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Don Ridley

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  1. The wiring diagrams show the tail lamps and stop lamps are driven directly from the body control module (BCM). There are no fuses for these circuits. The BCM gets 50A from the main fuse block. You need to read the DTC codes with a scan tool. This may show you have a short that is causing the BCM to kill power to the lights. Or, try removing all the bulbs and replacing them one at a time.
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    2020 TC Cargo Sync 3 Touch audio upgrade

    Start researching Forscan. You may be able to turn on extra speakers. The head unit is the ACM in older vehicles. Your 2020 may be different. I have a 2016 so my knowledge is limited to those versions.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    I am trying to upgrade the instrument cluster on my 2016 TC XLT. Most 2014-2017 TCs have a monochrome center display between the speedo and tach. Titanium trim vehicles usually have a larger, color LCD display. I thought I could use color LCD Focus cluster and had limited success. The cluster worked, but it did not fit exactly. The bezels around the speedo and tach on the TC are very deep and this makes the Focus and Escape cluster incompatible. Too bad because these clusters are readily available at salvage yards for about $50. Attached are photos of my Focus experiment and an actual 2016 Titanium trim TC cluster (from a vehicle on Autotrader). So, I need to find a used cluster from a 2016 TC Titanium. I will work the internet and salvage company sites. If anyone has a lead on this very rare part, please let me know. Buying it from a dealer is not an option because it costs around $450 with a $300 core charge (another case where Ford does not want you to upgrade your vehicle). I think the part number I am looking for is FT1Z-10849-F. Plus, I am not 100% sure I can get the configuration file (IPC As Built) to work properly so I don't want to spend a fortune on something that won't work.
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    Front door latch cable - busted!

    This post shows how to disconnect the cable from the door handle. The key is to pull straight back along the cable axis on the square collar.
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    Radio antenna location

    It should be in the roof above the windshield.
  6. The interior door handle is connected to the latch via a cable. Either the cable or latch is broken. Remove the door panel and inspect the handle and cable on the inside.
  7. There is a button on the driver's door that locks out the back windows. Do you have this button pressed?
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    Finally replaced my radiator

    If you get a scan tool or obd2 reader you can see the coolant temperature and the fan command status (scan tool only). This will tell you if the fans are supposed to be on but won't tell you how to fix them.
  9. Here's the door module communication connections. The rear door module communicates on a LIN bus, not CAN bus. The DTCs seem to show the door locks did not respond to a "lock" command. The DTCs are not time stamped so it could have occurred at any time. Some will eventually disappear. Clear it and see if it returns. You can safely reset the BCM with Forscan. But this never seems to fix anything. Do NOT do any relearn functions. If the window does not respond the local switch or the master driver's door switch, I think the door module is bad. You can measure the voltage change from the local switch. window_sw_module comm.pdf
  10. You need to check the "rear door module". Attached is the electrical connection diagram. If the module is damaged you can buy a used one like this (this is for the right side): https://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-2017-FORD-TRANSIT-CONNECT-REAR-RIGHT-PASSENGER-SIDE-DOOR-CONTROL-MODULE-OEM/202591178986?epid=22024818468&hash=item2f2b6010ea:g:WvYAAOSwH6lcXNPX Get the correct part number (F1ET...) off your module and do a Google search. I don't know if the modules are plug-n-play. If you have to upload the module configuration you will need to use Forscan. Forscan can also read the diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) and it may tell you the point of failure. There is a learning curve with Forscan (to make programming changes) but you can easily use it (PC or phone app) to read status codes. Removing the door panel is not too difficult. Use plastic removal tools to keep from breaking the tabs. The Styrofoam vapor barrier is removed by pulling on the edge until the black butyl rubber spreads into a thin film. Cut the butyl rubber with a razor blade as you continue to gently pull the vapor barrier off the door. Re-install by simply pressing the two lines of butyl rubber back together. DO NOT cut the vapor barrier. https://forscan.org/ read door module_left.pdf
  11. Question/suggestion: Could a bad bearing cause this symptom? The rear axles don't see stress against the bearing except when braking due to front wheel drive. Maybe the sound is coming from a bearing?
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    Shelter In Place

    Finally those who were led to believe that science and math are a matter of opinion will see that frequently there is only one truth. Nobody's opinion in this crisis matters. Biology and epidemiology will determine the outcome. Be smart. Follow science. It has no ulterior motives. We can revive an economy. Dead parents, grandparents or friends will remain dead... forever.
  13. Since the dome light works, I think the door switch (integral to the latch) is good. The door module sends messages over the MS-CAN about the lock status, door switch status etc.. The MS-CAN wiring should be OK since the lights work. So something is not sending or receiving messages about the other functions: door chime, door ajar etc. The Body Comm Module (BCM) processes all information regarding interior switches and instrumentation. You may have a problem in the BCM or the door module. This may be a problem only a dealership can fix (especially if they need to reflash the BCM or door module).
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    Shelter In Place

    Yeah I'm home for the foreseeable future (California). Working from home sucks. I trying to dream up a good project. Maybe I'll buy an Arduino and make it blink some LEDs or other frivolous functions.
  15. There may be a problem with the door module. Connect a scan tool to see if there are any error codes. Maybe it's just the door switch. Do the lights go on and off? Do you get a door open message when the engine is running?
  16. http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/four-vans-fight-in-one-of-the-slowest-drag-races-ever/ar-BB113nwJ?ocid=ientp
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    TC loses in a van drag race

    Probably a Transit. But funny either way.
  18. Forscan is hacked software developed by Ford enthusiasts in Russia. It's used primarily by F150 guys but works on most Ford's. https://forscan.org/home.html
  19. Or, try this: https://www.focusst.org/threads/windshield-wipers.12338/
  20. You will need a scan tool to read the DTCs. Forscan can do this and also reset modules. If this is too much trouble, you will need to visit a dealership to get this corrected.
  21. Here is the Forscan procedure. TC and Focus are there same for this function. Maybe the calibration will reset whatever is causing the problem? I don't know. Forscan has a learning curve and you need an adapter. Details are discussed in this forum and any Focus forum.
  22. There is a calibration function for the wipers in Forscan. I will look for a more generic method.
  23. I have been waiting for these guys to make a power liftgate kit for the TC. This just appeared on their website: https://www.che1.com/aftermarket-power-lift-gate-for-ford-custom/ I will contact them for details.
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    Power Liftgate kit available

    Here are the details on installing the electric liftgate. The Autoease product is well made. Hopefully my documentation will help. The only problem with this product/project is the Autoease device that provides the final close/latch motion is not easy to install on a TC. I did not install this movable strike plate and motor. The liftgate closes but if all windows and other doors are closed, the increase in air pressure keeps the liftgate from fully latching. I need to lightly push the door closed at the end of the arc. This is not a deal breaker for me since the biggest problem with the stock liftgate was unlatching it, then having to step back so it didn't hit you. Then, closing required a big tug and you had to "ride it" all the way down to make sure it latched. Now I can start the opening sequence as I walk up to the vehicle. Closing is not a big problem because you can start the sequence, then open the front door and wait for it to latch before you drive away. Art worst, you need to wait for the motor to close it and provide a light push just before it latches. See the attached install and operating instructions. Contact me if you have any questions. Don electric liftgate Insructions.pdf
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    Steering Sensor Issue

    As GBL said, you need a scan tool to troubleshoot problems like this. The cheap option is using an adapter and the free software Forscan. Scan tools can reset modules and read trouble codes (not just check engine light codes).