I fixed my armrest for less than $5 - Focus Fanatics
Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forums
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace



Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 11-12-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
neamerjell
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Fan#: 105215
Location: Cincinnati, OH
What I Drive: Red 2007 Ford Focus SE

Posts: 6
FF Reputation: 1 neamerjell Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I fixed my armrest for less than $5

I have a 2007 Focus SE with this type of armrest:


I leaned over to pick something up out of the passenger floorboard and *snap* the armrest was wobbling and hanging on by one end of the pivot axle.



In the image above, you can see a metal bracket on the bottom and the axle which the armrest pivots on is covered by plastic circles on either side.

This is the axle that broke:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-FORD-FOC...-/230765466196


This guy has the nerve to charge nearly $30 for it.

The plastic end snapped off. I had already decided that Home Depot had the parts I needed when I saw the metal bracket had square holes under the circular covers.
* 1-3/8"x5 1/2" long lag bolt (has the little square under the head, then threaded all the way down, not a carriage bolt which is only threaded part of the way and lacks the square part)
* 4-washers (2 for each side)
* a thin lock washer
* a jam nut (not enough thread protruding on the other side for a nylon lock nut to grab onto)
Total cost: just under $5!

The end of the bolt and the jam nut won't allow me to put the other circular cover back on, but my armrest is reattached and it ain't goin' nowhere any time soon!

I saw another thread showing how to beef up the latch on the armrest lid with a spring from a stapler. I may do that next as the latch seems loose to me. Surely I can find someplace to buy just the spring; it seems wasteful to buy and cannibalize a perfectly good stapler.

I hope this info proves useful to someone else who is also a cheapskate, er on a shoestring budget like I am.



Last edited by whynotthinkwhynot; 01-11-2014 at 08:20 AM. Reason: embedded images
neamerjell is offline  
    Reply With Quote
 

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:30 AM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.