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  1. My first thought is something is not right when radiator not heating up but car too hot, seems like lack of flow to me. IMO dealership doesn't know as much as I do :-0 I have always used the heater as an emergency heat dump when my car overheated - LOL my daughter still talks about driving her Volvo (or SAAB) to college with the heater going! I did have a SAAB (different one) - flushed it and replaced coolant but ran hot, replaced radiator and that fixed it. Seemed like something had built up inside the radiator which caused it to not work as well. New radiator put everything right. Im still stuck on the part where the mechanic could read 253F and yet you could touch the radiator. How about the upper radiator hose? When they refilled the engine and radiator after replacing hoses and water pump did they bleed the system? I'm not familiar with the 2.5 engine but some are difficult to get air bubbles out of. My motorcycle is notorious for that and it has to be vacuum filled. It overheated at the end of a 5,500 mile trip. Took to dealer who said it had an air pocket at the top of the radiator and the engine was filled with water. It was fixed but I'm still trying to figure that one out - only one place has ever worked on that bike. In case you haven't figured it out I don't trust dealerships. EDIT: Rereading your post, when you say after a bit heat came out of heater. I think they have a valve which blocks flow thru it until heat is requested so it was probably full of cold antifreeze (or air if they didn't cycle valve during filling.
  2. PhotoAl

    Cylinder #2 Misfire

    Good news and good move on the hoses and gaskets. If not replaced guaranteed to have small leak in the most difficult to replace hose. Easy to access hoses never break!
  3. Nice! Before CV I did a lot of race photography but not any RallyCross. That looks like lots of fun. See you are running Nicky Haydens (last American to win a MotoGP championship) number.
  4. It's not perfect but generally a reliable engine if maintained with proper oil and oil change intervals. At 70,000 miles I would get the transmission fluid changed. I would want a very good price for the 2018. I started off looking at used TCs in mid 2017. Wound up buying a new 2016 with over $7,000 off as it was only $3,000 more than the nice used ones of the same vintage or a year older. I haven't looked recently but at that time there was not much difference in price between a 14, 15 or 16. 16's had higher prices usually because mileage was lower. Too bad you can't get the one from TC-stretch4044, looks like a nice one.
  5. PhotoAl

    Removing Factory Roof Rails?

    I have a 2016 very similar. Sorry don't have the complete answer but dropping the headliner is tedious with lots of hidden clips and then there are the airbags. I did it on a 2008 VW Rabbit to redo the headliner. If I did it about 10 times would get good at it but just one time was a pain. I think some of the parts diagrams show the locations of the clips. When I first got the van really wanted to put stuff on top but then fixed my tiny trailer up and now haul stuff on that. I have a pair of crossbars that have never been installed but have the factory roof rails.
  6. PhotoAl

    Greetings from the Wiregrass!

    Welcome and good to see a loyal Ford customer. My son has an '18 ST which has been a great car for him. Previous girlfriend complained about it - she fell by the wayside. I have been super happy with my 2016 TC Titanium which does everything from hauling elderly inlays to grandkids to all kinds of stuff. LOL way back in the day before CV I would pick the twin grandkids up from school sometimes. Nobody knows how to deal with a van without power doors. My first new car was a Ford Fiesta S in 1978, after that a Merkur XR4Ti and then disaster struck, an '88 Taurus wagon (actually the wife's car) - after that took a break for a while. I've always liked the European Fords and have desired an RS but at the time had a Honda CBR600RR which was lots of fun. A couple of time I rode by the junior high school as the kids were arriving - hateful looks from moms, girls mostly didn't notice but most of the boys stared. Of course I was on my vey best behavior, no wheelies.
  7. PhotoAl

    Bicycle Stand

    That is really nice, holds it really well and I like the strap holding it down. Easy to remove when not hauling the bike. My only suggestion fro improvement would be to fasten the rear of the bike down in case of an accident - you may have done that just not in pic.
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    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    LOL, OK Beta Don, I have my engineering degree and therefore get a free pass on spelling :-) My favorite oil is the one on sale, Castrol preferred if I can get a deal on it but will run other brands. IMO modern engines are so good that most any good synthetic oil changed at the recommended intervals will not have any failures due to poor lubrication. All the problems I've seen in recent years have been due to design screw ups. Best illustration I personally have is VW's timing chain tensioner design. My son's VW Jetta 2.0T had one fail which destroyed the engine. Took a $6,000 loss on the car and just got rid of it. Last I looked at that engine they were on over 10 on the revisions/modifications to the tensioner. I can understand one or 2 over a multiyear period but soo many???? Have been much more particular about the oil in my motorcycles until my current BMW F800GT. Bought it used with a maintenance plan and just take it in and have them do the scheduled maintenance. Fantastic middle weight sport touring bike except the engine has no soul. Came off of a 600cc class sport bike and love the character the inline 4 engines have. Full throttle shifts at 15,000 or 16,000RPMs sounds so good. Couldn't make more than 2 on the street before in go to jail territory. I don't push the envelope on performance in my vehicles - yup the accelerator pedal get pushed to the floor from time to time but don't haul heavy loads or do a lot of short trips. It does get hot here but not like in Arizona. Im concerned about the transmission fluid but again regular changes and expect it to be OK but will probably go with a better fluid if I can figure out what that is.
  9. WOW, when I haul my scooter I always put it in the center just in case something like that happens and the straps were to fail it would go between the seats. I use multiple straps, one is a 3" belt and the other two 1.5" for a scooter that weight about 250 pounds. Good point about loose stuff in the back. Hauling stuff always like to put heavy stuff down low.
  10. PhotoAl

