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    DonShockley got a reaction from jrm223 in If I had only known .........   
    Just pull it out and it will do just that. That's what I did to flush the line before I reinserted the cleaned out nozzle. Of course you would to leave the cover flipped open or drill a hole in it for it to actually work. Make it better by adding some bright yellow dye to to your washer fluid.
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    DonShockley got a reaction from drh14 in New Here! Owner satisfaction and reliability of 2014-17 model year TCs   
    I knew the TC was the perfect fit for my needs as soon as I saw one. A first gen model was turning into Lowes as I was leaving and I said to myself "That's what I've been looking for!" then turned around and found where they parked so I could see the make and model. The first gen was a bit too commercial with not enough daily driver comfort features so I waited until the second gen came out with those extras and got a 2015 LWB Wagon. Took the 2nd and 3rd row seats out since it's just me. I'm so satisfied that I'm starting to look at getting a second one now that the wagon is paid off. I'm starting to do the research on special ordering a van so I can get the wagon features I like (liftgate, tow package, etc.) since dealer stock vans typically are still stripped down commercial models. And I plan to keep the wagon and put the seats back in, unless they offer way too much as a trade in. That way, I've got a backup and I can just leave the seats in and switch back and forth as needed. Unless something drastically changes in either my life situation or in future vehicle offerings, I see myself sticking with Transit Connects from here on out.
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    DonShockley got a reaction from windguy in If I had only known .........   
    It's the washer nozzle for the rear window wiper on my 2015's liftgate.
     
    It stopped working a couple years back but I didn't need it that often and tended to forget about it once the weather improved. And I was avoiding what I assumed would be a major disassembly issue just to get the nozzle loose so I could dip the tip in something to dissolve the buildup causing the clog.
     
    If I had only known how simple the job was, I would have done it in the rain !!!
     
    First just pull on the end of the cover to flip it open for access. Then just grip the end and pull. Then it was easy to take it into the house for cleaning. A needle, some vinegar, and a couple dips in the HF ultrasonic cleaner did the job. Also flushed out the line by triggering the spray with the nozzle removed just in case there was some debris inside. When you put it back in, point it straight up, it doesn't rotate with the wiper arm. The just push the cover closed.
     
    Simple once you know and actually a pretty good design. Of course, I couldn't find any mention of such a simple cleaning procedure in my owner's manual when I looked at the time i first noticed the problem. I feel stupid for postponing it so long, now.
     



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    DonShockley got a reaction from windguy in Need help with my transit   
    I think I found it, you would need to double check to see if part number is different depending on which side is damaged. But it looks like the cable trak (which seems to be the more generic term and spellling) probably is the same and just flips over. The end connectors are likely side dependent looking at the ones on my 2015 TC. BTW: I found it by scrolling through different areas, but it looks like the search term needed was "Shield" since that's the title on the part landing page.
     
    Here's the info I got:
    Ford Part #14A099B Cover - Wiring
    https://parts.ford.com/shop/en/us/other-electrical-related-parts/shield-6592745-1
     

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    DonShockley got a reaction from windguy in Need help with my transit   
    I think I found it, you would need to double check to see if part number is different depending on which side is damaged. But it looks like the cable trak (which seems to be the more generic term and spellling) probably is the same and just flips over. The end connectors are likely side dependent looking at the ones on my 2015 TC. BTW: I found it by scrolling through different areas, but it looks like the search term needed was "Shield" since that's the title on the part landing page.
     
    Here's the info I got:
    Ford Part #14A099B Cover - Wiring
    https://parts.ford.com/shop/en/us/other-electrical-related-parts/shield-6592745-1
     

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    DonShockley got a reaction from CarlaCB in How to level out floor after removing second row seats   
    Here's how I converted my wagon to a van layout. Removed second and third rows, removed center bracket for second row, added plywood to span from back of first row all the way to the tailgate, and topped it with rubber matting so things don't slide as much.
    https://fordtransitconnectforum.com/topic/4109-converted-2015-lwb-wagon-into-a-van/
    Most of the photo thumbnails aren't showing now, likely due to the forum changes over the years. But if you click on the markers they still take you to the photos. If you scroll down about halfway through page 1, you'll find download links to some pdf files with dimensions of the cutouts in the plywood for an exact fit. If you just want to skim through the photos, here's the link to the album.
    https://fordtransitconnectforum.com/gallery/album/160-2015-tc-lwb-wagon-modifications/
     
