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Don Ridley

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  1. Rear speaker harness location

    These terminals will plug directly into the back of the AJB https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0167ZFHH2?tag=viglink21027-20
  2. Rear speaker harness location

    Power for the sub is available on the other side of the cargo area at the Aux Junction Box (AJB). It has circuits that are always hot and hot when the ignition (not Accessory) is on. I found a way to plug directly into to the AJB: But using the Ignition power to turn on the sub will not allow the sub to play when you turn on the stereo w/o the key in the ignintion (my basic Sync, small sceeen, unit allows this) or when you turn off the ignition and sit in the car for a while. The only "signal" power coming out of the head unit is 12v to power the antenna. It will be a project to tap into this and run it back to the sub. antenna wiring.pdf
  3. Other Ford owners have been able to make changes to the factory configuration of their vehicle’s computer modules. The F150 forums identified and changed dozens of options using a program called Forscan. But the configuration of the TC computer modules is different and requires a different approach. The Focus owners have been using a program called Foccus. This program has been working on Focus models up to 2016. I also found the Escape Forum guys used a more sophisticated function in Forscan to make several changes to 2017+ Escapes. Since the TC and Focus are built on the same platform, I wondered if we could use their program(s) to change setting in the TC. After some nervous trial and error, I found the Foccus program worked to change two functions on my 2016 TC-XLT: Global window closing using the key fob. High beam headlights and fog lights on at the same time (called Bambi-mode so you can see Bambi at night) Here are the details specific to my experience and links to well written tutorials on how to use Focccus and Forscan. Please read the attached forum links and tutorials for details on how to use these two programs. These modifications should work on 2014-2016 TCs BUT I HAVE ONLY TESTED IT ON MY 2016 TC, so proceed at your on risk. I am not an expert. Basic steps: Buy a high quality OBD II adapter (approx. $75) to link to the HS and MS CAN networks. See the Forscan tutorial for recommendations and cautions. Use Focccus to make the changes and load them into the Body Control Module (BCM) in your TC. YOU MUST MAKE A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL FACTORY CONFIGURATION in case you have any problems. You don’t need to make XML files. Use Forscan to clear the numerous DTC faults that are set by the procedure. Fix a residual problem/bug with a double horn honk when locking the doors. Here are the links. Please read thoroughly: Forscan Tutorial (OBD II specs. You will only use Forscan to clear DTCs) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-8dKaS_Spu4Zw4hV_CrKC4tLoP9G8yejqegF1wxIqxY/edit Forum post about Forscan (for reference) http://www.2gfusions.net/showthread.php?tid=4573 FOCCCUS forum topic (this is most applicable to Transit Connect) http://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-st-electronics/20866-focccus-pc-app-built-editor-all-around-reprogrammer.html FOCCCUS youtube (see others as needed.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d7XJ2ydV60 Now connect to your TC using Focccus. Then “read from BCM” to load the configuration into Focccus. NOW SAVE A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION using the “save to file” button. Change setting #18 from "fog lamp US" to "fog lamp". Change setting #184 from "not set or disabled" to "global open/close B-Max" “Write to BCM” to load the changes. THIS IS THE CRITICAL STEP. Close Focccus after you are sure the write is complete. Open Forscan and clear all the DTCs. Test global closing by double press and hold the lock button on the key fob. The Bambi-mode causes some strange behavior that can be fixed. Locking the doors using the keyfob initiates a double lock (maybe lock then unlock?) and double horn honk. There appears to be a mis-set bit telling the TC that you are locking the doors remotely with the engine running. Here’s how I fixed/reset this error: Sit inside and close all the doors. Remove the key from the ignition, and lock the doors from the inside using the button on the door. Unlock the doors using the door button. If you have the perimeter alarm, lock yourself in the car using the keyfob. Wait for the alarm to set then open the door. The countdown beep will sound. Turn it off by pressing the unlock button. Now the doors should lock normally: one press w/o honk and two presses w/one honk. I could not fix this problem by loading the original file back into the BCM and this caused some stressful moments. I found a Focus owner had this same issue and he identified the lock/unlock fix. My addition of triggering the alarm may not be necessary but it worked and I did not want to go back and test every possibility. I did not try any other changes in Focccus because my TC has most of the options/functions listed. If you are daring, you can try adding other options using Focccus. But know that you are taking a chance and you need to be prepared to load the original file back into the BCM. But as I found with the double horn honk problem, there could be unexpected consequences. Dark Car Mode I saw the Explorer and F150 forums found a way to turn off the lights when the doors are opened (police or dark car mode). Focccus does not have this option. The Forscan or Focccus developers could reverse engineer this if there was enough interest and someone on this forum took the lead. Several people on this forum had the dealer activate this mode and having those configuration files will be the key.
  4. If anyone wants to add daytime running lights (DRL), can you try Option #16 in Focccus: 16 - DRL 00 - not configured 01 - Standard dipped light 02 - Always dipped light except in Pos p 05 - RH symmetry 03 - unknown Please test option 2. I want the DRLs to turn off when the gear is in PARK. My TC came with DRLs that are on all the time. I don't want to risk losing the option (because it is unrecognized (03) and I can't be sure it will reload properly if I change it), but if you are adding DRL you don't have that worry. Some Focus owners have been unsuccessful enabling the DRL except in PARK function.
  5. digital speedometer

