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Old 01-31-2013, 09:29 PM   #21
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Great find Nutty and nice shortcut Fred! Once you have it, it's hard to go back, especially if you use multiple openers. I got mine from Heller Ford in Ill. and followed 4havnfun's protocol on my 2013 SE sedan. I agree, it's a simple mod and works seamlessly.

Getting the screw caps off is a cinch if you have a dental tool (shown here) or a bobby pin or paper clip with a bent tip:


My screws used a T-20 Torx rather than T-15. I couldn't get the fitting to pull through so I looked under the headliner and found it was glued in place just inboard from the drivers door behind the A pillar. After carefully freeing it from the headliner it could be pulled through and disconnected. For those of us not familiar with all the Ford connection locks, just press down here with your handy pick:


Button it up and it's ready to program. Since our '13 manuals don't have the procedure listed, it's probably the same as one of your other cars if it was an option. In this case, hold your remote transmitter next to the new button you wish to use, press them simultaneously and a red light flashes on your homelink. After a few seconds it flashes fast and that means it's programmed. Certain rolling codes may need a different procedure, but that's another matter. Here's a look at the unit (red light is located in the arrow, next to center button):[


Great mod, reasonably priced!

PS Although it isn't an option for 2013, the Homelink appears clearly in the "sunroof" picture in the 2013 catalog. Who knows why it wasn't included as an option -- maybe a supply issue? Perhaps it will be officially back next year.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:09 AM   #22
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yes. I had started out looking to do the insulation and the I thought that I would have to cut and wire the visor. But when I pulled the headliner down I saw the socket, put a meter on it an it is 12V on all the time. Put the plug in and the vanity light came on then programmed 2 of the 3 switches. Both garage doors opened. Also there is a similar socket on the passenger side.
Any idea if this is always on when the car is off? Might use that for my mirror installation.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:40 AM   #23
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Any idea if this is always on when the car is off? Might use that for my mirror installation.
Yes, that line is always ON; even when the car is OFF.

Do you want your rear-view mirror energized while the vehicle is OFF? That would be a constant drain.

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Yes, that line is always ON; even when the car is OFF.

Do you want your rear-view mirror energized while the vehicle is OFF? That would be a constant drain.

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Yes of course I want this always on. Duh gotta drain that battery faster! I am just looking for alternatives than routing wire to the glove box fuse panel. I don't feel like opening up the top of my roof just to look around.
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I don't feel like opening up the top of my roof just to look around.
I understand that.

If you take down the visor, you can get a reasonable look above the headliner from the side. I wanted to be sure that I had a live wire in there before I ordered the Homelink visor replacement.

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Old 02-20-2013, 02:33 PM   #26
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I have the HomeLink on my 2012 SEL and it works great. I can start to open one of the garage doors from 50 feet away. Another button is for the 2nd garage door but I have yet to use the 3rd button
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #27
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I did this install this weekend in my 2012 SE 5-Door. Thanks to those of you who did the leg work on this. Since there have been some questions about the wiring aspect, I thought I'd add pictures of the factory connector that is indeed glued to the top of the headliner.

After removing the original visor as shown above, take the door seal loose, and gently pull up on the a-pillar trim. It will pop up about 1/2-3/4", do not try to remove it completely. This will allow you to access the plug for the Homelink visor that is glued to the top of the factory headliner. The plug is black and red plastic. Just pull up firmly with your fingers, and it will come loose. You'll need to feed it through the larger hole in the headliner where the visor mounts. I didn't take a picture of this, as it's pretty self-explanitory. Plug the new Homelink sunvisor in and open the mirror cover. If the mirror lights come on, you're good to go. Visor installation is the reverse of removal. Programming instructions are in the owner's manual. I'd say total time for this, including programming Homelink to your garage door opener, will take the average person around 30 minutes. The only tools you need are a T20 Torx and a pocket flathead or small pick.





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Old 03-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #28
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Just finished installing mine. I popped the top clips of the 'A' pillar cover off and was able to pull down the corner of the headliner to access the plug. Whatever works.. nice install.
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you guys are lucky! Mine did NOT have the plug, ended up tapping power from the dome light.
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you guys are lucky! Mine did NOT have the plug, ended up tapping power from the dome light.
So, your SE didn't have the lighted visor mirror?
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