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    DonShockley got a reaction from G B L in remove interior wheel well covers   
    Actually it's the other way around. The chicken tax does not apply to passenger vehicles but does apply to work vehicles. So they all start as wagons and get converted to vans by removing the seats and windows, not installing them. Here's a good summary of how and why:
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-ford-tariff-chicken-tax-20180709-story.html
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    DonShockley got a reaction from G B L in remove interior wheel well covers   
    Actually it's the other way around. The chicken tax does not apply to passenger vehicles but does apply to work vehicles. So they all start as wagons and get converted to vans by removing the seats and windows, not installing them. Here's a good summary of how and why:
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-ford-tariff-chicken-tax-20180709-story.html
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    DonShockley got a reaction from ServicePlus in Added USB Power to Overhead Shelf   
    Here's how I added a USB power port to the overhead shelf on my 2015 TC LWB Wagon. I'll break the posts and pictures up for easier reading.
    I hate dangling wires so I wanted an overhead power supply for my dash cam. Rather than add yet another cigarette lighter socket for the plug in adapters that come with these type of accessories, I decided to go with a USB power port instead since they almost always use a 5v mini or micro USB plug anyway. Far more flexibility in cabling this way also instead of relying on what the manufacturer decides to supply.
    The First step was to remove the overhead shelf. There are four screws on each side, the two at each end of the handholds are under the covers, the other two in each side are readily visible once the visor is flipped down. As it turns out, I likely could have skipped this step since the riser piece in the middle where I wanted the power port mounted has nothing connected to it and the release tabs are all accessible with the shelf installed.



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    DonShockley got a reaction from mrtn in How do you remove wipers?   
    If using a puller or pliers you may want to reinstall the nut loosely while you're first trying to get it broken loose. It'll give you a larger surface to pry against and it will protect the threads. And if you do happen to damage the surface with the plier teeth or something, it's a lot easier to replace a nut than a threaded wiper motor shaft.
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    DonShockley got a reaction from mountainman in Ford Transit Connect meets Focus RS   
    I wonder if they got the idea here on the forums from the member that did something similar?
     
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    DonShockley got a reaction from mountainman in Ford Transit Connect meets Focus RS   
    I wonder if they got the idea here on the forums from the member that did something similar?
     
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    DonShockley got a reaction from SBehring in A few questions after a test drive   
    1. I had the same worry since it looks so low. But in practice I've never hit anything due to being too low. Trim under front bumper clears concrete parking stops. I don't creep over speed bumps, just slow enough I don't bounce off the ceiling. And I've used it for work on occasion over rutted dirt and gravel roads. Bottomed the hitch out once driving off a curb that looked like an exit, but never bottomed out the TC itself. Did run over one of those paper towel multipacks that fell out of a pickup on the highway and had no issues. The shields on the underside seem to have the important bits well protected if you do encounter something.
     
    2. It's not a racer but plenty of power for merging onto the highway and climbing hills. At least for me running most of the time with just driver and lightly loaded. Lots of passengers or cargo might be different. But I only do that rarely so not enough experience to say for sure even though I've never had it be bad enough to be noticable.
     
    3. Not an issue on my 2015 XLT, but comparing that photo of the Titanium to a similar photo of my XLT, I have a small gap between mirror and trim above. Sunroof may require extra space and cause trim to be a bit lower. My mirror and the huge rear window make it like looking out with no rear hatch. But my rear seats have been removed so I'm not looking over their backs.
     
    4. I worried too. I even stuck a piece of PVC in the dirt and drove until I hit it both front and rear. I kept getting another foot or two past where I thought I would hit before I actually did. In reality there's not much sticking very far out, that slope looks worse than it is. Half the engine is essentially under that big expanse of glass and dash so there's just not much past the end of the glass. And the rounded off corners let you get surprising close to adjacent cars when turning into parking spots.
     
