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bu11frogg

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  1. bu11frogg

    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    I'm sure you're right! I just don't have a lot of cash to play with, and just as happy with less than perfect. Mainly I wanted to save the $100 every fall and spring to mount tires to rims...I would've been OK with another set of steel wheels if I could've gotten them for the right price. I've made bigger mistakes!
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    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    @Beta Don @jrm223 Yup, those are the rims in all their minivan glory! Haha! They didn’t come with the covers and the best price I could find was $60 for a set. To me it’s not worth it; I don’t think they look that great. I’ll be happier with plain chrome center caps...$52 happier. 😉
  3. bu11frogg

    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    @G B L I’m sure you’re right! I’m kind of glad not to be pulling my wheels apart to put longer studs in, though.
  4. bu11frogg

    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    @Beta Don What you’re saying about the cross-threading makes sense. I’m just glad simple lug nuts are all I need! The new rims do look better, though I wasn’t particularly going for an upgrade. These were cheaper than steel wheels. The new chrome lugs should improve the look, too. Now all I need are some 63mm center caps. Top photo is with stock steel wheels. Bottom shows the alloys off a 2003 Windstar.
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    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    I think I was barking up the wrong tree. I went to the local parts store, they said they didn't show any wheel studs...not even original. They said to try a big wheel / tire shop about 15 miles away and see if they had any lug nuts that might drive in deeper. This turned out to be a great suggestion. The local Ford dealer said the wheel studs are built into the hub assembly; the only way to order new ones is to get the whole assembly and he only showed one option. So, that wasn't much help, either, but on reflection maybe saved me a lot of effort trying to replace the wheel studs. I took a closer look at my current open-ended lug nuts from the factory and realized the the tapered end spins freely and has no thread engagement for ⅜"! I've found several possible replacement acorn lugs with threads all the way to the end (for example: https://www.amazon.com/DPAccessories-LCB3B6HC-CH04020-Chrome-12x1-5-Closed/dp/B00JNEBAVW/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=lug%2Bnut%2Bdpaccessories%2B12%2B1.5&qid=1584275847&sr=8-4&th=1) so I'm going to give one of those a try.
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    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    The garage used a torque wrench but still came up short. I’m hoping that replacing the studs is something I can do easily myself. I’ve done the brakes a few times, but it always takes a lot longer than I expect. The garage said they could do all 4 wheels in 1 hour so I’m hoping I can do it in 2-3 hours.
  7. bu11frogg

    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    @G B L I measured too hastily last time! The end of the stud comes within ⅜" of the end of the open lug nut. To answer your question, the lug nuts are 1" long and the stud is threaded ⅝" of the way into the lug nut. Put another way, the lug nut goes just over 5 turns before I have to put the wrench on it. I've read that generally, 7 ½ turns or better is recommended. It looks like I need to go get longer wheel studs!
  8. bu11frogg

    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    That’s good to know, thanks @G B L! I was trying to save a few $$ by getting used rims for my non-winter tires, and these were cheaper than the steel ones I could find. I figured I’d need closed acorn nuts and center caps, but never thought about the wheel stud length! @Fifty150 I measured last night and the difference in lug nut travel is about ¼”. The stud protrudes from the end of the nut with the steel wheel, but is hidden about 3/16” ⅜" from the end of the lug nut when mounted on the alloy rim.
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    2013/gen1 TPMS issue

    @WillMartin I wish I'd seen your post sooner about going with Focus rims. I got a good deal on 4x 16" rims off of a 2003 Windstar that appeared to fit perfectly, but the garage is telling me the lugs are not biting onto the lug studs deeply enough. Apparently, the Windstar rims are somewhat thicker than the OEM steel wheels that my winter tires are on. I'm not even sure Ford makes longer lug studs for the TC.
  10. bu11frogg

    Water in Passenger Sliding Door

    I have a 2014 LWB Wagon. I get water in the driver's side sliding door and sometimes the passenger side sliding door after most rainstorms. My father in law mentioned checking the drains but I wasn't sure what to look for -- are they just weep holes? How many are there and how big should they be? My assumption was that water shouldn't be in the doors at all and that some seal needed to be replaced. I only had time for a quick look, but the weather seals that I can see all look OK. Nothing is shredded, cracked, dried or (from what I can tell) missing. If I get anywhere, I'll let you know!
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