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#1 OFFLINE   Valkraider

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

Rain collects in the bottom of the blue ring, and doesn't really ever "drain" out. It will evaporate and dry, and I can slide a paper towel under the ring to soak up water - but just left to itself the water just sits there, if its a rainy day it will never dry out. I am worried about road grime and dirt adding to the sitting rain water and making a sludge at the bottom of the ring...

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#2 OFFLINE   mremelman

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:51 PM

So has anyone figured out how to turn off the visual feedback from the charge ring, when the car is charging?

I park my car outside, charger is exterior model from Leviton.  It turns out that the pulsing

blue light is just too tempting for teenagers to walk past late at night without messing with it.

 

I have video surveylance of my parking place and charger.  Got a great video of a young man

coming up next to the house, looking around, then trying to figure out how to unplug the car.

He eventually figured it out, and ran away. 

 

Now I could rig the handle to deliver a shock to anyone trying to mess with it without disarming...

But I think it would be better to have the option to turn off the stupid light ring...



#3 OFFLINE   honemch

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:47 AM

I believe MFT 3.5 has the option.

#4 OFFLINE   Ryan McEachern

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:13 AM

Yes, there are three options for the plug lighting on the MFT menu for my car, Feb, 2013 build.

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#5 OFFLINE   Rob

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 11:57 AM

That's great to hear.  But it's also another reason to be upset about not having the latest MFT.


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#6 OFFLINE   honemch

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

I hear ya Rob! I'm waitin too...

#7 OFFLINE   jeffegg2

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:09 PM

There is a fuse just for the ring. I removed the fuse on mine. I don't feel the need for it, and don't want to be an attraction at night.



#8 OFFLINE   Shorttack

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:38 PM

Another flaw is the rubber shield above the charging receptacle. In cold weather, the rubber is inflexible. It is very easy to crush the upper portion of the rubber shield while inserting the J1772 charging plug. Over time, that will defeat the weatherizing capability of the rubber shield, let water in, and you can guess the rest.
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#9 OFFLINE   peterwx

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:18 PM

Another flaw is the rubber shield above the charging receptacle. In cold weather, the rubber is inflexible. It is very easy to crush the upper portion of the rubber shield while inserting the J1772 charging plug. Over time, that will defeat the weatherizing capability of the rubber shield, let water in, and you can guess the rest.

 

Agreed. Glitchy. My rubber shield was bent inward by the J1772 plug during my first week of ownership. I pushed it out of the way and it has not been a problem since but is still warped. Small glitch for a first year model though. I'll watch it for my 3-year 36k miles and make them fix when they update in later year models with a better piece of rubber. 


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#10 OFFLINE   oftenon

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 02:56 PM

Another flaw is the simple inability to lock the cover to keep kids from playing with it when it's parked outside.


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#11 OFFLINE   chemicalkev

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:57 AM

Has anyone found a solution or fix for the original problem of water collecting at the bottom of the plug ring?  I am concerned that this could cause rusting, or possibly freeze and crack something (I live in Canada).



#12 OFFLINE   komondor

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 05:07 AM

I wish for a light the door was open I have forgotten to close it a couple of times



#13 OFFLINE   FordServiceCA

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 10:26 AM

Has anyone found a solution or fix for the original problem of water collecting at the bottom of the plug ring?  I am concerned that this could cause rusting, or possibly freeze and crack something (I live in Canada).

 

 

Thanks for reaching out about this, chemicalkev. Have you had the service department at your local Ford dealership look into this? I suggest speaking to them about the plug ring, as they're best able to assist with this. 
 
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Posted 28 July 2014 - 05:07 PM

So has anyone figured out how to turn off the visual feedback from the charge ring, when the car is charging?

I park my car outside, charger is exterior model from Leviton.  It turns out that the pulsing

blue light is just too tempting for teenagers to walk past late at night without messing with it.

 

I have video surveylance of my parking place and charger.  Got a great video of a young man

coming up next to the house, looking around, then trying to figure out how to unplug the car.

He eventually figured it out, and ran away. 

 

Now I could rig the handle to deliver a shock to anyone trying to mess with it without disarming...

But I think it would be better to have the option to turn off the stupid light ring...

This might be too late LOL but I was able to turn mine off through a screen in the settings menu (I believe it's settings, I just wandered a bit). I also was concerned with it glowing and blinking while it was charging in an otherwise relatively dark driveway at night.



#15 OFFLINE   chryssa

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 06:49 PM

Has anyone found a solution or fix for the original problem of water collecting at the bottom of the plug ring?  I am concerned that this could cause rusting, or possibly freeze and crack something (I live in Canada).

A good application of silicone helps keep water from collecting and keeps the rubber supple.   I also had a magnetic sign company make a cover for Slug: tn_gallery_139_49_1004848.jpg



#16 OFFLINE   JeanLucBlue

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 04:05 PM

Hey all,  I am going to get flak for saying this and I am sorry but I need to say it... when the Ford Service people respond to our questions/problems here, can we get an answer other than go to your service department and have them look at it, or let me know how it turns out after you go to a Service Department and I will look into it further? I know there probably isn't an answer, and yet there may be, but can that person do some research with at their level with Ford and get back to us with results (if any)?

 

Take this posting for example, why doesn't Brittany go to development, research or engineers (whom ever) and do some research for us? It would be nice if it was a known problem, with a possible fix, that we could take with us to the dealers in case they look at it and scratch their heads.

 

I am not picking on Brittany, but I wanted to put this out there.

 

Go ahead let me have it...


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#17 OFFLINE   SSE

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:49 PM

A good application of silicone helps keep water from collecting and keeps the rubber supple.   I also had a magnetic sign company make a cover for Slug: tn_gallery_139_49_1004848.jpg

Hi Chryssa, I would be interested to see your cover picture but it's too small to really make out. Could you by chance upload a larger one? thanks



#18 OFFLINE   chryssa

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:06 PM

SSE, sorry but I'm not tech savvy.  Pic opens larger in the gallery:  http://fordcmaxenerg...lug-with-cover/

 

 

Slug with cover

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