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Old 05-15-2012, 09:57 AM   #21
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Mine is not rubbing however it is damn near impossible to get the side hooks for a Thule bike rack into the gap on the left side. The right has almost too much room. Debating taking them out to inspect... thoughts?
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:08 AM   #22
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Procedure is in the manual with pics...check the section for replacing rear bulbs

Thanks, found it. Looks pretty simple so if Ford doesn't come up with a fix soon I'll just plan on doing something myself...


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Old 05-15-2012, 10:25 AM   #23
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I'm still waiting on the dealer. Normally, I'd take care of something like this myself, but since there's the potential for corrosion issues down the road, I wanted the dealer to document and take a look.

Again, for me, what started this all is that I had a squeak coming from the right rear of the car---but only on hot days and when I was at highway speeds. A friend and I discovered that if you pushed on the tail lamp housing, it'd make the squeak, and then we saw how it was touching the body of the car.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:06 AM   #24
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I checked mine. The lack of uniform spacing around those areas is something I might expect from a 1987 Hundai. My tight gaps (there are a few) are mostly on the drivers side. I can't slide a sheet of paper between the light and the car. I don't see any chipping yet but only have 1300 miles on the car.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:02 AM   #25
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I removed my driver tail light and sanded the edge that was to tight ... i have about 1/16 clearance now. No more rubbing and it fits nice.
It was starting to rub the paint off. took me all of 5 minutes.

Now if i can just find the squeak in the B-pillar. :-)
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Received my car from the dealer yesterday--it was there nearly two days while service coordinated with the body shop as well as the customer service rep that was assigned through contact with Noemi (thanks Noemi!) As I've said, I've had no complaints with service at this dealer; they are always courteous and helpful.

It turns out that there is an adjustment of some sort of pin on the tail lamp assembly, but I gather it's not documented or isn't documented well. They touched up the paint and adjusted this pin, so the assembly is no longer touching the paint nor is it squeaking.
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i did see the pin ... only adjustment i could imagine would be to unscrew it. But that would only make the lamp sit proud of the quarter panel.
i looked to see if it could be adjusted up and down and didnt see any.
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When I got time, I was thinking of sanding. Glad to hear it helped.
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...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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Thanks, found it. Looks pretty simple so if Ford doesn't come up with a fix soon I'll just plan on doing something myself...
Hey raptor1956,

Glad to see youíre a handy mechanic. However, may I suggest a visit to the local Ford dealer to have the tail lamp examined? At the same time, letís have the Customer Service Manager for your area review the issue. Shoot me a PM with your contact information, dealer name/state, approximate mileage, and VIN to begin the escalation process.

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I removed my driver tail light and sanded the edge that was to tight ...It was starting to rub the paint off. took me all of 5 minutes.Now if i can just find the squeak in the B-pillar. :-)
Hey MKorn,

The B-pillar squeak may be a mouse; give it some cheese to appease it!
I received your PM with the decision you made. If assistance is required in the future, give me a shout out.

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Received my car from the dealer yesterday--it was there nearly two days while service coordinated with the body shop as well as the customer service rep that was assigned through contact with Noemi (thanks Noemi!) As I've said, I've had no complaints with service at this dealer; they are always courteous and helpful...They touched up the paint and adjusted this pin, so the assembly is no longer touching the paint nor is it squeaking.
Afternoon silenthill,

You are ever so welcome!

Happy to know your Focus is looking beautiful. Don't hesitate to contact me if I can assist any further

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When I got time, I was thinking of sanding. Glad to hear it helped.
jerry1,

Time is so precious; I know a visit to the dealer may be a bit consuming, but this step will begin the process of documenting the tail lamp issue. Set up an appointment first chance you get. I can also arrange a call from the Customer Service Manager for your area; just shoot me a PM with your contact information, dealer name/state, approximate mileage, and VIN.

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i did see the pin ... only adjustment i could imagine would be to unscrew it. But that would only make the lamp sit proud of the quarter panel.
i looked to see if it could be adjusted up and down and didnt see any.
I got the distinct impression from the body shop guy that the way this pin is used wasn't completely obvious. Regardless, now my right "fin" is about the same distance away as the left one, and no more squeaking.
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