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OEM Glovebox Light Installation

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#1 OFFLINE   mmsstar


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 03:50 PM

Here is what you need for the OEM Glovebox Light for an '09-'12 Flex. The space for the switch is there but seems Ford didn't get around to putting it in until the '13s. The wire is there but the switch didn’t make it until Job #2


DG1Z-14413-A Switch and Wire Assy. $13.98
5U2Z-14S411-SB Connector Kit $69.38
The prices are Msrp. but you will find most online retailers sell them at a discount. The switch can be had for under $10.00 but the best price I was able to find on the connector was $42.79...but it does come with the crimp connector and a piece of shrink tube.

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Here is the switch out of the box as well as the wire striker you will remove from your glovebox to install the switch. Interestingly enough the switch is the least expensive part in the picture since list on the striker is $26.50, go figure! You might have noticed that the box the switch comes in says "Switch and Wire", well the wire part is the wire striker that is built into the switch.
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If you don't want to spend that much, and you are handy, you can save a lot of money buying used parts from a local "Pull Your Own Part" facility. There is a similar switch used in the 1990-1993 Taurus/Sable glove box, and that connector is used on the alternator on the following vehicles;
FORD E-150 2002
FORD E-250 2002
FORD E-350 2002
FORD E-450 2002
FORD E-550 2002
FORD EXPEDITION (1997 - 2001)
FORD EXPLORER (1996 - 2006)
FORD F-150 (1997 - 2003)
FORD F-250 1997
FORD F-350 1997
FORD FLEX (2013 - 2015)
FORD FUSION (2007 - 2013)
FORD MUSTANG (1996 - 1998)
FORD RANGER (1996 - 2004)
FORD TAURUS (1995 - 2015)
LINCOLN MKZ (2007 - 2013)
LINCOLN TOWN CAR (1995 - 2011)
MERCURY MILAN (2007 - 2011)
MERCURY SABLE (1995 - 1999)


Here are my treasures at a total cost of $4.00 from Pull A Part here in Cleveland. These guys have a $2.00 walk on charge but if you get their free VIP card it goes to $1.00 but since this was my first visit admission was free Tip! When you remove the switch take the wire and connector and you don't have to go digging in the engine bay for the alternator connector
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Here are the two switches together showing the different wire mounting arraignment. The wire mounting portion on the Taurus switch is longer and comes out of the switch body at a different angle (sorry forgot to take a pict end on showing the different angles) so here is where being handy comes in again. The wire can be bent, working carefully, to allow it to fit the Flex glovebox.

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Here is the Taurus switch in place in the Flex. The latch in the glovebox door has to engage the wire striker to close and turn off the switch. Without bending the wire on the Taurus switch it won't line up. It can be wired to a switched circuit or the power point in the center console but that is always hot. While I did MacGiver the wire to test it I will do the final install and wiring when I put in the lighted doorsills and ambient lighting. You only need one wire as the mount acts as the ground. I also have a LED bulb comming for a brighter light.

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The $1.79 alternator connector cleans up nicely.

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Edited by mmsstar, 30 May 2015 - 03:54 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   GrySql


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:31 PM

That is a great mod, the pictures and parts list make it a complete DIY project for just about anyone. 

Your entire electrical plan for ambient lights, door sills and this ought to be a fine addition to your Flex, thank you for including us in your project.  :2thumbs:

#3 OFFLINE   mmsstar


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 07:51 PM

You're welcome, part of my job was writing manuals for the equipment we sold so I guess I haven't grown out of it.

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 05:32 AM

Glovebox light installed, with LED bulb

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