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cosmicray

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  1. 2013 TC on Falken Ziex tires ?

    Thank you. Solid advice there. I'm going to do some shopping around before proceeding. Part of the reason the tires are approaching 5 years, is that it sat on the dealers lot for 6 months before I bought it. Assembly date (in Turkey) was about Christmas 2012, while my purchase was mid September 2013. The tires were probably 10 months old when I drove it off the lot. The spare has never been used.
  2. 2013 TC on Falken Ziex tires ?

    The day is coming when I will need new tires, not so much because I have excess tread wear, but because the original tires are aging, One tire shop told me the the Continental manufacturing date indicates they were made in 2012. That makes sense, as my TC was assembled in December 2012. So 4.5-5 year old tires, with a current 25K miles on them. That same shop was quoting about $250/tire for replacement with the same Continentals. Yesterday I asked at Wally what tire they would suggest. They came up with a Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S at about $70/tire. That is a considerable difference in price. Has anyone used the Falken Ziex on a TC and can give some opinions ?
  3. Hierarchy of Sounds

    Something I noticed about my 2013 TC … the automated computer that generates warning sounds has a hierarchy. Certain sounds are deemed more important that others, and override the less important sounds. As an example, the sound for the 4-way flashers is more important than the sound for the seal belt not fastened. For brief movements from my front door to the gate on the property, I can use the 4-way flashers to make the seat belt alert sound go away. There are other similar levels of importance.
  4. My 2013 Transit Connect is now almost 3 years on the road. Thus far I have impacted two objects with the rear bumper. Both were tall/vertical, and both hit dead center. The first time it was a tall pine tree, and the second was the base of a light pole at the post office. In both cases, the objects were obscured by the join of the two rear doors. The bumper has a nice ding dead center, but otherwise the body/doors are unaffected. This TC does not have a back sensor. What I really want/need is something that alerts me to either of two situations: 1. Any object within a minimum distance, while the transmission is in Reverse 2. Any object approaching the rear, within a minimum time frame, based on speed & distance, while the transmission is in Reverse. Is this too much to ask ?
  5. Your local Ford dealership changes owners (and name), and the new owners have gutted the service department ? I was down there last week for an oil change and a 15K checkup. They had no more than 2 techs on the floor, and the service advisor was in training. The service manager was actually from another dealership (out of state I think) and shipped in to cover until they find someone. In the past, they had normally 5-8 techs on the floor. It's not clear if they fired everyone that was there, or they offered such low salaries, that everyone went elsewhere. The oil change / 15k checkup (which should be a simple procedure) ended up causing a couple of engine codes, because the tech forgot to reconnect the sensor cable on the air filter housing. I'll let it go this time. Next nearest dealers are 35, 45, 52, and 60 miles respectively. The 'local' dealer is 12 miles.
  6. Weather Stripping Fell Off

    Are you saying that the weather stripping is visible, from the outside, when the door is closed ? This is a symptom that I ran into with the local dealer during a failed attempt to re-secure the rear door weather strip. It is a partial arc shape piece of rubber. They were not paying attention and put it on upside down. I noticed that it looked weird, took it back, and asked the service advisor why the rear doors on my TC looked different from the parts dept TC parked next to it.
  7. Check Engine light

    It did not come back for 7 months. Then on Saturday it pops up again. The dealership was closed, so I reset it (on my own discretion) to see if this is persistent or not. I've put about ~30 miles on it since the reset, and nothing yet. Looking at my records, both times it happened, was 11 days after putting fuel in the tank. Not sure why that would have anything to do with it.
  8. Check Engine light

    Couple of weeks back, driving along, all of a sudden this little picture of an engine appears on the instrument cluster. Not realizing what it was, called the service advisor and asked. He told me it was a check engine light. So I went home and plugged in the ODB2 reader and saw a P0455 (Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected / large). Gas cap was tight. SA and I agreed to clear the code, and see if it came back. One full tank of fuel, and several hundred miles later, no code. Is this common ?
  9. changing front seats

    Speaking of changing the front seats. I have seen pictures, of UK/European Transit Connect models, where the passenger seat (left side) folded down flat. This was in conjunction with a wire-mesh cage that partitioned the cargo area from the front. The left most 30-40% of the partition was hinged, and would swing forward, so that it stopped just to the left of the gear shift. This allows long cargo items to extend all the way from the rear doors to the dash. I wonder if that seat (the UK version) is interchangeable with the right side passenger seat on the US model.
  10. TPMS Sensors

    When the service tech/advisor was walking around training the TPMS, was he doing something that manually forces a sensor to identify ? Somewhere I got the impression that a magnet might nudge it to send data. When they change them out, I'm going to ask if they have to send the old ones back, or can I have it to tinker with.
  11. I came up with a very non-standard solution for this. Took a hand held mirror (about 5x6 inches), and a few cable ties. I have the cable ties set to a length that will hold the mirror, but I can slide them off the visor when not using this, The mirror lives in the back pocket on the passenger seat, and cable ties are on the shelf over the steering wheel. Not pretty, but it gets the job done.
  12. The Gas Mileage Thread

    Long distance highway driving, I'm seeing somewhere north of 27 mpg. This is north Florida, where the terrain is mostly flat. Overall average for all driving is 25.5 mpg.
  13. Weather Stripping Fell Off

    Add me to the list. My weather stripping (on a 2013 TC) also became detached, on both driver and passenger doors. This happened just before 6k miles. When the dealership was inspecting it, they also noticed that one of the rear doors was just beginning to come loose. It took a number of trips, but they finally attached new weather stripping with the Gorilla Snot, and they are holding solid now.
  14. TPMS Sensors

    Here we are, 10-11 months later, and the TPMS came on again last night. When I got home I checked the tires. Both rear tires were 35-36, which is way lower than specified. The front tires were 37 and 36, a bit low, but not like the rear. At 4600 miles, the dealership did an oil change including a tire rotation. Since then I have driven slightly more than 2k miles. So either the tires are leaking, something got into both rear tires, or they never checked the pressure after the rotation. After I got home last night, I inflated both rear tires to 45, and left the front pair as-is. The federal law says the pressure should be at least 75% of specified for that axle. So the rears should not have triggered until 36-37, I am not surprised that the TPMS came on. This morning I drove the TC into town. The TPMS light is still lit. So I stopped at the dealership and asked them what the secret is to get it off again. The service advisor got the little box with the button and green light, put the TC into learn mode, then started around. The front pair tripped correctly (these are the ones that were on the rear when I bought the TC). Both rear tires would not respond to the learn mode. So next week they are going to pull both wheels and replace the TPMS sensors. Some researching around the web suggests that some sensors have little batteries. Do the TC sensors have those ?
  15. My '98 Ford Taurus had a visor mirror on both the driver and passenger side. They both had a little plastic flip down cover tho.
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