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Dashboard Warning Meanings

Ever have a car warning appear on your dashboard and you have absolutely no idea what it means? This is an all too common occurrence – most of us have not memorized the meaning of each and every warning –  and one that could potentially be dangerous if left alone too long. At Leif Johnson Ford, we want to make sure you are safe and in-the-know at all times, which is why we’re here to give you the low down of each and every dashboard warning.


  1. Fog light (front.)
  2. Power steering warning light
  3. Fog light (rear)
  4. Washer fluid low
  5. Brake pad warning
  6. Cruise control on
  7. Direction indicators
  8. Rain and light sensor
  9. Winter mode
  10. Information indicator
  11. Glow plug/diesel pre-heat warning
  12. Frost warning
  13. Ignition switch warning
  14. Key not in vehicle
  15. Key fob battery low
  16. Distance warning
  17. Press clutch pedal
  18. Press brake pedal
  19. Steering lock warning
  20. Main beam headlights
  21. Tire pressure low
  22. Sidelight information
  23. Exterior light fault
  24. Brake lights warning
  25. Diesel particulate filter warning
  26. Trailer low hitch warning
  27. Air suspension warning
  28. Lane departure warning
  29. Catalytic convertor warning
  30. Seat belt not on
  31. Parking brake light
  32. Battery/alternator warning
  33. Parking assist
  34. Service required
  35. Adaptive lighting
  36. Headlights range control
  37. Rear spoiler warning
  38. Convertible Roof Warning
  39. Airbag warning
  40. Handbrake warning
  41. Water in fuel filter
  42. Airbag deactivated
  43. Fault problem
  44. Dipped beam headlights
  45. Dirty air filter
  46. Eco driving indicator
  47. Hill descent control
  48. Temperature warning
  49. ABS warning
  50. Fuel filter warning
  51. Door open
  52. Bonnet open
  53. Low fuel
  54. Automatic gearbox warning
  55. Speed limiter
  56. Suspension dampers
  57. Oil pressure low
  58. Windscreen defrost
  59. Boot open
  60. Stability control off
  61. Rain sensor
  62. Engine/emissions warning
  63. Rear window defrost
  64. Auto windscreen wiping

Some of these warnings indicate that you’ll need to visit your local service department. If that’s the case, we at Leif Johnson Ford would be more than happy to help. Call us at 512-454-3711 and schedule an appointment today!

Oh… and here’s what those dashboard warnings DON’T mean.




Ford – Always Going Further

By 2020, Ford will have transformed their North American car lineup. There’s so many reasons to be excited about this. news Here’s what 2020 will look like in the world of Ford


  • 75 percent of the vehicle lineup will be replaced with smarter and more connected vehicles.
  • These vehicles will also come with both better speed and quality than ever before.
  • The average age of Ford vehicles will drop to just over three years.
  • Customers are living more active lifestyles and want more trucks and SUVs. It’s  important for Ford to always give the customers what they want – This is why these vehicles will soon be a whopping 86% of Ford’s volume.
  • The F-150 will continue to be made as smart, capable and tough as possible.
  • The Ford Ranger is making a comeback in 2019, along with a new F-Series Super Duty.
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi will be standard equipment by the end of 2019.
  • Ford is adding a new line of off-road SUV’s perfect for adventuring near and far. These powerful SUV’s are inspired by the Raptor but are also still friendly enough to be a perfect family vehicle.
  • Lookout for new on-road vehicles too – This includes the upcoming Edge ST and the Explorer ST.
  • Also joining the lineup in 2020 is the all new Ford Bronco, a sleek and smaller version of the original.
  • Ford Co-Pilot 360 will bring standard safety features such as automatic emergency breaking with pedestrian detection, a blind spot information system and lane keeping system to vehicles.
  • Ford will  be focusing more on hybrid and electric strategy. The mission is to bring hybrid capabilities to the most popular and iconic of Fords. Both plug-ins and gasoline-electric hybrids will be offered on SUVs and vans. Ready for more excitement? Hybrid powertrains will even include the Mustang and F-Series vehicles. They won’t skimp in power either. Expect a V8 like performance from the Mustang and more low-end pulling power- along with mobile generator serving abilities –  from the F-Series.  It gets even better. This new hybrid system will be not only more efficient, but more affordable than ever before!

Now until 2020 is going to be an incredible journey for Ford-lovers in the US. We at Leif Johnson Ford are so thrilled to be a part of that ride. 


Giving Back with LJF and Ford

At Leif Johnson Ford, we are committed to making a difference and bettering our community. We are always looking for new ways to give back to different local causes, and are truly passionate about helping those in Austin and beyond.


Currently, we are partnering with Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer, and local elementary schools with Earning by Learning. Whether it be raising funds for cancer research or helping kids learn to love reading, we are honored to do whatever we can to be a resource for others.


Ford Motor Company is also passionate about helping their community. Each year, Ford Volunteer Corps performs more than 112,000 hours of work on community service projects around the world, and Ford Driving Skills for Life is a driving program that helps teens develop necessary driving skills.