    5. No kids but my neice's family visited and I put the seats back in and our group of 6 did all our sightseeing in the TC. 4 adults and 2 kids and I'm over 300# so the TC was full, but only 1 carseat. I specifically asked my neice's husband how the third row was for him after a longish trip and he had said it was fine, close but not cramped and able to move his legs around enough for comfort. My second row is the 60/40 and folding the 40 back gave easy access to the third row. We never did try 3 across on row two. But my neice said it seemed doable with her and 2 kids if the carseat was out.
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    DonShockley got a reaction from herb in Anybody install OEM mud flaps themselves ?   
    I did the front and rear mud flaps on my 2015 LWB and it wasn't too much fuss. It's been 3 1/2 years so I don't recall all the details. IIRC, just a little bit of frustration to keep the edges aligned as you press home the clips that attach the flap to the existing trim. I don't remember if it was just an issue of not enough hands for the job or just how precisely everything needed to be aligned to get the pieces to interlock. But I did have to loosen the fasteners back up a couple times before I got everything to fall into place correctly. But the instructions lay out the process so it's not one of those installs that requires special tools or knowledge. 
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    DonShockley got a reaction from OLDSCHOOLFOOL in Overhead center console - what's it for?   
    I put a 12v power port and a USB power port in mine which is why I had it apart to take the photos. And I keep emergency supplies under the cover for the non-existent sunglass holder.
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    DonShockley got a reaction from mountainman in LIFT!!   
    Although this video is for a full size Transit van and not a Connect, it's still one of my favorite car show segments. If I win the lottery I want to do something similar with an old beat up Connect. The ultimate sleeper.
     
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    DonShockley got a reaction from omac in Key missing for cargo rack Transit Connect   
    BTW, here's the Ford Accessories link for these crossbars.
    https://accessories.ford.com/catalog/product/view/id/10799/s/kit-lugg-crossbar-univ-lockable/category/3020/
     
    And I can't be sure, but I think these are the Thule lock cylinders that could be used to replace broken ones if you choose to force the locks and break them. They look the same, but I'm not sure how universal the fit may be.
    https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/roof-rack/roof-rack-components-and-accessories/thule-4-pack-lock-cylinder-544-_-1037
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    DonShockley got a reaction from davidparker in How to remove rear quarter panels   
    I was looking a my TC again to try to help a guy on FB having problems with his door sticking in the latched open position. That middle piece is definitely the hold open latch. There is a wheel and a couple torx screw heads visible up inside the middle track that match that part very well. So the hex screw must be used to adjust the tension on the roller. Glad I found this info because as you can see I've not gotten much lube there when spraying the tracks. This will be another spot to hit with the better red lube spray I just started using.
     

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    DonShockley got a reaction from OLDSCHOOLFOOL in Overhead center console - what's it for?   
    Here's another photo of the side showing the holes in the headliner that will be left from the shelf mounting points.
    And I don't know for sure, but it may be possible to remove the light fixture from the shelf and install it in the cutout in the headliner. They look to be about the same size and shape.
     


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    DonShockley got a reaction from OLDSCHOOLFOOL in Overhead center console - what's it for?   
    Opps, lost ability to edit while adding photos. Here's the comparison of the light module in the shelf to the possibly matching cutout in the headliner underneath the shelf.


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    DonShockley got a reaction from OLDSCHOOLFOOL in Overhead center console - what's it for?   
    I put a 12v power port and a USB power port in mine which is why I had it apart to take the photos. And I keep emergency supplies under the cover for the non-existent sunglass holder.
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    DonShockley got a reaction from BSUPC in Failed Door Latch 4 days past 3 year warranty   
    Well, I finally got my TC back today. Ford corporate did end up covering the replacement of the failed door latch with just a $25 deductible. Of course the dealer took another 3 days after the repair was done to actually get all the paperwork done until I could actually pick up the car. And I did pay out of pocket to get a spare for the passengers side so if it fails I can get the repair done in a hurry, elsewhere if necessary. So I actually ended up spending $180 total.
     
