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Timbo last won the day on March 6 2018

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  1. Wow, the keypad just sticks to the door with adhesive?? I would have thought you had to drill a couple of holes in the door to secure it. I'm not sure I like the idea that it can just be peeled off the door, or fall off, over time, if it gets wet. .
  2. I wonder if it was Jaguar? I found an article that said only Ford and Jaguar use the "Tibbe" style key found in the TC. Having any sort of service done at a Jaguar dealer would certainly explain the high cost. Having the Ford dealer send the key to the Jaguar dealer, pay their fee then turn around and mark up the cost 100%, explains the crazy cost of going that route. I didn't realize you could install a keypad on the TC. Something else to consider, thanks.
  3. Wow, only $10?? My local Ford dealer wants $44 for the key.
  4. It would be nice to have a spare key I could stick in a key-safe somewhere under the van that would unlock the doors. That way I could hide my spare key / fob inside the vehicle, under the dash or in some other hidden / hard to find place. Is there a simple, flat, metal key I can get that only unlocks the doors? I'm pretty sure the ignition key has a chip in it, so a simple, flat key wouldn't be able to start the engine. It would, however, be easier to hide in a small, out-of-the-way place, like in a Hide-A-Key box, stuck to a frame-rail under the van. I'd rather not put the expensive, fob-equipped ignition key in the key-safe if at all possible.
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    Cleaning the headliner?

    Curious what people are using to clean their headliners in the TC... I've got some ugly, black stains, that might have a little oil in them from working on the car, but might just be dirt. Thing is, I'm reluctant to use soap and water because I fear there's something under the fabric surface of the headliner that might not react too well to getting wet. Fortunately the stains aren't terrible, so if I don't have any options it won't kill me. It would just be nice to clean it up a little. I'll see if I can get a photo or two up tomorrow. It's 4 o'clock in the morning here and I have to sleep.
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    Transmission fluid change

    I don't know... At first I thought it was all in my head, but now I'm sure it's accelerating better and quicker. And I didn't have anything done to the engine during my last service. Just the transmission flush.
  7. Wait..... The newer TC still has a 4 cylinder engine?? I was misinformed!
  8. Depends on where you buy your parts. In the last 8+/- months I've purchased a set of front door latches for just shy of $700, but I also bought a valve cover gasket from my local auto parts store for $21 (Ford dealer wanted $42). My brake rotors are $35 each from the auto parts store. So not too bad. Besides the latches, an issue not everyone has, I haven't had to spend much on my 2010.... And yes, you can take it anywhere you want. I really like my '10, but if someone were to ask me what year to buy, I'd definitely tell them to get the later generation with the V6. My 4 cylinder is a dog. The V6 gets much better fuel economy, or so I've read.
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    Transmission fluid change

    I know it's probably just my imagination, but it feels like it's shifting and accelerating better. It always feels good when you replace fluids in your car, esp. oils, even if in reality, there's no noticeable difference.
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    Transmission fluid change

    I just had my transmission fluid flushed today at a local shop. I far as I can tell, from what I could find in my service records, it hadn't been changed for 60,000 miles. It wasn't a cheap service ($315), but they did it in a way I could't have myself.. They ran the van on a dyno while putting it through various gears to make sure the 16 (18?) quarts of ATF made its way through the entire system.
  11. Yep. I just shelled out another $335 for my second door latch. I'm not comfortable buying those Chinese knockoffs you see on eBay or random auto parts-houses. If it were a door, pin switch I were installing, sure, I'd order from whoever had the best price, but these front door latches are sufficiently complicated that I don't want to take any chances with cheap, no-name manufacturers. 1 hour of labor later, and everything is working fine. Let's hope it stays that way. ~
  12. Hopefully parts prices aren't as insane on your side of the country as they are over here.
  13. I'll be installing the new latch this weekend and will report back to let folks know if it fixed the problem or moved to another door switch.
  14. OK, I just confirmed, based on my VIN, that my van does not have a fuel filter. There's a "sock" (filter), as they call it, attached to the fuel pump, inside the fuel tank. Now I'm thinking the part in the picture is a fuel pressure regulator. The electrical plug suggests that it would send a signal to the computer if the pressure dropped below a certain level.
  15. My crappy little owners manual does specifically state that the van has a fuel filter, it just says to replace it at 90,000 miles. Problem is, when I call my local auto parts store, or even the Ford dealer, neither of them can find it in their systems. O'Rileys said it was "non-serviceable" and thought that it was in the tank (doesn't mean it's non-serviceable), and the dealer couldn't find any mention of it at all. It's likely the useless little manual that comes with the van, doesn't distinguish between diesel and gas models, and just covers everything that "might" have been installed in the vehicle from the factory. I did find this little object on the passenger side firewall, behind the foil heat shield. It has fuel lines attached to it, along with an electrical plug, but it seems far too small to be a fuel filter. I described the part to the dealer, but they didn't know what it was. It has the numbers PA66-GF33 stamped all over it. I called the dealer back with that part number, but it didn't help. When I called the dealer, I spoke with a different person, and they couldn't find it either, saying that maybe it was part of the fuel pump. Does anybody know what this part is?