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  1. 4 points
    I complained about the entry illumination to my dealer, and expressed my concern that it would drain the battery on my 2017 TC XL Cargo Van, since it is being converted to a weekend camper. The service tech hooked up their Integrated Diagnostic System computer to the vehicle's On-board Diagnostic port and scrolled through the Body Control Module menus, but couldn't find any way to shorten or turn off the unwelcome 10-minute "Welcome Lighting." So, I spoke with the dealership's service director, who went online and looked through Ford's technical bulletins for customer complaints about battery drain caused by the long open-door lighting delay. Sure enough, Ford had come out with a firmware update for the TC's Body Control Module. Once my vehicle's module had been updated with the new firmware, the tech was able to access the menu to turn off the lighting. The software update and programming change was covered under my warranty. Now that I am finally in "Dark Mode" I am a happy camper. Moral of the story: Keep complaining until you get results. Let us know how you fare with your dealer.
  2. 2 points
    windguy

    NV200 RECON CAMPER

    Saw the link below on MSN Sunday night. This is from June so perhaps someone else has already posted about this. http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-vans/nissan-nv200-recon-camper-van-review/ar-BBDqk0p?li=BBnb4R5#image=BBDqmza|14 Seems like an efficient use of space copying design features of the old Westfalia/Eurovan campervan. May be a good source for getting conversion ideas for the TC. Recon company website link below https://www.reconcampers.com/ Sportsmobile added the MBenz Metris to their conversion lineup. Another decent resource for conversion ideas. http://sportsmobile.com/mercedes-metris/
  3. 2 points
    I found the problem. There's a single bolt at the base of the steering shaft, hidden behind a white, plastic shield, that was loose, just as I expected. Not wanting to drop the rack and pinion system just to tighten the single bolt, I drilled a hole in the shield just large enough to get a socket on an extension through, and tighten the bolt.
  4. 2 points
    The center console is easy to remove. From the service manual: Removal NOTE: On both sides, as both the drivers and passengers side seats will have to be positioned. Position the front seat in the full rearward position. Remove the front console retainers. (see photo Console 1) Torque : 41 lb.in (4.6 Nm) NOTE: On both sides, as both the drivers and passengers side seats will have to be positioned. Position the front seat in the full forward position. NOTE: On both sides, as both the drivers and passengers side seats will have to be positioned. Remove the rear console retainers. (see photo Console 2) Torque : 41 lb.in (4.6 Nm) Position the parking brake lever up then unclip and remove the parking brake boot assembly. (see photo Console 3) NOTE: Cover sides and front of Console to prevent damage from Instrument Panel and seat belts. Raise the front console. (see photo Console 4) Disconnect the electrical connectors. Remove the Front Console. To install, reverse the removal procedure Easy job. Once you get the console out, you can look underneath to see if you can rotate the rectangular panel to the position you desire.
  5. 2 points
    zalienz

    And Then There Were Two...

    Little did I know a year after buying my Connect I would be transferring to the mobile service division of my day gig. Now I have (2) 2017 Transit Connect Cargo Vans to roll in.
  6. 2 points
    Just weird how things like that happen. I remember how I had a Ford Ranger that made all kinds of weird noises when the windows were open a certain way as I drove at freeway speeds. Now it's in the owners manual. Of course, I found out for myself the first time I was driving 70, lowered the rear windows to get fresh air, with the front windows up so that my hair doesn't blow out of place. In my pickup truck, both windows are always down. I like being able to hear every noise (children playing, sirens, ex-girlfriends screaming obscenities as I drive by). It helps to ventilate all the medicinal marijuana smoke.
  7. 1 point
    Tiller

    Water pump added to back

    So I finally go my water pump installed. Instead of a bunch of pictures, which I'm happy to provide if anyone wants them, I decided to do a movie. One of my first tries with I-movie. I had to split it into two movies to keep under 10 MB to load. If you have any questions let me know. The switch I wired the pump to I had added previously is in an earlier posting of mine. Tiller TC_Water_small_1.mov
  8. 1 point
    Beta Don

    turn signal clicker needs to be louder

    Most newer cars (anything made in the last 8 or 10 years) have what's called a 'lane change feature' - You touch the turn signal stalk for the direction you want but don't press it hard enough that it's 'clicked on' . . . . just touch it and release it and that gives you three flashes of your turn signals and it shuts itself off. You'll never be driving for miles and miles with your signals flashing ever again! Don't feel badly - I'll bet 50% of drivers don't know their car has this feature, so you're not alone - I just pointed it out to my brother in law a few weeks ago and he knew nothing about it. You can tell those who do . . . . their signals flash exactly three times whenever they change lanes Don
  9. 1 point
    Dandytc

    anoying back up alarm sound

    I also have the Curt trailer hitch and wiring kit, and as I have a raised ball mount to fit my trailer, I end up with a scenario very similar. My solutions are: 1 - Remove the ball mount if I don't need it; it only takes seconds to remove, and I don't like to bump into it. 2 - I have a switch to temporarily disable the alarm when I have the ball mount installed or when I back up with a trailer. (2015 XLT wagon). The switch leaves the camera active.
  10. 1 point
    @Colby C - great job on your mini camper build. Thanks for sharing. You're a true craftsman. Looking forward to seeing more improvements. Keep up the good work!
  11. 1 point
    Looks like a great time!
  12. 1 point
    One day they'll take off with your onewheeler.
  13. 1 point
    Dandytc

