The prior owner had hooligans in the back, so on top of the seats and headliner being filthy when I looked at it (Dealership got it 90% clean, there's still spots I have to touch up) the rear air vent louver controls were broken, so I finally ordered a replacement for $25 on eBay.
Finding Light Stone interior parts for this thing is harder than you'd expect - it seems most of the cars were ordered with the black interiors. I want to replace that armrest, where the pleather's cracking at the elbow resting spot, but I've struggled to find a decent one and may end up breaking down and buying a new one. (they're like $140)
I do have some mods in the planning stages, and I've had my first mechanical issue pop up - the driver door actuator/latch assembly is starting to go out. Works every time with the key, so I'm not rushing to change it, but it's on the list.
Plug time this morning. (yes, I covered the intakes when I started doing more work)
I've seen worse for 102k.
Found this dud on the center of the rear bank. Whoever put it in didn't use any grease, and I don't think it was terribly well made to begin with, so I somewhat cracked the shield getting it off. Moved it to the front bank so when I replace it with a Motorcraft part, I can just do it quickly.
Also changed the wiper blades and fixed a kinked washer hose. Before the end of the year I plan to replace the windshield cowling and the wiper arms themselves.
After some intermittent temp warnings that weren’t WP or coolant related, finally diagnosed it as a bad fan driver.
There’s not a lot to the swap - remove the air box and accordion, flex the hoses and wire looms out of the way, undo the two 8mm bolts on the sides, and then gently rock it out as you slide to the drivers side. Factory service manual said same thing I found on YouTube (for an Edge, there’s almost no Gen 6 Bull stuff) 😄
It does help to remove the large rad hose clip from the fan before you pull it. There’s a notch in the side that lets you stick a screwdriver in and it slides right out - the new fan likely won’t have the clip, so you’ll have to transfer it anyway.
Figured it was easier to just replace the whole thing rather than doing the driver only for the fan itself to die soon.
AC works nice at idle again too, as you can imagine.