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  1. Gadgetjq

    2018 EDGE 3.5 AWD

    Altus, My '16 Titanium with 3.5L engine isn't noisy at all. I know Ford deleted the foam engine cover and hood insulation beginning with the '19 models. Take a look under the hood and see if those items are missing on yours. If they are both can be ordered from your dealership or online.
  2. This module does not. The front camera comes on for 10 seconds after moving the shifter from Reverse to any other position. So, backing out of the driveway I have the normal rear camera then putting the transmission in Drive I'm getting front camera for a few seconds. It's a little wonky and some aftermarket modules 'do' turn the front camera off around 10 mph.
  3. This mod has been posted (with a few updates) to my website at http://gadgetjq.net/Edge/front_camera.html You'll be able to click thumbnails to see full size images on that page. Gen2 Edge Front Camera Add Play It Forward With An Aftermarket Front Camera Have you ever wished you'd gotten that front camera option with your Gen2 Edge? Good news, you can add your own with a few carefully chosen parts and just a bit of effort. Follow along with my installation for a complete 'how to' and a few tips that'll save you some aggravation...guaranteed. What You'll Need , 1. A camera. There are dozens available that give you a choice of view (from narrow to very wide) whether or not to have guidelines, night vision and much more. For this install I used a camera designed specifically for the 2015-2016 Edge and purchased it from Ali Express in China. You might be able to find the same product on eBay but it's still likely to come from China. Plan on at least three weeks for delivery. 2. A Module. As with cameras there are quite a few options. You'll definitely want one that works with Sync3. Beyond that some modules will only add a single (front) camera while others can add cameras for every side of your Edge (additional cameras install under the rear view mirrors). Prices range from roughly $150 to crazy. Just do an online search for "Ford Edge Front Camera" and wade through all the options and prices. I opted (again) for a product found on Ali Express. These seem to go on sale quite often. The module arrived in less than a week. This unit will handle multiple cameras if wanted but focuses on the front. There's a button supplied with the module that lets you turn the camera on at any time. 3. A Few Tools. Nothing fancy needed. Note in the photo (right) is all you'll need (unless you decide to solder the power wires). They include: 1. A soft towel to protect your APIM as you remove it from the dash and for laying it on a work bench/table to connect cables 2. Plastic panel removal tools. Yes, a padded screwdriver will work but these sets are less than $5 and you might find them handy for lots of things. 3. A small flat blade screwdriver or two to help remove connectors 4. A nut driver or small socket wrench and extension 5. Two sockets, 7/32 and 7mm. Yes, I know what kind of crazy is that. Ford is caught in a land between SAE and Metric. 6. A wire stripper (whatever you normally use) 7. A wire cutter 8. An Add-a-Fuse (for camera power) and a connector for the ground lug. 9. A couple of feet of fairly stiff wire to help feed the video cable through the firewall 10. A magnet on a stick to pick up the screws you're going to drop into hidden places 11. Not necessary but a magnetic tray to keep all your fasteners in one place is a handy addition to your tool cabinet. 12. A flashlight Optional: Someone with skinny arms and small hands that you can draft to help in tight areas (behind the glove box for example) Not so optional: While you're waiting for your parts to arrive watch This YouTube Video. It will make accessing your APIM so much easier if you're not guessing what to remove in what order and how. It's very detailed and will take a lot of the apprehension out of doing the job. If you follow the instructions in this video (remembering patience and finesse trump anger and brawn) you won't break anything. How To Do It (2 Parts, Camera Install/Module Install) The Camera 1. I'd suggest not permanently mounting your camera just yet. You don't know how you'll want to aim it or whether it needs to be flipped (mine was manufactured with the camera upside down). Just tuck it in the grille or (if your camera has a quick disconnect plug) just set it aside for right now. 2. Sort The Wiring. You're going to have a red and a black wire that will run to a switched source in the right side fuse box (or any other switched wire). Using an Add-a-Fuse connect the red wire to any circuit you want. I chose the one pictured just because I've already used two others for earlier projects. Cut the excess wire from the harness, connect to the Add-a-Fuse and plug it in. Now run the black (you might have to splice in a little extra) ground wire back to the grounding post on the firewall. It's just to the right of the battery. 