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  1. There is, at least here in California, for the exact reason you state. Not that it's enforced or anything, but at least someone in the Traffic Code department was astute enough to realize the hazard.
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    2015 TC Longevity

    16 hours ago, Osco said: 115,000, first transmission flush, old fluid came out looking just like the new fluid.. Shifted exactly the same after. Flushed the cooling system, Still running original factory brake pads front and rear... Yep you read that right. I think there's a big diff in tranny wear between town-driven and highway-driven TCs. Aside from the clutch wear of going through the gears, 6F35s trannys do some monkey business with the torque converter clutch, allowing continuous slip in 4th-5th-6th below 50 mph (pretty much anytime below 1500 rpm) and also allowing slip on every on/off throttle transition, apparently for driveability reasons. Driving around with ForScan set up to monitor torque converter slip will show this stuff happening. The black fluid that results is from the carbon converter clutch, and then causes valve bore wear and further issues. The vans that are racking up 60k+ per year on the other hand are spending most of their miles at highway speed with the torque converter clutch solidly locked and the trans fluid staying clean (and any ferrous gear wear particles grabbed by the magnet inside the trans).
  3. I'm not sure which ones MrTn posted, but I've used these Philips "Daylight 8" DRLs on previous cars with good results. They appear to be made to roughly Euro-OEM standards, i.e. cast aluminum body, glass lens, decently stout wiring, safety agency marks and designed to comply with DRL lighting regulations. https://www.amazon.com/Philips-12824WLVWAC1-DayLight-Powered-Daytime/dp/B005DX6BKW I've been hoping to find some 3" round DRL-beam lights to replace the original foglights with, but between difficulty finding a quality product and difficulty of access to those spaces on the van, gradually leaning toward these linear lights tucked behind the grill... heaven knows there's plenty of space there.
  4. I seem to recall noticing "electronic brake distribution" as a feature somewhere in the Ford literature, I suppose it's pretty common these days. I believe that means they apply the rear brakes first during gentle braking, then shift to more and more front brake as braking increases and weight transfers to the front axle. It's a smart strategy to equalize brake wear, but it seems in this case either Ford over-did it on the algorithm... or you brake gradually the majority of the time (not that there's anything wrong with that).
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    Gen 2 - Recirculation Control

    I would too, but it seems to be nanny'd out on both of my recent cars... possibly there's a rule somewhere that defrost has to select outside air, which admittedly can be somewhat more effective for defrost which admittedly is a safety-critical function. (Though as Bob notes, by far the most effective defrost is to get the A/C pulling water out of the air.) When I can, I drive with the defrost vents selected and outside air coming in, as it gives a more diffuse flow of face-level air than selecting the dash vents. But it's always nice to have recirc available for those moments when something smoky or stinky pulls out in front of you... quite maddening to be rolling up on a black cloud of diesel spew and have the HVAC refusing to close the outside intakes!
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    Trans Temp Gauge on 14+?

    I'm using this one... as recommended either by the Forscan folks, or people here, or perhaps both: "OBDLink 426101 ScanTool MX Bluetooth: Professional Grade OBD-II Automotive Scan Tool for Windows and Android – DIY Car and Truck Data and Diagnostics" https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006NZTZLQ/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I didn't delve into all the details, but this one has seamless switching between low and hi-speed CAN busses, which gives easier access to all (well, at least more) of the smart boxes in the van. It works well once it gets linked up with the Forscan app; the linking process is as fraught and unreliable as any bluetooth device. It doesn't like it after I've used my phone to talk to my other car's OBD... but that could just as easily be an issue with Forscan, the other car's app, or with the OS on my phone. But overall it's pretty workable.
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    Trans Temp Gauge on 14+?

    Easiest with a scanner app like Forscan. There's a parameter in the Body Control Module called Transmission Fluid Temperature (BCM_TFT) that has the name and behavior that one would expect, Forscan makes it easy to pipe to a gauge icon on your phone screen. (There are also a few dozen other transmission-related parameters in the BCM to puzzle over... the ones for actual gear selected and torque converter slip have been pretty interesting to watch.)
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    Heater and cooling system

    Um, note that diagram is from the manual for the 2015 USA-spec 2.5 gas engine (as best as I can tell... the manual is not always clear about the differences between the 2.5 and the 1.6 turbo). Euro spec diesel is probably going to be quite different from this picture.
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    Power sliding door and power lift gate?

