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  1. Willygee, inserts seemed like a good idea, so I made my own. Getting the power window in the right position about 2/3 of the way up to hold them in place was a hassle, but they worked OK, until it rained one night. The mosquito netting solution allowed me to close the windows until they were just a couple of inches open, if it started raining. The WeatherTech Window Deflectors keep the rain from coming in.
  2. Just got this information from the Service Manager where I purchased my 2017 TC XL Cargo Van: --------------------------------- SSM 46321 - 2014-2017 Transit Connect - Battery Drain Due to Frequent Door Openings and Approach Light Strategy Some 2014-2017 Transit Connect vehicles may exhibit a condition that causes the battery to discharge. If normal battery drain diagnosis leads to no issues, it may be caused by the approach lights illuminating every time the body control module (BCM) receives a lock/unlock signal or opening any door. If the door remains open, the lights will remain illuminated for up to 10 minutes. If the vehicle was built on or before 11-Dec-2016, reprogram the BCM to the latest calibration using IDS release 103.05 and higher. Calibration files may also be obtained at www.motorcraft.com. For all vehicles, access the BCM Configuration Parameters. Select Module Programming, Programmable Parameters, Personality, Approach Light. Choose Disabled and follow the screen prompts to completion. Use causal part 14A068 and applicable labor operations in section 10 of the SLTS manual. APPLICABLE VEHICLES 2014 - 2017 CAR: HC V408 (EU) --------------------------------- The fix was done at no cost, under my warranty. Hope this helps!
  3. Update to the above post: I really wanted to like it, as the concept is great, but the execution was not. The plug's spring-loaded plunger, which contains the fuse, was either too long, or the spring was too short and/or stiff, for the plug to remain securely in the 12-volt socket. I'd plug it in, and it would just pop up after a few bumps in the road, disconnecting itself. So, I returned it. Others have since noticed this problem. The other accessories I've plugged into the same socket remain securely connected, so the socket is not at fault. It's the most recent execution of the plug that's fatally flawed. People who purchased the item more than six months ago generally seemed happy with it. If the flaw gets fixed, I'd buy it again. Meanwhile, I'll just keep plugging and unplugging my detector as needed.
  4. It will be a couple of weeks before I can get back to take some photos. In the meanwhile: 1) Any view into the passenger-side blind spot is a great improvement over none at all. If you don't need sliding screened windows, replacing the entire plastic panel with glass would be the way to go. 2) The interior trim ring is aesthetically pleasing to my eye, which has come to appreciate the bare interior of a cargo van. 3) For privacy curtains, I attach black kitchen towels above the windows with magnets: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/kitchensmart-reg-solid-kitchen-towel/3176216
  5. Sorry for the belated reply. As I recall, I did not pry the fixture out. I simply squeezed its top and bottom and pulled it straight out of its receptacle. Then, I disconnected what I think was the ground wire, and secured it out of the way with a twist-tie.
  6. Before I had screened windows installed in the sliding doors of my 2017 TC, this is what I used as screening for the driver and passenger door windows: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047QTQF8/ I cut the sheet of mosquito netting in half to make two 48" x 36" pieces. I then folded a cut piece to go over the top of the door, and sewed the 24" vertical edges together on the rear portion of the folded piece. The netting slips over the door with its sewn edge toward the rear of the van. I secured the netting around the outside of the widow's front and bottom with round ceramic magnets. About a dozen magnets were needed for each door to prevent gaps. The inside portion of the netting just hangs free.
