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  1. 3 points

    Winter Tire Thread

    They don't make earthquake tire.
  2. 2 points
    I was frustrated that there was no passenger armrest in my TC. I built one using the factory cupholder, ABS pipe and caps, plywood, carriage bolts and some cheap armrests from Canadian Tire. Two fold down cup holders finish it off. It's sturdy and removable!
  3. 2 points

    Winter Tire Thread

    Then again, it’s a really cheap add-on for the added safety and convinience.
  4. 1 point

    CNG transits?

    Hello all. I joined to gather information on CNG transits. I want one to commute the SF Bay Bridge in (qualifies for white sticker) I will search the threads but if there is anything that anyone would like to share (mpgge, repairs, tank sizes, what year) I would love the info. I found a couple out of state I could travel to and buy. I currently drive a Honda gx CNG and it's awesome but because of the new laws, I need to get another CNG vehicle that has never had a HOV sticker yet. (It's COMPLICATED in CA). Does anyone have one for sale near the bay area? (Without a HOV decal) Does anyone know where they have a glut of them used? (Really used and really cheap preferably) Does anyone really want to talk me out of this? I'm here to listen. Please enlighten me. Thanks!
  5. 1 point
    G B L

    Madweevil says hello

    Welcome aboard, The photos are very nice you have a very well rigged TC.
  6. 1 point
    Not the same problem but I’ve got a 2008 VW Rabbit that has a door lock switch issue. Folks in the VW community have figured out it is a micro switch that is only available as part of a larger assembly. Some have replaced the switch with a similar micro switch which is inexpensive. I’d look to see if that could be done.
  7. 1 point

    New 2018 FTC XLT Cargo Van LWB

    Hi All - I just took delivery of a 2018 XLT L+Cargo Van LWB. I am in the early stages of planning a removable camping build and was happy to find and join this great forum. I took about 80 photos of the van yesterday (Interior and Exterior) but since I am new to the forum, I'm not sure if people would find posting all or some of them to be helpful. Please let me know. In the meantime, here's a basic portrait and a scan of the window sticker for anyone interested. Looking forward to further conversations
  8. 1 point

    2014 TC Rear Blower Motor

    Little metal airplanes are even worse than legos. I've developed a serious case of dad shuffle. The static build-up is downright dangerous this time of year, but it keeps me from putting pointy little things into the soles of my foot.
  9. 1 point

    2014 TC Rear Blower Motor

    With the amount of problems they have it's absurd that they don't come with one. I've complained to the dealer but she says they're not lemons, but peaches.
  10. 1 point

