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  1. I have a 2011 Edge limited. my backup camera sometimes has the lines and sometimes not. I find no correlation with anything that I'm doing. The issue I recently had was after a 4 hour night time drive on a 72 degree night, I stopped to let someone out. Then when I put it in reverse, the image was grainy and looked like it was sprayed with white paint speckles. I immediately got out and cleaned it but it was still there. So I read a few threads where people pulled the RVC out and replaced it, but in one thread, two different folks took the camera apart, one by cutting it and one by slicing between plastic halves. The guy who sliced it open, cleaned all the lenses (5 or 6 in there?) and worked good as new. I can't find that thread anymore. When I took mine out, I found it was pretty well sealed together - one seal at the body and one seal where the lens case leaves the body. The real shocker was that it had a MFG date of 2013! So obviously it's been replaced having a part number of BT4T-19G490-AF (I bought the car used.) Taking it out was simple and I cleaned all the caked dust off of it, the connectors and cleaned the lightly scratched lens. It's daylight at the moment, but after putting it all together, it seems clear and the guidelines are on (including the black center line which sometimes goes away leaving only the side lines. I hope the night time speckled light scattering is gone but if anyone knows how to disassemble the camera module, that will be my next effort. I hope someone else has dismantled the camera module.
  2. I am trying to find the cause of an annoying rattle when driving above 50 mph. I found a bracket directly above the front metal bumper bolts between the radiator fan assembly and the headlamp assembly. When I put my hand in there from inside the hood facing forward, I reach into the space along side the headlamp and move forward toward the front of the car. When I reach the panel where the fan assembly is mounted, there is a square metal bracket that I can rattle. It has an identical mirrored version on the other side.In the picture attached, you can see the two bolts where the steel front bumper attaches. Ive looked at the repair manual for removing the steel bumper (not the cover) and removing the radiator but neither have illustrations of this bracket. It looks like there should be a screw in the center of it but there are no screw marks in the underlying hole. Can anyone tell me what this bracket is and if it is supposed to be loosely in there? I want to try to screw it in but both sides having no fastener may be a sign that it is not supposed to be fastened. I'm going crazy trying to find an illustration that shows it. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  3. Thanks enigma-2. It's possible that's it but it didn't seem from the instructions that it would be a thick coating. The coating on my windshield was thick enough to feel with your fingernail when scraped across a scratch. I( would hesitate to put that on a windshield because glass is pretty hard and the coating would probably scratch easier than the glass (as in my case.) Good lead though. I didn't know of anything like that on the market.
  4. When I bought my used 2011 Limited, the windshield looked fine until the first rainy night. It was really a mess with areas that looked very hazy and small patches here and there that were clear. Upon closer examination in the daylight, I could see many many small fine scratches in the wiper paths but in those clear places there were no scratches. With the proper lighting and reflective angle, it appeared that there was some kind of coating on the windshield. I small magnifier showed scratches in the coated area. I tried normal cleaning but as the wetness of the cleaner would evaporate under each wipe of the cleaning cloth, you could still see the scratches. Since I've used #0000 steel wool on my other car's windshields, I tried it again on this one. As I scrubbed, the clear areas were getting larger but it was taking a lot of scrubbing and elbow grease using the steel wool. So I took out my rotary polisher and used Mequire's Ultimate polishing compound and it was making more of the windshield clear again. But there was a coating still left in many places. I have a 3" window razor that I then used very carefully. Surprisingly, large flakes of some substance was coming off in the hazy areas. I could easily see them again by wiping with a damp cloth. I was very concerned that I was ruining the windshield, but I figured glass does not shave off like that. I removed all of it and I still don't know what it was (it looked like some kind of clear coat that got all scratched.) Now my windshield has no wiper scratches at all and is super clean. I followed all that (4 hours over multiple days) with a coat of RainX. I then cleaned the interior meticulously first using 90% rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, then invisible glass cleaner several times and the windshield finally looks great - except for one small issue... When a light shines through it (oncoming headlights, or streetlamps, etc) you can see a thin halo around them like the moon on a misty night. It's the weirdest thing. It's not my eyes - other people see it too. I continued to clean it while shining a flashlight through it in a dark garage and no luck. It appears that it is in the laminate layers in the middle. I try to smear the halo with my finger - both inside or outside - but nothing smears. It squeaks on the inside, but the RainX doesn't squeak on the outside. I think I can live with it but I wish it were clearer. Last time I drove in the rain at night it looked pretty good. So you might check a small area of your windshield to see if there is a coating on it like mine. I'd be interested to know and I wonder if all Edge windshields are like this. See my other Windshield question here: http://www.fordedgeforum.com/topic/21635-2011-limited-windshield-not-soundscreen/as I was trying to figure out my options and if it was a special windshield.
  5. I also found the carlite part number listings but the Soundscreen part number contained a BA1Z, not BA13. I'm not sure that those are the only part numbers of an acoustic windshield I was assured by Carlite tech support that based on my VIN number, my 2011 Edge Limited vehicle was originally built with what they call the DW01845 GTY and thus should have the special sound absorbing vinyl in the glass and the trademarked logo “Soundscreen” at the bottom. It's possible that someone replaced it with a non-OEM windshield at some point. I can't find any record of the WS being replaced however. So I think the lesson here is, if you get your windshield replaced, be sure to tell them you want the OEM windshield that came with your car - in my case it is the Carlite DW01845 GTY part. Thanks for all the replies.
  6. bb56

