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Old 03-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Unhappy Rear door wiring

Anyone experienced a bad electrical connector for the rear driver side door? Just got back from the dealer and mine is so corroded they need to cut the connector out and direct wire everything. Estimate is $500, Ford will not warranty it because i have 41k miles. Customer care said "sorry" faith in Ford is fading.
Anyone have any thoughts on how to get this warranted? If not anyone had the door panel off and seen the connection? How hard would it be to DIY?

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Old 03-06-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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I'm sorry I can't answer your other questions but if your dealer said they want to "cut the connector out and direct wire everything" that sounds like a terrible hack. I would look at another dealership or a reputable independent shop to fix your issues.
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Thanks for the reply, the dealer is good but the problem is the car side of the connection is half the wiring harness for the car so its not practical to replace the harnes. But I agree, not a great fix for a 2012
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Why was it corroding in the first place?

How badly corroded are you talking about? For DIY, you might be able to remove the door/pillar trim and use some steel wool or a wire brush to remove the corrosion (baking soda and water could also help), then cover the connector in a healthy amount dielectric grease and shrink tube to prevent it from corroding further.
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The dealer tried cleaning it and some of the terminals are broken so the connector needs to be replaced or removed. The dealer was going to solder and heat shrink the wires together and elimiate the connector. I have done a fare amount of wiring and figured i could the same for a whole lot less than $500.
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You are paying almost 100% of that cost in labor, so yes doing it youself would be the better option. It's not too hard to do wiring in an area like that if you are experienced in wiring. But it is VERY time consuming and labor intensive to get to the connector usually.
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$500 is way too much. You can do it yourself. The first question is why did they corrode? Is there a leak?

There are photos of replacing the speakers on a 2012, they go into door panel removal

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=280887
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:29 AM   #8
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Wanted to update everyone, one of the very small wires to the door control unit was broken out of the connector. I rerouted a new wire and problem solved. Really disappointed in the dealer not fixing this when they had it all opened up and they charged $90 to diag. The rest of the connector cleaned up fine.
Time to go talk to a service manager.

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