EXTERIOR DOOR HANDLE NOT FLUSH IN THE CLOSED POSITION
Publication Date: July 30, 2007
Some 2005-2008 Mustang vehicles may exhibit an exterior door handle not flush in the closed position. This may result in a loose handle, rattle noise, hard to open, and/or door self locks when opening outside handle. (Figure 1)
The concern is caused by pre-loading/biasing the exterior door handle actuating rod, the front door latch, or both. Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.
Figure 1 - Article 07-16-7
Raise the door window glass to the full up position.
Remove the door trim panel. Refer to Workshop Manual (WSM), Section 501-05.
Position the watershield aside.
Raise the manual lock rod to the unlock position. (Figure 2)
Figure 2 - Article 07-16-7
Disconnect the exterior door handle actuating rod from the front door latch assembly.
Open the retaining clip and disconnect the actuating rod. (Figures 3 through 5)
Figure 3 - Article 07-16-7
Figure 4 - Article 07-16-7
Figure 5 - Article 07-16-7
Reinstall the exterior door handle actuating rod back into the clip.
DO NOT PUSH PIN BACK INTO HANDLE. (FIGURE 6)
Figure 6 - Article 07-16-7
Position the actuating rod into clip in a neutral or bias up position.
Close the retaining clip and test the system to ensure that the exterior door handle is operating correctly.
Adjust the actuating rod as necessary.
DO NOT BIAS THE ROD DOWN AND DO NOT BIAS THE FRONT DOOR LATCH.
IF EXTERIOR DOOR HANDLE IS BROKEN, OR THE METAL PIN IS PULLED OUT OF THE SPRING ON THE BACK OF THE DOOR HANDLE, THEN REPLACE THE DOOR HANDLE PER WSM, SECTION 501-14
Position back the watershield.
Install the door trim panel. Refer to WSM, Section 501-05.
Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage IMPORTANT: Warranty coverage limits/policies are not altered by a TSB. Warranty coverage limits are determined by the identified causal part.
2005-2008 Mustang: Make Adjustments To The Door Handle Actuating Rod Following Procedure, Includes Time To Remove And Install Interior Door Panel: One Door (Do Not Use With 23943A)
2005-2008 Mustang: Make Adjustments To The Door Handle Actuating Rod Following Procedure, Includes Time To Remove And Install Interior Door Panel: Both Doors (Do Not Use With 23943A)