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#1 footfistart

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 11:21 PM

Hello just wondering I've been on fordpartsuk website and came across two types of light holders.
Now the ones on my car are the clip type which are crap as I can't get get it out to even see what bulbs they are.
So I am wondering if you can swap them over for the type where you have to take the two screws out that hold the licence plate bulb in.

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http://www.fordparts...02331_c_553.htm

It says it fits so I can only assume. It would make life so much easier for filament changes.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:30 AM

The space where the lights fit will be totally different, sorry.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:58 AM

I have the same problem on my mk2.5 mate, absolute nightmare, been wanting to change the lights to LEDs for ages now but I just can't seem to gain access lol cheap!


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:11 AM

I found my mk2.5. Easy to change. I just used a skinny flat head up the right hand side of the holder and gently pushed towards the holder and out it popped.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 12:10 PM

I found my mk2.5. Easy to change. I just used a skinny flat head up the right hand side of the holder and gently pushed towards the holder and out it popped.

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Oh really? I've tried to do that before but it just seems like I'm going to break it lol seems way to fragile man!

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 12:22 PM

Yea they are fragile little things.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 12:40 PM

Well I've broken both of mine by trying to get them out with a flat blade so they are both forces into the recess. I've been told the easiest way to take them out is to that the boot hatch cover off. There are two torqx screws holding it on and then it should just pull off. I'm just waiting for some leds to come cheap.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 12:42 PM

If you remove the boot handle then get some 3m tape to replace the stuff that's already there.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 12:45 PM

That's what I plan on doing but instead of 3m tape I'll be using something called dual lock which is like Velcro only a lot stronger.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:41 PM

Didn't think there was any tape/velcro holding the boot inner trim on or the tailgate finisher if that needs to come off too?

 

Not had to replace any whenever I've gone as far as removing the whole finisher, just the 2 torx screws then pull the trim panel away to release all it's clips, plus a wiring connection, 6? nuts and 2 plastic clips to get the whole finisher off.



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:43 AM

Mine had tape holding the boot handle to the boot. Aswel as 6 bolts.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 10:08 AM

Really that sounds abit excessive. I don't understand why ford have to go overboard with trim. They don't make it simple. You would of thought so when it comes to maintenance. Same as aircraft maintenance manufactures don't make it easy. I guess it's down to making money.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 10:18 AM

True. It could of been tge previous owner though.

I did find the 6 nuts on mine were on plastic and broke easy so I had to overload with the 3m tape as I only had 2 bolts left to hold it.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 06:29 PM

Maybe the 3M tape was a fix from a previous owner then, or a temporary containment by Ford to address some sort of parts issue.

 

Another possibility - did the 3M tape just run along the top edge of the finisher and down the sides but none at the bottom, and maybe in 2 halves? Ford did have an issue with the chrome finishers rubbing into the paintwork and part of the service fix was a thin sticky-backed foam gasket which would fit to the tailgate to protect it. Gasket would be like I described above - I found the part number during a search and got one to try and sort the problem with my non-chrome finisher rubbing the paint but it didn't really work very well and just got dislodged over over time. Very possible they adopted it as the production fix as well, they'd cringe at the thought of adding time and additional parts to the production process but was maybe cheaper than re-designing the finisher to engineer out the issue.

 

Ironically they had the same type of problem with the chrome style tailgate finisher on the Mk1 Focus as well, but mustn't have taken the benefits of a lessons learned from it.



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Posted 12 July 2014 - 07:20 PM

Yes it was exactly as you described. As I took mine off I had a little rust patch on the edge where the handle meets the boot.

So now everything you have said makes complete sense. Lol

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