3. The Other Side of the harness will include a yellow RCA type video plug and a red (trigger) wire. That's going to go the 'other' direction, over to the passenger side and through the same grommet Ford uses to pass its own harness through. There are multiple ways you can get that connector from under the hood into the cabin. The 'easy' way is to pull on the grommet until you've got it away from the firewall a little bit. The PROPER method is to (carefully) cut a hole in the grommet using your wire nippers or other tool. The perfect spot is the area near the top of the grommet where you'll see a circle. That area is clear of other wiring behind the grommet (always check to be sure though). With your path decided, run a piece of thick (16 or 18 gauge) wire through the opening. Inside the car you'll lower the glove box all the way (disconnect the soft drop arm on the right then push 'in' on the tabs up top of the opening. The lid will drop out of your way. With a helper, push that fish wire into the cabin until the helper can get a (small) arm around the back of the heater assembly and pull a foot or two out. Tape the wire to your video cable and pull it into the cabin. Pull enough to reach the center of the car. 4. Your Camera Is (mostly) ready to go. Time to start working on the other side. The Module 1. When You Receive Your Module you'll also get several pages of instructions. Some suppliers might provide really great, insightful instructions, others you might have to...uh...do a little interpreting. Here's a link to view and download the instructions that came with my module choice. Notice none of it is difficult, you just have to pay attention. 2. Get comfortable and let's do this! Follow the video instructions to remove, unplug and reorient center console parts so you can remove the APIM. With that out, head for a workbench or table (with towel for padding) and begin removing connections from the back. Don't force anything! Every connector in my '16 Edge came part easily with just a little bit of wiggling. Use a small screwdriver if you need to to press latches. 3. Identify your connections go ahead and plug in the giant cable that connects the APIM to the original big cable in the car. Also go ahead and connect the video cable (two plugs will probably connect to your APIM. A single plug on the other end of the cable will connect to the 'one' plug you removed from the back of the APIM but don't connect it yet. The rest of the connections you might want to test fit but don't lock anything in just yet. You'll find out why in the next step. 4. Carry your APIM and Module to the car. Here's a HUGE tip that'll save you a bunch of time and head scratching. That module and all those cables will NOT ever, not never, no way no how fit into the space you have behind the APIM. Take a look at the photo (right). I tried. I folded, I bundled and I stuffed but as you might have heard, two objects can not occupy the same space at the same time. So it is with this. Good news, there's PLENTY of space just to the right of the passenger side air vent. 5. Take a look at the area above the glove box and to the right of the passenger side air vent. There's a nice metal brace there that makes a perfect shelf for the module. With your APIM connected to the large cable and the video cable run the additional harness wiring through the opening to the right of where the APIM nestles and into the empty space above the glove box. Now start connecting things (photo right) with an eye toward threading the module up into the space (everything connected). 6. With Everything Still Loose it's time for a test. If you haven't already done so, connect your camera to the harness under the hood. Press your Start button once. Your APIM should start just as it normally does. Now, if your module came with a button to activate the front camera press it. If yours uses a different function (some use the radio on/off button, others use one of the steering wheel buttons) press it. If everything is connected properly you should have a picture from your front camera. Don't worry if it's not aimed correctly or even upside down. You can fix that later. If it worked it's time to tidy up. First, move the module up into its final resting place (pic right) held in place by a couple of long Zip ties. 7. Replace your APIM carefully tucking in that big cable and any other wiring from your interface. DO NOT force anything. With the module over above the glove box there's now plenty of room. With the APIM in place (no screws yet) do another test just to be sure everything functions as expected (again, don't worry about the camera aiming). 8. Button Everything Up re-assembling your console in the reverse order you removed everything. If you can do this without dropping one of those 7/32 screws into the dark unknown of the console you're doing better than me. 9. If necessary start working on the camera to get it right where you want it. Again, how you do this will be dictated by the camera you chose. If the video was upside down you just have to turn the lens 180 degrees with some cameras. Others you might have to take apart and flip (aren't you glad you didn't tighten everything down a the beginning? Lock the camera down when you're happy with what you're seeing. Zip tie everything, cover wiring with some loom to make it look pretty. 10. You're Done! _
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    New Owner of 2016 Edge, what maintenance?

