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  1. 1 point
    Fifty150

    Oil Change

    Just for BSUPC
  2. 1 point
    G B L

    Oil Change

    Here is the Web site for the Manual. The price is 69 for the pdf, and 129 for the version that has active hyperlinks. https://www.factory-manuals.com/expand-ford-transit-connect-2013-2014-2015-2016-2017-2018-factory-repair-manual-344.html
  3. 1 point
    Fifty150

    Oil Change

    Make your own. Plenty of YouTube videos. Much better fresh.
  4. 1 point
    G B L

    Oil Change

    I have another mission now find Duke's and see what you mean!!
  5. 1 point
    BSUPC

    Oil Change

    I am not going to names here, but I have had the pleasure of watching a mechanic at a shop here locally get the oil from the supply room to do a oil change. The Customer specified it had to be Castrol 10w30 and nothing else. Me and the mechanic (A Friend) walk into the supply room where six 55 gallon drums are sitting. He grabs a empty Castrol 10w30 jug, walks over to one of the drums, pumps the pump handle and fills the jug up. Walks out and dumps it in the Customers car. The side of all six drums were labeled Havoline 10w20. Yet another reason I do not take mine anywhere. You just never know. But name brand is not to big of an issue for me as long as it meets the requirements. The name on the jug does not keep my car running, its whats inside. But that is just me, unless it is mayonnaise and then it better be Duke's.
  6. 1 point
    G B L

    Oil Change

    The newer cars use the engine oil for more than lubrication. The oil is the actuation fluid for the Cam timers, changing the viscosity can cause a malfunction in the engine operation. Motor oil that meets the API certifications will not hurt the engine if you match the specs in the manual. Valvoline, Napa, Super Tech, Pennzoil Mobil 1 and most others will meet the Ford spec.
  7. 1 point
    G B L

    100,000 miles with my 2015 Transit Connect

    The parts rebuilding has changed to mostly replacement because the Manufacturing process is so advanced . The other thing is Rebuilt is not new, if the cost is the same then it should be new.
  8. 1 point
    Fifty150

    Oil Change

    That is why oil change is such a hotly debated topic. A lot of people feel exactly as you do. They will only use what is specified in the owners manual. I understand your position. The owners manual has more than one print version. Some owners manuals say that Ford recommends Castrol. I have a Ford truck with a fuel cap which says to use BP Fuel. I wouldn't get very far, because there are no BP Fuel Stations in my area. I have heard that it is simply a business decision to print a recommended brand into the owners manual. The cars are not specifically engineered to used one specific brand of oil. Others will also point out that as per the owners manual, you will be fine as long as you are using oil with the API starburst logo. My personal choice is to use the correct weight oil, and change oil at or before the recommended maintenance schedule, or follow the recommended maintenance schedule for severe duty.. My driving is at low speeds, stop & go traffic, and extended idle sitting in traffic all day. Yet I see how plenty of people will post their used oil analysis report to prove that they can drive for 10,000 miles or more with their choice of oil brand. I don't think that you have to use Motorcraft only. I have no problem with using Motorcraft, and use it every chance I can get a good price. Just picked up a case of Motorcraft transmission fluid, since it was even less in cost than the Wal*Mart SuperTech brand. While Motorcraft brand oil & filters are good, there are other options.
  9. 1 point
    Fifty150

    Oil Change

    It's possible to strip nuts. Why did you get charged for them stripping your lug nuts? The dealer should have apologized and given you free lug nuts.
  10. 1 point
    Sometimes the dealers update your car's body control module, engine control module, or transmission control module. These updates can be for anything from shift strategy, to your air fuel ratio, to whatever Ford feels is needed for your car to operate better. No schedule for computer updates. They are made available whenever the manufacturer decides to issue them.
  11. 1 point
    davidparker

    No Syncro on 1st gear

    Im not sure on the TC, but many first gears are not synchronized, so in most transmissions a bad clutch will definitely cause a problem with shifting into 1st. Even with a synchronized gear, a bad clutch will cause undo wear on the other synchronizers and gears. So I would definitely replace the clutch. Even if it doesn't fix your first gear, it will still save wear on tear on the transmission and probably delay the expense of a new gear box. The good news is that you have a manual transmission. Unlike us here in the US, we can't even get a manual transmission. So when we lose a gear we are screwed!
  12. 1 point
    Beta Don

    Oil Change

    But . . . . who would put any synthetic blend in their TC? Don
  13. 1 point
    Beta Don

    GEN2 Transmission Out

    There is a way to fill it and there is also a way to check the fluid level - Ford just wants you to let the dealer do it for a couple hundred bucks, but the owner can do it too. I did mine at 25K and will continue to service it at regular intervals. I would probably let my local Ford dealer do it too, but both of them have proven that they're not to be trusted touching my van Don
  14. 1 point
    Beta Don