    2014 TC Rear Blower Motor

    LOL what I learned from 4 kids is to never walk around the house without shoes - LEGOs hurt when you step on them. Now they are grown up and soon will have only one left at home.
  11. 1 point
    Its been a little while since I did this install but I took photos and planned to write about it when the weather was nasty. today the weather is nasty. I have a '15 Transit connect LX cargo van with the very base package. I bought this model believing that it would be a great platform to build whatever I wanted. That's been true some of the time, but the very basic model has significant differences in the wiring harness and in fact some of the harness simply isn't there going to the cargo area. The "mechless" radio is a big difference. Mechless radios have only AM/FM, no CD player. There was no 4" screen above my radio and no steering wheel controls. Researching on the Crutchfield website said there were no radio install kits for my vehicle, I knew I could fab something, but that wasn't the only problem I would run into. Since I had no 4" screen and the install kit had no provision for not having one I decided to install a switch panel in that spot. I started with paper mach-up, then made one from Plexiglass. Why Plexiglass? I had some, and its easy to fab since you can see through it. Here's new and old next to each other. When you pull out the Mechless radio there's a big hunk of useless plastic. remove it. Now there's plenty of room. Before any of you comment, my van is filthy. It will remain filthy through out these photos and probably throughout its existence. I had to pull out the seat to run the wires for the backup camera under the floor matt, as well as pull the canter console and trim around the shifter. What a mess. The Nav and XM antennas tuck in nicely under the little visor piece. and I added a USB port that goes to USB2 on the radio for Android Auto. This is a convenient spot to plug in but very inconvenient when taking things apart, I would rethink this if I were doing it again. After getting all the wiring and hardware complete, with much excitement, I switched the power on..... and nothing happened. just a blank screen. talk about a sinking feeling. after a few phone calls that I should have made when I started this project I found that I had used the wrong wiring harness from Metra. While most of you will use the XSVI-5524-NAV CAN data interface, those of us with mechless radios need the simpler 70-5524. Even though I do have a CAN system in my van, the radio doesn't use it and the wires aren't there. The only thing that I don't have in the end is the speed signal. I think I could find it under the instrument panel, but I haven't tried so far. It works fine without it. final project working. so what do the switches do? on of them works these cargo area LED strips. I hope this has been helpful and inspires you to do your own custom install.
  12. 1 point
    No, That is for the 1.6. That is what I was expecting on my 2.0 though. I did find it last night. It is a "cylinder head temp sensor" It is on the top of the cylinder head in the middle of the spark plugs. The connector to the sensor is corroded pretty good. I replaced the sensor and now it is even worse. I suspect the connector needs to be replaced. I tried starting it this morning at 14 degrees F. The coolant temp on my scan tool showed 60 degrees F. Cranked it and it did the same thing it has been doing- cranking and not wanting to start. Removed the connector from the sensor and the scan tool showed 14 degrees. Tried to start it, and it fired up like a new car. I suspect my connector needs to be replaced as I cant see how to remove the wires. I'm on the right track, just not use to working on this transit yet. Thanks for your response! Matt
  13. 1 point
    G B L

    2014 TC Rear Blower Motor

    Do you have a service manual for the Kids?
  14. 1 point

    2014 TC Rear Blower Motor

    I stuck my head down there and the filter looked intact, but I've got 3 kids and the possibility of a peanut or cracker getting wedged somewhere it shouldn't is fairly high. I'm getting a service manual anyway.
  15. 1 point
    Hi BSUPC, Thanks for the reply, I have had a good search underneath the dashboard, in the past there has been a raised dome shape on top near the windscreen.I guess the easiest option is to ask a Ford main dealer. Thanks David.
  16. 1 point
    Splash Carpentry

    Custom Build

    We made it on kickstarter! Our Artek Leo laser scanner is coming! There is still time to pledge and take advantage of our offers. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1855385287/van-protection-kit
  17. 1 point

    2012 TC Build- Cross country adventure van

    Almost done with the walls and ceiling. Decided to go with 1/4in aromatic cedar panels. I used 1/4in pine trim boards as boards to mount to. The pine trim boards were connected to the TC by self tapping screws. I just made a cardboard cutout of the side doors as template. I glued together some cedar boards with pine trim supports for that section of the wall. Tomorrow I will jigsaw the shape of the template and mount them to the doors. I insulated the behind the whole van with reflectix and polyiso board. More photos to come. Let me know if you have any questions.
  18. 1 point
    G B L

    leather seat covers

    Life Lived correctly ends 100% of the time.
  19. 1 point

    Side Marker

    Installed to turn on with front mounted amber lights.
  20. 1 point

    Side Marker

    No need to apologize, your English is just fine. Certainly better than mine I'd say, it being my first and only language.
  21. 1 point
    G B L

    Winter Tire Thread

    If you have the right equipment dealing with the snow is just another thing. Not having to worry about a wildfire or a major drought is a definite plus.
  22. 1 point

    Christmas Angel

    One Christmas, a long time ago, Santa Claus was getting ready for his annual trip; but there were problems ...... everywhere. Four of his elves were away sick and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones. So, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule. Then, Mrs. Claus popped in to tell Santa that her mother was coming to stay for Christmas; which stressed him even more. After a while, he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and run away, heaven knows where to. Then, when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards broke and several large toy-bags fell to the ground, scattering their contents all over the place. Needless to say, Santa was not in the best of moods. Suddenly, the doorbell rang and he went to the door expecting another problem. But when he opened it, there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree that she had brought especially to cheer him up. The angel greeted him very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas Santa Claus. Isn't it just a wonderful day? I have a beautiful tree for you. See, isn't it just the loveliest Christmas tree you've ever seen? Where would you like me to put it?" Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
  23. 1 point
    Beta Don

