Another vehicle brushed my 2003 Sport Trac damaging 2 of the handle-like brackets on the bed (Side Top edges of the bed). I have checked Ford Dealers Part Department for quote without success. Could you advise me on how to get the damaged parts replaced. I am living outside the US. Thanks
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I removed my bed off when o did mine it was actually pretty easy. And way easier to do them taking the straps off. I only tilted my bed up right not all the way off. And had plenty of room to do whatever I needed
No you don't have to remove the pick up bed to get at it. It's on the left frame rail along side of fuel tank !
Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle . Disconnect the evaporative emission (EVAP) canister vent electrical connector, if equipped. Disengage the 2 vent valve pipe clips securing the pipe to the underbody.
Remove the clips from the underbody and discard.
Disconnect the vent valve pipe at the EVAP canister. Remove and retain the EVAP canister vent valve bracket mounting bolt. Remove the complete EVAP canister vent valve assembly with bracket attached and discard.
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in the Preface section.
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You should certainly replace or repair it. Lights and other things do not have 2 wires to them - one for the power and one for ground - cars use the grounded chassis to complete the circuit.
You won't hurt anything at all by replacing or repairing.
The entire bed line will need to be removed. The long screws that hold the metal bracet where the bed extender attaches also hold the tail light assembly in place.
I pulled the bed liner up at a 45 degree angle and layed it on top of the cab. This revealed the screws. Take both screws out and lay to the side along with the metal bracket for the bed extender.
Now firmly grab the edges of the tail light assembly and pull...there are 2 hard rubber nipples that snap in to hold the assembly. You will feel like you might break it but you won't..just pull straight back hard. The assembly will "POP" out and then you can just twist the back of each bulb there are (3) and pull out..now you will see the bulbs..just pull the bad bulb straight out and push the new one into place. Now just reassemble. Total time will be 30-45 min. for this repair.
Not to difficult what do you want to do to it repair a side panel or remove the bed completely? all you have to do is take out the center frame bolts out of the rails in the bed disconnect wiring harness at rear where lights plug in on drivers side and if you don't have a bed liner or camper shell then the only other thing is remove the bolts or screws from the fuel tank so the filler hoses stays with the bed. It can then be easily taken off the bed with two or three guys, or you can slide it off from the front to the back, or block it off with 4 1/4 oil barrels, make sure there is no brackets attached to the fender. Hope this is what you were looking for. Any questions let me know, you can buy side pannels if it has the side paller damaged if you have a drill and a welder.
Common problem on these vehicles. Keep it simple and bullet proof by just loosing the original arrangement and screwing in a manual latch on each side. A couple of gate latches are cheap and work forever. Not pretty but functional.
If you find anything at a junk yard it'll cost plenty and will be bound to fail like yours already has.
The bed extenders I have experience with on Ford vehicles have two tabs that are beside the pivot pin. If this one is like them you just push the tabs toward the side and then pull up or push down (this depends on the way it was last installed) on the bed extender.
Above is correct, some body panels are interchangeable some aren't...Headlights, front fenders, hood yes. Doors unsure, bed and back no (obviously). The underpinnings (suspension) are similar, but not exact...and depending on the year, the Explorer went to independent rear suspension, while the sport trac kept the solid axle differential.