    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    Mobile 1 is not my favorite oil. Used to be a real synthetic but they changed how it was made about that time. I had a VW Jetta with the 1.8 turbo. Those engines were really bad about slugging due to the hight temperatures the oil saw. I saw some slugging with Mobile 1 and checked and it did not state VW's certification. Changed to an oil was did have the VW certification and slugging wasn't so bad. I'm down to my last VW which my daughter drives and when it's gone will not get another. Too many mechanical problems. I will run Mobile 1 in the van but it's not my preferred oil.
  11. PhotoAl

    Hi from west Michigan

    Welcome. Its a great van I have the same year and trim level but I have the ever popular creeper white :-) It's great for hauling stuff. Got mine 2 1/2 years ago to haul inlaws, grandkids and my scooter (a real scooter not a mobility scooter). It has done all of that and more. Have 6 yo twin grandkids and they love it. Biggest drawback is folks in the carpool line don't know what to do about a van without a power sliding door! My daughter has a Honda Odyssey with all the power stuff but the TC handles much better. The headroom in the TC is fantastic and really nice when putting a little one in and out of the car seat. Another thing I had in mind was hauling my in-laws around. My father-in law had terminal prostate cancer and the last three months of his life the TC was the perfect vehicle to haul him and everyone to the hospital and doctors appointments. He has been gone a year and now mother-in-law who is 91 with very bad arthritis. She either rides with my wife in her Smart car or I take her in the van. Van is perfect as the seat height is perfect, not up or down and cost to the door. Very easy in and out and her walker is easy to stow either in the back or next to her. It will haul either one of my scooters even without taking out the back seats although I usually do to get the extra headroom and lower the load height. I have enjoyed the navigation system although it is probably time to update the maps. I have the WeatherTech matts for the front and middle seats as well as the big matt that goes over all the seats when they are folded flat. For hauling the scooter I take out the rear seats, put the mat down with a 3x3 piece of MDF on top. MDF is good for when I put the scooter on the center stand. My father-in-law had several Grand Marquise over the years. However yours looks like the one with some extra grunt. Several years ago I was taking photographs at a BMW track day. One of the instructors had a rental Crown Vic. Somehow they conned the track folks into letting him take it out with four guys all wearing white shirts, black coats and ties and black helmets. He was a very good driver and it was quite a sight. A few places I was sure the inside rear wheel would lift but it never did. After that the track said never again! Im sure the rental company had no idea what had been one with their car but ay have wondered why the tires were so worn. :-)
  12. PhotoAl

    Shelter In Place

    I like that messenger bag. Typically i just use the undersea space on the scooter and if that's not enough will hang grocery bags from hook above the floorboards. I loved the area out there, was a lot of fun and the drivers are better than here. Still not used to having motorcycles lane split. Still hoping this clears up enough so I can do a solo motorcycle trip out there late in the summer.
  13. PhotoAl

    Shelter In Place

    We visited our oldest son in Jan Jose at the end of Feb. Flew home on March 4th! Got out just in time. His wife is from Southern China and they went to China for Christmas. Her mother became sick with something that sounded like appendicitis and almost died. He flew back on January 2nd. Showed my a photo of his plane ticket where he changed planes in Wuhan!!!! Too close! His wife can back a couple of weeks later, just a few days before everything was shut off. They are fine but sheltering in place. We are sheltering in place although my wife has to take her 91yo mother to doctors appointments. My TC has been out of the garage one time since mid February! A couple of days ago I went over to our daughter's and watched her 6 yo twins while she made a run to Costco and Home Depot. I used to take them to lunch all the time so we made it a lunch outing. We sat on the deck and ate our fast fool lunch while keeping like 10 feet apart. Daughter sent a text message TP in the wild! Costco had some in stock so she bought a package for us to share. We don't have a stockpile so it was a welcome find. LOL I had ridden my scooter over there so rode it back with a package of TP on the floorboards. If I need to go check on mother-in-law or take something to the grandkids my primary transportation is my scooter. See lots of families out walking, most folks are working hard to self isolate. In January I bought a 3D printer and have had lots of fun finding and printing stuff. Grandkids have enjoyed all of the toys I've made for them. Latest one was a corona monster. Our youngest son is a second year resident so we are a little concerned about him. He is currently working in OB but if things get bad will be pressed into service taking care of corona patients.
  14. Welcome and congrats on your TC. Don't know much about the partition but the cargo and passenger versions are pretty much the same except for the floor area. The cargo versions have a cover over the footwell. I would think it might not be too difficult to adapt but not sure. With the passenger version you get the rear temp controls which can be adjusted from the front if your arms are long enough and flexible enough. I have a 2016 TC Titanium LWB wagon. I do notice more noise when all the seats are folded and have the WeatherTech matt on top. It's been driven one time since late February, I mostly just ride my scooter when going to check on immediate family members.
  15. PhotoAl

    Newbie from Virginia needs help

    EGR is exhaust gas recirculation. Is the leak in a hose or an engine seal or gasket? sometimes it can be hard to tell where the leak is coming from. Did it overheat due to low coolant or is the leak due to the overheating?