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Old 08-23-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Breaking side marker lights on 2012

I am wondering if anyone else is experiencing this problem. Recently the FORTH side marker light on my 2012 Mustang broke. I've been unable to figure out if this is a problem with the nose dragging, the lens itself, or what. Anyone else having that problem? When it happens to my Stang is just drives me bonkers!!!!!
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How do they break?

I haven't had any issues
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No issues here either. Got any pics of what you're talking about?
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No pics, and I'm just not sure how they break. First time was driving up to my folks, they were fine when I left but I noticed them broken the next morning. I'd thought someone had vandalized it. And yes I was pissed off. Had them replaced the next week. Went for this year's state inspection in June, and the passenger side was broken. Then last month the driver's side. I'm thinking they're cheap, made in China parts? I've been completely unable to figure out what's causing the problem. The service desk at my dealership said they've been seeing problems with them, and they just charge you for the part not the labor to install them.
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Bulb or entire light assembly?
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Just the lens actually. The assembly and even the bulb stay intact
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Just the lens actually. The assembly and even the bulb stay intact
Is there some stress left on the lens after the assembly is snapped into place?
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Funny. My brake light has cracks that just appeared. Out of the blue.

Is the assembly installed in a way that it's stressing the lens against the bumper?

What kind of break?

Wonder if it's crap plastic.
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The lens just completely shatters. THe first time it happened it looked like someone had taken a screwdriver & popped the lenses out.
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Sounds to me like you may be pressing the front sides when parking?

I have no issues with the parking lamps, and yours is the first that has written about it.

Could someone at your work be parking against your Mustang?
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Sounds to me like you may be pressing the front sides when parking?

I have no issues with the parking lamps, and yours is the first that has written about it.

Could someone at your work be parking against your Mustang?
Or a POd ex fn with your car...
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are they screw in lens? If so over tightening???
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are they screw in lens? If so over tightening???
The light assembly screws in from the inside. I doubt the OP would/could overtighten.
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The light assembly screws in from the inside. I doubt the OP would/could overtighten.
Looking online, it looks like one end has a tab that fits in the opening on one side and then the other end of the assembly hinges and snaps in place. No screwdriver necessary.
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Looking online, it looks like one end has a tab that fits in the opening on one side and then the other end of the assembly hinges and snaps in place. No screwdriver necessary.
That's the rear side markers. The front assemblies have two plastic studs that nuts are threaded onto to hold them in place.
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That's the rear side markers. The front assemblies have two plastic studs that nuts are threaded onto to hold them in place.
Oops! You are correct. So it could be possible for a person to over tighten the nuts on the back of the studs and put some stress on the assembly/lenses.
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Strange indeed, mine are ok but I'll keep a watch on this, thanks.
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That front splitter is screwed to the front bumper cover by the wheel well. Is it possible when parking in lots where you are are against a front curb you are pulling in too close, hitting your splitter and pushing the whole thing back? Do you have road rash on your splitter?
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That front splitter is screwed to the front bumper cover by the wheel well. Is it possible when parking in lots where you are are against a front curb you are pulling in too close, hitting your splitter and pushing the whole thing back? Do you have road rash on your splitter?
Excellent observation! This just may be leading to the root cause.
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Excellent observation! This just may be leading to the root cause.
One more possibility I might add, could also be from pulling in and out of steep drives to homes / businesses and hitting that splitter on the ground. Road rash would be present from that also. If you don't see it on the face of the splitter, bend down and look at the bottom side.
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I like that guess ^^^^
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Attached is a pic of what I found this morning. Normally it stays in my carport, but we were visiting relatives and parked it outside. Is there road rash, yes. I could be that is loosening the lens? I'm more inclined to think defective part. Alternate opinions are more than welcome. sorry about my finger being in the pic, I was seriously pissed as this was replaced in June. Any recommendations on an alternate supplier than Ford? Like maybe one that makes stuff in the USA? Thanks for the help!
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Yeah, the thing was laying on the freaking ground right under it. Heading to dealer tomorrow. I'm not at all happy paying for a part that comes apart in a few months. That's marker number FIVE. Grrrr........
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It may not be the sidemarkers that are defective but maybe the bumper that they're mounted into. It could be putting more stress onto the assemblies than normal due to a flaw/defect.
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Attached is a pic of what I found this morning. Normally it stays in my carport, but we were visiting relatives and parked it outside. Is there road rash, yes. I could be that is loosening the lens? I'm more inclined to think defective part. Alternate opinions are more than welcome. sorry about my finger being in the pic, I was seriously pissed as this was replaced in June. Any recommendations on an alternate supplier than Ford? Like maybe one that makes stuff in the USA? Thanks for the help!
Is there an adhesive on there holding the lens to the assembly? Did that let loose now?
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My 2011 has two threaded studs on the side marker lights that use two nuts to hold it in place. Your side marker in the picture does not have these. How does that side marker stay in place?? Does it snap into place?
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My 2011 has two threaded studs on the side marker lights that use two nuts to hold it in place. Your side marker in the picture does not have these. How does that side marker stay in place?? Does it snap into place?
I don't see any studs on my 2012. But haven't taken them off. Must be some way to remove them.
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When I removed the 2011 V6 front bumper cover to install a GT one, this was when I saw how they were attached. Below is a picture of what this looked like; notice the plastic posts with the nuts and built in star washers to the left/right of the center bulb....
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When I removed the 2011 V6 front bumper cover to install a GT one, this was when I saw how they were attached. Below is a picture of what this looked like; notice the plastic posts with the nuts and built in star washers to the left/right of the center bulb....
Now that makes sense. Attached to the rear of the side marker and can't be seen from the front. So what's up with OPs markers? Some sort of after market front end? I wonder what year his car is and what mods it has.

