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About Dandytc

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  • Region
    Canada British Columbia
  • Location
    Metro Vancouver
  • Current Vehicle
    2015 TC XLT LWB wagon hatchback
  1. The video posted by rectalogic (forum member) yesterday on another thread, shows the mechanic using a battery tender to avoid losing data and memories.
  2. The default language of the display appears to be French...Interesting.
  3. Overhead aircraft style storage with doors

    I like the aircraft style storage bins; they are great for storing some of the things that I like to have in my car, but rarely need access to, such as first-aid kit, emergency kit and supplies, flashlight, some small basic tools, etc. They are always there, never in the way, neatly put away. And for $100, I think it is a reasonable option for storage that is unobtrusive. That being said, I never carry passengers who might want to use the bins for themselves.
  4. Open 2014 Liftgate from Inside?

    On my key fob the "trunk unlock" button will unlock the trunk when all doors are locked, but it will not release the latch as one might expect; I still have to walk behind the car and unlatch the traditional way. The other doors will remain locked. The trunk will be locked again when closed, so it only works once. Doesn't yours even do that?
  5. 5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    I agree with Don. Keep in mind that using an oil grade different from the Ford recommendations may void your warranty in case of future claim, whether related to oil grades or not. In a situation where I think that my oil is "overworked", I would simply do more frequent oil (and filter) changes.
  6. Traction control consequences

    I doubt that it would do much good. As a matter of fact, the manual says that it may be beneficial to turn Traction Control off, when stuck in mud or snow. The big surprise for me was how the computer reacted and needed a reset.
  7. Last night, I got stuck in a few inches of snow on a parking lot, due to an aborted start when someone else started behind me, and not having snow tires installed, because the unusual amount of snow here has caused snow tires to become a rare commodity. Anyway, I started rocking my tc back and forth to try and get it out of there, tires spinning and traction control engaging on and off, when all of a sudden, the instrument cluster came alive: most indicator lamps came on, as well as a message on the display. Just then, 2 nice guys who were about to leave, came over and gave me a little push that got me out of the ruts, and I was on my way (Thanks again guys). The thing was, the instrument cluster was still lit up with the brake, traction control, abs, and air bag indicator, there was still a message about hill start assist not being available, and the speedometer didn't work. I drove home like that, as I wasn't completely sure that turning the engine off to try and reset the computer would work, and I didn't want to be stuck there. Once I got home, I turned the engine off, waited a few seconds, and restarted the engine. The only indicator lamp that was still on was the abs. I asked my friend the mechanic about it, and he said to drive the car for 100 or so feet, so that all 4 abs sensors can be detected, and sure enough, that cleared it up. Now, if this happens to you, you'll know how to fix it, or maybe you are more tech savvy than me, and you knew already.
  8. G Money, the thread below might be of interest to you, if not too late. Besides the video posted, make sure to read the posts (including mine) that talk about wiring to the rear fuse box. Good Luck.
  9. I have had U-Haul hitches on two of my previous vehicles, one of which was installed by them, and was quite happy with their product and labour. For my TC, I called them up for a quote, but couldn't easily find a picture of their hitch, so, since I don't like buying a cat in a bag, I bought a Curt hitch. Super easy to install.
  10. Vincent VanGoing 1.0

    Pretty fancy information display, compared to the 2015 model. It's nice to be able to see everything without scrolling down too much.
  11. Cabin Air Filter Location and Maintenance

    Your answer may be here, unless you are in the EU.
  12. You are right, it is not. However, as Beta Don points out, it is a matter of perception, mostly if you are used to driving smaller cars. My previous ride was a Focus wagon, and although the TC is only marginally wider, and a foot longer, it feels HUGE. So much so that so far, my wife has resisted driving "the bus". The wider turning radius has a lot to do with it: an extra 6 feet added to the curb to curb is substantial enough. That feeling would be exacerbated for someone going from a car to a van, losing the visibility through the rear windows, having to get used to relying on mirrors and camera and maybe sensors to maneuver, rather than look over their shoulder. Another factor is the feel of the vehicle when starting or accelerating. The TC feels more like a truck than a car, but again, it has to do with what you are used to driving. The adaptation is likely easier if you drove another van or pickup before. That being said, I love my TC so far, and I know I will only get more confident with it.
  13. Vincent VanGoing 1.0

    On the 2017 models, the block heater is an option in Canada that will set you back Can$100 (about US$75). In California, the same option is US$35. This kind of deal looks a lot like the roof rail deal; very expensive unless it comes installed from the factory.
  14. Vincent VanGoing 1.0

    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.