    My hatch lifts itself as soon as I release the latch. Maybe your gas struts are just a little tired?
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    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Well, I don't really have a dog in this, um, conversation... and I've never done more than an oil change on my van, so I'm not claiming any hands-on experience... but what you are saying is not what the shop manual says. Under "Engine Cooling, System Operation", these are direct copy-paste from the manual: "Transmission Fluid Heater Coolant Control Valve The transmission fluid heater coolant control valve is an electrically controlled solenoid to allow or block the flow of engine coolant. This electrically controllable valve is normally closed when not energized. The valve receives a fused 12V B+ supply when the ignition is in the run or start position and is grounded by the PCM via a low side driver. The PCM monitors the solenoid and circuits for electrical faults and sets an appropriate DTC." "Transmission Fluid Cooler Coolant Control Valve The transmission fluid cooler coolant control valve is an electrically controlled solenoid to redirect the flow of engine coolant. This electrically controllable valve is normally closed when not energized. The valve receives a fused 12V B+ supply when the ignition is in the run or start position and is grounded by the PCM via a low side driver. The PCM monitors the solenoid and circuits for electrical faults and sets an appropriate DTC." "The transmission cooler - warmer is mounted on the transmission. On initial startup, the transmission fluid heater coolant control valve opens and allows warm coolant from the engine to enter the transmission cooler - warmer to warm the transmission fluid. As the engine and transmission warm, the transmission fluid heater coolant control valve closes and the transmission fluid cooler coolant control valve opens, allowing cooler coolant from the radiator to enter the transmission cooler - warmer to cool the transmission fluid." Bottom line, the valves are electrically controlled by the PCM (Powertrain Control Module), and they are used to both warm and cool the trans fluid, depending on whether hot or cold coolant is sent to the heat exchanger.
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    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    The trans is not the only source of heat in the system. According to the shop manual (303-03B, Engine Cooling), the TCs have a coolant valve that is specifically called the "transmission heater coolant control valve" (item 24 in the Engine Cooling diagram above), whose job is to direct hot coolant to the transmission heat exchanger for the purpose of speeding the warmup of the trans fluid. Ford seems to have a temperature they want that trans fluid to be at, and they seem to want it to get to that temp faster than just letting the trans warm the fluid up. I haven't dove into it far enough to figure out how that plays with the "transmission cooler bypass valve" on the fluid side of the heat exchanger, but anyone contemplating mods would probably do well to understand how the whole system is supposed to work -- both heating and cooling the trans fluid -- before adding additional cooling.
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    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Consensus of my online reading is that the 6F35 puts a lot of wear products into the fluid, which gunks up and/or wears out the valve bores, causing poor shifts and eventually burned clutches. A major source of wear products is the torque converter clutch (TCC). It's apparently a carbon material (would explain the black fluid we see) which is durable enough that Ford programmed it for continuous slip under some operating conditions ( https://www.sonnax.com/tech_resources/254-a-slippery-slope-the-what-and-why-of-woven-carbon-friction-material ). There's a PCM parameter for TCC slip that you can see with ForScan, TCC_Slip_Rat or something like that... sure enough if you watch it you'll see it slipping at a steady 20 rpm rate around 14-1500 RPM in 4th, 5th, and 6th, and slipping briefly during throttle transitions. (At least, my newly-rebuilt unit does this... I presume it's deliberate.) Based on the nasty black fluid everyone sees, I myself am leaning toward trying to fit an external filter, rather than an additional cooler. There are a bunch of filters on the market, popular with the trailer towing crowd ( http://www.trailerlife.com/tech/diy/tranny-filter-tech/ ), though I haven't found a direct 6F35 application and am just at the beginning of figuring out how you'd plumb it in (and whether the pressure drop would mess up tranny operation). But if you're seeing 230F on the regular then that seems excessive to me, so I might be looking at the fluid cooling too. The fluid cooling system seems pretty elaborate, at least per the shop manual... there's the fluid-to-water heat exchanger, the fluid cooler bypass valve, and (apparently) two PCM-controlled coolant valves, one sends hot coolant to warm up the fluid, the other sends cool coolant to cool off the fluid (!). Plenty of things to break. Any way to get a couple of temperature sensors on any of the coolant or fluid lines, to verify how the system is operating? Also, what's your engine coolant temperature when this 230 is happening... it might well be 210, and a 20 degree drop is the best the little factory cooler can do.
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    Intelligent Oil Life Monitor

    Something like that. There's a lab full of chemists down the hall from me and their trash often contains useful and... interesting... items. You just have to avoid the ones marked "biohazard". But they toss graduated plastic labware that's only seen simple volatile solvents or even just DI water... I won't take it into the kitchen on principle, but the garage is fair game 🙂 .
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    91H vs 97H load rating

    Tires, brakes, steering... not a place to cut corners. Just say no and move on. Life will be simpler and, in a dozen ways you'll probably never know about, safer for you and everyone else. P.S. My van came with the 97H Cinturatos and they seem fine... quiet, good grip, zero balance or roundness issues. They compare favorably to the premium Michelins I have on all my other cars, which coming from me (I like gooood tires), is pretty high praise.
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    Transmission dipstick retrofit

    I'd assumed that when there was a dipstick, it used the same location as the vent plug we have now. Googling around a bit last night, I didn't see any 6F35's with such a dipstick, but I did see several with an ungainly external dipstick tube plumbed back into the final drive/differential housing, like this unit (below) from a 2011-2012 Fusion. That's not what I had in mind, and would be a major hassle to modify and fit into the foreshortened TC engine bay so, unless I (or anyone) comes across some other form of 6F35 dipstick, I guess the answer to my initial question is "no chance, at least without major work".