How do you change the handle on a 2002 ford explorer on the back hatch?

if its equiped with a door panel then you have to remove it. Once removed, there should be access holes to get to the back of the handle to remove it. the door panel will probably have a few screws in it. There are either clips holding the panel on which you can just pull hard on the panel to remove or there are plastic hooks molded to the panel in which you have to pull up and out to remove the panel. Just pull the panel up a little and peek in to see whats holding it on. Once removed there should be access holes all over the place to remove the handle.