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  3. Jamie S

    Hello everyone from a new member

    Thanks Don for the pictures. The one with measuring tape shows total depth of a little over 29 cm’s. I would only go down to the top of the first obstruction up so it looks like I’d have at least 8” to 9” depth to work with. That helps with planning. Thanks.
  4. Jamie S

    Hello everyone from a new member

    Thanks Gideon for the site suggestion. That’s one that I hadn’t heard of. I’ll definitely check it out.
  5. YWennol

    No power to injectors on 1.8tdci 2008

    Hi George, did you sort your problem out ? Mine has the same symptoms !!
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  7. I wish i could get a ride in the tc, there has to be an answer. if more information please let us know.
  8. I know that, I have mentioned it before. However, looking from this side of the pond, the freedom of unsafe modifications you see on the US streets is dumbfounding. Slightly offset third brake light not meeting safety requirements seems odd. It's pretty common over here.
  9. George_97220

    Swapping Third Brake Light 2010 Connect

    Yes, but AFAIK, those standards only apply to manufacturers. Oregon, for example, only requires TWO rear brake lights. And no law prohibits removing safety equipment. Only pollution control equipment. (Technically, you could remove your seatbelts in Oregon, except that another law requires you to use them!) Check your state's laws. You can find lots of dealers in England on eBay that will sell you a used one for too much money. Search for "high-level brake light, Ford Transit Connect." PS. When you go to Lowes to buy plugs for the holes for the old light, they're all different sizes! I guess that's to prevent the factory workers from putting the light on backwards?
  10. So just a month status update. I replaced the rear hub and it fixed the issue of the noise. That was until today. It’s about 80 degrees where I’m at in New Jersey and they are making just as much noise as before. Once again, I appreciate everyone’s advice, but at this point, I’ve spend too much time and effort trying to fix this issue, and I’m just going to leave it be.
  11. And they're federally illegal in the US. Over here, a "third brake light" or CHMSL - Center High-Mount Stop Lamps - is required to be on the centerline of the vehicle. That's the reason why Ford switched the North America-spec vans to the rooftop brake light, we can't have offset. Now, whether Jessica could get away with it or not depends on her local state/area and police, specifically whether they are knowledgeable about the centerline requirement. As collinjx recommended, I'd go with some sort of spacer to lift the fan up slightly. All big box stores (HD, Lowes, etc) sell sheets of plastic, y'all could buy a piece and cut it into a spacer that matches the base? I don't know if anyplace sells pre-cut spacers, but the DIY option can be done right away today or this weekend.
  12. zalienz

    wanker starter problems

    My experiences with multiple failed starters leads almost always to the same cause - Voltage Drop. You should do a voltage drop test on the starter circuit, or a technician of your choosing should perform this test. Generally, acceptable voltage drop is 0.1 volt per connection. Anything more than that can stop solenoids from engaging, or burn up the starter motor with low voltage and high amperage. Start with the battery, and then check the cables. This video is a good overview. Good luck!
  13. As best as Irecall, hitch weight when towing a trailer should NOT exceed 10% of tow weight. IE: 2000lb tow limit = 200lb hitch wt limit. And as someone else pointed out, if you're hanging all the weight above & behind the hitch, the allowed weight is cut in half !
  14. rjmorel

    wanker starter problems

    I agree Don, something isn't right.
  15. You can get the original door mounted third brake light from ebay.
  16. collinjx

    Swapping Third Brake Light 2010 Connect

    An adapter plate is sold on EBay that fill in the roof ridges for the gen2 TC. The plate makes a flat service to mount the fan. Mounting the fan on the plate raises the fan around 3/8". The plate plus a shim should let the fan close. Ford Transit Connect Roof Vent Adapter for first generation 2002-2013
  17. Yikes, we're DIY-ing a transit connect mini camper van conversion and messed up on the fan install. The fan is in, but we focused so much on measuring the size of the hole we were cutting that we didn't realize the high mounted third brake fixture was going to prevent the fan from closing all the way :( amateur hour here. Does anyone know of any fixtures that lay flat on the roof? Or how hard it would be to have the third brake on the roof removed and have one instead put into the upper left door? It looks like our van has a spot for that already ...
  18. Not sure this is the pop top you’re looking at. Europe has a lot more options than we do, much cheaper and done in a day. This guy ends up being about $10K and wants the van for 2 weeks. https://ursaminorvehicles.com/campers/ford-camper-conversions.html
  19. DonShockley

    Hello everyone from a new member

    These were some photos posted in 2016 on the forum that I copied for my own future reference if needed. Unfortunately, I didn't think to make notes on the photos of who the original poster was or a link to the post itself. Nor did I make a note of the model year. I tried to search and find the original source post but I was unable to find it. So with all due apologies to the original forum poster, here are copies of his photos of the area that show the area under the van floor extensions.
  20. Beta Don

