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  1. Scarrz

    2013 Edge SEL

    A couple of updates... Finally a nice sunny week here in the 'northwet', so I decided to remove what looked like 9 years worth of neglected chrome cleaning... and shined em up. As I was getting up close and personal with each wheel, I noticed a bit of weather cracking in the tires. There is a lot of tread left, and I 'assumed' tires were good. Date code is not on the outside, so going to need to pull the tire to find it, and since I was already planning on flushing the brake fluid and putting on some new end links, I'll checked it then. The moog stabilizer end links arrived, (best price was on amazon, and the zerks were on the side, not on the ends... much better IMO). So time to jack up the front end to replace them and flush the brake fluid. First thing I did was check the date code on the tires. For those that don't know, the date code is four digits at the end. The first two digits is the week they were manufactured, last two digits is the year. So, 2320, would be the 23rd week of 2020, which is NOT the case with these tires as the date code is 3412! Yeah, I don't roll on old tires. So, just had some Michelin tires shipped to my local installer (michelin has a rebate going on). Moving on to the brake fluid and end links.... Grabbed my can can of PB blaster and soaked the rusted threads and the brake bleeder screws, and went back in to have a cup of coffee, then after a while back out to soaked em all again, went inside and had another cup. Then grabbed my mityvac8000, a 5/16 wrench, and some DOT4 fluid. The bleeder screws easily loosened, and I flushed the right front. Then some more pb blaster on all the end link nuts, and flushed the front driver side side brakes. Yup, new fluid looks good doesn't it? ;-)= Now to see if those 8 year old oem end links were going to be a pita to remove. FWIW, this Edge only has about 70k miles on it, but my gut has been saying I need to replace em. I started on the passenger side and only got the nuts about 1/3 unscrewed, which seems to be pretty common from what I have read. It was enough room to use my old dremel with 1.5" cut-off wheel to cut the old bolts off. Then I installed the moog links and greased em. Then on to the drivers side... Hmm, much tougher to loosen, and not able to get that nut 1/3 unscrewed, but thankfully it was just enough room to get that small cut-off wheel in there. FWIW, I opted to cut the top end link nut off first, then cut the lower as I could move the link arm around to cut the lower easier. On the passenger side, when the bolt was over 3/4 cut, I simply grabbed the link and pulled/wiggled it back n forth to break it off. Well, on the drivers side, I grabbed the link, and the link pretty much fell off the ball joint! Wow, looks like my gut was right about replacing these links! I also have some rear links coming soon.
  2. Scarrz

    2013 Edge SEL

    For those interested in how to install Flashing Strobe for the third brake light.... read on. I like do something like this to all my rides, including my mc's. IF lighting mods are not your thing... just skip the post. I will not reply to any tripe about laws and LE. FYI, it's your ride...your choice. Oh, and I was in LE, and many of my brothers would ask me about my lighting mods, especially my mc mods ;-)= Parts: Brake flasher strobe [ like HERE ] Install: This is about a 30 min install, maybe more depending how many beers you have. lol. I did not see an install about a third brake light strobe on this forum. If there is, well, here's another: First, unhook the power lift arm, where it attaches on the hatch door. This needs to be done to remove the upper portion of the plastic molding on the hatch door as that is where you need to access the wires. Removing plastic molding is tricky, no screws on my hatch, just clips. I started by pulling the plastic, near the top of the hatch, and unclipped the top section. Then you need to stop pulling from the top and work on the sides. The sides need to be pushed IN (toward the hatch rear window glass) in order to detach the those clips. It's a bit tricky, just take your time. I only removed the upper half of the molding to gain access the third brake light wires. photo below is the left side of the hatch. You have to push IN toward the rear window glass to unclip the clips in the photos. photo below is the right side of the hatch In the photo below, you can see that I left the molding hanging. All I needed was access to the third brake light wires to attach the Strobe (circled in red below). Photo below, there are two wires that go to the third brake light (pos & neg). Simply cut the two wires and splice in the strobe. Photo below, I used double sided sticky tape to attach the Strobe inside the hatch frame. Then just snap the hatch molding back in place and reattach the power lift arm. DONE !
  3. Scarrz

    2013 Edge SEL

    For those readers that prefer to see inside their car... this lighting mod is really easy to do. For those who are single, don't tote any kids around, or those that might be involved in criminal activity and need to keep your interiors dark.... might want to just skip this cool mod 😄 Light Mods Parts: two diodes [ like here ], a couple of short lengths of 22 gauge wire, shrink tubing, some solder and soldering iron. Here are some of the LEDs I used: Rear dome and map [ HERE ], Vanity Mirror [ HERE ], Front map lights [ HERE ], and Exterior 'puddle' lights [ HERE ]. FYI, I have read that some had lighting issues when switching to LEDs. I have no issues, but that may be because I have all three rear dome lights turn 'on' with the door and hatch, which adds a bit more draw. Dome Light Mod: This dome light mod changes the rear dome light so ALL three rear dome lights light up when any door or hatch is opened as well as all the other lights that normally turn 'on' when door or hatch is opened. This Dome Light Mod does NOT change the normal function of the rear map lights... except when a door or hatch is opened. So... when you are driving and a rear passenger pushes their map light 'on', only that map light turns 'on, NOT all three lights. :-)= So, you will need to remove the rear dome light assembly from the ceiling. It is removed by simply pulling it off the roof or maybe use some pry tools, then unplug the dome light and take it to your bench. ------------------------------- For the rest of the install, I'll let the photos tell most of the story.... In the photo below, you can see where the diodes are to be soldered, and where to solder the other end of the 22g wire. Just make sure you have your shrink tubing on the wire before soldering everything up :-)= Note: it is important to install diodes correctly, so make sure you install them as shown in the photo. If you are a novice using a soldering iron or don't know what to use, here is an example of an IRON and SOLDER. You might want to use a heat sink too. I find it easy enough to just tin the connections and diodes first... then connect them with a quick touch of the iron. Below photos shows the shrink tubing on the diodes. Below photo shows the super bright LEDs (link is in the above parts info) -------------------------------- Puddle light mod There are other posts about this.... but in brief, the puddle light is easily removed from the exterior mirrors with a small screwdriver, then you'll need to 'crack' open the the light, remove the old bulb, insert the new and glue the lens back on. Mine were easy to open.
  4. Scarrz

