Broken tail light lens tab

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by Sinyk, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. Sinyk

    Sinyk New Member

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    Anyone have some suggestions as to the best way to fix a broken taillight tab that holds the tail light to the trailer? It's the part on the red lens that is broken. I thought about making a new tab out of a piece of aluminum and gluing it to the inside of the light. The previous owner just used gorilla tape, but I was hoping for something more reliable and permanent.

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    Replacement lenses are available.
     
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    I haven't been able to find a replacement that matched unfortunately. Maybe I should take my VIN to the dealer and see if they can get one in that matches exactly. The replacements they have all have rounded corners and won't match to the base. i thought about replacing the taillights entirely but whatever was used to seal the taillights in the past is impossible to get off without taking the paint with it.
     
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    Install an LED bulb and then glue it shut. ;)

    PEJ
    2001 Palomino Pony 21/2011 Ford Escape
    headpond.ca/Palomino.html
     
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    2-3 dabs of hot melt glue should hold it just fine. Only do the broken side so you can still pull it open from the good tab side. Not a lot of stress there so just enough to hold it in place. Or you could use a bead of silicone down the broken side as it would hold even better.
     
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    That's a good idea! It would act like a hinge!
     
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    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    Silicone is a good idea. It's flexible, not permanent, I like it... a little dab'll do ya.
     
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    Call these guys or some similar RV surplus place. http://bontragers.com/ may have to send them a pic of yours but it will be a heck of a lot cheaper than a Dealership parts dept!!
     
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    Do you have a photo? I have an extra rectangular one if that'll work for you.
     
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    Thanks for the link. That is exactly what I would want, but his shipping is 3x the price of the lens! Excluding duties that would cost me about $83 CAD.
     
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    How close are you to the US border? May be worth it to take a little trip if you're close.
     
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    In the past I have drilled a small hole in the lens and used a little zip tie. Dab some silicone to weather proof it.
     

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