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Old 11-12-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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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:


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.

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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Great thinking! I don't know how long I would pass on the spring. Maybe check a hard ware store and you could pick up a beefy spring for under $1.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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Armrest pivot shaft repair

I too leaned on the armrest of my '06 Focus and broke the armrest. I lived with it for awhile then finally got ambitious and took it apart. I pushed out the metal shaft, put it in the vise then drilled and tapped both ends for machine screws. I put it all back together using Loctite and appropriate sized washers under the screw heads. I re-installed the trim caps. It's solid now and works as before.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:02 PM   #4
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Excellent. I love hearing about fellow cheapskate...I mean, thrifty...repairs.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:16 AM   #5
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I just got done doing this...worked out great.. now need to find out how-to fix the latch.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:40 AM   #6
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2002 focus armrest repair

I just fixed mine for 95 cents. Drill hole in broken side self tapping screw washer. Done in 15 minutes. Removed back plastic cap, two Philips screws removed drilled reinstalled.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:20 PM   #7
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I thought about trying to purchase this arm rest. to replace my broken arm rest. I have not done any measurement or planning, but it looks nice and just may fit.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:43 PM   #8
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When you get inside that armrest it becomes very obvious what a piece of junk it is as supplied with the car. I modded mine long ago for probably around $5 as well and now it holds up pretty much all my weight when I lean on it hard. I cannot believe the parts pricing on parts for it, I used all steel and it will have to collapse the sides before it will fail now.
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