  7. The installation instructions that come with the windows are worthless, and do not seem to apply to this type of installation. I haven't found any YouTube videos that could help, either. Fortunately, I was able to enlist the aid of an auto body fabricator who had done similar installations in the past. We figured out how to do this one together, with a little trial-and-error along the way. I had made the template beforehand, and the positioning, marking, and installation process took less than three hours for both windows. Hopefully, the details provided below will enable someone else to do an efficient, error-free installation. 1) Figure out how all the parts will go together: The reversible aluminum retaining ring ("trim ring") will go on the inside of the van. It comes with pre-drilled screw holes. For mounting the sliding window in the 1/4" thick plastic panel in the van's sliding side door, the plain side of the ring will need to face the interior of the van. Remove the shiny aluminum clip that is crimped in place to hold the two free ends of the retaining ring together for shipping . This can be most easily done by using a cutting wheel to slice through the "spine" of the shipping clip. The split in the retaining ring will be positioned at the bottom of the window. Use a piece of painters tape to temporarily hold the two free ends together in alignment after the shipping clip is removed. The window frame holding the glass and screen will attach to the outside of the van. It has two narrow grooves that run around the entire perimeter of the frame, facing the van's interior. The innermost groove is for the spline that holds the screen in place. The outermost groove is for the screws that will clamp the retaining ring to the window frame, compressing the sealing gasket and holding the window in place. 2) Figure out where in the door panel the window will go: Because the opening in the van's sliding door frame is tapered toward the rear, you will want to position the window as far forward as possible. I suggest having the fixed glass portion of the window toward the front of the van. The way you position the window will determine which part of the window frame will be the top. Label your windows as driver or passenger side, and indicate the part of the frame that will be the top. Use the black rubber plugs that are provided to seal off the top four weep holes on the outside of the window frame. 3) Make a template for the window cut-out: Use the edge of the first angle to the outside of the pre-drilled screw holes in the retaining ring to mark a piece of sturdy paper, tracing all around the ring. Cut out the template, then fit it inside the retaining ring where the window frame will go when the two pieces are screwed together. Make your final adjustments, paying particular attention to the fit at the radiused corners of the window. The template should measure 14.0 inches by 21.5 inches. Tracing around its edge onto the panel should add about a tenth of an inch to those dimensions. The finished height of the cut-out should be 14.1 inches, and its length 21.6 inches, for a snug fit. 4) Position the template: Hold the retaining ring in place on the inside of the panel, toward the front of the van, avoiding the door's structural elements, and fix it in place with a piece of tape. Position the template inside the retaining ring, and attach the template to the panel with painters tape. Leave an equal amount of clearance around the top, bottom, and front end of the template. Then, drill a hole through the template and the panel near the front end of the template to help locate it on the outside of the panel. Remove the template and transfer it to the outside of the panel, using the hole you drilled to position it correctly. Be sure to keep the same orientation as when the template was on the inside of the panel. Measure from the top edge of the panel to the top edge of the template; it should be the same distance, front and rear. While keeping the hole in the template and the hole in the panel lined up, rotate the template so its top edge will be parallel with the top of the panel. Since the plastic panel is tapered from front to rear, the bottom edges won't be parallel, but installing the window frame parallel to the top of the panel looked best to me. 5) Cut out the opening for the window: When you have the template positioned the way you want it, hold it in place with some tape, then lay down a swath of wide painters tape from beneath the edge of the template and far enough away from the cut line to prevent scratching the panel when you run your jigsaw over it to make the cut-out. Use a marking pen to draw the outline of the template on the tape, then remove the template. Cut out the window using a jigsaw with a metal-cutting blade. You will need to first drill a large enough hole near the corner of the cut line to accept the jigsaw blade. Work slowly and precisely. Plan to finish the cut along the bottom, and attach a piece of duct tape to the top of the cut-out to hold it in place, keeping it from twisting and breaking free as you finish the cut. With a fine blade, there will be no splintering of the plastic, but there will be a lot of dust. Try to contain most of it with a drop-cloth, and expect to do a lot of vacuuming when the installation is finished. After you have made the cut-out, check the window's fit. It is better to make the cut-out a little too small, and then enlarge it with a sander in the places where it is too tight. 6) Prepare the window for installation: Lay the window on a padded work surface, and use the retaining ring in its proper orientation (with its split at the bottom of the window) to align the pre-drilled screw holes. Make sure that the free ends of the retaining ring are aligned and in contact. Starting on each side of the retaining ring split, drill shallow holes into the window frame groove where the screws will go, no bigger than the diameter of the provided #8 x 1/2" screws' tip, just to get the screws started. Then, carefully drive in the screws by hand to make tapped holes. Even though the screws are supposed to be self-tapping, it will be quite difficult to start them without drilling first. Work your way around the retaining ring in both directions, screwing in all the screws. 7) Install the window: Remove the screws from the window frame. One person will need to hold the window in place from the outside, while another person on the inside of the van holds the retaining ring and screws it in place. Tightening the screws will pull the window frame against the panel, compressing its rubber gasket. No additional sealant, tape, or caulk will be needed. Once all the screws have been started around the retaining ring, move in a circle turning each screw a little. Do this a number of times, moving on to the next one without completely tightening any of the screws at this point. Frequently check the positioning of the retaining ring, window frame, and the rubber gasket, as you tighten each screw a few turns at a time. You want the window frame to compress its gasket uniformly. Continue tightening little by little, until the exterior window frame is tight against the panel, which will create a waterproof seal. When the window is in place, you will want to clean the glass. Because the window is tinted, do not use Windex or any window cleaner that contains ammonia. Invisible Glass is a product that is safe for cleaning tinted windows.