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Now that makes sense. Attached to the rear of the side marker and can't be seen from the front. So what's up with OPs markers? Some sort of after market front end? I wonder what year his car is and what mods it has.
I took a second look. His yellow lens has come right off the white plastic backing that should have the bolts on the back side.
I'd be right back to the dealer for warranty work and they can keep replacing them til a faulty part is no longer faulty. Out of warranty, I'd take them out and superglue them.
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did you ever have body work or put on a replacement bumper? Misalignment or missing mounting bolts maybe possible. Heck they could have been screwed from day one from the factory.

If DIY use silicone rather than superglue (flexible)
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Now that makes sense. Attached to the rear of the side marker and can't be seen from the front. So what's up with OPs markers? Some sort of after market front end? I wonder what year his car is and what mods it has.

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I took a second look. His yellow lens has come right off the white plastic backing that should have the bolts on the back side.
I'd be right back to the dealer for warranty work and they can keep replacing them til a faulty part is no longer faulty. Out of warranty, I'd take them out and superglue them.
Yep, that looks to be the correct observation! If I were Ford, I'd be looking into the lot number of those faulty lenses coming off of the white backing. Sounds like they (Ford) got a bad batch of them from the manufacturer.
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Yep, that looks to be the correct observation! If I were Ford, I'd be looking into the lot number of those faulty lenses coming off of the white backing. Sounds like they (Ford) got a bad batch of them from the manufacturer.
Or the Op is pulling into / out of slanted driveways (someone already suggested) or maybe pulling into parking spaces and hitting/going over the concrete stop. That could explain the MULTIPLE breaks. There isn't a way to screw those on from the back that tight. The nut on those plastic studs is stamped... You couldn't tighten it enough to damage it... Strips the plastic before you get that far. I doubt it is a series of "defective" markers. No way his first that came on the car were from the same series and it obviously happened to the original.

No way it is vandalism.
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OP, if you take the orange lens that fell off and hold it up to the assy, does the curvature match? If not loosen the mounting bolts and recheck, then remove it completely and look. This may tell you if it's being overtightend or the bumper is wacked.
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