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Old 04-08-2014, 03:10 PM   #15
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I'm thinking the big wire harness on the drivers side was somehow pinched between the apron and base plate then tightened down with an air impact wrench breaking the insulation on the wiring then melting the rest of the insulation when electrical power was applied and somehow during communications about the results some wording got changed to infer welding was done causing a short and warning systems to activate.
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Old 04-08-2014, 03:20 PM   #16
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I'm thinking the big wire harness on the drivers side was somehow pinched between the apron and base plate then tightened down with an air impact wrench breaking the insulation on the wiring then melting the rest of the insulation when electrical power was applied and somehow during communications about the results some wording got changed to infer welding was done causing a short and warning systems to activate.
I haven't been under the car, at the moment it's still at the dealership. It was there inspection that said the problem was heat from welding. I'm sitting anxiously by waiting for this to play out.
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I haven't been under the car, at the moment it's still at the dealership. It was there inspection that said the problem was heat from welding. I'm sitting anxiously by waiting for this to play out.
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As John said above. Could have shorted out and the ford mech. interpreted it a caused by a weld on the baseplate (during baseplate manufacture). Can't imagine welding it to car, or needing torch to loosen bolts on a new rig. Weird indeed!

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It turns out there was no welding done on the base plate, just a false assumption by the Ford tech who claims never to have seen a base plate before. The plate pinched a cable and that needed to be replaced, as well as a cooling fan that was damaged by a short. All paid for by the RV tech. He is contacting Blue Ox to inform them that mention of the cable location should be included in the install instructions.

The upside was I've been borrowing a 2010 Z convertible from my son in law as a loaner. I'm almost sorry to get my car back Friday.
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Thanks for the update. We all knew that the welding part had to be an error. Glad it worked out for you.
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I saw nothing in the video to indicate a potential for a problem, that being said things happen. They are stepping up and having the problem taken care of.

Replacing the harness and any effected parts replaced by Ford Should have no effect on the life expectancy of your vehicle.

Thank you for the update.
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The Excellent RV Tech is lucky he didn't get into any of the high voltage wires for the electric motor. That could have been a fatal mistake.
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The Excellent RV Tech is lucky he didn't get into any of the high voltage wires for the electric motor. That could have been a fatal mistake.
No doubt. The downside of going there is you never know which of the techs is actually going to be doing the work. I know for next time who to ask not be allowed to do the work. The same guy also screwed up my TV upgrade requiring a return visit and another tech to correct his mistake. I'm sure requesting another tech won't be a problem.
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I agree with above comments. Once affected items replaced, it should be OK. As well as the wiring is done on cars, the harness affected should tell them ALL of the potential items fed by that harness. Electrical problems are never fun. TomKriek
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Bummer! Hope it works out well for you!
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