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  1. Actually, it's a bit more complicated than that. The front side of the battery box is also a high power fused distribution point and you'll have to cut some cable ties so you can fold that forward far enough to get the old battery out and the new one in. Getting the larger AGM in there isn't what I would call a simple task - I've changed batteries in dozens of cars over the years and this one would rank up there as the most difficult exchange I can ever recall doing . . . . and I'll BET you'll agree after you get yours replaced As I said in my post at the beginning of this thread, if you buy a battery from a place that offers free installation, *by all means* take them up on it! - They'll probably think twice before they offer to do another TC Don
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    Tire size settings in Forscan

    There are 4 choices there in both menus, but none of them are very far from the stock sizes. Some models came from the factory with either 16 or 17 inch wheels, so it stands to reason there would be an adjustment there to make things 'right' for either size. It looks like if you wanted to go very far from a stock size you're still out of luck though Don
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    Low mileage 2014 TC Titanium

    Modern engines are engineering marvels. Most all of the internal tolerances are much closer than in earlier generations which were usually worn out at around 100,000 miles. Newer engines use thinner oil (5W20 and sometimes even 0W15 or 20) than the 10W30 or 20W40 which was common waaaay back when the FL1A oil filter was designed. Modern engines all use smaller oil filters than older engines largely because they are designed to produce many times less metal particles floating around in the oil, so large filters on todays small engines are pretty much a thing of the past Mostly though, you've gotta consider that these modern engines which often last for 300,000 miles when properly cared for and can easily get 30 to 40 mph were designed by very smart engineers and you've got to wonder when any shade tree mechanic decides to make a major change to something like the oil filter the engineer specified for this particular engine, what are the odds that you're making a change for the better (you're smarter than the guys who designed it?) or are you changing an important part based on very little knowledge of all the parameters involved? If your TC would really benefit from a larger filter, the engineers at Ford would have put one on there. If it needed 6 quarts of oil, they would have given it a bigger oil pan. To my mind, what you're proposing is very much like your doctor with 8 or 10 years of schooling in his profession telling you that you need to take this specific medicine, and you arbitrarily deciding that no, what I really need is this other medication When guys much smarter than me design something, I'm very hesitant to decide I know better than they do and make a change based on my own . . . . hunch Don
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    OEM tires and wheelspin

    I'm sure a reprogram like that could be done with your TC too - The problem would be finding a dealer with a tech who knew how and was willing to do it for a reasonable fee. My various dealer experiences has shown me that not too many dealerships have anyone who really knows this vehicle, nor are they willing to lean . . . . unless you have a warranty claim where they can spend 10 or 12 hours of shop time doing something that should take half an hour and still get paid. You will hear a LOT of "That can't be done" and then you will come here and read that someone did in fact get it done, but it took a knowledgeable technician and those are in very short supply at most Ford dealerships Don
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    gas pedal is too easy

    The problem isn't so much with the throttle, it's that 1st gear is such a low ratio that it's not easy to take off smoothly without spinning the tires or jerking the passengers around. Once you get used to it . . . . and it does take awhile . . . . you won't find it's a problem any longer. My problem is I drive the TC so seldom that every time I have to begin getting used to it all over again, but once I've driven it 2 or 3 days in a row, it all seems perfectly normal to me Don
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    OEM tires and wheelspin

    It's not what it does to the speedometer that's the problem - It messes up the transmission shift points which affect all sorts of things, not the least of which is how long the transmission may last. It will also cost you fuel economy for sure. Modern computer controlled vehicles depend on the tire circumference being very close to what they programmed the computer for to get the best results Don
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    Another Newbie coming aboard

    Welcome! The SWB vans can be hard to find - I suppose you found one 5 miles from your home and didn't have to hunt like we did. We found ours in Georgia, about 300 miles away, but it was worth the trip. We got an excellent deal on a 2014 with only 12,000 miles on it IMO, it's the most versitile of all the models, the way the rear seats can be quickly removed and reinstalled as needed. We only use ours for long trips (we have three EV's for everything else) and we regularly get 30 mpg on the freeway at 65 mph. You are right . . . . much more like driving a car than a van Don
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    Factory jack needed