    14 and Newer 6 Speed Select Shift

    The Volvo 300 series was the successor of the Volvo 66, itself the successor of the Daf 66. Volvo had bought Daf and continued production with some changes and improvements. The cars were referred to as Daf, even after the name change. The variomatic transmission basically allows you to go as fast in reverse as in forward. These cars were successfully raced in rally competition, and later on, were raced in reverse in demolition derby type races. There are some videos on youtube, but most are not in English.
  14. 1 point
    Dandytc

    14 and Newer 6 Speed Select Shift

    Actually, that engine is designed to rev; it is inherent to a DOHC 4 bangers. Drivers that are uncomfortable revving small engines are usually people that are used to driving north american vehicle with over-sized engines that lets them get away with under-utilizing resources. When I bought my TC, a family member in Europe asked me why I had chosen such a large engine. To understand that question, take a look at one of the European Ford site and check out their engines.
  15. 1 point
    G B L

    Water pump added to back

    Nice post Tiller
  16. 1 point
    Boomerweps

    14 and Newer 6 Speed Select Shift

    169hp @ 6000rpm 171 ft/lb @ 4500rpm factory specs tell me you have to wind it up when you want or need power. It's rare that a gasoline engine has more torque than horsepower. Regular automatic mode just doesn't shift down as needed in the mountains, even when you floor the accelerator. Thank Ford for the Select shift mode. Even just leaving it in "Sport" automatic mode was not enough. So my downshifting showing 5000rpm when needing to increase speed on an uphill makes more sense to me now.
  17. 1 point
    Tiller

    Water pump added to back

    I can't say I disagree with you. Unfortunately that is not reality in the vast majority of our country. So you might not want to venture to far out of CA. :-) And if you do, stick to the bigger cities. From wiki: (take it for what it is). As of 2014, there are around 1,134,400 firefighters serving in 27,198[1] fire departments nationwide and responding to emergencies from 58,150 fire stations. Of those firefighters, 31% or 346,150 were career firefighters and 69% or 788,250 were volunteers.[2] Keep in mind that career firefighters are concentrated in high population area. Career firefighters represent 15% of all departments but protect approximately two thirds of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, 85% of fire departments are volunteer or mostly volunteer and protect approximately one third of the population. If you are interested, you might find this link interesting: https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/registry/summary You should note that even in California, more then half of your fire departments are considered as mostly or 100% volunteer. My statement earlier was incorrect. But I suspect, that as in the rest of the country, the majority of your population are in the metro areas and mostly covered by paid departments. The number of volunteers are however, drastically dropping. There was something in the area of 1.5 million volunteers just like 10-15 yrs ago.
  18. 1 point
    G B L

    14 and Newer 6 Speed Select Shift

    This cars power is from 3000 to 5000 Rpm's When you remember that the Performance is fine. It is busy when you need to get busy. In the western mountains a 4000 lb car needs 120-140 hp to get up and go.
  19. 1 point
    zalienz

    14 and Newer 6 Speed Select Shift

    I just returned from a long 4300 mile road trip through 7 western States. I also used the select shift in the mountains of Colorado, Utah, and more. It worked flawlessly. I was carrying a bunch of gear in the back, so my expectation of performance with a 4 cylinder was pretty dead on. All in all, a really great trip, no problems with the van. I did pick up a rock chip on the windshield on my way in to Flagstaff, AZ. I called a local windshield shop in town and they fixed it bright and early the next morning for $35. It took 20 minutes. Beats a flat tire any day. Averaged 27mpg overall, used the factory NAV and Android Auto, again, no issue except Android Auto sucked up all my data on my wimpy 1GB plan. $5 added another gig, so on I went.... Home now, life is good. I love this little scoot.
  20. 1 point
    Tiller

    Water pump added to back

    I don't really know to be honest. I love working with the dogs. I loved fighting fire when I did that. I loved the mental/physical challenge of vehicle accidents/entrapments. I can't say any of the bad stuff really bothered me. I never lost sleep over any of them. Maybe I'm a bit of a sociopath, I don't know. For me its more painful to see the pain of the living then the dead. Trying to work on a child when the parents are crying next to you was the hardest thing for me. As a parent I empathize with them more then I actually do the pain of the child. I can usually do something for the child. Or in a few cases, I knew it was impossible to do anything. I can't do anything to help the parents in those moments. That makes you feel helpless. And I'm not a person that does well with feeling helpless. For the searches though, you really do it to bring closure to families. Yes, you hope to save someone and sometimes you do and that's great. It's awesome. But it doesn't really "balance". There's no reason to be bothered by the deceased person. As we say, they can't get any deader. I've never been bothered by the gruesome side of it. But as a parent I can't imagine not knowing what happened to my son/daughter. Not understanding what happened at the end. And as long as you don't have that body, the parental mind is a terrible thing and it always wants to believe that there is a chance, however tiny. It is very difficult for these people to get through all the stages of grief like other people do, who actually have a body to grieve over. So for me the emotional side that impacts me the most is the family left behind. That's why we do the searches. Fortunately, I'm usually not the family liaison. I could never be a J. J. from Criminal Minds! The real life people that do that have the emotional hits if you ask me. Bodies are just bodies. Their pain and suffering is over. Hope that wasn't too heavy! But honestly, thank you for asking.
  21. 1 point
    mrtn

