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Old 12-08-2011, 10:14 AM   #51
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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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The grille is a pain in the ass to remove but I did it twice without removing the pins on the part attached to the bumper support
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:28 AM   #52
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a screwdriver!! really!! I use a interior trim panel removing tool set, there plastic and designed to NOT scratch the paint or brake stuff. you can get a set from Harbor Freight Tools for $5!
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:56 AM   #53
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a screwdriver!! really!! I use a interior trim panel removing tool set, there plastic and designed to NOT scratch the paint or brake stuff. you can get a set from Harbor Freight Tools for $5!
Yeah, it's amazing (and pretty scary) all what you can remove in a 2nd gen with just a flat head. I practically took apart my interior with it.
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For the two lower retaining pins - they no longer exist on mine. I'm assuming they're there as a little insurance against the lower bumper cover catches accidentally releasing. Those catches aren't going anywhere so bye bye retaining pins.
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I've never had to remove the lower retaining pins when taking off the grill. Only the lower catches. Do yours actually keep the grill in? Once I remove the top 4 pins and the lower two catches, my grill just pops out.
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I've never had to remove the lower retaining pins when taking off the grill. Only the lower catches. Do yours actually keep the grill in? Once I remove the top 4 pins and the lower two catches, my grill just pops out.
Mine too.
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Removing my grille was pretty easy for
Me without the how to..

Also BradWhite baking headlight recipe helped me on my retrofit! =]
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This is crazy. I've never had such a hard time replacing head lamps. I can't get the grill off!
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How do you remove the expansion bolts to remove the grill
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I haven't had to replace a bulb yet, but I'm on my second one to start leaking and taking in water. Last time it was the passenger side. Which I had Ford replace under warranty, this time it is the driver's side, which I will be doing myself and from what I have read it is pretty much an all-weekend job to open them up, scrape out the old "glue" apply new glue and clamp down for 12+ hours. heh.
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