There is a TSB from Ford on water getting in the door electrical plugs, All it suggests is removing any corrosion in the plugs.I spent $769 to have a new driver side door wiring harness installed. About two years ago the speaker in the driver's door quit working. I figured a wire at the speaker or somewhere in the door broke. I have the basic AM/FM CD radio plus a separate stereo system so I don't use the factory radio much. Sometime last March after driving most of the night in rain I was waiting to get unloaded at a consignee with both side door windows part way down. After unloading, Neither power window would go back up. I tried to check the fuse and couldn't pull it. A visual inspection showed no indication it had blown. I gave up, started the van and to my surprise I was able to raise both windows.
Also during this period I could not lock the driver door using the switch. I could only lock it with the key fob. This was constant. The door problem persisted, although intermittently. Usually after a rain. Last week I could not lower the windows no matter how often I tried. I tried pulling the fuse, one of those square fuses. I even bought a fuse puller made for these, apparently Ford specific fuses. No go. I was sure it was a wiring problem shorting out but thought maybe the power window fuse was blown due to a short. I just wanted to be able to operate my windows.
According to the Ford tech: "Inspected wiring n door on driver side found multiple broken wires in door jam (sic), inspected connector and found corrosion on vehicle side of wiring, replaced driver side door wire harness and cleaned vehicle side connector..."
Driver side speaker, door locks and windows all working now. I guess after 400k miles this could be expected. 820k miles on my last Chevy and no problems with the power windows, door locks, etc.
Update. I like this swing arm a lot, but my use of the van hitch leans a lot more toward towing than carrying, and RakAttach is not a tow-through device. It's no big deal to put it on and take it off, but I don't carry a bike rack or cargo tray often enough to justify keeping it.RakAttach. Large. Driver Side. Comes with stout anti-rattle device and locking hitch bolt.
UPDATE: It's an excellent, solidly built system, but I've changed my mind about uses for the hitch, so it is For Sale, $400 in Colorado, no wait list.
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Thoughts on McGrubering a 2-bike carrier like the Surco ladder bike rack ? Too heavy for thin skinned Ford doors?I installed a Surco ladder…Now I can tie all kinds of stuff on the back door! Rotopax, Elk antlers, traction boards, tarp, evil monkey, solar shower, halberd, camp chairs, dirty laundry...the list goes on.
I really LOVE those plugs! The small ones as well as the big ones.I installed a flush Anderson Plug port for my removable powerplant/refrigerator cabinet.
No more dangly wires wrapped in electrical tape when the cabinet isn't in!
(plug is powered via CCP buss through "smart" 140a isolator)
I shoulda got this multi port, but I already had a socket/USB port nearby...I really LOVE those plugs! The small ones as well as the big ones.