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  1. I added DRL to my 2010 Transit connect. My model did not come with factory DRL. Adding the feature was very simple. The factory wiring is included even if the model does not have the option. All you have to do is add the factory relay to the existing DRL circuit. Here is how...... The factory relay number is 5L3T-AA crossreferenced to 5L3Z-14N089-AA. Cost is about 20 dollars. The relay is installed in the Battery Junction Box (BJB) under the hood, behind the battery. Take off the cover to the BJB. The left side of the BJB contains three 5L3T-AA relays. There is a empty socket for a fourth. Plug in your relay and that's it!
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    Good-by and Good Luck

    I have just sold my 2010 Transit Connect, it has become surplus to my needs. It has given me over 6 years and 88,000 miles of very trouble free ownership. Wiper linkage was the only item that went bad. Average 25-26 MPG in the city, and 27-28 on the highway with a high of 30mpg. I am leaving this forum, without ownership of a Transit Connect I no longer have any "skin in the game", time for someone else to take over as moderator. Funny and pleasant thing is, the forum is meant to be self policing, and there have been very few instances I have needed to be involved. Forum member robertlane is the remaining moderator, try him if needed. I hope some of my postings have been helpful over the past years. I have enjoyed my time on the forum. Good-by and Good Luck.
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    Ham Radio Install

    Hello dbv. There are a few Hams that are forum members, including myself but all seem to be first generation owners. First, as Don has replied, he has documented the place to draw you voltage. I used a Icom hand held in my Transit Connect standing in the cup holder between the seats with a external speaker in front of the shifter, although the overhead shelf was a perfect place for a larger rig. Look at my gallery on how I mounted my antenna. It will not work for you since the second generation Transit Connect has a totally US designed third brake light position, but it might give you some ideas. Also, many years ago, around 2011, a ham used a NMO mount on a bracket mounted on the drivers mirror to avoid drilling a hole in the van.
  4. Mar 29, 2017 | DEARBORN, Mich. Ford Issues Three Safety Recalls and One Safety Compliance Recall in North America DEARBORN, Mich., March 29, 2017 – Ford Motor Company is issuing three safety recalls and one safety compliance recall in North America. Details are as follows: Ford issues safety recall for certain 2013-15 Ford Escape, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fusion and Ford Transit Connect 1.6-liter GTDI vehicles for under-hood fire risk Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 230,000 2014 Ford Escape, 2014-15 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-15 Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines. Ford’s investigation of these vehicles has identified a risk of under-hood fires. In the affected vehicles, a lack of coolant circulation could cause an engine to overheat, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head. A cracked cylinder head can result in a pressurized oil leak. Oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface increases the risk of a fire in the engine compartment. Ford is aware of 29 reports of fire associated with this issue in the United States and Canada. No injuries have been reported. Affected vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines include: 2014 Escape – Louisville Assembly Plant, Feb. 12, 2013 to Sept. 2, 2014 2014-15 Fiesta ST – Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, Jan. 22, 2013 to May 27, 2014 2013-14 Fusion – Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 15, 2012 to June 6, 2014 2013-15 Transit Connect – Valencia Assembly Plant, June 13, 2013 to Dec. 14, 2014 There are approximately 230,756 vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines located in North America, including 208,584 in the United States and federalized territories, 21,854 in Canada and 318 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S09. Ford will mail customers instructions from the owner’s manual on how to check and refill coolant. Customers can continue to drive their vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added. When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer.
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    Hood Latch

    Nice work and a nice recap. Now when someone is searching for a solution to their stuck hood, they will find yours !! How does it feel to be the only one on the World Wide Web with a solution?
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    Hood Latch

    Doc, the price, back in 2011 was $154.38 for the lock and a half hour labor time to replace it. Of course, that is with a hood that opens. Drilling out the lock is an option as long as you do not ruin the hood latch it fits into or the back support for the entire assembly. Out on the internet, there are suggestions to get under the van with a long screw driver and reach up and pop open the latch from the striker. It seems like a lot of work if you van is under any used car warranty. Is it?
  7. danman, the Ford parts number for the arm rest is 9T1Z 58644A23 A (number might be updated since 2011). Cost is $224.58 and the parts catalogue only shows it as a total replacement. no individual parts.
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    Turn on all interior lights (2016)

    Don, thanks for the technical addition to the forum. I am sure other forum members will be using your tutorial.
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    Hood Latch

    Doc, you have done all you can. Yes, the locking hood is necessary in some parts of the world. I remember stories about the old Soviet Union. When you parked your car, if you were lucky enough to have one, you needed to remove the windshield wiper blades to prevent them from being stolen!
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    Hood Latch

