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Homelink Installation in my 2010 Escape LTD with Pics

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So one of the things I missed most from my F150 was the Homelink feature. I HATE having my garage door opener slid on my visor; not only is it ugly, but it messes up the visor eventually. So I went and purchased a used Homelink module from eBay. Now mind you, I am really handy just not so much so when it comes to painting, trim work, or any other kind of delicate finish work; cutting open and installing something like this I would consider delicate finish work. More so considering I only have 500 miles on this vehicle. But I took the plunge anyway. Installation was surprisingly easy and fairly straight forward. If you follow these steps you shouldn't have any problems.

Required tools:
Phillips screwdriver
Flat head screwdriver
Jeweler's precision flat head screwdrivers
Box knife or seam ripper
Dremel Tool (Optional)
Solder gun
Heat gun (for heat shrinking material - preferred method for insulating wires)
Heat shrinking material
Black electrical tape if not using heat shrinking material
1 - 2 hours of your time
Two Heinekens (Beer optional for some; needed for most :D)
CLEAN HANDS!! Especially for those of us with light colored interiors

Step 1:
Remove the two Phillips screws securing the driver's side visor to the vehicle and remove the visor. You will need to wiggle it out and down and then unplug the power wire.

Step 2:
Take the visor to your work area; I would highly recommend placing it on a cloth or otherwise clean surface

Step 3:
Open up the vanity mirror and remove the light bulb cover; taking a small screwdriver, slide the cover to the right. This now exposes the two screws securing the mirror to the visor

Step 4:
Remove the mirror. Fortunately there is lots of extra wire in the mirror which made splicing into the wiring quite easy

Step 5:
Starting at the lower corner (the corner opposite the visor mounting bracket), take a small screwdriver, gently wedge it between the visor side seams, and pry apart the visor. This will allow you to take another small screwdriver and pull out the visor material. As you can see, the visor material is sewed together, so you'll need to take a seam ripper or razor knife to split open the material. The visor material is held in place by the teeth on both halves of the visor. Pull enough of the visor material away to expose the area that the Homelink module will sit in. You can't miss it. Taking a razor knife or Dremel tool, cut out the area where the module will eventually be installed in.

Step 6:
Open up the home link transmitter module by prying open the side. Remove the circuit board.

Step 7:
Remove the front button fascia from the module. This is accomplished by squeezing the two pins inside the module housing and prying (gently) out on the fascia. When this is done, replace the circuit board and close up the module housing.

Step 8:
Lengthen the power wires from the module (if needed) and feed the wires to the area where the vanity mirror is installed. There are holes in the visor for this purpose. Install the module in the visor. This is the BIGGEST pain in the .... and the most frustrating part of the job. You'll need patience and a flathead screwdriver. Just be careful when you are prying and pushing on the Homelink module. I found you need to start at the end where the LED is in order to get the module tabs to sit in the recessed areas of the visor. This is what the module should look like when it's installed in the visor.

Step 8:
Cut the red and black wires to the vanity mirrors (red is positive; black is negative) and solder these to the wires to the Homelink module. After that is finished either heat shrink insulate them or use electrical tape to insulate them.

Step 9:
Snap the visor back together, but not all the way, this allows for the visor material to be pushed back in at the sides. Pull the visor material tightly and push it in at the sides. When this is finished, fully push the visor back together and reinstall the vanity mirror.

Step 10:
With a razor knife, gently cut out the area where the Homelink LED and button holes are located under the visor material and push on the fascia and rubber buttons. When finished, you should get a nice factory look.

Step 11:
Plug the visor power wires in and reinstall the visor back in the vehicle. Here's a couple of pictures of the installed visor with the Homelink module

Step 12:
Program the Homelink to operate your garage door or lighting. Instructions can be found on Homelink's website.
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Hello Strejcek!.
Thanks for submitting photos.
Congratulations, as per the improvising project. :thumb:
Wow ! Great job and very thorough write up ! :thumb: :clap: :clap:
Looks super !! :)
Great job. I'm guessing there's a huge price difference in buying just the HL module vs. the whole visor?
I would imagine so. The 2010 models don't use Homelink anymore. I only paid $20 for the unit. Something tells me that's a significantly lower price than a visor would cost :D
Yes -- I just noticed them on e-bay. The new mirrors go for >$300 from Ford.
Slick! Kudos... this gives me another (future) idea for my car... I wonder if I'd be able to pick up a module.
How perfectly excellent. Can anyone tell me if I can do this to my 2007, I don't have it and I am absoloutely SICK of keeping it up in the sun glasses compartment.

Will it work???!?!?!?! :drool:
You should have no problems whatsoever by installing a HomeLink module in your 2007. 2010 is the first model year Ford has gone away from HomeLink and I had no problems installing it.
So what brand is ford now using for their "Universal Garage Door Opener" on their 2010's?
For all we know it might be controlled by some new program via SYNC : :hyst:

Maybe it'll even order take-out!
To answer my own question, in 2010 they are made by Lear and it's called "Car2U".
I felt around on my visor and it feels very flimsy, like there is only a thin piece of plastic inside. It doesn't feel like there is a strong plastic base inside there as your pictures show. The rigidity increases significantly when you get more towards the middle where the mirror/light assembly is...
Not sure what's there on a pre 08; I thought the same thing until I took my visor apart. All I can say is if your Escape model year came with a HomeLink option, then you'll be able to install a used module in your visor.
I have a 2010 Sport Trac Adrenalin and would like to do the same thing. I was wondering though, how do you know if there is a cutout in the visor for the module? Do they all come that way or do you have to tear it apart first to find out? Does anyone know? Thanks.
^ Good ? -- as I also have a ST. I've looked on e-bay. I know some of the Explorers had HomeLink built into the overhead console. It may be tough finding a mint one with all your needs, and correct color (I've looked). Some have rear AC Controls. Some have moonroof buttons, etc. In my ST, my door opener is hidden anyway. I have it up in the overhead console cubby, and it works great (using the OEM black pegs).

I mentioned this mod to the wifey (since she mainly drives the Mariner). Once I showed her what's involved, she stated she doesn't mind using the opener clipped onto the visor.

Still a great mod and write-up!
This is a great thread. An alternative to this could be the installation of a Gentex mirror with various built in features such as HomeLink.
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Gentex $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and used homelink off ebay is $, too bad really.
Really nice job and excellent directions and pictures - thanks. The visors on my '09 Escape appear to be much thinner and flimsy compared to your visor. It doesn't look like the module would fit inside. I never heard of a Homelink option for my Escape.
Billyk said:
This is a great thread. An alternative to this could be the installation of a Gentex mirror with various built in features such as HomeLink.
Thanks Billyk. Here's a link to the Gentex Mirrors from their distributor, Mito Corporation: ... rrors.html

The price for a Homelink Gentex mirror starts at MSRP $259 and goes up from there. Pretty cool but expensive mirrors, even one with a backup camera display.
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