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Old 12-04-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Small vent beside rear defroster button?

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Just wondering if anyone knows the purpose of the small "vent" thing thats right beside the rear defroster button (on the SE atleast.) Just wondering, saw a video online and someone was keeping their cards in there, I always thought it had an actual purpose (temperature?) or something.

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
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Its most likely a styled blanking plate as this is the location for the active park assist switch on the higher series vehicles so equipped.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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^This. Ford decided to put something functional there rather than a solid piece of plastic - you can keep a gas card or parking garage ticket in there, for example.
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Makes sense. I've been wondering what it was for so long now lol. Thanks for the answers.
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Its a card holder.
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Its a card holder.
Just because it can be used as a card holder doesn't mean it was intended to be a card holder. The only built in card holder is in the glovebox, this was just the design studio having a tiny bit of fun in styling the blanking plate for where the APA switches would go on the high series vehicles, unless its described as a card holder in the owners guide, which is extremely unlikely.
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No it's true... it's described as a card holder.

Ford Part # BM5Z-00817-AA - Card Holder

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1 - http://www.fordpartsgiant.com/parts/...-00817-aa.html

2 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-OE...-/280908872281
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No it's true... it's described as a card holder.

Ford Part # BM5Z-00817-AA - Card Holder

Check this out:

1 - http://www.fordpartsgiant.com/parts/...-00817-aa.html

2 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-OE...-/280908872281
Ok so perhaps it is meant as a card holder, it is still a place holder/ filler/ blanking plate for the higher level switch gear, or else it would be on every model.

That might be a service part number, but that's likely not the engineering part number as the base appears to be missing a digit
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