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  1. cosmicray

    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    So I'm having an issue with the TPMS indicator always being on. Various bits of research have led me to believe that the spare (which on my vehicle has a silver rim) did not come from the factory with a TPMS sensor installed (on the four black rims have a sensor). The spare is currently mounted, and one of the original rims is in the spare position. TPMS sensors have never been replaced. Vehicle is a 2013 Transit Connect (original US body style), has ~47K miles and is slightly more than 6 years on the road. obviously it is time to replace the sensors. for the first five years they behaved well, with no sensor misfires. Now to my questions … 1. Can I buy 5 sensors and put one into the spare rim, or do I have to scout around salvage yards to find another black rim ? 2. will the TPMS system have issues if it sees five sensors reporting ? 3. (or) am I being forced to only have the black rims on the road, and the silver rim in the spare position ?
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    Original tires do not fit TC ?

    As I mentioned in the TPMS thread, I need to replace two tires. I was looking at some (what I believed to be the factory originals) on eBay, and entered my vehicle's year/make/model/trim parameters, and it said "those tires are not appropriate". The tires I have been looking for are Continental ContiProContact in 205/65R15. These are for a 2013/Ford/TransitConnect/XL (cargo van). They are the same tires that it was delivered with. So then I went to the Continental TIre site, and put in my vehicle. It also says the ContiProContact were not the original tires, and they recommend VikingContact7 or VancoFourSeason. I am now very confused. I know which tires my van was delivered to me with (~10 miles on the odometer). Was there some change in the specified tires, or did the dealership do a tire swap ? I'm reasonably sure that the Continentals have been mentioned here before.
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    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    Ok, An update (I've been really busy since the orignal post) … 1. The silver rim is still mounted with the spare on passenger/front. That was originally done to expedite getting the vehicle moving. And (for one reason or the other) a decent tire (but not a Continental) is mounted on the original black rim, which is hanging under the rear end. 2. I came into (via Alliance Tire Recycling, about 4 miles from me) another 205/65-15 Continental Conti-Pro Contact. Minimally used (if at all), probably was the factory spare from another TC. vintage 2011, but no dry rot at all. So it's mounted on the driver/front position. I still have two original Continentals on the rear axle. About to replace them with new Continentals, which will get moved to the front positions. At that time, the TPMS sensors will all be replaced, the silver rim will return to the spare position with the non-Continental tire (which has awesome tread BTW). 3. Since all these shenanigans happened, last April I think when I had to move the spare up unexpectedly, I have had various as-sundry rattles coming from the rear, or driver's rear of the TC. Two days ago I resolved both of them, in less than 10 minutes. The first was the spare … It was not snugged up, so I pulled the spline tool, and made it so. Then, when returning the spline tool / lug wrench to the compartment, I noticed that the tool had been stowed backwards ! The head (with the angled socket) goes towards the rear, not the front. Stowing it correctly solved the second rattle, and now my TC rolls down the highway MUCH more quietly than it has since April. In both cases, the blame for the problems can be traced back to the guys who needed to drop the spare, and the tool to unbolt it. Onward ! edit: As to the black vs the silver rims … If I could track down three more silver rims, I would happily run those as standard equipment, and dispose with the hubcaps altogether. Thus far, I've lost 3 of the original 4. Don't feel like replacing them TBH.
  4. On my TC, the passenger side visor has a courtesy mirror, but the driver side does not. My transit is a very basic XL cargo model. Do any of the wagons or XLT cargo vans have a courtesy mirror on the drivers side ? The two side are not interchangeable, else I would swap them. If the driver side visor with the mirror does exist (unlighted obviously) can someone forward the part number for a 2013. I could look up the part number if I had the VIN of a vehicle that came with one. I have one of the newer visors that slides on the arm. TIA
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    Hierarchy of Sounds

    Something I noticed about my 2013 TC … the automated computer that generates warning sounds has a hierarchy. Certain sounds are deemed more important that others, and override the less important sounds. As an example, the sound for the 4-way flashers is more important than the sound for the seal belt not fastened. For brief movements from my front door to the gate on the property, I can use the 4-way flashers to make the seat belt alert sound go away. There are other similar levels of importance.
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    2013 TC on Falken Ziex tires ?

    Thank you. Solid advice there. I'm going to do some shopping around before proceeding. Part of the reason the tires are approaching 5 years, is that it sat on the dealers lot for 6 months before I bought it. Assembly date (in Turkey) was about Christmas 2012, while my purchase was mid September 2013. The tires were probably 10 months old when I drove it off the lot. The spare has never been used.
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    2013 TC on Falken Ziex tires ?