    I looked at the Ford repair manual and to remove the hood latch requires, of course, the hood to be open. When you turn the key, do you have any resistance? If not, the tumblers in the lock are stuck.The key needs to turn first left, then right to open the hood. When you tried lubrication, did you spray inside the lock by pushing past the inside cover over the key hole? When you bought the Transit Connect I am sure the hood was opened to show you the engine so the lock had to be working. keep us updated, as mrtn wrote, we have not seen this issue. Good Luck.
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    Tire pressure sensor

    Hello Doc Hoy. The reset procedure is the first thing you should do. The procedure in the owners manual works fine. I have used it a few times myself. it should take you, at most, 10 minutes. You will need access to a air supply since the procedure requires you to let air out of your tires and, of course, to refill them. Good luck and tell us how it works out.
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    Cargo mat removal

    Hello Bigfoot. there are multiple forum entries on cargo mats, start with this one http://fordtransitconnectforum.com/topic/3154-cargo-mat-for-van-models/#comment-9363 There are others that can be found using the search feature. Good luck on your camper conversion (many entries also on camper conversions).
  13. The existing recall on door latches has been expanded to include additional Transit connects from 2014 to 2016. Ford will be notifying owners during the week of October 3rd.
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    AUX input not working

    Just to add one more piece of information to G B L's reply, are you using the headphone output from your XM radio? The Aux input will not work with a line output.
  15. AS PER AUTOLINE DAILY 12/6/16 SMALL VANS FALL FLAT Sales of passenger cars aren’t the only ones that are falling. So are sales of small vans. Get this, sales of these small vans in the American market are down nearly 38% over the last three months. That’s a bloodbath! The Ford Transit Connect is down 45%, the Nissan NV 200 is off 3%, the Ram Pro Master City is off 20% and the Chevrolet City Express, which is a rebadged version of the NV 200, has all but evaporated, down 74%. Here’s the weird thing. Sales for those vans were running pretty good all year long, but three months ago it’s like someone threw a switch. Sales have been falling ever since. U.S. Small Van Sales Sep-Nov, 2016 Ford Transit Connect 13,966 -44.9% Nissan NV200 4,002 -2.8% Ram ProMaster City 3,566 -20.6% Chevrolet City Express 731 -74.0% TOTAL 24,349 -37.7%
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    Vincent VanGoing 1.0

    Hello chong. Fantastic build. Keep it coming!
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    Adding Power

    Fifty150, nice post of the isolator wiring. Thanks.
  18. PawPaw, thanks for the reply. Here are some further questions. What was done with the airbag in the right side of the dash? Was the same steering wheel used? Was the drivers seat switched with the passengers seat? How much, if anything, was changed in the air bag system? G B L had a good idea about the passenger seat pressure sensor which would have been a nice simple solution except for the side air bag in the seat back. There is a possible solution but I need the further details to confirm what needs to be by-passed.
  19. It seems strange that a automotive shop with the capability of converting left hand to right hand drive does not know how to by pass air bags? What do they do for the other conversions they have done? Or is this their first one? Or is the first time anyone has asked to have the seat removed? Tell us more.
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    CB Radio and Antenna Install

    BSUPC, where did you mount the antenna? Did you consider mounting the CB in the overhead shelf?
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    3rd Brake Light 2011

    Hello Biff. The complete assembly needs to be replaced. Part number 9T1Z13A613BA, price in 2011 was $64.50. Are you sure it is getting voltage? And as mrtn knows, I did replace the panel in the left rear door with the UK/EU third brake light assembly, although I did not use it as intended by the manufacturer. Look at my Gallery for the details.
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    2010 Gas check ebgine light

    Hello GWB, I am sure you will get numerous replies guessing at your issue, from bad gas to engine controls. One thing for certain, have your van checked for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) by a dealer or any repair facility. The DTC will tell you what is wrong or at least, where to start looking. If you are near a AutoZone, they will check for a DTC at no charge to you.
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    Backup Camera Recommendations

    Backup cameras mandatory in all new cars by 2018 in US and Canada Backup cameras linked to dashboard screens have increasingly become standard equipment, but some models still lack them, Transport Canada said. Backup cameras will soon become mandatory in all vehicles sold in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced Oct. 31. The requirement will align Canada with the United States, which amended its safety regulations in 2014 to require the rearview cameras in vehicles sold after May 2018. "This helps children to be seen and provides Canadians with one of the best safety technology systems to reduce back-over collisions," Garneau said in a news release. Backup cameras linked to dashboard screens have increasingly become standard equipment, but some models still lack them, Transport Canada said. According to the safety agency, "back-over" collisions were responsible for 27 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries between 2004 and 2009. Canada generally follows the U.S. lead on vehicle standards. A notable exception is Canada's requirement for daytime running lights.
  24. Beta Don, good work getting the Factory Wiring Diagram Manual. One of the benefits is when you encounter a connector with all black wires, as Fifty150 did, just look up the connector in the manual and it will tell you what is connected to each pin. No guessing or probing. Also, you can help other forum members with their electrical questions.