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Beta Don

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  1. I don't have any problem maintaining the speed limit on any hill towing a 1500 pound trailer IMO, the 2.5L mated to the 6 speed automatic is an ideal combination with plenty of power yet it gets me 28+ mpg on the highway Don
  2. Larger Wheels

    I really wish 15's would fit all around on the Gen 2's for the same reason. I did that exact thing on my Mazda wagon, switching from 195/50R16 to 205/55R15 on wheels which weighed almost 5 pounds less than the factory alloys and boy, what a difference it made in ride comfort and I couldn't detect any loss in handling . . . . maybe even an apparent gain with the wider rubber on the lighter wheels Don
  3. Larger Wheels

    I think they *probably* will The rear rotors are smaller and on my van with 16" alloys, I can easily stick my fingers between the caliper and the wheel rim - It looks to me like there's a good bit more than 1/2 inch of clearance there and that's all you'd need Go buy a 15" steel 5 x 108 wheel at the wrecking yard and give it a try - They *might* even let you jack it up and try the fit before you buy it Don
  4. Wheel Size Question

    The owners manual doesn't seem to think that's what it's for - Under 'Principal of Operation' it says "If the wheels spin when accelerating on slippery or loose surfaces, the system reduces engine power in order to increase traction" - Wheels, not one front wheel vs the other The computer knows the front wheels are slipping because they're comparing the rotation speed of the front vs the rear wheels I don't know about Ford, but on my electric cars, a 2% change in tire size front to rear will disable both traction control and regenerative braking because the computer thinks the drive axle is traction impaired. At any rate, with a 7% change it would probably be a good idea to disable that feature New cars are sure much pickier about such things than 'old school' cars Don
  5. Wheel Size Question

    I have no doubt that "they can get them on there" but they're not going to perform very well - That size tire belongs on a 8.5 to 10.5 inch rim and squeezing them on such a narrow rim won't allow the tread to stay flat all across the width, so you're very likely to wear out the center before you wear out the edges Also, unless you are using a similar size (diameter) tire on the front , using a 7%+ too large tire on the rear is going to cause the traction control computer fits - You'll need to turn that off But . . . . it will probably look cool as hell - What else matters?? Don
  6. Wheel Size Question

    The rear suspension on the Gen 2 TC's is nothing like the 'solid axle' you'll find under other Ford trucks - It's actually much closer to a true IRS set-up than a 'solid axle'. There are no heavy leaf springs and the shock is outboard adjacent to the wheel where it belongs as opposed to inside the leaf spring as it is on a truck. Even the U channel which serves as the 'axle' which connects the wheels is not part of the unsprung weight. For a vehicle designed primarily for hauling a large amount of cargo, the rear suspension is actually pretty doggone modern and quite lightweight. If you admire the way an F-150 handles the rough roads, you're going to love the TC Don
  7. Transmission fluid change

    Good to know that my brown 25,000 mile fluid isn't that big a deal, I guess What blows my mind is that Ford considers this a 'maintenance-free, 100,000 mile transmission' and yet they didn't opt to go with synthetic ATF - Doesn't make too much sense, does it? Don
  8. Wheel Size Question

    Typically, the solid rear axle on most RWD vehicles also includes the considerable weight of the differential and half the weight of the driveshaft, which we don't have to deal with, so no big deal (IMO) if he were to add a few pounds to the unsprung weight of the rear axle - It's already super-light, by comparison I'm very familiar with lightweight wheels and the bad effects of high unsprung weights. My Miata has 9 pound wheels made by BBS in Germany and they are shod with 15 pound Bridgestone tires . . . . for a total of 24 pounds per corner. But the Miata is not a truck, and for all intents and purposes, my TC is Don
  9. Sounds to me like the 'standard' bad connection of the cables on the battery. This causes an intermittant high resistance connection which comes and goes. Buy a battery post brush, clean everything with baking soda and then use the wire brush to clean both the posts and the inside of the cable clamp. While you're at the auto parts store, they also sell little felt washers which you put around the posts before you put the cables back on. Those washers will keep it from happening again Don
  10. Excited owner of new to me 2014 Transit Connect XLT (SWB) wagon

    The engine, transmission and suspension of the Gen 2 TC's was taken from the Ford Focus and they use the same tire size we do, and they sold lots of those - Probably why Tire Rack stocks 58 different tires - Summer, winter, all weather and ultra high performance. Yes, all TC's are made in Spain and imported. This causes Ford some import duty problems - Google 'Chicken Tax' I agree a tire with a taller sidewall can give a significantly better ride and the TC sure can use that. On the Mazda I had before this, I swapped out the 195/50R16's for 205/55R15's and saw a marked improvement in the ride while not giving up anything in handling. The 'trick' is to find a replacement tire size that maintains the same overall circumference so the gearing and the speedo stays the same Since we share so many parts with the Focus, wheels are easy to find. On my 2014 SWB wagon, I swapped out the 16 X 6.5 steel wheels for a set of 16 X 7 OEM Ford alloys from a Focus - The TPMS senders transferred over with no problems. Kept the same tires as they still have many miles left on them I had no idea the 1.6 ecoboost was so rare in SWB vans. When we were shopping for our SWB I found 3 or 4 of them fairly close to home but based largely on the problems Ford was having with them (tens of thousands recalled for overheating issues) I had eliminated those from my search and was looking at only the 2.5 L models - I had to drive 300 miles to find the one I wanted Don
  11. Excited owner of new to me 2014 Transit Connect XLT (SWB) wagon

    Certainly 97H and better tires are readily available, but so are lesser rated ones which should not be used. Hard to know from here what they sold him . . . . especially if they convinced him that 215/55R15's are 'Hen's Teeth' so they could sell him a full set of 4 Don
  12. Excited owner of new to me 2014 Transit Connect XLT (SWB) wagon

    Hopefully they replaced your tires with a 215/60R16 rated at least 97H, the minimum required as shown on the driver's door jamb and not some lesser rated tires they just happened to have on hand . . . . . The old "I can't get you just one in that size, but I can sell you 4 new ones in this size" isn't that unusual to hear at some shops Don
  13. 215/55 R16 - hens teeth?

    I'd guess it all depends on where you got stranded Tire Rack shows 58 different tires in 215/55R16 If that's 'Hen's Teeth', that chicken sure has a mouthful! I hit a chunk of asphalt which fell out of the back of a dump truck while crossing a bridge and blew a front tire on my Mitsubishi EV. Limped into the first tire shop I found and asked if they could get me a 145/65R15 - Now, you talk about 'hen's teeth' and there you have them - There are only 2 companies who import that rare size into the USA The shop manager made a couple phone calls and just 3 hours later, I had a new pair of tires and was rolling again - This was in Biloxi MS, a city of only about 50,000 Don
  14. New 2018 FTC XLT Cargo Van LWB

    I'm *pretty sure* you're right. My 2014 didn't come with Bluetooth so those holes had tan plastic covering them. When I installed my Pioneer Nav receiver with Bluetooth, I mounted the microphone that came with it in the left hand one and it fit perfectly Don
  15. None of the cities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have any meters, nor any way to charge anyone for parking - We must be missing out on tons of revenue When I think of a parking meter, I think back to the movie 'Cool Hand Luke' - Parking meters sure got Paul Newman's character into a TON of trouble, didn't they? Don