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  1. Beta Don

    oil change on the 2014 TC

    You never know - They might find they like it better than Trader Joe's in the bottle . . . . with a cork! 😂 Don
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    oil change on the 2014 TC

    If it's 'bag in box' it's not exposed to anything when you open it - Same reason wine in the box doesn't go bad in your refrigerator Not sure how you'd be exposing it to hydrogen anyway - The atmosphere is 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and 1% argon - If there was any hydrogen present, it would be at the very top of everything, far from reach at sea level, since it's the lightest gas of them all Don
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    oil change on the 2014 TC

    Sticking with the filter the engineers call for is always the best way to go - If they thought it needed more filter area, they would have specified a bigger filter. There's lots more going on inside any modern filter than just the amount of filtration material Don
  4. Actually, that's not true. There are reinforced places in the pinch weld where it is triple thick and those are the only safe jack points. Jacking where it's just the two thicknesses welded together could crush the rocker panel If you keep the jack within about 6 inches behind the front wheel and 6 inches in front of the rear wheel, you're pretty safe, but the bet practice is to double check to make sure you're jacking at the reinforced spots where there are 3 pieces of metal welded up and not just two Don
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    My 2014 still has digital speed available on the tiny screen - Thank goodness, as that's about all I look at Don
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    I have 26,710 on my '14 - I don't drive it every day, usually not every week for that matter and sometimes it sits for a couple months between uses. I only drive it when I need a van or when I need something with a trailer hitch. Since we bought it, we're averaging less than 5,000 miles per year and 90% or more of those are freeway miles. We have more practical vehicles for daily commutes and around town use Sure wish I had the knowledge and skills to upgrade my dash like Don has done - I almost never look at the speedo when driving this thing, so I'm using that tiny screen to see how fast I'm going almost all the time and something bigger would be a huge plus Don
  7. If anyone has any info on where to tap into the VSS signal. the Back-up signal and the Parking Brake signal for 2014 and newer TC's it would be great to post that info here. I've done fairly extensive Internet searches and haven't found a clue. Maybe someone has a Factory Shop Manual with that info? Thanks! Don
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    spark plug suggestions

    Hopefully you always use a dab of anti-seize compound on any plug threads which will be used in any vehicle with aluminum cylinder heads - Very important! Don
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    2015 TC transmission fluid change

    You could do that, no problem I'm going to put 3 new quarts in and I don't want to have to check the fluid level every time because since Ford opted not to give us a dipsrick, checking fluid level is very complicated - So, since I'm going to put in 3 quarts, I only want to remove exactly 3 quarts, so anything more than 3 that comes out goes back in with the 3 new quarts. Quick, simple (or as simple as Ford will allow) and (relatively) easy Don
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    2015 TC transmission fluid change

    We had an old Mitsu van years ago with an automatic trans famous for not lasting 100K and I did exactly what you're suggesting - It had a conventional pan on the trans with a drain plug (fortunately) and also a dipstick to check the level. Draining it got almost exactly 3 quarts out of it, so I drained and flushed it several times to put full synthetic ATF in it and then I drained and replaced the 3 quarts with every oil change. Don't know how long it would have lasted - My wife was rear ended in it and it was totaled at 88K Now that I've drained and flushed (4X) the TC with Castrol TransMax full synthetic ATF, I do plan to drain out 3 quarts and refill with new every oil change - Drain whatever comes out, pour it into 3 empty quart cans, then put the rest back in there with 3 new quarts - All this damn trouble because Ford decided NOT to include a dipstick to check the trans level - I'm sure not going to go to all the trouble to jack it up level like I did last time. THAT (and a few other things) means this will very likely be my last Ford purchase. It's one thing to call a questionable transmission a 'lifetime maintenance free' unit, but it's unforgivable (IMO) to make it so hard to service that you must take it to the dealer to get anything done . . . . especially considering how incompetent so many dealers service techs are Don
  11. Any location that puts the phone where you can't see it is great - Somewhere that you also can't hear it when you're driving is even better Thousands of people used to get killed by drivers who had been drinking every year. We're getting better at eliminating those drivers, but now we have even more getting killed because of cel phones. We really need to get a handle on that problem . . . . . before the guy coming at me in the other lane kills me! Don
  12. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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