    Winter Tire Thread

    I guess it's what you're used to - We never have snow either, but I think I would trade 6 or 8 weeks of that for your bumper to bumper traffic 24/7 365 Don
  24. 1 point

    Christmas Angel

    True story:
  25. 1 point

    General Grabber AT2 upgrade

    So, my van is at a tire shop right now getting an upgrade to General Grabber AT2 all-terrains. Stock tires have 70K on them and are pretty well worn-down, one pair is at the wear bars and the other pair has a little bit left before the wear bars. I ordered 215/65R16 so I can gain 1/2" extra ground clearance because I scrape too often - but, of course, WalMart wouldn't put them on since they aren't stock-size. I ordered online since they weren't in-stock at my local store. Their worker told me "The tires are 6.67% bigger (I know that, I want more ground clearance) and your van is spec'd for extra-load capacity tires and the tires you bought are standard-load." I looked up the tire specs and Ford's axle specs (GAWR) - my van has 2716lb GAWR for each axle and the tires are rated 1653/ea thus 3306/pair?! 590lbs more capacity then the axle is rated for, but they're not high enough load capacity, that's hilarious! Anywho, pics later after I get the van back. I'll have to schedule a service visit with Ford to reprogram computer for the new tire size and I also still need to get the door latch recall done. Hopefully these tires will help me not get stuck in my own yard like the stock ones did in spring of 2016... Had to get pulled out of my own yard, lol.
  26. 1 point
    Thanks for the tip, jrm223! Will give simply repeatedly pushing the illumination level change button a massive # of times it a try!
  27. 1 point
    Beta Don

    General Grabber AT2 upgrade

    WalMart has been a real stickler to exactly follow what's on the door jamb sticker for at least the last 20 years. I've got a Miata which came with 185/60R14 tires and back in the day, running high performance Bridgestone RE-71's (developed as an OEM tire for Porsche) in 195/55R14 tires was the 'performance upgrade' for those who occasionally auto-crossed their cars - A really 'sticky' tire. Because Bridgestone made that tire in that size specifically as the OEM tire for one of the little Japanese sport sedans, it was a really popular upgrade for Miata enthusiasts. Same load rating, same overall circumference, but WalMart would not mount them . . . . unless I brought them just the wheels and not the car! The next years Miata came out with super lightweight 15 inch wheels and 195/50R15's which are the same load rating and the same overall circumference as the 185/60R14's that came on my car. Since performance rubber in ANY 14" size was getting scarcer than hen's teeth, I 'upgraded' to the 15" wheels and the 195/50R15's, again hauling just the wheels and my new tires over to WalMart to get them mounted and balanced So long as I brought them only the wheels/tires and not the car, they were happy to mount them for me. *IF* there was ever an accident causing death which might in any way be attributed to the improper size or load ratings of the tires, the first company named in the ensuing lawsuit would be the one with the deepest pockets, namely WalMart, so they just won't do it - Probably as a direct result of a lawsuit in the past For your General Grabber AT2's, th load rating (98) is actually *greater* than the OEM Continentals (97) you took off - The only 'legal' stickler is the speed rating. The Continentals were rated H, which is 130 mph, while the Generals are rated T which is 118 mph Don
  28. 1 point
    I have just fitted an old style plunger door contact alarm to my 2004 T.C it was a labour intensive job . The best way that found was to remove the n/s front wheel remove the inner mud/ splash shield so you can see the outer side of the engine compartment ment from under the wheel arch. There are holes high up that then go just behind the battery housing.You will need feeding rod to pass a wire puller through. In the other direct follow the the gap over the wheel arch and in through the door grommet. Next remove the plastic passenger footwell side panel and the passengers plastic door tread and run cables along the loom access into the back, you are now well inside. Investigate this route before you start as the distances longer than it looks by keeping it all tucked in and safe you my need to get a few more meters of cable then you thought . Hope this helps
  29. 1 point
    I've been looking for a TC for a few months now. My local dealers didn't have anything new that had the features I wanted and I really didn't want to wait 6 months and order a new 2018 or pay full sticker either. I fly model airplanes and had rented a TC for a work trip last year and fell in love the TC and knew it was going to be my next vehicle. I wanted a 14-17 with Sycn 3 and Navigation, leather, LWB and it had to be in Red or Blue either XLT or Titanium. I figured the last car I compromised and got the color my wife wanted (white) and I was going to get the color I wanted this time. Plus I wasn't in a hurry and had been looking for a while anyway. I did find a hand full of used 2017 Titanium's locally but everyone was firm on their pricing and honestly asking too much and over my budget. About a month ago I found a 2014 that was perfect in AZ but the dealer backed out of the deal and demanded an extra $3k...so the hunt continued. I got my brother helping me look and he has a friend with a car lot and was able to help me look at auctions but nothing came up that was the right fit for me.. I finally found a 2017 Green/Gray one (color choice #3) but the dealer was into it way too much and wouldn't come down. I finally found a blue one locally and he was able to come down to the price I wanted to pay but there was an auction for another on the next morning. I decided to try on the auction but it ended up going for WAY more than it should have but the blue dealer sensing I was going to pass made me an offer that I couldn't turn down. Now the funny part is that I was about to head over the credit union to get the check and head up to the dealer to pick up the TC, my brother calls me and says "guess what I just bought?" He bought the Green one I had looked at earlier. Turns out the dealer was finally ready to make a deal too. So, my brother and I both bought 2017 TC LWB Titanium's with the exact same specs on the same day! He is a golf rep and it's a perfect fit for him and for me and my model airplanes I couldn't be happier!
  30. 1 point