    Good work finding the source of the problem. My 2016 TC 1.6l has the digital speedo. They probably had to make special firmware to address the tsb and later integrated the changes differently in production vehicles. Keep the pressure on. I think you will get a response.
  6. Trans slipping

    No, diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) can only be read with a scanner or reader. The free program Forscan with an OBD2 adapter works.
  7. Trans slipping

    This has the symptoms of "limp" mode. Did you get a fault message? When there is a serious fault condition, the transmission goes into a high gear and the engine revs are limited. Cycling power may fix it if the cause was a temporary bad sensor reading. You need to read the DTC (not just the check engine) codes to see what happened.
  8. When the dealer updates the BCM it would make sense to have them also activate dark mode. We will have to wait for a late 2017 or 2018 owner to confirm the Forscan function.
  9. What is the status of this project? I hope you got it to work, but if not, I have been using some programs to change the computer settings in the TC that may be useful to you. One of the settings is the type of fog lights. Here is my post
  10. I saw a setting in Forscan for Approach Mode. It was under one of the module configuration tabs It was "on" in my application. I think this involves the exterior lights when the doors are unlocked and/or opened. You will need the extended license from Forscan to change this (I think it could be changed, but unsure what it will do). See my post for remote windows up. It has links to Forscan tutorials.
  11. digital speedometer

    I did not see the option to add options to the display in focccus.
  12. digital speedometer

    I have not seen a list of options the dealer can add because that is on their proprietary equipment. The program Focccus (used by Focus owners to make their own changes) shows some of what was available to Focus owners. You can download Focccus and run it without connecting it to a car to get an idea of what may be possible. Or simply ask the service tech what is available?
  13. digital speedometer

