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  1. Don Ridley

    No AC after Carwash

    Does the windshield leak?
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    upgrading to leather steering wheel.

    You can find a similar TC VIN with the IPC functions you want (autotrader). Compare as built config to yours. Manually change the hex data in your IPC if the two sets of registers are the same size and addresses.
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    upgrading to leather steering wheel.

    Jrm223 It may be possible to activate the menus in the IPC display by changing the configuration file using Forscan. As you noted, the signals from the buttons are on the bus. PM me and we can go though the steps. I don't think you need a new IPC.
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    upgrading to leather steering wheel.

    I assume this is a Gen 2 vehicle. The instrument cluster (IPC) may not have the programming to respond to the steering wheel switches. I don't know if the wiring harness will have connections for the extra switches and maybe even cruise control. Try it. You can upgrade the IPC for under $100 if needed. Going from base trim packages to premium trims may not be possible, or it is more complicated. Upgrading to the next trim level is more feasible. Let us know how it goes. Look for the forum post where cruise control was added. This has some info on the steering wheel replacement.
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    Footwell Lighting?

    Mrtn, I also added a glovebox light to the same circuit. I mounted the light using a bracket and magnet. It was quick and easy. I used a magnetic window switch from a home alarm system. The light socket was from Amazon.
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    Footwell Lighting?

    BCM connector layout and pin-out
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    Footwell Lighting?

