Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by adamsdaddy, Jul 28, 2020.
What was wrong there ? I owned 50+ vehicles and never had any problems like that.
I don't get it, did an incandescent bulb cause that and if so why?
Tungsten emits light around 2500°C, so bulbs tend to get a little warm. That heat is strong enough to damage the phenolic resin used in the housings. A lot of companies offer high temp sockets, but if you put an LED bulb in, you can get more lumens per watt at a far lower temperature, resulting in a win-win depending on reflector and bulb design.
I feel like such an idiot. Against my better judgment I ordered a top rated Forscan USB adapter off Amazon.
The PDF instructions being wrong was my first clue - they said there was an executable install file and that doesn't exist. Easy enough, I pointed each USB device in the Device Manager to where I'd saved the files.
Spent $30 getting the 5 year Forscan license.
Now I'm sitting in my Expedition and it doesn't see the bleeping adapter.
What an unbelievable waste of time over light bulbs. At least I can return the $30 adapter and $20 bulbs. The $30 for the Forscan license - lesson learned - live with the $6 bulbs.
The stock setup is looking better all the time. I bought a laptop computer so I could use Forscan but most of the sellers said it won't work on my truck so I had to sell the laptop without getting Forscan. My stock taillights are just fine.
Which adapter did you get? I FB has to be M/S and H/S CAN type and the switch needs to be on a certain one to have it communicate. Also this is where you could’ve gotten the free 2 month license, you need a username and password and the hardware device number from Forscan software itself.
Here instructions on how to do it:
Would’ve taken you about 5 minutes
OHP ELMconfig Forscan OBD2 Adapter with MS-Can & HS-Can Switch for Ford DIY Diagnostics on Windows https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F0GVBWY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_rUtiJc1P91LhH
This is the adaptor I got to do everything. I also used it to activate the factory TB controller, among many other things. I’ve seen your posts on the project getting 12v auxiliary power to the 7 prong trailer adaptor (I think that was you, anyway, such a great, super helpful write up, BTW). I know you’re getting frustrated, but you’re definitely capable of doing this. Send the adaptor back when you’re done if you don’t care to mess with it in future. Unfortunately, I guess you are sunk on the money for the Forscan license.
It took me a day to recover from being PO'd at the OHP for not working. Now that I'm over it I spent more money and ordered the OBDLink EX. Cause it is always best to throw more money at a small problem
I'm going on a short trip so I set it to arrive next week. If it connects up as easily then I'll reorder the LEDs and try it again.
The short duration when tapping the blinker has annoyed me - I don't change lanes that fast in SoCal so being able to increase the time sounds ideal plus Langer's comments inspired me.
Wiring the 7 pin for power was easy on the Expy. Try it on an Odyssey with no ramps and a bottle jack. Slowly working my way around the car.
Better you guys than me...........lol
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