    wanker starter problems

    The solenoid atop the starter motor does two things. It pushes a spring loaded copper disk against the two contacts to make the starter motor run and at the same time, it slides the gear along the starter shaft so it will engage the teeth on the flywheel or flex plate to turn over the engine. If there's a problem with the way the teeth engage, that might keep the copper disc from making a good connection to turn the starter motor I would check the teeth on the flywheel or flex plate (likely a flex plate on a TC as they're all automatics and the torque converter bolts to a flex plate, not a flywheel) and see what shape the teeth are in. Some engines come to rest in the same place every time you shut them off, so the starter ends up engaging the same few teeth every time you start it. Maybe those teeth are bad and the flex plate needs changing. Some starters need to be adjusted (usually with shims) to make the teeth on the starter engage the teeth on the flex plate correctly. One time, many years ago, I had an SS 396 Chevelle with was literally destroying starter motor every few hundred miles - It was actually breaking the starter motor shaft near the end where it mated with the flywheel. This baffled everybody who saw it or worked on it. Come to find out, a 396 expert told us that the starter doesn't just get bolted to the engine block, but it gets shimmed to work properly. Once it was properly installed, no more problems! Don't know that much about Gen 1 TC's or Focuses, but there are people who do and that's who you need to talk to about this. Obviously, starters last most TC's for 100K or more, so the fact that you are going through them every few hundred miles is an anomaly, and there *is* a unique reason why this is happening . . . . and it's NOT that the starters are using cheap metal in them Don
  21. Your passenger wagon (assuming non-panoramic roof) is only rated by Ford to carry 165lbs regardless of what rails are on it (OEM vs aftermarket). Since I don't have OEM rails, I bought a pair of 'universal' ladder racks that are manufacturer-rated for 500lbs, but I'm still limited to 220lbs (including the rack itself) since I have a cargo van.
  22. Gideon

    Hello everyone from a new member

    Take a look at this site for ideas. http://www.camper-van-fun.com/mini-camper.html Its a european site but has a lot of great ideas.
  23. I haven't posted much here after my initial research phase and final purchase of my van. We're starting to buy accessories and make plans for the build out, so I'm making an effort share my progress, other findings, and purchases with other TC enthusiasts here. I purchased and installed a rack/cross bars system two weeks ago, I went with the Thule system. I'll list the parts below. Side bar: the customer service at e-trailers.com was superb, I would recommend doing business with that company. TH712400 Thule SquareBar Crossbars TH710601 Evo Flush Rail Feet for Thule Crossbars - Flush Side Rails TH186032 Fit Kit for Thule Evo Flush Roof Rack Feet It definitely wasn't the cheapest way to get outfitted with a rack. There are some systems on e-bay that are cheaper, but the convenience and fast shipping was really what I needed at the time. The other accessory that I wanted to share about is the awning I purchased. I found it on Camping World's website, it was the least expensive and simplest system I could find. We're modifying the brackets to install it, because I don't want to drill holes in my new cross bars. Initially, I'm impressed with the quality of the awning for the price. If you are looking for an inexpensive awning option, here's the link to the awning: https://www.campingworld.com/trustmade-6.5'-x-6.5'-car-rooftop-pull-out-awning-shelter-black-118964.html We also purchased, just today, some slide on window netting. We live in a warmer climate in summer, so windows down for sleeping in the van is required but can get buggy. We're testing these slide on window coverings that promote air flow, but keep bugs out. These came on recommendation from a friend who van camps/sleeps a lot. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VPMVD4H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I will test everything this weekend camping and report back, and post some pictures too.
  24. Thanks! I ended up ordering the Thule system from e-trailers.com because I was on a timeline. Sadly, the weak part of the system isn't the Thule rack it's the factory rails. As I understand it, the Ford factory rail system with a rack/cross bars system installed are only rated to hold around 150#. Which is kind of disappointing. We took 2 Dagger kayaks on a trip with it, and they probably weigh 50-60#'s each and it performed nicely. I guess we'll see if I need to modify to hold more weight later.
  25. rjmorel

    wanker starter problems

    I bought a used 2013 Connect with around 64,000 miles on it. everything worked great on it. Then the starter started acting up. Turn key and starter would click but not engage. If I held key on sometimes it would engage and start. 3 remanufactured starters later all lasting 400-600 miles but lifetime warranty I got tired of it and told mechanic to put in a brand new starter. It lasted 4000 miles and now is dead. Mechanic has checked battery and all relays that pertain to the starter. He said that it was the cheap metal they put in the solenoid arcs over then doesn't make connection. He's seen it in other cars also. Is there something else that could be making the starter solenoid die early? I'm baffled and tired of getting stranded by an otherwise nice little van. Do other connects have this problem? I have a friend that has a 2012 connect with 154,000 miles on it and has original starter working just fine. thanks rj
  26. I bought a used 2013 Connect with around 64,000 miles on it. everything worked great on it. Then the starter started acting up. Turn key and starter would click but not engage. If I held key on sometimes it would engage and start. 3 remanufactured starters later all lasting 400-600 miles but lifetime warranty I got tired of it and told mechanic to put in a brand new starter. It lasted 4000 miles and now is dead. Mechanic has checked battery and all relays that pertain to the starter. He said that it was the cheap metal they put in the solenoid arcs over then doesn't make connection. He's seen it in other cars also. Is there something else that could be making the starter solenoid die early? I'm baffled and tired of getting stranded by an otherwise nice little van. Do other connects have this problem? I have a friend that has a 2012 connect with 154,000 miles on it and has original starter working just fine. thanks rj
  27. Jamie S

    Hello everyone from a new member

    I didn't know that. Thanks mrtn, I'll take all the info I can get. I'm a firm believer in "measure twice, build once".
  28. mrtn

    Hello everyone from a new member

    There's also a community in Facebook, search for Transit Connect Campers if you're a Facebook user.
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