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  1. zalienz

    Transmission fluid change

    I did my drain and refill today, at 33,000 miles along with the engine oil and filter change. Fluid came out basically black, but still smelling like good trans fluid. Drained 4 quarts, added 4 quarts of Mercon LV. Specs indicate the trans hold about 9 quarts, so I got about half of it out. I think I will do a 4 quart drain and refill once a year from now on. The TC only gets about 10K a year lately.
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    2012 Connect no A/C power ???

    In addition to what mrtn said, if the system is low on refrigerant, the low pressure switch will not allow the compressor to engage to prevent damage to the compressor. Unless you have a set of A/C gauges, know how to use them and access to refrigerant, that's a repair shop item.
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    Shelter In Place

    Still working in California. Since I work in the auto repair business, it's an exemption to shelter in place. So I am grateful for the income as I'm the main breadwinner in the family. My wife was told to stay home and last Friday they laid her off. We'll be fine. We have enough food and supplies for at least a month. I did spend the entire weekend at home. Many around the house projects including detailing the TC would be on the list if I had to stay put. But, not complaining, we are healthy and feeling great. Still lots of uncertainty out there though, with the Governor threatening Martial Law if people disobey the order. I'm hoping it doesn't come to that.
  4. I agree, it's most likely the fuse. It's fuse F18, 20amp, and it's located in the battery junction box, under the hood near the engine air filter. Good luck!
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    Any Trek fans here?

    I have a Trek Mountain bike....
  6. Yes, that's true and what I did. I got exactly what I wanted. But truth be told, you wait forever and then have to pay sticker price, because they know you want it. I managed a few discounts, but not much compared to the incentives for buying what's on the dealer's lot. More bargaining power. You be the judge.
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    2014 TConnect tire rotation torque settings

    The 2nd generation TC > 2014 and newer, the wheel lug nut torque is 100 ft lbs (135nm) You are correct.
  8. Your issue with Sirius radio is not uncommon, mine does it too. Always defaults back to the radio. It happens on USB sometimes also. The workaround I have found is if you are on Sirius or USB, shut the audio system off before turning off the key. When returning, start the car and then turn on the audio and it will stay on Sirius radio. I'm not sure why it does this.
  9. Unfortunately these transmissions do not have the best of life, especially if you carry weight. My 2017 work TC carries a lot of weight, tools, spare parts etc on a daily basis. The trans started shuddering at 61,000 miles. The warranty expired at 60K. Ford billed the company I work for almost 7K to install a reman trans. We have 6 of these vans, mine was the third to need a new trans, all after 60K but below 70K. Granted, the work vans get worked hard, heavy weight and lots of full throttle on freeway on-ramps and such. One would think the cargo van trans should be up to the task of carrying cargo.... Shame on the fleet maintenance company for not including these vans on a severe service schedule and change the trans fluid every 30K.
  10. zalienz

    Locking lugnuts....

    I had those locking lug nuts. After reading the horror stories here and elsewhere, I ordered standard lug nuts and ditched the locking nuts early on. Never looked back.
  11. zalienz

    Being towed

    If it's a manual trans, it can be flat towed in neutral. If it's an automatic trans, you will need a dolly on the front wheels only. No flat tow, it will damage the transmission.
  12. zalienz

    Help! I'm stuck in Park

    Most newer cars, including the TC use the brake light circuit to activate the shift interlock. The shift lock actuator at the shifter needs to be energized to move the shifter out of Park range. The manual override next to the shifter is there in case something fails. Usually it's a brake light circuit fault, as a blown fuse, faulty brake light switch, etc. It is also possible the actuator fails, but this is rare. Start by checking to see if the brake lights work. If not, you'll need to do some testing with a volt meter to find the cause. The fuse and the brake light switch are the most likely suspects.
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    Tire Pressure

    The OEM TPMS system is pretty accurate. As far as "accurate" goes, that means within 2% margin of error. Based on your readings, you're in the ballpark of 2%. Some things to keep in mind: All tires have a maximum pressure on the sidewall. It is required by law, and for liability of the tire manufacturer. This means the tire should not exceed the maximum pressure when inflated cold (before driving). Since the tire may fit many vehicles, it's up to the VEHICLE (not tire) manufacturer to decide what the inflation pressure should be, based on many factors. This cannot exceed the maximum pressure on the sidewall of the tire. Assuming your are using compressed air, and not pure Nitrogen, Tire pressures will fluctuate with temperature, about 3 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature. Tires are rubber, and rubber is porous, meaning tires will generally lose about 2 pounds of pressure a month, naturally. Tire pressure and vehicle maintenance dictates tire pressures should be checked on ANY vehicle at least once a month, and adjusted to the vehicle manufacturers specification with the tires cold. So your numbers are accurate. I see a minimum of 49.8psi and a maximum of 52.9psi, well within the 2% margin, adjusted for driving time / temperature. At the end of the day, set your tire pressures to 44psi cold front, 48psi cold rear, and barring any abnormal leaks, you can sleep like a baby for 30 days.
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    Do Not Buy

    In some states, it's not even legal to sell them after 6 years of production, for good reasons. Don't cheap out on tires.