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  1. WillMartin

    Engine Swap

    For what it's worth, my 2010 will spin its front wheels at times. I think the tires may be old and hard, and it generally happens on a wet road. It sometimes happens on a dry road, which makes me wonder if maybe it is relearning. It had a mostly flat battery right before I got it. I don't mind slow, so I hope it's learning to make less power.
  2. WillMartin

    Resetting TPMS

    I have the owner's manual. I'll take a look.
  3. WillMartin

    Top 5 Things About Your Transit Connect

    I'm not at all happy about E10, let alone E15. What it does to the van is bad enough. The motorcycles really don't like that stuff.
  4. WillMartin

    Cant wait to buy 1! For work and Fun

    It is indeed white. It looks like every other white gen 1 out there. I haven't done much of anything to make it more interesting yet, but that's coming. First step is the ordinary stuff, like replacing the opaque panels in the sliding doors with windows so I can navigate in Seattle without sideswiping anybody. There are too many odd angle intersections and back in parking on streets to have vision over your shoulder blocked. Then, stripes, wheels, and I'm not sure what else. Then pictures.
  5. I'll have to take a look at that. It might work.
  6. WillMartin

    Cant wait to buy 1! For work and Fun

    I just bought a gen 1. The high roof is a plus, and I'll take my chances with the maintenance issues. I'm hoping it doesn't go through wheel bearings and transmissions, and the fuel mileage isn't much better. The motorcycle won't quite get into a gen 2, but would get into a Promaster City. So, it was a gen 1 or a Promaster City anyway. This is all for what it's worth.
  7. WillMartin

    Top 5 Things About Your Transit Connect

    First more or less full fill-up today. I thought the tank was 16 gallons, and it probably is. The gauge that says how many miles before you run out of fuel said I had about 30 miles left, and the tank only took 12.8 gallons, and that was after I overfilled it really badly. So, probably more like 12.5 or less. It went 262 miles on the tank, so it got more than 20 mpg. I'm surprised and happy about that. Even better, it seems to have had stale fuel in it, because it's idling smoother now.
  8. WillMartin

    Resetting TPMS

    Thank you. I would assume the process is the same for Gen 1 as well.
  9. WillMartin

    OEM Wipers

    I'm currently using Bosch Icon wipers. I have had good results with them in the past, and they aren't much more outrageously overpriced than any other aftermarket wiper.
  10. Well, I bought the light housing and the wiring. I hope some of the wiring is still there. Then I'll have to figure out how to remove the bumper cover. It looks like a lot of disassembly and reassembly, but pretty straight forward otherwise. Then on to the next thing - a jack. Why would a jack go missing? Who knows, but it did.
  11. WillMartin

    gen2 in winter

    More endless drizzle city. It rains harder sometimes, but not all that often.
  12. WillMartin

    gen2 in winter

    I'm happily a climate wimp. Having lived in the midwest and on the east coast, and having spent plenty of time in the deep south, I don't miss the cold, and I don't miss the heat and humidity. We don't even get downpours all that often. What we get is endless mist, which means wiper blades get a lot of use, and the rain doesn't wash things off as thoroughly as it would if it came down hard. So, we get through wiper blades. It's a small price to pay to live in a habitable climate.
  13. WillMartin

    Anoying Rattles

    I need to lubricate the door slides, but that's not the rattling and squeaking I'm getting. There's a bit of klunking coming from the sliding doors, and a weird squeak from the rear axle under braking first thing in the morning. Maybe the brakes are an issue for that second one. There's also an assortment of light plastic buzzes and rattles from the dashboard, but I really can't complain too much about that kind of thing from an eight year old commercial vehicle.
  14. WillMartin

    Fusion Wheels

    Especially with those sexy white letters.
  15. WillMartin

    Fusion Wheels

    It all looks and sounds pretty straight forward. I looked at the date codes on the sidewalls just for grins. Turns out my tires were new in 2015. Gotta love government maintenance. I guess the tires were five years old, and Monterrey County decided that the van needed new tires, whether they had tread left or not. It may be a year or two before I mount the new wheels and get new tires, mostly because I'm too much of a cheapskate to throw away what look like practically brand new tires. Turns out P215/60R16 is a slightly unusual tire size, especially with close to correct load and pressure ratings.