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  2. The easy part would be to swap the unit. In older cars, it was fairly easy to buy a new control module and install it. Unplug, unbolt, bot, and plug back in. But if you have to load firmware and/or software, or program, that is not so easy. I haven't tried it myself. But I suspect it's not as easy as saving your vehicle profile with FORScan, then reloading it. This does not sound like such an easy DIY job. But there are independent shops who can do it. The only reason that most shops can't is because they have not invested into the computer hardware, software, and training. Just about anything a dealership tech can do, a small shop should be able to do. Or you can order the IDS system yourself, and try to do it at home.
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  4. Fifty150

    CD player removal

    I guess you will have to fabricate that yourself. I haven't seen a radio delete kit with a dashboard cubby hole.
  5. There are several main computer modules. The Body Control Module BCM and Power Control Module are the main ones. You must load any module with firmware and a configuration file specific to your VIN. Your only hope to avoid the dealer is to find a used module from a vehicle that is virtually identical. But there is a possibility this may not work either.
  6. bocephus205

    center caps for a 2012

    yea no Issues, it was a really tight fit after the modifications
  7. OLDSCHOOLFOOL

    CD player removal

    "and would much rather have some cubby storage instead." Quite possibly a better use of the space.
  8. OLDSCHOOLFOOL

    CD player removal

    Wish my 2016 did. Radio these days absolutely sucks. Who the hell listens to AM radio anyway? I was trying to imagine what sort of person that was. I ran an MP3 player through the aux connection but it kept breaking.
  9. OLDSCHOOLFOOL

    center caps for a 2012

    Yes, I get what you did. I was a little confused at first, thinking you were placing them between the wheel and hub, which did not make too much sense to me. With the rim of the cap flared out.....have they all stayed in place?
  10. The same thing happened to my 2014 Transit Connect. Everything went to zero, worked fine until I tried to turn it on. It’s cheaper for me to throw a new ECU in then to take it to the dealer. Are the ECU’s coded to the key fob and ignition cylinder? Or can I throw in another ECU and not have to do any coding.
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  12. My 16 TCXLT fr wipers move easily by hand (very little resistance )vehicle off, while i was clearing ice. Days of old the wiper transmission would offer to much resistance. After clearing ice i repositioned to there park position,start van and all is well..any harm in this ?
  13. bocephus205

    center caps for a 2012

    I made some cuts and flared the ends like this jeep center cap, but I was in a hurry to get it done, I'm sure a large enough o-ring would work as well
  14. Fifty150

    CD player removal

    What will you do about the big hole in the dashboard? Will the Bluetooth still work without the head unit plugged in?
  15. Does the Mercedes small van have AWD? Only if marketing surveys point in that direction. There has to be a demand. Maybe an AWD Transit Connect could rally race against Subaru. But of course, they can be wrong in the boardroom. Ford marketing felt that the Ranger was not worth building, and that everybody should just buy an F-150. Are they still on track to give up selling cars in North America? Who am I to say? I have never bought a small Ford. In my mind, I remember the Pinto, Fiesta, and Mustang II. In today's market, I would buy a Honda if I needed a small car. Same way I would not buy a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. But I am also the same guy who would buy a Toyota Tacoma instead of the new Ranger.
  16. mgordon

    New 2019 TC Wagon Titanium semi-conversion

    Just thought I'd post a small update here; some camping accessories. I've made some small changes to the interior as well; making it so that I can add one of the rear seats back in quickly and easily.
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  18. I ran a test on this for an extended time with an accurate meter directly on the battery terminals. The TC appears to be setup for Ford's "silver calcium" battery, used as standard equipment in Europe from Ford. It's a slightly different battery formula than is commonly used in US. It's supposed to last longer and resist sulfation, but requires a slightly higher system voltage. As a result, most Ford Europe vehicles are setup with 14.8V nominal alternator outputs, vs the more typical US domestic 14.4. As a matter of fact, I just removed the original battery and replaced it. The original battery had a black Motorcraft BXT-96R sticker on it, but there was clearly another sticker underneath, so I peeled it up and the actual original battery was a made in Germany Ford Silver Calcium T6 (DIN standard size T6). The slightly higher system voltage probably isn't a big deal, but you may not get as much life out of a standard lead-acid battery running in this electrical system. Wouldn't worry over it too much. Not sure if Ford has taken this into account with their now specified replacement battery, a Motorcraft 40R. It's not expensive, about the same as any other battery on the market. The 1.6L Ecoboost option has a battery charge regulator to reduce load on the engine. Mine is a 2.5L, and there's no additional regulator on the battery. The 1.6L will show different voltage on the battery than the alternator output.
  19. OLDSCHOOLFOOL

