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    No AC after Carwash

    It's possible the outside ambient air temperature sensor is getting wet in the car wash. They are often located up front near or under the front bumper for airflow, and cold water can drop the temperature reading below the expected parameters which the computer will see as a sanity malfunction and switch off the compressor to protect it. Once the sensor warms back up the computer restarts the compressor. I've seen this happen on other vehicles, but not Ford. But it's entirely plausible scenario.
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    I like the Rhino Ramps, but I see many negative reviews about them collapsing under the weight of a vehicle. Doesn't inspire a lot of confidence unless jack stands are used as a secondary backup, which isn't a bad idea.
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    Liftgate release switch upgrade

    Great post, thank you
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    On the way!

    Welcome to the club! She's a great vehicle. Many good times ahead.
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    Fifty150's Truck

    Spotted yesterday on Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Los Angeles 🤣
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    According to Herb's rules, I need bail money...
  7. The solid panel and all fixed glass is glued to the vehicle using urethane adhesive. To remove them, it involves taping off the surrounding area with gaffers tape, and then using a windshield cutout wire tool or a power tool with a metal blade, depending on the application. With the wire tool it's usually a 2 person job, with 2 T-handles and sharp wire that slowly saws its way through the dry urethane adhesive. Once the panel is removed, most of the remaining adhesive is removed with a razor blade and then cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Installing the glass then involves a power caulking tool, some primer depending on the adhesive, and laying a bead of adhesive around the perimeter of either the glass or the body. Then carefully laying the glass into place and taping it to hold it into position. Drying time varies with different adhesives. This is the same process for windshields and fixed quarter glass.
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    oil change on the 2014 TC

    Nope. I'd rather stick with the factory filter while it's still under warranty, but I'm not really worried about it. I can get the Motorcraft filter at the local parts store for about 5 bucks, so it's not expensive either. Most other filters are about the same price, except the K&N. I know it will always work right, as long as I tighten it properly... lol
  9. Water leaks are tricky, as where the leak begins and where they drop into the interior can be 2 different places. Windshields are held in place by urethane adhesive and it is entirely possible it could be leaking from the windshield urethane seal. If so, the windshield needs to be removed, the old urethane cut out and cleaned, urethane re-applied and re-installed. Hopefully the windshield doesn't get damaged or it's new windshield time. But first, the leak needs to be diagnosed by pouring water over the vehicle while a technician inside the vehicle can perform a visual inspection and see where the leak is coming from. Of course, it may not be coming from the windshield. I haven't seen it on this model vehicle, but I have on other vehicles.
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    oil change on the 2014 TC

    I like the FL-400S filter idea. More filter area works for me. I just changed my oil, and 5 quarts brings it to the top of the cross-hatch line on the dipstick. I'm ok with that. Currently using Mobil 1 full synthetic and the FL-910S Motorcraft filter. Next oil change I'll try the FL-400S.
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    low reference voltage fault code

    The PCM sends a 5 volt reference signal to the engine sensors and then makes decisions based on the returning voltage. If the 5v signal is low, it will affect the returning voltage as well and can cause a variety of driveability issues. You will need a wiring diagram and a digital voltmeter. Start at the PCM and test for voltage coming out at the appropriate pin and connector. If the PCM is not putting out 5v you may have a PCM issue. Check power and ground to the PCM itself first before condemning the PCM. If it is 5v, you will need to follow the wiring diagram from the PCM through the different connectors until you find the voltage drop. Voltage drop per connection is max 0.1v. Any higher than that, you have a high resistance connection that will likely be the root cause of the codes and hesitation. Get some help if this is more than you're into. You want to make sure you don't cause any wiring harness damage during the diagnosis process. Good luck!
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    2015 TC transmission fluid change

    My favorite method in the old days was to disconnect the input of the trans cooler line, run it into a drain pan with the engine running and adding fluid until it came out clean. Seemed to work well as I was capturing all the dirty fluid heading into the cooler. I'm trying to find a way to do that with the TC, but the cooler lines are not easy to work with. But at least you can gauge how much came out by how much went in, and judge the color of the fluid from dark to clean. And easier than the multi drain & refill. The time is coming soon, I'm approaching 30K.
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    Short answer, Nope!
  14. Sweet. I wanted those wheels, but the 17" are reserved for wagons, and not cargo vans. Looks great, congrats!
  15. Yep. If it's not loud enough, you need more power (amplifier). The stock speakers sound good, but are only rated at 20 watts, more power will blow them, so you need both, higher watt component speakers with an amplifier that matches the watt rating of the new speakers. Yes choose carefully. Many like to upgrade to different head units, speakers and speaker positions in the elusive quest to find great sound. One thing I have found with the OEM's is they are very good at placing the stereo image and soundstage to resemble a concert sound experience. Keeping the factory radio and speaker positions keeps this intact. I think they just lack power. Amps and better speakers is the direction I went. Seek out a pro install shop if it's out of your skill level.