    2013 Edge SEL

    Makes sense... if I was doing something illegal. LoL. Hmm, am guessing you don't have kids or a wife that drives your car. 😉
  5. A couple months ago, I picked up a used 2013 Ford Edge with 63K miles. The color is called Ginger Ale, so it soon got nicknamed 'gingie' After driving Gingee around a few thousand miles, I quickly found a few things we didn't like. First, the Sync 2 and Nav is really sloooow, something the wife did not like at all (yeah she's into new tech). Then there's those worthless dim front bumper LEDs that do next to nothing,. Currently this Edge has the parking lights as DRLs. why. Photo below, Gingie on the Beartooth Highway. If you don't know about it, the Beartooth goes from Red Lodge MT into Yellowstone NP. I have ridden it many times in cages and mc's. The mc pic is when I did a coast-to-coast-to coast ride. Yeah, it is quite a road! 1. Sound system upgrade. -- I picked up a new-to-me Sync 3... sadly it was DOA, and I returned it (I posted about it on the forum). -- I found another new-to-me Sync 3 (from a 2017 Lincoln). This one powered right up and worked fine, so I updated the APIM with my Edge info, added the heated seat icons to the home screen (wife uses heated seats about every day), and then updated the Sync 3 with the newest software v3.4 and 2019 map. -- While updating the APIM, I was able to change the DRLs from 'parking lights' to the oem white LEDs. FYI, having the parking lights as DRLs was causing the my new white LED switchback DRLs to not function correctly. It is awesome now! -- Also turned off the turn signal "hyper-flash" function so there is no need to add resistors when I will be upgrading to LED turns. 2. Modified a phone holder [ HERE pic below ]. 3. Upgraded the crappy front DRLs with some switchback LEDs. Much brighter now! 4. Flushed entire cooling system, and did a drain and fill on the transmission and power steering 5. Replace the spark plugs at 64k and decided to check the gap on the old plugs, 0.062, FYI, new plugs gap should be 0.051. Yeah, 10 off, so those thinking they should wait til 100k miles, might want to rethink that ;-)= And since the covers were off, popped in a new pvc. 6. Amp and speaker upgrade. Installed a 400amp Sony 4-channel amp that fits under the oem radio (pic below), and upgraded the speakers with some polk 571's. What a difference in sound! 7. Tossed in a new PCB65-750CCA AGM Battery 8. Husky weatherbeater floor liners, rear cargo net, and replaced front and rear original brake rotors and pads. Glad I did, I found (and fixed) three rusted/seized rear brake pins. 9. Exterior lighting completely upgraded to LEDs: headlights, switchback DRL-turns, front and rear turn signals, back up lights, brake lights, and installed some super bright 800 lumen LEDs in the oem mirror 'puddle lights'. Dang talk about lighting up the sides of the car! 10. All interior lights upgraded to LEDs too, and soon more LEDs in the footwell, cubby's, and doors. 11. Interior dome light mod. It converts the three rear passenger map lights to ALL turn on at the same time when you unlock the Edge, or open the door, or turn 'on' the interior light switch! (mod is in this thread). Yeah, those of you with a wife and/or kids who like to see inside the Edge will like this mod, others probably not. 12. New moog stabilizer end links 13. Flushed the brake fluid 14. New michelin crossclimate II tires. 15. New kyb rear shocks. 16.... TBA Modman ;-)=
  6. Thanks. I have the new usb hub, wire connector, and gps antenna. After connecting it a couple times, just left them off on the vid. Am guessing something is defective. Figured I’d check the collective knowledge here, hoping it might be something easy. Looks like I’ll be sending this one it back. thanks guys.
  7. Thanks for the quick reply. yes, I got the apim and screen together. I am neebie to this forscan stuff. I thought the sync3 upgrade was just plugging it in, power it up, then change a few things in the apim module (as-built). When I put this new-to-me sync3 module and screen in, then powered it up, the screen is black, and the dash shows no comm to the screen. And forscan does not show any apim modules. so, forscan needs to have the screen function in order to find the apim? Okay, How do you test or reset the sync3 screen? Thanks again. Hmm, looks like I might be sending this unit back to the seller. Bummer, was hoping to have apple car play for the wife. If it helps, here's a quick video of it.
  8. Hi, I am new to the Ford Edge and was looking into doing this sync 2 to sync 3 as my first mod on this 2013 Edge SEL. I have a used sync 3, but after plugging it in, nothing turns on, just a black screen. The right side of the dash, next to the speedo, says 'temporarily lost communication with the touch screen'. And when I connect forscan, it does not find any apim modules. When I plug in my original sync 2, everything works, including the dash. And when I plug in forscan, it shows the apim modules. Is this normal or did I get a dead apim? Thanks for any and all assistance.