    I added multi-color LED footwell lights to my 2016 TC. Amazon has dozens of these lights for $30-40. I chose a set that has a simple controller and (4) 9” tubes. I only used 2 tubes and modified the cigarette lighter power cord to connect to the interior light circuit. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I04Z7Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I mounted one tube on the bottom of the glove box. Remove the glove box by carefully removing the pins on the bottom (you can see in my photos I was not so careful). I trimmed some of the plastic on the glove box to mount the tube flush. I verified the tube was not visible from the driver or passenger seat. I mounted the other tube under the steering wheel. This one simply zip-ties to the metal frame. Wiring: Cut off and insulate the wires for the unused light tubes. I added extension wire for the driver’s side LEDs (there are 4 wires). This made fishing the wire across the bottom of the dashboard easier. I installed the controller in the glove box. The controller is in the glove box and wire feeds over the back of the box. Power will come from the interior light circuit on the Body Control Module behind the glove box. Access is easy with the glove box removed. Connector C2280F (marked on the BCM) has 20 wires. Pin 12 is a brown and green striped wire. This is the power for the interior lights. Find the BRN/GRN wirefootwell.docxfootwell.docx coming off the connector. Use a POSI-TAP connector to splice into the BRN/GRN wire. The TC wiring is 18 or 22 awg. The red and grey 20-22 awg connectors work well unless your extension wires are larger. https://www.amazon.com/Custom-Dynamics-Posi-Tap-Wire-Connector/dp/B009TG686Q/ref=sr_1_21?keywords=positap&qid=1560916105&s=automotive&sr=1-21 Check if you have connected to the the right wire by measuring the voltage on the POSI-TAP with the interior lights on, then off. The GND connection can be any metal on the dashboard frame. I drilled a new hole and used a sheet metal screw. The controller has a lot of modes but I selected the dark blue color and never change it. The LEDs change color by applying voltage to different wires. If you ONLY want one color (e.g. green) you can omit the controller and connect power to the wire that gives you the desired color. Some colors require multiple wires to be powered (white=all wires powered). Don’t worry, the LEDs won’t be damaged if you connect power backwards. This is a simple upgrade and using the POSI-TAP connectors saves a lot of hassle. A nice feature of the connector is it won’t cut the wire being tapped. If you tap the wrong wire, just wrap electrical tape around the tiny hole it made. The LEDs will flicker at the end of the dimming function on the interior lights. footwell.docx
  8. The marker light housing directs some of the light downward. But I think the fog light will work as intended. This project was more about seeing if I could make it work. This was a fun one that kept me occupied for a couple of months.
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    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Forscan can reset the adaptive tables. The PC version and smartphone app can do it. I have no idea what this will do. The service manual has a short procedure but it is not very prescriptive. Maybe the transmission will continually adjust but maybe starting fresh will work better or faster. Buy the OBD Link MX adapter. It works flawlessly. https://www.amazon.com/OBDLink-Bluetooth-Professional-Grade-Diagnostic-Performance/dp/B07JFRFJG6/ref=asc_df_B07JFRFJG6/?tag=bingshoppinga-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid={creative}&hvpos={adposition}&hvnetw=o&hvrand={random}&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl={devicemodel}&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583932699502954&psc=1 Here is the Forscan Lite smartphone app Service Procedure screen.
  10. I saw a guy on the Focus RS forum was trying to add a rear fog light his RS. The Euro RS comes with a rear fog light you turn on from the light switch module. Based on his findings, the US vehicles will respond to the light switch signal by illuminating the icon on the cluster but the BCM does not output the signal to turn on the rear fog light. The BCM firmware can only be updated by a dealer and no dealer will install the Euro BCM firmware. The Focus RS guy gave up an added a separate switch. I looked for another solution. I bought a light switch from eBay UK. I confirmed the rear fog light illuminates on the cluster and the BCM does not output a signal. I tried in vain to find a signal from the light switch module I could use to turn on the fog light. The switch is only sending out LIN Bus packets, there is no physical switching of signals/power. Next, I focused on the power that was controlling the LED on the cluster and found the circuitry for the rear fog LED on the cluster circuit board (I used my spare cluster from a recent cluster upgrade). The LED does not turn on/off with a simple on/off voltage and the power is pulse width modulated (PWM). After a lot of testing and some circuit design, I found a circuit that will turn on a rear fog light by pressing the button on the light switch. I built a circuit that reads the voltage on the cluster LED and turns it into a signal I can use to drive a relay. I know this is probably too complicated for most, but it is a functional solution. See the attached sketch of the circuit diagram. Half of the circuit is home-made and the other half is a relay driver that I bought on Amazon. I soldered a wire on the cluster circuit board for the LED signal and connected it to the circuit (I briefly panicked when the new, upgraded cluster PCB was completely different from the old, but eventually found the same circuit components). I used power from the front fog lights to operate the circuit and the rear fog lamp so nothing is powered if the front fog lights are not on. The circuit is under the dash cover behind the IPC. Next, I had to modify the socket for the rear marker light. I bought a used wiring harness with all of the rear bulbs and sockets. I carved out the marker light socket to match the keys on the larger socket. It fits perfectly and the 2-element socket locks in place like OEM. The “bright” element is the fog light. The “dim” element is the marker light. I am still experimenting with different bulbs. The lens is not designed for projecting light rearward. A 7443 LED seems to work the best for providing a bright red fog light. Maybe someone (Chong?) will design a circuit using an Arduino that will read the LIN Bus and close a relay when the fog lamp switch is pressed. This is beyond my skill set.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    Search tips: Use full and partial part numbers Use multiple search engines Look at all Transit connect clusters on eBay Search for Titanium trim salvage TCs Offer lower price if list price is more than $100. Market price is $100 or less.
  12. I have embarked on several TC projects using that logic. I found that when it comes to programming (that controls everything in these vehicles) that "almost the same" is equal to "completely different". But I do read the Escape and Focus forums for ideas and tips that have been useful.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    The size of the Focus cluster was not the same as the TC . There is no way to make it fit and look nice. After more research: 2014 and 2015 LCD cluster PN DT1T-10849-Ux 2016 PN FT1T-10849-Ux Try to match model years if you are upgrading.
  14. Interesting to know if they are activated in US versions on the Gen 1. I am in the middle of a project to do this on a US version Gen 2 TC.
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    Footwell Lighting?

    Yes. I installed led strip lights from Amazon. They have dozens of choices for about $20. I connected to the power for the cabin lights located on the BCM behind the glove box. Overall, an easy project. Something like this Car LED Strip Lights, 4pcs 48 USB LED Interior Lights, MultiColor Music Car Strip Light Under Dash Lighting Kit with Sound Active Function and Remote Controller, DC 5V https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QWZVQC1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_S-99Cb0YQJA1S I cut off the unused strips and cut and spliced the wires to length