    And now, the rest of the story....... I wasn't able to keep the failed part since it was to be returned to Ford as part of the (out of?) warranty coverage. But I was able to take photos of the failed part. Later while I was killing some time before the movie I was going to see opened, I was looking at the photos and noticed something interesting. The part number label showed a build date of 2014 even though the recall was issued in 2016 and I had to wait 4 months for "recall parts" to be available for installation in June 2017. So the recall compliant parts shouldn't have build dates prior to 2016 or 2017. I returned to the dealer and spoke to the service manager about this. He retrieved the part and looking closer, he found that the timing was even worse. The 2014 label was on top of an earlier 2013 label, making it that much less likely to be from a 2016 recall / 2017 repair. Although I think he realized what it meant, he claimed he would have to consult with the parts experts to determine if those were build dates and not some other random number. Yeah, right. And although he produced the documentation of the parts orders and install entries for the 2017 recall repair, he did say he understood how bad it looked when all the physical evidence seems to suggest the repair wasn't actually done regardless of what the paperwork shows.
     
    Although he would not come out and admit what I suspect we both knew, he stated he was going to dig deeper to find out why there was apparently a 2014 part that failed. And that IF it appeared the recall repair in 2017 had not been done properly, they would pull the car back in free of charge, install the part I currently have on hand, and refund both the cost of the part and the deductible that I have already paid. And if that's what happens, it is the proper solution for this issue but I shouldn't have to be the one driving this investigation. The dealer should have done all this ASAP once my initial evidence suggested the 2016 repair was faulty.
     
    After I got home, I did some further digging by pulling the inside panel on the passenger slider. Although my intention was to check the part date on that side, I didn't get that far. There is a large white seal with a 2014 date on it and sealed edges that have very obviously never been disturbed. There is no way they replaced a latch in this door in 2017 without disturbing this seal. I plan to call first thing tomorrow morning to add that bit of evidence to the pile. I'll also pull the drivers slider panel to see how much they disturbed that same sheet and seal during the recent repair on that side. I understand that you can't know exactly what your employees do at all times and for liability reasons you may not want to make admissions out of hand. But this latest evidence makes it nearly impossible to continue to insist that the 2017 repair was done properly. And although it's an issue between the dealer and Ford, not me, it would appear that now Ford has reimbursed the dealer twice when in reality only half the work has been done that Ford was paying for.
     
    And now for the only bright spot in this whole fiasco, my opinion of the Transit Connect itself has risen back up to where it was before the door latch failed. I understand that every vehicle can have issues so recalls don't really bother me if they aren't ongoing issues. I had begun rethinking my plans to special order another TC when this one is paid off next July. A recall that continues to leave safety items broken would be a deal breaker for me. But it is starting to look like it's not really a Ford Recall or Transit Connect problem but is instead a problem with the technician that did the repair at a minimum and maybe a problem at the dealer level. Switching dealers before that next purchase will fix that cause and I can still feel safe sticking with the Transit Connect which I have otherwise fully enjoyed.
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    DonShockley reacted to Mike Chell in Anyone else in line for a 2019 Diesel XLT Connect Wagon?   
    😝 Just pee in the reservoir.  Urea is injected to catalyze NOx into nitrogen and water.  Diesels will always be more powerful than gas engines, but the trade off is they will never be as EPA compliant.  They're also noisier, since they run on the "knocking and pinging" we hate in four strokes.
     
    Stick with gas, in my opinion.
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    DonShockley reacted to Beta Don in Anyone else in line for a 2019 Diesel XLT Connect Wagon?   
    A diesel is a big winner in low end torque, so if you're buying a tow vehicle, getting a diesel makes good sense.  If you run the freeways putting on 50K per year, a diesel can outlive a gas engine by 2X or 3X assuming the vehicle built around it lasts as long as the engine . . . . but modern gas engines are starting to live as long as the vehicle they came in too.  A diesel gets better mileage, but it pollutes more and the fuel costs a bit more.  Almost all new diesels now have a urea tank which you have to keep up with, which can get expensive enough to almost offset any fuel cost advantages.  For me, if I drove it a LOT and/or if I was buying it primarily to tow a heavy load, I would look to a diesel, otherwise the modern gas engine would get my vote.  In actuality, I would rather have an electric vehicle than either one . . . . and I do own three  😋
     
    Don
     
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    DonShockley got a reaction from mrtn in 2017 Connect Trend SWB   
    DEXTER is getting a reboot on TV and the Ice Truck killer got frustrated with city parking.
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