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phollenback last won the day on December 4 2019

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  1. phollenback

    Doors/lights connection

    Here's my extremely detailed howto about how to change the setting yourself: https://hollenback.net/TransitConnectHacking
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    Ford Transit Connect subreddit

    A subreddit is a topic area or section of the main Reddit website.
  3. I noticed that the /r/FordTransitConnect subreddit was abandoned - no moderators and no activity for a year. So, I requested ownership of it. I updated the 'about' info to point here to this forum as the primary place to talk about Transit Connects. I'm open to doing more with that subreddit and I'd love if someone else would be a moderator with me. I'll probably post stuff there from time to time as I find relevant things on the web. Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there. There's a lot of people on reddit so I imagine some TC enthusiasts will see it.
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    Any way to kill all the lights?

    Yeah I had to acquire a windows laptop too. I picked up a refurb Thinkpad Yoga 11e from ebay for $145. Worked great and it's nice and small so it's easier to use in the vehicle.
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    Any way to kill all the lights?

    Updating the BCM just makes the approach light on/off setting available, it doesn't disable them. You still have to get the dealer to disable the approach lights or make the change yourself with forscan.
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    2018 TC Idle Speed Seems Low

    Thanks both of you for the info!
  7. phollenback

    Any way to kill all the lights?

    Note that you can also disable the approach lights yourself. Here are my Instructions on how to do it. There are other threads about this here on the forum. It seems like some dealerships can do it for you easily and some can't figure it out.
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    2018 TC Idle Speed Seems Low

    I've got a 2018 gasoline TC with 5k miles on it. Lately I've noticed that when it is idling in drive and the engine is warmed up, the idle speed is around 740rpm. This seems too low, and leads to a noticeable vibration of the whole vehicle. Does anyone else see this? I just want to confirm that the idle speed is actually too low before I complain to the dealership.
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    Hi folks, I've been playing with Forscan on my 2018 TC (specifically to disable approach lights). I wrote up a complete tutorial on my website. I'm just learning Forscan so I'm sure I have some small details wrong, but hopefully that will help others.
  10. Hey folks, I got my complete guide to turning off approach lights written. It covers all the steps I followed to turn off the approach lights on my 2018 TC Wagon. I tried to be extremely comprehensive with the instructions so I hope it's useful for others. Feedback or more details appreciated.
  11. I was able to change the setting on my own, using Forscan. I am working on producing a detailed instruction sheet for it.
  12. Ha I have plenty of computers, just none that run windows - and forscan only works on windows. I will supply a full writeup.
  13. I took my 2018 Wagon to the local dealer (Serramonte Ford, Colma CA) today and requested they disable the approach lights on door open. I supplied them with the the technical bulletin SSM-46321. They took the vehicle and told me they would try to change the setting. A couple hours later, I got a call back that they couldn't do it. When I asked about SSM-46321, they said it didn't apply because my vehicle is a 2018. They couldn't find any way to change the setting. I'm not clear how hard they really tried. The instructions seem pretty clear to me. Either that setting does not exist in 2018 TCs, or they just couldn't figure it out. They were nice about it so I assume they attempted something... Anyway, I've ordered an obd2 scanner and a windows laptop. Once I get those I will attempt to change the setting in the BCM myself via Forscan. I will report back here, and write up a complete howto if I am successful.
  14. phollenback

    Courtesy mirror in driver's visor

    My 2018 XL Wagon has no vanity mirrors on either sun visor. I was kind of surprised it was possible to even get a new vehicle without at least a passenger side vanity mirror. Since my wife needs to check her makeup and using the rearview mirror sucks, I got one of these clip-on mirrors. Works fine, but it is kind of bulky. I suppose the best solution would be to figure out how to order a replacement sun visor for an XLT or a Titanium, since those do have vanity mirrors.
  15. If you're in the US, check out rerack.com. I've ordered rack systems and parts from them a number of times. They are extremely good at figuring out exactly which parts fit which vehicles. Disclaimer: I have no relationship to that company, I've just been happy with their service.