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Old 02-22-2013, 01:08 PM   #211
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Read my first post. Many tail-lamps are shipping tight against the body, so when the unit vibrates, it chips paint. There's an adjustment pin that keeps the fin part of the cluster from being flush, thus fixing this problem.
It's not really an adjustment pin. The only way to adjust it is to loosen it, which is not a good idea. I used washers under the pin to push the fin part of the tail light away from the body like others have suggested.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:24 PM   #212
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just got my Focus ST, build date of 2/21/13, has the same issue.

does anybody have a walk through on how to remove the lights so i can place the spacers, the manual isnt to clear and i cant figure it out, i saw what looks like a plastic nut, but its to tight to move, and if its the security screws my tools doesnt have teh exact size, lol
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #213
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Just grab the plastic nut with pliers or use a #3 Philips screwdriver to start them turning. There is 2 per side, 1 behind a cover. Place a washer under the pin. Should be able to slide a folded paper between the light and body all the way around.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:17 AM   #214
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Just grab the plastic nut with pliers or use a #3 Philips screwdriver to start them turning. There is 2 per side, 1 behind a cover. Place a washer under the pin. Should be able to slide a folded paper between the light and body all the way around.
I thought it had been determined that the post is not meant to be adjusted out like that and could cause problems down the road...?
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:03 AM   #215
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I thought it had been determined that the post is not meant to be adjusted out like that and could cause problems down the road...?
Not doing something would probably cause rust down the road too.

What problems might it cause? As long as the wing nut or whatever is tight (with aid from the washers as a backer), all 'should' be good, right? If not, we're in a lose-lose situation until Ford actually FIXES the tail lights...

I had one replaced by the dealer, got it back with the same issue... frustrating.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:09 AM   #216
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Not doing something would probably cause rust down the road too.

What problems might it cause? As long as the wing nut or whatever is tight (with aid from the washers as a backer), all 'should' be good, right? If not, we're in a lose-lose situation until Ford actually FIXES the tail lights...

I had one replaced by the dealer, got it back with the same issue... frustrating.
I am not saying we should do nothing, but earlier in this thread (I am not searching through 22 pages to find it) there were a few actual automotive engineers warning us not to mess with the posts as they were not meant to be adjustable.

I used the neoprene washers myself.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:45 AM   #217
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As i was told by a member , 1/4 " by 1 1/4 urethane washer between the light and body to bring the light out a bit.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:36 AM   #218
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I am not saying we should do nothing, but earlier in this thread (I am not searching through 22 pages to find it) there were a few actual automotive engineers warning us not to mess with the posts as they were not meant to be adjustable.

I used the neoprene washers myself.
For frequent adjustments it is not designed to do that, but for a one time adjustment it should be fine. They are a one time on design but often it is not an issue to adjust it once or twice to fit, as long as it goes on tight. If it is a loose fit then that would be an issue.
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I factory ordered my 5 door and it came into the dealer today. When I went to take a look, I saw the tail lamp was rough (chipped, scratchy) and that it was flush against the paint so there would be damage soon enough. When I pointed it out to my salesman he said he'd have his guys look at it, but that he'd never seen/heard of that before. Is there anything I can do to get them to remedy the issue before it causes damage if they all say they don't know what I'm talking about?
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