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Old 03-16-2011, 12:12 AM   #41
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Wish I found this before I repainted my grill. Broke one of the tabs on a headlight.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:51 AM   #42
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I have a 2010 focus se sedan and i wanna remove the lower part of the grill in between the fog lights. How would i go about doing so
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:00 AM   #43
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I have a 2010 focus se sedan and i wanna remove the lower part of the grill in between the fog lights. How would i go about doing so
Pretty sure you are gonna have to go from underneath. First remove the splash guard, then you should have access to the rear part of the bumper and black grille and remove as needed.
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Thanks man
ill try that out and see if it works
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Old 06-17-2011, 04:38 PM   #45
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Big thanks BradWhite. This guide came in quite handy as I took my 08 grille off last night for paint.
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UPDATE; Just used this procedure to install PIAA H13 bulbs in a 2010 Focus SEL

Procedure worked perfectly.

I used a pair of very small screwdrivers to pop the 4 expansion plugs that retain the top of the grill. I laid one down and used it as a fulcrum and gently put the blade of the 2nd screwdriver under the head of the plug and removed it with no damage.

With the 4 plugs out of the way . . . I was able to reach the clips in the lower portion of the grill. I'm not sure the plugs really do anything. The key here is that there are 4 alignment tabs. A tab on the grill slips under each of them to hold the grill.

Between each pair of 2 tabs on each side is a smaller tab that has a lip on the back. This lip slips over and edge and "clicks" into place.

At first I was trying to remove the expansion plug until I learned it did nothing. The key is to simply wiggle the grill gently and release the tab that hangs over the lip.

I was able to change both lamps in roughly 30 minutes.

Thanks to those who posted the photos and the procedure.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:17 AM   #47
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UPDATE; Just used this procedure to install PIAA H13 bulbs in a 2010 Focus SEL

Procedure worked perfectly.

I used a pair of very small screwdrivers to pop the 4 expansion plugs that retain the top of the grill. I laid one down and used it as a fulcrum and gently put the blade of the 2nd screwdriver under the head of the plug and removed it with no damage.

With the 4 plugs out of the way . . . I was able to reach the clips in the lower portion of the grill. I'm not sure the plugs really do anything. The key here is that there are 4 alignment tabs. A tab on the grill slips under each of them to hold the grill.

Between each pair of 2 tabs on each side is a smaller tab that has a lip on the back. This lip slips over and edge and "clicks" into place.

At first I was trying to remove the expansion plug until I learned it did nothing. The key is to simply wiggle the grill gently and release the tab that hangs over the lip.

I was able to change both lamps in roughly 30 minutes.

Thanks to those who posted the photos and the procedure.
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I tried to change my blink bulb today. I was able to easily get the pins on top of the grille easily, but I'm having a ton of trouble getting those snap fasteners off. I tried to pry them off, but that didn't work.

Do you have any advice on how to get those two fasteners off easily? That seems to be the part giving me the most trouble.
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The lower catches are always an issue. Get a good flashlight and pull back the top of the grill so you get a good look down there. The pins are different down there, small round top on the pins. You can slip a small flat screwdriver blade between the top of the pin and the retainer body, pull the pin up with the screwdriver. Grap the top of the pin with pliers and pull it out. AutoZone sells a body and trim tool kit for $15, worth the investment!

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I tried to change my blink bulb today. I was able to easily get the pins on top of the grille easily, but I'm having a ton of trouble getting those snap fasteners off. I tried to pry them off, but that didn't work.

Do you have any advice on how to get those two fasteners off easily? That seems to be the part giving me the most trouble.
The way I've always handled it (since I've removed the grill about 20 times now):

1. Note where the two catches are
2. Get a long, thin flat head screw driver
3. From the front of the grill, slide the flat head under the grill - in between the top of your bumper cover and the grill itself
4. If you aimed it right, you can wiggle the screwdriver up and down until the catch is no longer resting on the bumper cover, but instead on your screwdriver.
5. Lightly pull on that side of the bumper (if you're prying the right catch, pull lightly on the right side of the grill) until it pops towards you.
6. Repeat for the other catch.

Does that make sense? If not, I can probably try to grab some pictures at some point today.
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