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  1. Don Ridley

    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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    Interior panels for 2018 TC LWB

    Check a local salvage yard.
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    Those Attractive Interior Panels

    Welcome. The volume and utility of the SWB is underappreciated. Nice choice.
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    Again, remove 3rd row

    Here is the wiring for a 2016. The seatbelt is shown as a simple switch. Forscan has an option to turn off the passenger seat belt minder. I don't know if it works or if it applies to a 2019.
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    Again, remove 3rd row

    The wiring diagram will not show the circuit inside the module. It is impossible to determine the circuit by taking measurements with a voltmeter or any other device. I do not understand why you can't leave a seatbelt plugged in or simulate the connection. I have not looked at the seatbelts so I don't know how they signal the connection status. But I would try to determine what is needed to simulate the signal by taking the seatbelt switch apart. Buy a used seatbelt from a salvage yard to experiment with.
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    ForScan

    Yes, Forscan shows the option to enable/disable approach lights but my BCM calibration does not support this function.
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    ForScan

    Yes. But I don't think it matters for the IPC because no new features or functions were added with the new baby unit.
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    ForScan

    Here was the response from Forscan: Hello, FORScan recognizes vehicle by PCM strategy number. If you want FORScan work correctly with your new BCM, you need to remove vehicle profile after the replacement. More info: https://forscan.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9196 As for new options availability, please provide more details. If" PCM" is not a typo, maybe this is the problem. The PCM strategy may not be as up to date as the BCM. You don't need to update the vehicle profile if you connected to Forscan for the first time after the BCM update. Bottom line is we can't get dark mode to work on some vehicles. You guys can try contacting Forscan if you want to troubleshoot this. They would need specifics on your configuration, logs etc.. contact@forscan.org
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    ForScan

    One explanation why Forscan isn't working may be that Forscan determines which options and functions are available based on the VIN or model year. Updating a module won't turn on the new functions in Forscan. I have sent Forscan an email. Let's see if they respond. My TC has the BCM calibration that doesn't support dark mode so I can't test anything.
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    ForScan

    If you followed to the tutorial by phollenbeck, you may want to try configuring dark mode but going directly into the Bdycm main module. This tutorial explains how to do this https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OHaBAxllW1yYgEAEKmGTh28Z6iro6BU0/view?usp=drivesdk Look for approach light (if it is there) and change the setting.
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    ForScan

    Your BCM has been updated. The GV6T calibration is newer firmware. I assume you are changing the menu selection in Forscan and saving it. Then clearing DTCs. If the lights still turn on then I am stumped. A long shot is to check the instrument cluster menus. Maybe the change added a menu item to control the approach lights (this is a wild guess and I have not heard of this anywhere else).
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    2013 TC Engine Swap

    Too many computer problems to overcome with this type of swap. Without access to Ford IDS software and some detailed technical knowledge, this swap is impossible.
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    ForScan

    The WRITE button is used to make changes to hex data in that register. I have not used the RESTORE function. I don't know why the as built data does not exactly match the Forscan data. You can change individual hex bits in the IPC, ACM but not the BCM. All BCM changes will be done using the menu selections. There are configurations in the central configuration that we can't see and can only be changed by the functions built into the menus. Save a copy of every module. A mistake in one may propogate into others. There are many tutorials. This one is for the F-150 and explains how to change individual hex bits. FORScan Tutorial.pdf
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    No AC after Carwash

    From the service manual on a 2016:
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    ForScan

    Your experience is normal. 1. Your battery is near the end of its lifetime. My 2016 shows 30% life left in the battery monitoring system (a feature on the 1.6l Ecoboost). 2. The DRLs and "run" position when using Forscan puts a big load on the battery. 3. Now I ALWAYS use a battery charger when making changes using Forscan. When the vehicle was new I got away without using one. 4. Reading data and DTCs don't require any battery backup/protection.
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    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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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