RE: broken outer door handle
I ended up figuring this one out. I first went to the local Ford dealership and bought the part. That wasn't a lot of help in figuring out how to fix it but I will give a brief explanation that will hopefully save anyone else who is experiencing this some of the headaches I encountered. The part at the dealership was less that $30. Start with your window up (and leave it that way). I removed the inner door panel (which I believe had 4 screws and several of the push type retainers common on door panels). After removing the inner door panel peel back the paper type lining. Next remove the 2 torx screws that are on the part behind the outer door handle. Also, remove the 3 torx screws that hold the door striker/catch or latch on the side of the door. Now move to the outer portion of the handle.There is a part that stays stationary when you pull on the handle (it is toward the back of the vehicle) With a little force this should snap out of its resting point. Now pull on the handle as if you were going to open the door but only pull it slightly, not to the extent of its travel and at the same time pull with a little bit of force toward the back of the vehicle. The outer handle should snap out of the inner piece that you unscrewed earlier. At this point you should be able to manipulate the whole inner mechanism out from the inside of the door. Replace the piece and install the latch release rod into the loopon thenew part. Reversethisprocess for reassembly and you're done. Yes, this is a little vague but it gives you the "secrets" you need to repair your car. Also, I fixed it last weekend and I am just writing this up so if anyone has any edits or if I missed anything please feel free to post.