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Old 01-07-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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front plate installation

So I'm sure I'm being an idiot here, but I can't seem to figure out how to mount the front plate bracket.

We purchased a new '14 focus electric, and I have identified the dimples on the front bumper that guide where the plate should go to be centered, and I have the kit and screws that came with the car (and the dealer was just too lazy to install) but I can't figure out how to use the screws. Can someone explain how they work?
As far as I can tell, they don't have a side that would work with a screwdriver. I have the third screw (the photo only shows two), just gotta find where it rolled off to :)




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Old 01-07-2015, 10:30 AM   #2
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Those are rivets .You may need to drill the bumper cover and use a rivet gun to install.
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Get the dealer to do it. It's their job. It's part for the preparation of the car.
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I'll actually end up asking a nearby dealer to do it.

The dealer we bought it from is like 60 minutes away or something (I always bid dealers against each other via email... got this dealer to do the car for 5% under invoice + incentives)
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:55 AM   #5
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The 'nearby' dealer may do it as a favor. But realize they are NOT getting paid.
The dealer you bought the car from was the one who was paid (by Ford) to install the front plate.
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^what she said
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thanks for the information. I may just end up having to go to the further one, but we shall see.
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thanks for the information. I may just end up having to go to the further one, but we shall see.
I was going to say on your next oil change, I am sure they will do it for free since it doesn't take long for them to do it. However, it's electric, no oil to change!

What I will suggest instead is calling Ford, tell them the other dealer is too far and they should had done it. Ask them to pay the bill at the dealer next to you.
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:10 PM   #9
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Most dealers just ignore the plate bracket and drill screws straight into the bumper and slap a plate on.
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Old 01-07-2015, 02:52 PM   #10
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Interesting, my 2014 SE HB doesn't have any provisions for a mounting bracket. The plate is screwed into the bumper which is completely flat.
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