    It does appear that they changed your options. You will have to go back and have them correct the error. Think about other options you may want like daytime running lights, dark mode, etc. Those can be added during the same visit and you may be able to shame them into adding the options for free.
  14. Your TC must have the one touch window function on every window for the global open or close to work. I think global open is factory programmed on properly equipped vehicles
  15. Check the owners manual about TPMS. The Gen 2 TC has a reset/learn procedure.
  16. I don't think the procedure makes changes to the actual BCM programming. It changes a file with data that is used by the BCM and PCM to activate or modify already existing programming. The BCM/PCM interaction makes changes much more complex than the F150 programming. If a shop purchased the Ford hardware and paid the very expensive license fee, they should be able to turn on dark mode. The hacked applications like focccus and foscan don't have a way to update the BCM code. But they should be able to activate dark mode on the proper BCM version... If they want to take the time to do it. I am more excited about Bambi mode than the global widow function. But testing it in my driveway, I could not see any improvement in brightness when the fogs are on. I have not tested it on the road yet.
  17. From the service manual: Engine coolant flows primarily from the engine to the radiator circuit and back to the coolant pump. Coolant is sent from the coolant pump through the engine block and cylinder heads. A separate circuit from the engine also feeds the heater core and turbocharger with coolant. The coolant pump, operated by engine rotation through the accessory drive belt, circulates the coolant. The coolant thermostat is a control valve actuated by coolant temperature. When the thermostat is closed, coolant flow bypasses the radiator circuit and returns to the coolant pump. When the thermostat is opened, coolant flows through the radiator circuit to transfer engine-generated heat to the outside air. The transmission cooler - warmer is mounted on the transmission. On initial startup, the transmission fluid heater coolant control valve opens and allows warm coolant from the engine to enter the transmission cooler - warmer to warm the transmission fluid. As the engine and transmission warm, the transmission fluid heater coolant control valve closes and the transmission fluid cooler coolant control valve opens, allowing cooler coolant from the radiator to enter the transmission cooler - warmer to cool the transmission fluid.
  18. JustinVP, I added sound deadening materials to my 2016 wagon. After reviewing lengthy discussions on car audio forums. there are two types of sound deadeners: 1. Heavy material to keep the metal from "ringing" and 2. Dense material to absorb sounds. The technical details are more complicated buy you get the idea. I used a Dynamat-like material (Second skin Damplifier Pro) on the door panels and floor. These materials only need 50% coverage to be effective. They can be difficult to install and are mainly for improving the audio quality of your sound system. However, Ford already adds similar material to much of the body, ceiling and floor because it works on road noise also. What may be more effective at reducing road noise is adding padding to all of the door and cargo area panels. I used Thermozite: http://www.upholsterysupplyonline.com/products/Double-sided-thermozite-heat-shield-padding.html Apply with spray on glue. Removing the panels requires panel removal tools. Amazon has dozens: https://www.amazon.com/Tresalto-Auto-Trim-Removal-Tool/dp/B01L8GHB7O/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1522545499&sr=8-7&keywords=panel+removal+tools Removing the front door panels can be tricky. Here are some instructions: I really like the sound and feel the Thermozite adds. Does it really make the interior much quieter? I can't say for sure. The first couple of panels will take you a while to insulate, but it gets easier as you go.
  19. I looked at my Torque app (full, paid version). Under the main settings menu there is a selection to add custom PIDs. There is a long list of Ford specific PIDs so I added them. Under the Realtime data screen I started adding displays. The Ford specific PIDs showed as options but many of them were not returning any data (they are green when active). But I saw a transmission temperature selection that was active and display the temperature. So look at the data with the engine running and hopefully you can find what you need.
  20. Rear Sensor alert tone

    I did some testing and if you connect a trailer harness, and you have the tow package, the TC will expect all the trailer lights to work. I found the turn signals flashed rapidly and an error message displayed when I did not have turn signal bulbs installed. If you want to permanently simulate a turn signal load you need at least 11watts (5w did not work). A 10 ohm, 25w resistor will work well. So for a permanently installed rack or bumper, you could wire the resistors to a trailer plug and keep it plugged in. You probably will have to add another resistor to simulate the tail/running lights so the trailer module thinks a trailer is attached. This should disable the backup alarms. I know this is complicated, but it will work.
  21. “Transmission Fault-Service Now”

    This error message and the "engine fault, service now" can be caused by a simple sensor failing briefly, or something more serious. I recently got the engine fault warning on my 2016 and it cleared with an engine restart. If it happens again I will take it in for a warranty repair. At least they can scan it with something better than my OBDII tool. OBDII shows no error codes.
  22. The Focus forum has this info: http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/mk3-focus/430434-torque-pid-ford-focus.html#/topics/430434 Maybe it will work for the TC since they are similar platforms. I have the Torque app but have not researched how to add custom data. If you get it to work please share.
  23. Here's the part number,: 8A6A-13776-A You will have to add a jumper wire to route the switched 12v to the map lamps. It is simple and requires a female spade lug. I installed LED bulbs and recommend the Phillps 194LED bulbs over the cheap ones on Amazon. They have better color, are brighter and don't fail after 2 months.
  24. You can buy an OEM light with reading lights that snaps in. I found it on the Tasca Ford website. But there is not constant 12v power overhead for passenger use. I wired my light so all 3 lights go on when the doors open (switches have to be "on" at the light). This works well to add more cargo as area light. Let me know if you want the p/n and I will search for my purchase. It was less than $30 I think.
  25. What does the stock wireless do?

    If you upgraded to the basic SYNC it will play via USB and Bluetooth. SYNC will have the small screen above the radio controls, SYNC3 is the touchscreen.
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