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#1 vince_13

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:03 AM

i want to install a SPST switch for my audio and was looking for somewhere to mount it in the centre console, i thought of going for the blanking plates next to heated windscreen etc (i dont have esp button nor the airbag button) but looking on another post it shows a picture of them having a socket on the back,

can it be done? is there a better place to mount it?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

On a Titanium , the wiring and plugs are there for the Air bag and ESP , they just slot into the blanking plates so you can remove the wires from them and use the blanking plate as you wish.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:28 AM

ok thanks, going try and find some spares on ebay so can try it out, and not ruin my current plates B)

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

hi guys i changed my mind, and im thinking of adding a switch into the 12v socket in the centre console (hate the sight of the poxy black cover) however as it a 12v outlet ill prob pull it out and leave in under the centre console, the switch im looking at is something along the lines of this
http://www.e-switch....es/default.aspx

can anyone post any pics of the centre console (removal and underneath maybe)

Edit: pv6 diameter too small for socket hole,

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:05 AM

If you look at my sig below and look at my cup holder guide it will show you how to remove them

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

brilliant thanks preee, so if i remove the gear stick gaiter i can push it up from underneath

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

brilliant thanks preee, so if i remove the gear stick gaiter i can push it up from underneath


No you will have to remove as the guide , first the hand brake cover secured by 2 HEX screws then the Cup holder Screw then it will pull up to allow access to the Garage door chubby securing screws , seems a lot to do but its only 5 minutes

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

my apologies i wrote the first thread wrong, i want to replace the 12v sock outlet (or engine start button) in the centre console (between cup holder and gear stick) and put in another push button switch

and if i remove the gear gaiter i presume i can push up the socket from underneath and unplug

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

To remove the socket from above you need to push on two black plastic lugs that you will see on the inside wall of the socket and then draw the socket out.
Careful not to short out the socket with a screwdriver.
You may be better off using wooden or plastic tools.
I have seen the proper tool for removing the sockets on eBay from America but the postage is nearly three times the price of the tool.

http://pages.ebay.co...id=261157370987


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:10 PM

haha its looking more work than i thought now haha in my fiesta it was a metal ring that just popped into a hole in the dash (i broke a clip and it kept falling out) i thought it would be the same with this 1

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:14 PM

It really isn't very hard to get to :)

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

If you had the proper tool you would only have to push it into the socket to dislocate the two small lugs but anything wide enough to push both in at the same time should work.
Couple of minutes work mate.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

ohh i see the lugs are inside the "barrel" not underneath?

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

Here mate, just to help you along i've knocked up a quick PDF on how to do the job.

Attached File  Removing a 12v Socket and Console Trim From A MK2.5 Focus..pdf   655.24KB   102 downloads

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

wow what more can i ask for thankyou :D dont suppose you know the diameter of the hole? (minus the silver ring)

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