Cost / Time Requirements
Prices: £1 > £5
Prices: £5 > £20
Wired: 2 to 5 Minutes
Wiring: 20 to 40 Minutes
a Rear Passenger Courtesy Light
you often carry people in the rear or have a lot of stuff back there
you can very easily fit the rear courtesy light in about an hour.
meters of cable,
- 83BG-13776-AA - £16.65
or crimping facilities
crimp connectors to fit the terminals on the light.
can get the rear courtesy light from Ford for about £7 or simply
take it out of a scrapped Mondeo, Escort, Focus, Transit or Granada.
I would suggest disconnecting the battery for this project - but
its your call.
is the light unit you are looking for and has the standard three
positions - On, Off and Timed On.
you need to locate the space in the back where the light fits. Its
half way along the headlining by the rear window. Once found, if
you position the light so that its long edge sits against the indent
you will see roughly were you need to position your hole. Remember
only the middle piece of the rear light fits in, the rest is simply
a surround that will sit on the head-lining so don't go cutting
along the indent! If you want to check you can peer down the gap
between the head-lining and the roof by removing the two retaining
clips and opening the boot. Take your time to work out the correct
you’ve found the right area punch a hole through the head-lining
with a screwdriver. Remember to do this gently to avoid flying through
and denting your roof!! Next take a Stanley knife and slice the
head-lining along the lines of the metal recess that’s concealed
behind the head-lining. Once this is done you should end up with
a hole that resembles the one in the above picture. You don’t need
to tidy this as it will be covered by the surround of the light.
Next is the bit that takes time and patience - You need to run 3
wires from this hole to the front light… behind the head-lining.
Use coloured or marked wires as you need to identity them at the
other end! Its easier to do this is 2 stages. First open the sunroof
fully, so that the sunscreen is withdrawn completely. Then peel
back the surround to expose the end of the head-lining.
stage one is to get your wires from the rear hole to this gap. You’ll
find it easier to wrap all the wires up in a generous amount of
insulating tape so they become more rigid and don’t snake about
on the way between holes. Start from the back hole and slowly feed
about 2/3rds of the cable up. From the sunroof you should now be
able to look between the head-lining and roof to see your cables,
pull them through the gap and then begin running them around the
side of the sunroof – replace the seal as you go so only one section
of it is off at any one time. I went to the driver’s side of the
sunroof but it shouldn’t make a difference. Stage 2 is to pass the
cables from the front of the sunroof, under the headlining to arrive
by the front light. You can remove the roof console to do this but
I managed to do it without removing it in about 3 minutes.
the two clips that hold up the rear headlining and replace the sunroofs
seal-strip. You now need to solder (you can crimp but it takes more
space in a crowded area) the wires to the ones that supply the front
light. The orange/blue wire that goes to a single plug is the the
12v supply. The other two cables are a constant ground supply (solid
black wire) and the 12 second timed ground (Black/Blue) that works
when the doors have been opened. With all three cables connected
to the originals wrap the joins in insulating tape to prevent short
circuits and refit the front light.
you need to connect the other end of the wire to the rear light
unit. The connector to the side of the bulb is your ground. Connect
the other cables to the other terminals. I strongly suggest using
a crimping tool here with the correct joins so that these connections
are secure and insulated however if you have to solder them on,
be sure to wrap the connections in insulating tape to prevent shorting
on the roof. With this done push the excess cable into the recess
(there shouldn’t be more then about 8cm’s) and then slowly offer-up
the light unit to the hole. Push it in until it clips in to place
– it should be very secure. Reconnect the battery and check both
lights are working then grab yourself a beer and wait until dark
to check it out properly!!