    Cold Air only

    My 2011 Limited has dual climate control but whether it is on or off, I notice erratic temp control. It is getting cooler each day now so I turn the heat up. Sometimes it is nice and toasty other times it feels like it's just blowing cold air. I've read the posts about the blend door actuators but it seems that mine work properly sometimes but not all the time. If it is affecting both sides which blend door should I suspect? How does one check for proper operation? Is it a visual thing like getting on your knees with the door open while idling? Should it be open to get heat or closed? Should I suspect something else? Thanks.
  7. @akirby: I think I'm well past needing Bob Ami clleanser but if I can find it, I might try it anyway. Does your 2016 MKX have a soundscreen logo on the windshield? @chefduane: I'm going to try asking Carlite directly about the two part numbers BA13... one having a soundscreen logo and mine not having it. Since I think the AA13... is the same as mine without the rainsensor (up top on the passenger side near the rearview mirror), I assume whatever I find out will apply to yours too. Jeez, that DFW 63 sounds awfully nice to my 47 and raining in MA.
  8. It literally says 'SoundScreen'. I've seen pictures on the web and here's one on this forum: http://www.fordedgeforum.com/topic/9081-2012-road-noise/?do=findComment&comment=73133. I notice that the part number is the same as mine: BA13-7803100-A but it says "SoundScreen" right on it. Mine looks like yours (your 'AA13' is the non-rain sensor vs. 'BA13' with the rain sensor I think) but just as you describe without the word SoundScreen. The SoundScreen version is using the same part number as mine? This is somewhat confusing. Are there any Ford Reps on this forum that can explain these part number as Soundscreen or not? Here is what my windshield part number looks like:
  9. Thanks for checking your part number chefduane. Apparently Carlite lists the AA1Z-7803100-A as a SoundScreen w/o rain sensor (http://carlite.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Acoustic-Apps_Jan_20131.pdf). I assume your AA13 has no Soundscreen trademark on it also? I can't find other any explanation of the difference between the '1Z' and '13' versions. I too have the 301a package plus the vision package (which probably adds the rain sensor?) I've always used Rain-X on my windshields, but I just put in on after cleaning the coating off. I saw that the coating had worn through in some areas and that's how I realized it had a coating. I literally scraped it off and the surface is nice again. The Rain-X application came out great yet the haze that I see is still there. (before removing the coating, the outside was all scratched and really terrible where the wipers travel.) The haze is extremely fine but I don't think it is on either surface (inside or out). If you do notice this phenomenon at night, please let me know. I also don;t know why our windshields are not soundscreen...
  10. Hi. I'm hoping someone can shed some light on this windshield issue and identification. I bought a used 2011 Edge limited with 63K miles on it. I have been trying to clean the windshield of a terrible haze problem. The outside seems to have some sort of clear coat (possibly a very hard wax) on it that is wearing away. So I tried basic than more and more aggressive cleaning efforts. I finally used a razor and a film was coming off in many of the very hazy areas. Long story short, it is now perfectly clean inside and out - I mean mint. (It took many hours of work). All that is left are some tiny road pebble marks as I would expect. But when it is dark, any light I see has a very thin haze to it that is evenly distributed around the light source. Street lights, oncoming headlights - anything. In daylight it is perfectly clear. I shine my 1000 lumen flashlight through it and I see it. It seems to be in the glass (or maybe the plasic sandwiched in there. But after reading about cleaning windhields, I learned from many of you about the Soundscreen winshields. My Limited does not have the logo so I looked at the part number And it is indeed a FoMoCo Carlite screen with a part number of BA13-7803100-A windshield with rain sensor. When I looked up replacements I find the BA1Z-7803100-B which is the soundscreen version with rain sensor (I checked the Carlite site). So I have three questions... 1) Has anyone found a clear coating on their windshield? What is it and how did you get it off? 2) Does anyone else notice a slight haze around lights at night? (It's not my eyes, my passengers see it too) 3) Does anyone have a limited with this same non-soundscreen windshield? (please look at your part number in the lower drivers corner) Thanks for any insights and help. Since I can't find it as an option for the 2011 Limited, is it possible that it wasn't standard to have the soundscreen acoustic. I have the original sticker but no acoustic windshield is listed.
  11. I just bought a used 2011 Edge Limited. I use the owner.ford.com website (or syncmyride.com) to find out what version of software I have. All it says is my software is up to date. On another topic here, someone pointed out that the way to find out what version I have is MAIN SCREEN>SYSTEM>HELP>SYSTEM INFORMATION. When I display that screen, there is no data displayed. So I don't know what version of the software I have. @wes8398 - where did you find this update? What version was it? Does anyone know how to get the system information screen populated again? (I just did a health report but that was pretty useless - especially when the email provides a link to see full report - there is nothing there!) Any help is appreciated
  12. My 2011 Limited with Leather 10 way drivers seat is really hard - not very luxurious. I have a 1996 Explorer limited with leather that has really comfortable cushions. My wife's 2006 Merc Montego Premier has the same hard leather seats. Has anyone found this to be true and what can I do about it? I'm 5'-10" and 150 lbs and a 4 hour trip in the Edge or the Merc is painful in my butt. Is the only solution a custom upholstery shop? Has anyone else had this problem?
  13. bb56

    USB ports and 12v

    I have an app called "Galaxy Charging Current (free)" that show charge rate on my Samsung Note 2. While on a 4 hour trip, I noticed that the phone battery was actually draining very slowly with the screen off- never charging up while plugged into the USB port in the console of my 2011 Edge Limited. The app measured it at 450 mA charge rate which is pretty low.