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Old 05-13-2012, 10:10 PM   #11
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My moms focus had same problem. The dealership painted the area (the chipping wasn't that bad) and used something to separate the light from the body.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:17 PM   #12
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Wonderful. There's always some detail someone neglected to sweat...

I would be SO ticked off if I had a 2012 and were dealing with this.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:38 PM   #13
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How easy is it to remove the light assembly? I'm thinking there needs to be some padding between the light assembly and the car body/paint. The padding would not need to be thick but should be somewhat rubbery to permit a bit of flexing. Perhaps a bead of rubber gasket material about 1/32 inch think and 1/4 inch wide.


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Old 05-14-2012, 07:30 AM   #14
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My pass side has a small gap ... but the drivers side is tight and touching.
if i push on the light at all it squeaks.

Might have to pull it apart to adjust it before the paint chips
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:22 AM   #15
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Like most people here, my passenger tail light housing is too tight against the body. Driver side is looser and maintains a gap.

I fashioned a slither of rubber about 1/8" thick and slid it under the light. Mine is actually rubbing where it meets the gas cover, not that far forward as in the picture above. So it was easy to shove the grommet under the light when you open the gas door.

OP, thanks for bringing this up. I did this at 1,400 miles and would have looked terrible a year from now.

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Old 05-14-2012, 09:17 AM   #16
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My car's at the dealer. I told my service advisor that I'd posted on a site about this and other people noticed the same problem on their cars.

I've actually had the paint chipping problem for sometime. Originally, I had the right tail lamp replaced because not only was it scratching the paint, but I'd get a squeak when driving on the highway when it was hot outside. Once it started getting hot again, the new tail lamp started squeaking, although not as bad as the original. However, it's chipping the paint again.

I've got faith that the dealer and/or Ford will figure something out, probably along the lines of the solutions that have been posted. First model year quirks :-)
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Funny, after I reinstalled my tails after Nite-shading them, I noticed the gap, and thought I installed the lights wrong. I am going to check mine when I leave work today, make sure the gap is still there. I spent 3 hours washing and waxing on Saturday, and I notice EVERY imperfection, and didnt notice any chipping so I am sure I am ok.
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That's amazing. I have the same exact problem....
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My pass side has a small gap ... but the drivers side is tight and touching.if i push on the light at all it squeaks.
Might have to pull it apart to adjust it before the paint chips
Hey Ocysp & MKorn,

If you’ve not done so, give the local Ford dealer a visit, and have them repair the fixture. I can also arrange a call from the Customer Service Manager for your area. In order to do so, please PM me with your contact information, dealer name/state, approximate mileage, and VIN to begin the process.

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...I did send Noemi a message on here as she requested, maybe you should too?
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I'll report back what I hear from the dealer tomorrow. I've had great service experiences with them so far.
Noemi, when you start to seeing a trending issue on the forums, do you get to report things directly to the product groups? I've always been curious if links to threads on Focus Fanatics ever make it back to the Focus team.
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My car's at the dealer. I told my service advisor that I'd posted on a site about this and other people noticed the same problem on their cars...I've got faith that the dealer and/or Ford will figure something out, probably along the lines of the solutions that have been posted. First model year quirks :-)
Hi silenthill,

I received your PM, and will be escalating the concern some time tomorrow. In the meantime, continue working with the local Ford dealer. I’m sure they’ll have your Focus repaired in no time.

By providing the requested information, I’m able to escalate the concern via internal resources accessed by Ford engineers. This allows them to see trending issues, and in turn prompt steps to repair the area of concern at the local Ford dealer.

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Went and checked mine, and while it's not as bad as the ones posted it's still a noticeable chip. Another thing to bring up next time I'm in for work...
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Went out and checked mine....same thing! The left side is fine and has a small gap, the right side is very tight against the body and rubs the paint...
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Like most people here, my passenger tail light housing is too tight against the body. Driver side is looser and maintains a gap....
Afternoon mcdiv, pozi240 & VelociRacer,

It's a pleasure to meet all of you!

Please make an appointment with the local Ford dealer to repair the fixture.You may also contact the Ford of Canada Customer Relationship Center at 1.800.565.3673, and have a representative document the concern.

Take care!

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:20 PM   #19
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Funny, after I reinstalled my tails after Nite-shading them, I noticed the gap, and thought I installed the lights wrong. I am going to check mine when I leave work today, make sure the gap is still there. I spent 3 hours washing and waxing on Saturday, and I notice EVERY imperfection, and didnt notice any chipping so I am sure I am ok.

Could you describe how to remove/install the tail lights? How long does it take? What tools etc.

Unless Ford releases a TSB for this soon I'm just going to proactively pull the lights and put some rubbery gasket like material on the back to PREVENT the damage many have spoken of.


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Old 05-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #20
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Could you describe how to remove/install the tail lights? How long does it take? What tools etc.

Unless Ford releases a TSB for this soon I'm just going to proactively pull the lights and put some rubbery gasket like material on the back to PREVENT the damage many have spoken of.


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Procedure is in the manual with pics...check the section for replacing rear bulbs
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