    Disable Perimeter Lighting

    Until you mentioned it here I wasn't even aware there was a separate button to unlock the back doors. I guess I had seen it but didn't pay any attention to it since in general I can't think of why I might want to unlock the cargo area but have the passenger compartment still locked. Maybe the other way around, but I'm just in the habit of double clicking the fob every time I unlock anything even if I don't actually need into the cargo area. Finger just does it automatically. I'm going to be pissed off one day when the electronic lock doesn't work since the is no mechanical key back there. That might be the day before I sell it.
  20. Thanks for posting that tidbit, good catch! I missed that somehow. Below is an article that highlights that change. I'm sure there are others but probably not much info on the TC itself. For those that kept insisting that Ford stopped converting cargo vans from passenger vans after being imported, perhaps this article will convince you it's still being done. Probably not. Wonder what the next Gen 3 TC is going to be like? I hate being jealous. Maybe a hybrid and/or EV since US markets can't accept the diesel. AWD option would be super cool. Will be fun to see what develops. https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/ford-will-build-transit-connect-mexico
  21. Don Ridley

    CD player removal

    LOL! The CD player is part of the radio head unit called the audio control module ACM. Pop the plastic cover above the ACM off the ACM by pulling it straight toward you. It's a struggle. Remove the plastic around the ACM the same way. The ACM is secured by a couple of screws.
  22. Don Ridley

    Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery

    I have been monitoring the charge voltage since I installed the AGM battery and disabled the BMS. The power control module appears to adjust the voltage based on the battery temperature and charge current. Max voltage has been 15.1 after start-up with 40 degree battery temp. The voltage is high at this phase even when the charge current is low. As the battery warms up the voltage slowly drops. I think the lowest charge voltage has been 13.9. This only happens after driving for about 30 minutes. It will be interesting to see what happens when it's 100 degrees. I don't know if theses voltages are ideal for an AGM. I will find out in a couple of years. But like Beta Don said, I want more cycling capacity. But in the end, it's just another lead acid battery that will fail eventually.
  23. Does anyone have measurements? I really want to get a Connect, and I see two people on here with dirt bikes got them in a Connect but my mind is still blown on how you did it. I went to the Ford dealer yesterday and measured the cargo door opening, I measured just over 45" in height. My bars at a resting height are 49" Are you guys just compressing the crap out of your forks to get them in? Anyone have a video? Thanks!
  24. mrtn

    CD player removal

    there's s CD-player in a 2019? 😄
  25. Hope you find one, I love my Race Red! I still get many compliments. I have a friend that ordered one on November 18th, he's getting it at the end of this month, so 2 1/2 months, not bad. They are moving production to Mexico for 2021 model year, should be much quicker to get one then.
  26. Several of us who converted to the Group 48 size and AGM format did so because we are running things off the battery and not just using it to start the engine, so we wanted more power, more reserve capacity and less self discharge I carry a pair of full sized Segway I2's in the back and I wanted to be able to charge them using an inverter while driving and I didn't want to have to shut down the inverter when I stop for gas , or lunch, or shopping along the way. I installed a 750 watt inverter in the back of the van fed by a #4 wire and a 70 amp fuse, powered off the battery. Others are running refrigerators and other things, usually with inverters, so stuffing the most reserve amp hours into the stock battery box was a good idea . . . . and it has worked well for all of us Don
  27. LOL, I wouldn't put it past them. But 96R is a standard format car battery under US numbering system, and T6 is a standard DIN battery size in Europe (equivalent to US group 91 battery). Ford says to use their 40R battery, which isn't expensive and is made in Germany - likely a silver-calcium battery. I did a little checking with a voltmeter today, and the electrical system is definitely set up from the factory for charging Ford's (european) Silver Calcium batteries. It runs at about 14.8 - 14.9 volts, just a little bit higher voltage than ideal for flooded cell (wet) or AGM batteries sold in the US. They're standard issue all over Europe in Ford products, but not at all common in the US. Exide's calcium-tin battery is probably quite happy at this voltage. File it under useless data.
  28. sKiZo

    Disable Perimeter Lighting

    Not sure, and yes it was used as a commercial van before I got it. As mentioned, took me a while to figure out the trunk button on my remote opened the back doors. Until then, I used the key. Seems to me I actually fat fingered the button for my "discovery". So, what do other type one owners do with their trunk button, seeing as how there's, like ... no trunk? And yes - It did come with a cargo wall. Most of it's still there, even ... ;-} PS - the normal lock/unlock buttons only work with the front and side doors.
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