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#177 of 235 Replace my FEH Stereo and Void my Warranty? Satellite Radio Questions.
Jul 15, 2006 (4:15 pm)
I am a sirius addict. I've had it for 3 years. The only downside
has been all the extra wires around the dash due to my Sportster.
I was very excited when I bought my 2007 FEH hybrid last week
because the stereo is "satellite radio ready." Which usually means
that you just have to add a tuner and antenna and you're ready to
go. Cost to do that would normally be around $100-$150. When I made
some inquiries about upgrading it at the dealer, I was shocked to
find that to do it with this radio you supposedly have to use Ford's
tuner and harness - TO THE TUNE OF $538.
When I talked to the installer, I said, well, it would be less
expensive for me to buy a better stereo plus tuner at Circuit City
and have it put it. He told me that the car will not run correctly
with another stereo in it - I DO NOT have the Nav system, just the 6
CD changer - because of computer problems and that I might void my
Has anyone else heard of this?
Has anyone replaced their Ford stereo in the Escape Hybrid? Has it
affected the way your car runs?
Has anyone successfully added on a Kenwood Sirius $99 tuner without
coughing up the $538 to Ford?
I have to say that the sound quality on my stereo is pretty poor -
the worst sounding car stereo I've had in years. I wouldn't
hesitate to replace it in a minute, if it weren't for the warning
that I might screw up my car and void my warranty.
#178 of 235 Re: Replace my FEH Stereo and Void my Warranty? Satellite Radio Questions. [elaineann]
Jul 17, 2006 (10:01 am)
I have the "low-end" six-CD changer in my 2006 FEH. Poor sound quality is partially due to the "99-cent" speakers Ford provided OEM. I already changed all 4 of mine out. The quality of the originals was exceptionally cheap.
I highly doubt the contention that the FEH warranty is voided if you change the stereo. Call or email Ford customer service and get them to answer the question.
#179 of 235 trailer hitch installation for a 2004 ford escape
Aug 27, 2006 (1:04 pm)
I am trying to install a trailer hitch for a 2004 Ford Escape. The instructions indicate that I should fish the bolt assembly through the access hole in the frame.
Does anyone know where the access hole is located? I can't find it anywhere. Do I need to remove the bumper to get to it?
#180 of 235 Re: Mods for Electric Motor Controller? [mtutty]
Sep 02, 2006 (6:53 pm)
Mine also, I would love a way to tweak it so that the gas engine would start a little later. I did read some posts here that by using the L and D in different combinations that you can hold off the gas engine from starting all the way up to 40 Miles Per Hour.
#181 of 235 Re: All Terrain Tires for Escape [rknopp1]
Sep 08, 2006 (4:48 am)
Just installed Dunlop RVXT's on a 2006 Tribute. Dealer never mentioned any warranty issue as long as the same size and profile tire is used. In my case it was a significant upgrade from the Continentals that came with it. Too soon to talk about mileage, but these tires are quieter and provide a better ride so far.
#182 of 235 Installing trailer wiring for my Escape
Sep 13, 2006 (4:12 am)
I have a 2004 Escape and I need to install wiring for a utility trailer. Normally I would just go to an auto parts store and buy a harness that would plug right into the existing harness. However, this type of T adapter is apparently not an option on my Escape so I am going to have to splice into the wiring somwhere and I can't seem to figure out a good location to do this.
Can anyone suggest the best way to install (or location to splice into for) a harness for trailer wiring that doesn't involve me paying somone $100+ to do it?
#183 of 235 Re: trailer hitch installation for a 2004 ford escape [slypars2]
Sep 16, 2006 (7:11 pm)
I just added a hitch (from U-Haul) to my FEH this week. The "access hole" I used was just the end of the frame tube. Here's what worked for me:
1. Fit the hitch up to the frame to identify the 4 holes you will be using.
2. For each hole you will be using - fish a wire through the hole next to that hole, the one closer to the front of the vehical. The wire should exit through the rear of the frame tube.
3. Tie a wire to the heavy steel rectangular "washers" provided with the hitch. Pull the washer into the frame tube until the hole in the washer lines up with the hole you will be using. Using the hole behind the hole you will be suing to fish the wire through allows you to line up the holes.
4. Fish another wire through the hole you will be using and the washer until it comes out the end of the frame tube. U-Haul provided a special wire you could thread the bolt onto.
5. Now pull the bolt through the frame and the "washer". Cut the wire from the washer and unthread the special fish wire from the bolt. How simple and easy! 1 down, 3 to go.
Sounds like a pain - and it is, but it should take less than an hour. No need to drill or remove the bumper cover - at least with the hitch I got. Good luck!
#184 of 235 Re: NEED HELP WITH OEM STEREO [bortz62]
Sep 26, 2006 (3:21 pm)
I removed my stock CD/Casetter/Radio that came with my Tribute. (Same as Ford) Replace the entire system with top of the line Pioneer CD/AM/FM head unit, replaced four door speakers with 3 way Pioneer, replaced tweeters, and after a huge amount of work, replace the Sub woofer with a new unit and amplifier. Lots of money, lots of work, but it sure sounds great.
I might be interested in parting with the old unit.
#185 of 235 mud flaps, 06 escape hybrid
Sep 26, 2006 (4:41 pm)
Anyone have any good recommendations for an aftermarket mudflap(06 escape hyrbrid). Hybrid has painted lower panels that are going to get tortured on sandy/salty winter roads.
#186 of 235 Re: trailer hitch installation for a 2004 ford escape [ddmayer86]
Sep 27, 2006 (11:35 am)
Just added my "Hidden Hitch" last weekend and can confirm that what the instructions mean by "access hole" is actually the far aft end of the "U" shaped beam (tube) -- the same beam that the hitch is attaching to.
I attached to six holes by threading the empty fish wires (provided) "backwards" through the desired mounting holes back to the beam opening. Then, after placing the rect steel "washers" and the bolts onto the wire, I pulled both through to the desired hole and with a little jiggling got them into place. It helped to pull through the two vertical bolts - one on each side - and then loosely install the hitch, before pulling the 4 horizontal bolts - two on each side - through to the holes with the hitch already in place.
This was my first experience with a hitch. Looks like this is all "business as usual" for those who have installed more than one hitch.
The Hidden Hitch looks good and is out of the way when not in use. A good design that takes into account the modification needed to avoid the HV battery Air/Conditioning refrigerant lines unique to the FEH.