    Water pump added to back

  22. 1 point
    Probably just bikinis that they wouldn't need when they get back home to Siberia.
  23. 1 point
    2016 TC XLT....i'm usually a window up heat or ac kind of driver....finding my new TC very comfortable to drive with the windows down..no buffeting..hair stays in place..must be that huge fixed vent window...i dunno but i'm enjoying it
  24. 1 point
    Fifty150

    14 and Newer 6 Speed Select Shift

    When I bought this car, I knew that I was not getting V8 power. But it does just fine for me on the hills in The Streets of San Francisco.
  25. 1 point
    Tiller

    Water pump added to back

    Here's the second half of the video. TC_Water_small_2.mov Tiller
  26. 1 point
    Loafer

    First road trip in the new 2017 LWB

    Many moons ago when I had a small blues record company and was touring groups here and over seas, laundry was a big issue when booking hotels. Sometimes I even had stage wear made here locally and rapidly fitted upon arrival. Stage backdrops were sometimes coordinated with the stage wear. Often here locally we would make little enhancements to whatever the band was wearing that coordinated with their stage appearance. We allowed them to take them with them if they chose. For European tours that often included nine countries we had a coordinator travel with them to accomplish those and other more important tasks. I remember sending Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm on a European Tour where we had both our company coordinator and a European coordinator travel with them. This isn't the west coast Kings of Rhythm but many of the original Kings of Rhythm along with the Iketts who still lived in St. Louis. Yes, touring has it's moments. Like the moment the bass player, stood up terrified on the flight from St. Louis to London and was shouting " we gonna' die, we all gonna' die" LOL. It's a real challenge to tour a group with both the knowns and the unknowns. A wealthy German woman took a liking to the bass player and gave him $10,000.00 to cut a recording of his own when he returned to the States. Instead of cutting an album, he cut a 45 that we produced. Hell only knows what he did with the rest of the money. When she visited the States to see him, instead of finding an album, she got the clap and hustled back to Germany. The bass player got the doctor bill here locally and foolishly passed it on to a well known international blues author and writer who was living here at the time for payment. Well doncha' know that was a hoot!!! Folks, you can't make these things up
  27. 1 point
    Bart Luther

    Locking easy fuel plug ?

    Anyone found a locking fuel plug for the 2016 transit connect wagon? I bought this one below but it doesn't fit .looking for the correct part or aftermarket but not having any luck ? Genuine Ford 8U5Z-9C268-B Fuel Filler Plug
  28. 1 point
    Fifty150

    Locking easy fuel plug ?

    I here that you only need to pour sugar into a gas tank, and it messes the car up. But that may be just an urban legend.
  29. 1 point
    Fifty150

    Locking easy fuel plug ?

    A prepared thief simply drills a hole in the bottom of the fuel tank.
  30. 1 point
    mrtn

    Isn't this the cutest van

    https://www.topgear.com/car-news/electric/royal-mails-new-electric-delivery-van-just-cutest
  31. 1 point
    windguy

    New 2016 from Dallas GA

    Welcome aboard Darin and congrats on your new to you TC. We're going to hold you to showing us some pics of your ride. The penalty for not doing so if very high. A round of beers for the forum is a big tab
  32. 1 point
    windguy

    New to TC and new to forums

    great job. thanks for sharing.
  33. 1 point
    Loafer

    New to TC and new to forums

    Ah, acoustic panels, good idea. My son keeps his stereo up so there is no road noise...LOL. He is on the road in his 2012 TC from LA to Oregon for two festivals, the last one being an Eclipse festival. He loves his TC He couldn't be happier in it. His elevated bed is working out great for him. He sleeps in it regularly and enjoys his travels. I hope you do as well
  34. 1 point
    https://boingboing.net/2017/04/18/guy-turns-a-double-decker-bus.html
  35. 1 point
    Here is what I done. I decided that I was not ever going to put the crappy factory speakers back in. You have to remove the factory speaker from the ring that is screwed into the door and you will be re-using this ring. I have a grinder and just grinded down the ring until the new speaker was flush. Another benefit is that the new speakers wiring terminals aligned perfectly with the factory terminals. I soldered them together and now I have a factory look and no one is the wiser. I used JL Audio speakers. Tweeters are mounted in factory tweeter location. They were easy to sandwich between the plastic pieces on the A pillar and are invisible. The factory hole for the tweeters was perfect for the JL tweeters. Pics attached
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