.
First remove any visible screws. They might be in the inside the door
handle area or perhaps hidden with a cap of some sort. Then gently pry
off the panel with a wide blade chisel or similiar tool. The panel is
held in with plastic fasteners. If some should break, they can easily
be replaced from any auto parts store. But the key is to pry the panel
off gently. Once you have gotten the panel loose, you may have to lift
it up a bit to clear the top of the door because the top of the panel
sits a little recessed in the top of the door. You may have to
disconnect the electrical harness for the windows, locks, etc.
Once you have the panel off, see whats wrong with your handle. I do not
know where is the best place to get parts other than the dealer.
Even if you have to order the parts, I'm sure the truck can be driven
without the panel for a few days.