  8. I've just had a pair of sliding screened windows installed in the side doors of my 2017 LWB TC cargo van: They are model WD07, available here: http://teardroptrailerparts.com/Windows___Doors.html Not the highest quality, but the price was right, and they work just fine to give me a view of the passenger-side blind spot, provide cross-ventilation, and keep the insects out. They were the largest of the mass-produced windows that would fit into the limited space of the TC Generation 2 sliding side doors that I was able to find. I can provide full details of the installation process if anyone is interested.
  9. Mickster

    Aftermarket Bluetooth

    To the OP: You're not the only one who started out with a base model XT cargo van. I, too, had to deal with the challenge of hands-free calling. In addition, I wanted to play mp3 files from a USB Flash Drive as well as from my iPhone. The solution was this Bluetooth device that streams phone calls, as well as music, to my FM radio: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073D294M5/ At the same time, the device can be charging my cell phone. That allows me to initiate calls with "Hey, Siri" and use the phone for extended GPS navigation. All in all, this device, paired with my cell phone, provides a lot of very useful features for less money than an audio, navigation, and Sync upgrade.
  10. Some like it hot, and some do not. I have three hot power points, one of which is used for my radar detector, which does not have an on/off switch. Rather than plug and unplug the power cord for every trip, I added a switched extension cord for 8 bucks: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MXCL2F8/ It also allows me to reroute the power cord around the dashboard.
  11. Sorry, I don't have any more information than I have already shared.
  12. Windguy, "Dark Mode" in the Body Control Module does not affect the interior lights. For maximum stealth, I used the three-position switch to turn off the cabin light, so it doesn't come on with an opened door. I also disconnected the cargo area light, since it had no switch. I don't know if the firmware update allows you to set a shorter duration for the exterior lights.
  13. Sorry to hear that your local dealers have been uncooperative. I might have had a slight advantage, because I purchased my TC brand new from the dealer I took it to for this issue, and my salesperson was willing to provide after-the-sale support to make sure that I would be a happy customer of his. He was the person who spoke with the Service Director and urged him to see if Ford had put out a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) that addressed customer concerns regarding the automatic lighting and battery drain problem. If the dealership is still uncooperative after you have spoken to their Service Director, call Ford's Customer Relationship Center at 1-800-392-3673. Also, keep in mind that no dealership wants to receive damning reviews on Yelp, so you might have additional leverage by threatening to use social media to complain. Just refuse to take "No" for an answer.
  14. I complained about the entry illumination to my dealer, and expressed my concern that it would drain the battery on my 2017 TC XL Cargo Van, since it is being converted to a weekend camper. The service tech hooked up their Integrated Diagnostic System computer to the vehicle's On-board Diagnostic port and scrolled through the Body Control Module menus, but couldn't find any way to shorten or turn off the unwelcome 10-minute "Welcome Lighting." So, I spoke with the dealership's service director, who went online and looked through Ford's technical bulletins for customer complaints about battery drain caused by the long open-door lighting delay. Sure enough, Ford had come out with a firmware update for the TC's Body Control Module. Once my vehicle's module had been updated with the new firmware, the tech was able to access the menu to turn off the lighting. The software update and programming change was covered under my warranty. Now that I am finally in "Dark Mode" I am a happy camper. Moral of the story: Keep complaining until you get results. Let us know how you fare with your dealer.