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Thread: Shawn's 04 IR/Alc/6MT Red Rehab Project

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    Thanks guys.
    Update on repairing the license plate light. I dropped the trunk liner and disconnected the trunk grip mechanism. Heat gun, flat tip and non-marring pry tool did the rest.
    There are 8 tabs on the painted cover. There is also some type of adhesive.














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    When did this happen?!?!?! Grants on the car!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELCID86 View Post
    Thanks guys.
    Update on repairing the license plate light. I dropped the trunk liner and disconnected the trunk grip mechanism. Heat gun, flat tip and non-marring pry tool did the rest.
    There are 8 tabs on the painted cover. There is also some type of adhesive.













    I broke clips trying to get mine apart yesterday, I have the unpainted piece and going to see how much to get painted tomorrow. My other thought was vinyl carbon fiber wrap. Up for suggestions.

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    Wrap might be a good (cheap?) option. I think the key to getting it apart was the heat Justin recommended.

    Was your light out also John?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ELCID86 View Post
    Wrap might be a good (cheap?) option. I think the key to getting it apart was the heat Justin recommended.

    Was your light out also John?


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    Prong broke off, due to corrosion.

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    Congrats on your new car!

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    Congrats, hope you got this for next to nothing. Price if I may ask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELCID86 View Post
    I'm still looking for recommendations on how best to repair/replace the right license light fixture.


    hey shawn,

    i had the same issue with the license plate light on mine - it was very badly corroded. i ended up fixing it for about $3 in parts.

    i don't have any pics (i don't take them while i work on stuff ), but what i ended up doing was buying a small generic lamp at the auto parts store (with a similar-sized bulb), and then mounting it to the original gray plastic piece (that has the hole burned through it - mine had the same hole!).

    i'll see if i can pop the assembly out and get a pic for you. took me an hour but was well worth the effort (and cost savings).

    peter
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    Quote Originally Posted by slater View Post
    hey shawn,

    i had the same issue with the license plate light on mine - it was very badly corroded. i ended up fixing it for about $3 in parts.

    i don't have any pics (i don't take them while i work on stuff ), but what i ended up doing was buying a small generic lamp at the auto parts store (with a similar-sized bulb), and then mounting it to the original gray plastic piece (that has the hole burned through it - mine had the same hole!).

    i'll see if i can pop the assembly out and get a pic for you. took me an hour but was well worth the effort (and cost savings).

    peter
    Thanks Peter. Not a bad idea. Did you solder the wires to the other side?

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