    GEN2 Transmission Out

    That depends - If you think the Gen 2 trans is a 'lifetime, maintenance-free' thing as Ford advertises, then you may find it's 'lifetime' is less than 100K. But, if you drain and refill all the fluid in it (not easy to do, I'll admit) every 25K or so with a quality synthetic ATF, I'm thinking (hoping, really) it may last several times that long. Nothing lasts forever, but well maintained things tend to last longer than others. It is a shame Ford made it so hard to service - No dipstick and not even a fill port to add fluid, but a determined owner can find work arounds for those omissions Don
  15. 1 point
    Spooner

    100,000 miles with my 2015 Transit Connect

    Yeah the second gen vans are 10k mile intervals. I do 5k personally. I’d rather ‘over service’ the van and not have failures as I obviously drive a ton and need to be able to count on my van running well and not having down time. I do it myself so it’s not expensive so it’s cheap piece of mind for me.
  16. 1 point
    Transit Connect oil change message activates between 7000 - 10000 miles. Or something like that. The vehicle's computer factors in driving style, maybe engine hours for constant idling, and perhaps calendar days for people who just don't drive a lot and your oil should be changed after a year or so. I think my oil change message comes on every 8 or 10 months..... But I don't quite remember. Pretty sure the first time was around 8XXX miles and the 2nd was around 16XXX miles. Or something like that. Big change from every 3000 miles. So either trust the engineers and wait for the dashboard message. Or do whatever you want.
  17. 1 point
    windguy

    Introducing myself and a camper

    jrm223 is spot on. Poster SKiZo added a Fiberine top and it's a very cool conversion. See thread link below
  18. 1 point
    OLDSCHOOLFOOL

    Oil Change

    It worked. Yet another "fluff and puff" nuisance feature.
  19. 1 point
    Got a little angst built up there, Fifty? I didn't read your whole diatribe but I get the gist. I wasn't complaining about CarMax. As far as I am concerned, they deserve the extra interest rates, because they give people a chance to reestablish ruined credit histories. My first wife destroyed my credit ... divorce happened and it was so bad, I couldn't get anything on credit. Carmax saved my hide ... and I didn't mind paying the higher rate. Plus, it's not exorbitant ... just higher. As far as "taking advantage of immigrants" ... I hope you're talking about legally admitted citizens. I couldn't care less about what happens to the foreign invaders that are illegally flooding our Country.
  20. 1 point
    One year ago I bought my 2015 TC titanium. It had right at 10,000 miles on it and now I'm at 51k miles so I've put a lot of time behind the wheel of this thing. Overall I'm super happy with the van. I am a sales rep and I always have a pile of samples, catalogs, etc with me. I also have two young kids so the roominess of the van is great for me. I took out the third row to give me a little extra room in the back and haven't needed to put them back in yet. I've tracked every tank and I averaged 24.2 mpg with a best of 28.7 and low of 22.7. I wish the mileage was a little better but I generally am going 70+mph and on trip I take has a speed limit of 75 where I'm doing at least 80 for 4 hours so really not too bad given the room it has. Still have the stock 16" tires and they still really look pretty good and I'd say I'll get another 10k or so out of them. No major issues so far either. I did have a leak from one of the roof rack plugs but they took care of it quickly. Mine has the touchscreen nav, heated windshield, remote start etc and all the features have worked great. I did crack a windshield and it took a few days for them to get the right one in but I don't think the heated windshield is super common. I'm hoping to get 200k or so out of this and I maintain it to a high degree. I do 5k mile oil changes with full synthetic oil and will get the transmission serviced soon as well.
  21. 1 point
    G B L

    Transmission fluid change

    Here is the post I did on the Transmission Change. The hardest part of this operation will be getting the TC Jacked up. Should be almost level . Remove the Under body dust shield . Look for the Drain Plug. 11 mm or 7/16 wrench. ] This style funnel will slide down into the Vent plug you just removed Put 3 quarts of fluid in [attacjpg] ] Run the TC for 5 to 10 minutes . Then drain the fluid again. Repeat this 2 more times You have Now used 9 quarts of fluid. Put the Drain plug back in make it snug this time. Add 3 quarts of fluid You have now used 12 quarts. Go under the car and Look for the indicator plug (14 mm wrench) Loosen the plug. Do not remove yet Start the engine with the engine running and the Car in park pull the plug and add fluid into the funnel until it just drips out the Indicator hole Replace plug put the Dust shield on , Pull the funnel and replace the vent cap. Total Fluid 13 Qts. With most of number 13 left There is no filter to change on this operation and the type of fluid is Mercon LV. Have fun!
  22. 1 point
    mrtn

    Rplacing roof brake light module

    What's wrong with the Euro brake light in terms of safety? The fact that it's off center by 4"?
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