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Defrost is there any way to re attach the cord for my rear defrost. my son pulled it off the window?

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You will need to get this kit part number 4F1Z-14421-AA from your ford dealer.

  1. Place the replacement terminal over the original tab location making sure the conductive areas of the terminal will be on a good conductive area. Do not place the terminal tab foot on the original location which does not have conductive material (figure 4).

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    Figure 4 - Article 04-24-5

  2. Hold the terminal in place with an item such as regular lead pencil at a 90 degree angle from the terminal. (Terminal type B can be held in place with tape.) (Holding at other than a 90 degree angle may allow the terminal to slip when the solder liquefies).
  3. Place the soldering gun tip on the top of the terminal but not on the painted areas of the tab. Energize the soldering gun and watch for the painted area of the terminal to liquefy and change color. The paint should liquefy in approximately 25-45 seconds after heating. As soon as the paint color completely changes on either side of the terminal, de-energize the soldering gun and continue to hold the terminal in place with the soldering gun and pencil for an additional thirty (30) seconds.
  4. Remove the soldering gun and pencil from the terminal. The terminal should be allowed to cool for another two (2) minutes before the wiring lead is attached to the terminal.
  5. Attach the electrical lead connection to this terminal, turn on the rear defroster, and verify operation.

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The dealer makes a repair kit, but without seeing it I have no idea how bad the damage is and whether the repair will work, in most cases it can be repaired..

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