    The day is coming when I will need new tires, not so much because I have excess tread wear, but because the original tires are aging, One tire shop told me the the Continental manufacturing date indicates they were made in 2012. That makes sense, as my TC was assembled in December 2012. So 4.5-5 year old tires, with a current 25K miles on them. That same shop was quoting about $250/tire for replacement with the same Continentals. Yesterday I asked at Wally what tire they would suggest. They came up with a Falken Ziex ZE950 A/S at about $70/tire. That is a considerable difference in price. Has anyone used the Falken Ziex on a TC and can give some opinions ?
  8. My 2013 Transit Connect is now almost 3 years on the road. Thus far I have impacted two objects with the rear bumper. Both were tall/vertical, and both hit dead center. The first time it was a tall pine tree, and the second was the base of a light pole at the post office. In both cases, the objects were obscured by the join of the two rear doors. The bumper has a nice ding dead center, but otherwise the body/doors are unaffected. This TC does not have a back sensor. What I really want/need is something that alerts me to either of two situations: 1. Any object within a minimum distance, while the transmission is in Reverse 2. Any object approaching the rear, within a minimum time frame, based on speed & distance, while the transmission is in Reverse. Is this too much to ask ?
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    Check Engine light

    Couple of weeks back, driving along, all of a sudden this little picture of an engine appears on the instrument cluster. Not realizing what it was, called the service advisor and asked. He told me it was a check engine light. So I went home and plugged in the ODB2 reader and saw a P0455 (Evaporative Emission Control System Leak Detected / large). Gas cap was tight. SA and I agreed to clear the code, and see if it came back. One full tank of fuel, and several hundred miles later, no code. Is this common ?
  10. The blank panels, on the sliding doors, presumably attached after certain Transits are landed in the US... how are they attached to the doors ? Is it some special kind of heavy duty adhesive/caulk ?
  11. Your local Ford dealership changes owners (and name), and the new owners have gutted the service department ? I was down there last week for an oil change and a 15K checkup. They had no more than 2 techs on the floor, and the service advisor was in training. The service manager was actually from another dealership (out of state I think) and shipped in to cover until they find someone. In the past, they had normally 5-8 techs on the floor. It's not clear if they fired everyone that was there, or they offered such low salaries, that everyone went elsewhere. The oil change / 15k checkup (which should be a simple procedure) ended up causing a couple of engine codes, because the tech forgot to reconnect the sensor cable on the air filter housing. I'll let it go this time. Next nearest dealers are 35, 45, 52, and 60 miles respectively. The 'local' dealer is 12 miles.
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    Weather Stripping Fell Off

    Are you saying that the weather stripping is visible, from the outside, when the door is closed ? This is a symptom that I ran into with the local dealer during a failed attempt to re-secure the rear door weather strip. It is a partial arc shape piece of rubber. They were not paying attention and put it on upside down. I noticed that it looked weird, took it back, and asked the service advisor why the rear doors on my TC looked different from the parts dept TC parked next to it.
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    Check Engine light

    It did not come back for 7 months. Then on Saturday it pops up again. The dealership was closed, so I reset it (on my own discretion) to see if this is persistent or not. I've put about ~30 miles on it since the reset, and nothing yet. Looking at my records, both times it happened, was 11 days after putting fuel in the tank. Not sure why that would have anything to do with it.
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    changing front seats

    Speaking of changing the front seats. I have seen pictures, of UK/European Transit Connect models, where the passenger seat (left side) folded down flat. This was in conjunction with a wire-mesh cage that partitioned the cargo area from the front. The left most 30-40% of the partition was hinged, and would swing forward, so that it stopped just to the left of the gear shift. This allows long cargo items to extend all the way from the rear doors to the dash. I wonder if that seat (the UK version) is interchangeable with the right side passenger seat on the US model.
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    TPMS Sensors

    When the service tech/advisor was walking around training the TPMS, was he doing something that manually forces a sensor to identify ? Somewhere I got the impression that a magnet might nudge it to send data. When they change them out, I'm going to ask if they have to send the old ones back, or can I have it to tinker with.
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    Courtesy mirror in driver's visor