    Excited new owner of 2014 XLT Wagon

    Hi all, I'm the new owner of what I understand was one of the first 2nd generation transit connects which Ford imported to the US - a 2014 XLT Wagon that Ford actually had specially customized and showcased at 2013 SEMA car show! My brother has taken possession of this vehicle on the east coast, and is currently en route to driving it back home on the west coast. Estimated arrival time is next weekend... exciting! The reason my wife and I settled on the 2nd generation, long-wheelbase transit connect wagon for our next family car is its unique combination of: interior storage capacity, passenger carrying capacity, great driving feel and outward visibility, good fuel economy, and its very European / "un-minivan" styling. We plan using it to retire a 2001 Ford Focus Wagon which also had a really nice ("Street-Edition") option package, and a bright yellow color that we came to appreciate as always making it easy to locate in parking lots. However, despite our Transit Connect not being bright yellow, I have a feeling we might not have problems spotting this car... Cheers
  31. 1 point

    What goes here?

    The City has outfitted our Rangers with Transit Connects.......equipped with spotlights. They used the traditional a-pillar mount. You can probably do the same thing. I ran into a couple of them today, as I was on my way home. I was still wearing uniform pants, with a regular jacket covering my shirt. The girl driving the first vehicle said, "how did you get a new one, and unmarked?" It didn't occur to her that I was driving my own car, not a city vehicle.
  32. 1 point

    Car Wax

    Dandytc New Transit Connect Member T.C. Member 1 9 posts Region:Canada British Columbia Location:Metro Vancouver Current Vehicle:2015 TC XLT wagon hatchback Posted December 14 · Report post When I first got my TC, I couldn't find a cord for the block heater, and ended up thinking that there was none. After reading recent posts, I checked my owner's manual, and it doesn't say "If equipped" under the "Engine block heater" title page 117, so I took another look, and sure enough, there it was. The reason I didn't find it previously, is because I was looking for a cord that looked like the one in my previous vehicle (Ford Focus wagon), which was a flat 3 conductor cord with a plug at the end, much like a regular household HD cord. The cord on the TC is wrapped with corrugated loom, and the plug is round. The whole thing was hiding under another loom to the right of the air filter. I would think that a block heater might be standard in colder regions in the US as well. I hope the pics will help some of you find theirs.