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Eddy Kilowatt

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  1. GBL, that's the front cabin air filter, which is replaceable. Tom seems to be asking about the rear cabin air filter, which is indeed under the driver's seat where the rear cabin air blower is located. It's porous foam and seems washable (i.e. mine didn't dissolve when I washed it) so shouldn't actually need replacing too often. It's been awhile since I did mine but the procedure is straightforward... slide the driver's seat forward, go in thru the left sliding door with a good light, there's one small screw to remove that locks it in place and then (IIRC) a tab to squeeze at which point you can rotate the cover a few degrees to release it. Wash the element, vacuum under the seat while the element's drying, reverse steps to re-assemble, and you're done.
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    Brake wear

    Lack of engine braking is a trait of diesel engines and in fact the absence of a throttle plate is one of the reasons for their greater fuel economy. So if you have a small (1.6?) diesel, a well-loaded van, and lots of traffic lights and stop signs, then perhaps that could explain your short pad life. Although it's also possible that something in the engine management is applying a small amount of fuel when coasting in gear... I seem to remember that early gas emissions-control systems (late 70s/early 80s) did this to keep early catalysts and thermal reactors warmed up. I'm not sure how you'd diagnose this in a modern common-rail diesel, but perhaps briefly switching off the engine while coasting in gear might be an interesting experiment. If you have a scanner (e.g. FORScan), there are probably fuel system parameters you could monitor to check whether fuel is cutting off completely when coasting in gear.
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    Brake wear

    I recall seeing "Electronic Brake Distribution" listed as one of the features of this van. Normally that means that on everyday light brake application, the system will apply the rear brakes first, and the front brakes only on heavier braking. This is done to (somewhat) equalize brake and tire wear between the front and rear axles, instead of the usual case of the fronts doing almost all the work. It's a great side benefit of ABS systems. I would think that any fault that affected the EBD (bad sensor or something) would set an ABS warning light and an error code already, but if you have FORScan it could be worth a look at the brake module to see if there's anything showing.
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    oil change on the 2014 TC

    For those who think long-haul, Ford supplies the Motorcraft oil in the 6 gallon bag-in-box package, complete with a nifty tap. Rock Auto has it for $3.70 per quart for the full synthetic (https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=8121040&jsn=327) and I've seen this package from other vendors as well. No piles of 1-quart, or even 1-gallon, bottles to send to the landfill.
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    spark plug suggestions

    Nice clean running engine, but then... they all are these days (except in case of gross failure). Pretty much makes it worth having lived through the first generation of smog-controlled engines in the 70s, though of course we didn't know that in those awful days. Just my opinion, but even those 96k plugs could be re-gapped and run another 60k. The gap's important though... too wide and the firing voltage makes extra stress for the coil too. So maybe 60k intervals to pull, gap, and anti-sieze the plugs is about right.
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    2015 TC transmission fluid change

    Eddy was meaning "normal" in the sense that the fluid temperature is thermostatically regulated, so -- if the plumbing is properly designed and has sufficient control authority -- the temp should fairly quickly go to its setpoint, and then stay there... like the engine coolant temperature does. It seemed mildly "abnormal" for a regulated system to vary by 35-40 degrees depending on load, but again... my sample size is one, so I have no idea what normal is, and am curious what others might observe.
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    Citroën Berlingo

    Wow! I didn't read the brochure, I presume that's a nice little turbodiesel and imperial gallons? Hard to see how you could push a big box thru the air on that little fuel.
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    2015 TC transmission fluid change

    The Gen2 TC (at least) does have a heat exchanger between the trans fluid and the engine coolant, so in principle the trans should warm up faster and then should maintain a steady temperature during operation. In practice, I monitor mine using the OBD port and ForScan, and it doesn't seem particularly quick to warm up... several miles and/or 10-15 minutes to reach 160-170F (compared to the engine which is really fast, 1-2 minutes to reach 190F). My trans stays around 165F for most driving including freeway, unless I do a mountain grade of a thousand feet or more, in which case it climbs to around 200F during the climb. I don't know if this is normal performance for the trans cooling system, but it's what mine does.
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    ContiproContact Tire. Any Good?

    So does this mean you wound up going with the original 215/55-16 size?
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    Tire size settings in Forscan

    Thanks for posting the answer to a question I've been wondering about! And I agree with JRM, it's too bad there's not a "custom size" option amongst the canned choices offered.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    Hi Don, I'll be happy to take a look, but won't have time till this weekend.
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    I have a 2015 non-Titanium with the larger instrument-cluster display that you mention. I believe that it is always present on any TC with the larger available center-console display (I forget the exact dimension)... and I seem to recall from my search days that the larger display goes along with the Nav option. At any rate, there are definitely XLTs out there that have the display you're seeking, so I would say don't confine your search to just Titaniums. I was happy to find my XLT with the Nav option, because although I seldom use the nav (I use my phone), I really prefer the look of the larger embedded instrument-cluster display. Call me a sucker for a pretty face I guess... P.S. how hard is it to pop the instrument cluster out... and do you think there is any possibility to jury-rig it to tilt further upward? I can't see the top of the tach or speedo from my preferred driving height...
  13. Bummer, I was curious how that diesel was gonna drive. They "can't get" the diesel engines? Huh?
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    gas pedal is too easy

    Framebinder, I don't have any problem with the pedal effort, seems like most other cars. But Sampa, I totally agree, it's practically my #1 complaint about driving the TC is the difficulty of a smooth takeoff especially if you are just coming off the brake and moving your foot to the gas. I've actually resorted to two-foot driving (left foot on the brake) in traffic because I really don't like seeing my passengers getting jerked back in their seats. I don't doubt this is done to make the new car seem peppier on the test drive, but it would be nice to have an "OK, now I have to live with it" setting. The throttle curve is totally controlled by a map in software, no doubt... question is, is there an alternate curve that can be enabled with something like FORScan, that's a little less front-loaded?
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