    You'll find a fill plug on the outboard (passenger) side of the PTU. Remove that and add fluid until it begins overflowing that opening. At that point the fill is exactly where it should be.
  5. Try lubricating the latch with a spritz of silicone lubricant spray.
  6. Gadgetjq

    2019 Edge ST amplifier install

    Thanks for the video! Your tips are going to be very helpful to others with wiring plans for their cars. All due respect (and I respect the hell out of anyone who dives in to do their own work) I have one suggestion. The video shows penetration of the firewall around the 'edge' of the grommet. While it's certainly the easiest (and maybe most realistic) way to pull 12 feet of heavy cable through it also seems to be asking for trouble with the wire insulation squeezed between a sharp metal edge on one side and the grommet edge on the other. Maybe a thin metal collar around the wire would help protect it. I just had to do this for a different sort of project (adding a front camera) and spent quite a bit of time working with that grommet. There are actually three ways through. For each you'll pull the grommet away from the body so you can reach behind it and make sure no vehicle wiring is in your path. 1. Around the edge as shown in the video. This is definitely the easiest. You should wrap extra tape or put something like a piece of metal tubing around your wire to protect it from the sharp metal body. 2. Cut off the rubber teat (there's probably a technical term) that protrudes from the grommet then, using a small but very sharp knife carefully cut out that section of the grommet. 3. As you look at the grommet you'll notice an indentation or circled area. That's actually the best way through. The grommet is a little thinner in that spot and there's no vehicle wiring directly behind the area. It's very easy to use a sharp knife or snap blade (shown below) to very carefully carve a circle in whatever size you need for your wire. I'd suggest not caving to the urge to use an electric drill. To route wiring through the opening I suggest you use a piece of stiff wire (16 gauge works well) shoving at least a foot through the grommet. That will give you enough slack to find behind the heater box (reaching through the glove box opening) to find that fishing wire. Attach your power or other wire to that and (best with a helper) pull it all through. Now you have a well protected power wire with no worries it'll ever short against the body of the car and create the dastardly magic smoke. The photo below shows the three ways through the firewall. At the far left is a piece of stiff wire pushed through the area where the tab/teat was removed (kind of hard to see), in the center is the 'dent' penetration and at right is wire routed through the side between the grommet and body. Cheers!
  7. Carol, Did you try the keypad on the driver's door? Enter your personal or the factory code. Once you're in the Edge if it still won't start put the fob in the tray at the bottom of the center console 'then' try the Start button again. If the Edge starts now you can be pretty certain the batteries in both of your fobs are goners. If those batteries have never been replaced it's probably about time anyway.
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    Touchy brakes

    I 'might' have stumbled over a solution to this problem! While messing around with FORScan recently I decided to do a reset of the ABS module. I don't know if this will be a long term fix but now my brakes are predictable from a normal stop and that low speed grabbiness is gone. I can now brake without getting the 'furry eyeball' from my frequent passenger and chief navigation specialist in the right seat. I'll update this if the obnoxious braking returns but for now the fix seems to be in.
  9. Great post Omar! One addition, depending on your screen setting you may or may not see that 'Unread Content' text at the top right. If you're zoomed in that text disappears and is replaced by a box icon (see pic below) that does the same thing. It can get a little confusing if you're zoomed in at, say, 150% to make text larger.
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    Tell me about your mods ?

    Moving from Texas TO California? That's certainly bucking the trend but at least renting a UHaul will be really cheap. I'm in Arizona (another alternative for the flood of fleeing Golden Staters). A truck from here to Southern California rents for $100 but coming this way is $1000. To answer your question, just spend a lot of time reading through this section of the forum to get ideas. Pay special attention to the 'What Have You Done To Your Edge Lately?' thread. If you're on Facebook look for the MacT Ford Edge group. Every group has its own personality. While many seem focused on changing wheels and comparing paint, that group gets serious about mods and maintenance.
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    Honk honk feature?

    Using FORScan change: Double Honk Leaving Car When Engine Running On/Off BdyCM 726-41-02 0001 0000 0071 (Double Honk Enabled, Default) 0000 0000 0070 (Double Honk Disabled) # 4th/12th digit number is 1: double honk enabled ****** # 4th/12th digit number is 0: double honk disabled ******
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    URGENT: Oil Pan 2.7 EB

    Same issue, same fix.
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    URGENT: Oil Pan 2.7 EB

    Here's the first link that pops up in an online search. It's the NTSB posting of TSB-19-2205 https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10164470-0001.pdf
  14. Hey Bill, Thanks for posting the follow up. I received pretty much the same message. All is well in OBDLink land.