    IMO, $60 is a pretty good price for something to hold one corner of your van up so you can change a tire - I'd jump on it at that price Don
  9. I agree 50K is the perfect time to service the trans . . . . either that, or buy an extended warranty which covers the trans - You can't just drain it and refill it unless you do that 4 or 5 times because draining it doesn't get even half of the old fluid out . . . . most of it is in the torque converter which doesn't drain White is the universal car color - I have 4 white cars. Two 2012 Mitsubishi electric cars which are 'Diamond White Metallic, a 2017 Chevy Volt which is Iridescent Pearl Tricoat and the 2014 TC which is just plain white. None of them show dirt very much so I can do other things with my weekends other than washing cars. I had a beautiful Black on Black Supra once . . . . for about 3 years and then I had it painted white. Everybody should own a black car once in their lifetime. If you buy a second one, we know what you like to do on Saturdays . . . . Wash the car! Don
  10. I upgraded my OEM steering wheel with cruise to a leather wheel with radio controls. I sold my OEM wheel to someone here on the forum who did exactly what you're wanting to do - Add OEM cruise. He did it, so I'm sure it can be done. Search here for his discussion and you should learn all you need to know Don
  11. As an EV driver now for the past 8+ years, I don't see this ever happening - It's just not needed, so why would anyone design an EV like that? The battery is the single most expensive part of the car, so why would you ever want to replace it? There are numerous EV's on the road now with 250,000 miles plus on the original battery, which is already approximating the useful life of most ICE vehicles. At that point, you toss the entire car and replace it, don't you? The typical useful life for all cars in the USA is considered to be 200K, so as long as you've got batteries which last 200K, you wouldn't be looking to replace them Google "Sparkie Chevy Volt" and read up on a car with 400K still on it's original battery - True, not all of those miles were on electricity only, but more than 150K of them are and the battery range remains pretty much constant. They haven't been out long enough yet, but we'll soon be reading about 200K mile Chevy Bolts. There are already Teslas used as Uber vehicles with more than 300K on them The need to replace EV batteries really isn't much of an issue . . . . even our lowly, inexpensive iMiEV's came with a 10 year, 100K warranty on the battery Don
  12. True - Most folks who live in northern climates (Michigan, New York, all of Canada, Norway & Sweden) who drive iMiEV's on a daily basis have installed tiny diesel burning water heaters in them. The iMiEV heating system (such as it is) uses a very ordinary heater core from the ICE version of the car with a 5 Kw heater to warm the water and then the fan blows air through the heater core just like in almost every ICE car. Using that 5 Kw heating element to heat the water severely reduces the cars overall range. If it's really cold out, you may lose 1/3rd or more of the cars roughly 65 mile range just heating the cabin Fortunately, since it's using hot water to heat and defrost the car, you can very easily heat the water using other means. The little diesel heaters (smaller than a shoe box) will give you a very warm car for a week or so using about a quart of diesel fuel - These are a very popular mod for iMiEV drivers in cold climates The air conditioning system on the other hand is very efficient. We lose 10% or less of the cars range staying comfortable on 95 degree South Mississippi days. In addition to our TC which very seldom gets driven, we have a 2017 Chevy Volt for longer trips, but about 85 to 90% of the miles we've driven over the past 7 years have been in our two iMiEV's. They are so good at what they do that there's not much need for any other vehicle, day to day . . . . unless you need to tow something or take a long trip out of town, which is why we're hanging onto the TC Don
  13. Although our two Mitsubishi iMiEV electric cars are actually a little smaller than a Prius, they are much better engineered to be practical for everyday use. You can fit a full size washer or dryer in the back (with the rear seats folded down of course) and still close the rear hatch. Loading and unloading is simple too as the floor is flat all the way to the rear hatch, just like our TC
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    Mounting a amber light ontop of the roof.

    The roof isn't aluminum - It's steel, at least on my 2014 Gen 2 it is You could remove a pair of the plugs in the roof and use those as mounting points and a way to run power up to the light bar. You will probably need to remove the headliner to gain access to the underside of the roof. You'll also need an assortment of steel and rubber washers to 'sandwich' above and below the holes to keep everything water tight Don
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    New TC Owner

    That's my service plan too. I drained & refilled mine 4 times using Castrol Transmax Full Synthetic which is Ford approved for all Mercon LV vehicles, mostly because I found a deal on it for $5 a quart, which is less than half the price of Mercon LV and also because I wanted full synthetic fluid and I still don't know exactly what Mercon LV is Now, every 25K I'll drain and refill it twice for the rest of the time I'll own this van Ford obviously wanted you to take it to the dealer for all transmission service, because they didn't give you a dipstick to check fluid level and they also didn't give you an easy way to add fluid. I *hate it* when any manufacturer does this sort of thing. As much as I love this van, odds are pretty great that it's my last Ford. The good news is, no more than we drive it though (it's a 2014 with only 25K on it now) it may last us another 10 to 15 years Don