    I came up with a very non-standard solution for this. Took a hand held mirror (about 5x6 inches), and a few cable ties. I have the cable ties set to a length that will hold the mirror, but I can slide them off the visor when not using this, The mirror lives in the back pocket on the passenger seat, and cable ties are on the shelf over the steering wheel. Not pretty, but it gets the job done.
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    The Gas Mileage Thread

    Long distance highway driving, I'm seeing somewhere north of 27 mpg. This is north Florida, where the terrain is mostly flat. Overall average for all driving is 25.5 mpg.
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    Weather Stripping Fell Off

    Add me to the list. My weather stripping (on a 2013 TC) also became detached, on both driver and passenger doors. This happened just before 6k miles. When the dealership was inspecting it, they also noticed that one of the rear doors was just beginning to come loose. It took a number of trips, but they finally attached new weather stripping with the Gorilla Snot, and they are holding solid now.
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    TPMS Sensors

    Here we are, 10-11 months later, and the TPMS came on again last night. When I got home I checked the tires. Both rear tires were 35-36, which is way lower than specified. The front tires were 37 and 36, a bit low, but not like the rear. At 4600 miles, the dealership did an oil change including a tire rotation. Since then I have driven slightly more than 2k miles. So either the tires are leaking, something got into both rear tires, or they never checked the pressure after the rotation. After I got home last night, I inflated both rear tires to 45, and left the front pair as-is. The federal law says the pressure should be at least 75% of specified for that axle. So the rears should not have triggered until 36-37, I am not surprised that the TPMS came on. This morning I drove the TC into town. The TPMS light is still lit. So I stopped at the dealership and asked them what the secret is to get it off again. The service advisor got the little box with the button and green light, put the TC into learn mode, then started around. The front pair tripped correctly (these are the ones that were on the rear when I bought the TC). Both rear tires would not respond to the learn mode. So next week they are going to pull both wheels and replace the TPMS sensors. Some researching around the web suggests that some sensors have little batteries. Do the TC sensors have those ?
  20. After driving my TC for a week, one thing has been quite annoying ... That being having 2 rear door windows, and a rear view mirror that cleanly cannot get a decent view of the traffic behind me thru the pillars where the doors join. I believe the fix is rather easy ... move the mirror placement about 4-5 inches to the left (on the front windscreen glass) so that the view is a clean shot thru the left-most rear door. For euro right hand drive, this might be a shift to the right 4-5 inches. Of course, if you don't have glass in the back doors, you probably don't have an inside rear view mirror. If the mirror mount adhesive ever fails (like it used to do on my F150), I will probably try it shifted over to see how it works.
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    Courtesy mirror in driver's visor

    My '98 Ford Taurus had a visor mirror on both the driver and passenger side. They both had a little plastic flip down cover tho.
  22. In the US, I see some rural mail carriers driving a custom version of a Jeep with RH drive. My first ride, a 1970 mail jeep, had RH drive. Which way did Canada Post order theirs for the fleet replacement ?
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    Rear door sensor

    The other night I drove ~50 miles with the rear door (right, passenger side) half latched, and the door sensor did not report this. By half latched, I mean that closing the right side door gently, produces a situation where the latch has begun to engage, sufficiently that the door will not fly open, but the left side and right side glass are not evenly aligned. As I was driving down a 2-lane road, I head this odd whooshing sound when a car passed me going in the other direction. Checking the inside mirror, and the instrument cluster, did not give me any reason to believe the door was ajar. When I stopped for gas, I noticed it. Looked at the sensor switch on Sunday. It seems that the switch is the kind where any travel at all causes it to register that the door is closed. The switch travel has begun with the half-latch situation, so the computer didn't know the door was not firmly shut. The inside edge of the door has a beveled plastic block that engages the switch. I wonder if the block can be rotated 180° to engage it a little less. Failing that solution, I suppose the head of the switch plunger could be gently filed a few millimeters (to cause it to begin traveling a bit later). Anyone have any thoughts about this ? Tomorrow I'm going to stop by the dealer and see what they think.
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    Rear door sensor

    About the 31st of Oct, I opened a Ford Customer Care case on this issue. Ford contacted the dealer, and asked the dealer to pursue it with Ford Technical Support. Yesterday I was contacted by the area rep for Ford Customer Care to inform me that the final resolution is "Item operates within design tolerances". I am disappointed, but that's that.
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    U.S. Built Transit Connects?

    If CBP ever hauled Ford in over the Chicken Tax, on the imported TC, Ford might have no choice but to bring production stateside. They could still have the engines made in Spain, but not the body and final assembly.