Ford also values sustainability, and creates vehicles that will better our environment. They are working hard to reduce vehicle emissions in the vehicle product lineup, and believe in finding suppliers who share that same goal. From a global water management initiative, which has decreased our water usage by 61%, to creating 18.5 million vehicles with environmentally-friendly soy foam, Ford truly cares about protecting our planet.  They have even created PACE, or Partnership for a Cleaner Environment, to increase green efforts. PACE focuses on water and energy conservation, and reducing waste, carbon dioxide and air emissions. Due to current suppliers partaking in this program, carbon emissions could be reduced by 500,000 metric tons worldwide during the next five years! Ford has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere for eight years in a row.

Ford is on a mission to make the world a better and greener place, and we at Leif Johnson are so proud to be right there with them. 

Ford Pass SmartLink

Do you have a 2010-2017 Ford? If so, you’re in luck! Ford just released SmartLink, which allows its owners to use the incredible features of Ford Pass on these older model vehicles.


This device will plug into the onboard diagnostics port below the steering wheel and is roughly the size of a deck of cards.

SmartLink allows older model vehicles to use all of the nifty features that have until now only been available on newer Fords. This includes 4G LTE WiFi, vehicle location tracking and smartphone integration of key fob features such as remote engine start, lock + unlock and vehicle health and security alerts. It will also allow users to create “geo-fences” around certain areas, and to create alerts when your vehicle enters this area. (This one is great for monitoring sneaky teenagers.)

The price for the SmartLink device is $16.99 a month plus installation fees for 24 months. This simple and fun device is absolutely perfect for turning your older car into a smarter car!

Call us at 512-454-3711 for more details on getting your SmartLink installed!

Ford Co-Pilot 360

Most of us spend a good amount of our lives driving, so feeling safe while on the road is absolutely essential. Ford understands that and is making substantial efforts to reduce any and all danger on the road. By 2020, most Fords will come with a variety of advanced safety features called Co-Pilot 360. This is starting with this fall’s 2019 Ford Edge!


These features include the following:

  • Rearview Camera 

Always see what is behind you when you’re reversing

  • Blind Spot Information System

Those scary blind spot are no more with Ford’s alert system, which also includes cross traffic alert.

  • Automatic Emergency Braking

 Accidents happen, but rarely with Ford on your side. If you can’t brake in time, your vehicle will help. This includes braking when a pedestrian is detected in front of you.

  • Auto High Beam Lighting 

Ensure excellent nighttime visibility with Ford’s automatic lighting

  • Lane Keeping System 

Stay in your lane even when you’re momentarily distracted with Ford’s Lane Keeping assistance.

Ford cares about your safety, and they make it look really good too! 


Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

It’s March in Austin, which means it’s an absolutely beautiful time to be living in our city!


Have any plans for spring break? How about spring cleaning plans? Your vehicle is one of the easiest places to overlook when it comes to tidying up, so your friends at Leif Johnson Ford are here to help. Here’s some quick tips on how to get your ride spick and span for the road ahead!

  1. Clean and vacuum out trunk

If you’re anything like the rest of us, chances are there’s been a slow buildup of things in the back of your trunk. Now is the perfect time to empty it out and find another space for said things. This will free up room for spring and summer stuff, while also lightening your load and thus improving your fuel economy!

2. Wax your vehicle 

Definitely self-wash or get a car wash as well, but a vehicle wax is an important step that many skip out on.  Waxing provides a variety of benefits, such as sealing the paint, adding shine and repelling water beads and thus annoying water spots.

3. Take your time on the interior 

Take out all receipts, trash and other miscellaneous items that can me removed from the car. Use a vacuum and brush duster to clean car knobs and buttons. Vacuum all dust before adding a cleaning product. Wash the seats with a hot and wet cloth. Clean leather seats with car cleaning wipes. Use a Magic Eraser to scrub any gross bits off of vinyl or leather. A glass cleaner such as Windex van be used for the windows (unless you have a tinted sheet applied to window – ammonia can harm this sheet.), and don’t forget to roll them down a bit to clean the top quarter-inch. Spray the cleaner on the cloth to reduce streaking. Cleaning the interior windows horizontally and exterior vertically will help you quickly know which side any streaks are on. Spritz cup holders with glass cleaner and let sit for a few minutes before wiping. Use car cleaning wipes to clean dashboard, center console, inside door pockets, steering wheel and gear shift. Wrap a thin cloth around a flat head screwdriver to clean the tightest spots of your console, and buttons and switches on dashboard. Clear air vents with a foam paint brush. Remove and vacuum floor mats and proceed to vacuum seat upholstery and foot wells. Move seat forward and back to ensure you reach every spot. Consider topping all of this off with a new hanging deodorizer to keep your vehicle smelling fresh!

4.  Check the three W’s – Wheels, Wipers, and Windows 

After a winter that was at times unusually cold for Austin, it might be time to check and change out the wiper blades. When it comes to the wheels, think about removing the hubcaps and washing them down. Thoroughly scrub tires wheel well, check tire pressure and tighten up lug nuts that are loose. Finally, shine your windows! Clean both the inside and outside of windows and mirrors with a quality brand window cleaner, and shine with a dry towel.

5. Visit your Leif Johnson Ford service department. 

We’ll make sure everything is looking good under the hood and make sure you stay safe for all of your adventures. Call 512-454-3711 to make an appointment today.

Happy spring cleaning, friends! 


Quick & Unofficial Guide to Avoiding SXSW 2018

Today is the official first day of South by Southwest here in the ATX!
Not feeling the vibes this year? Looking to get away from it all?
Here is your quick and unofficial guide to avoiding SXSW 2018, brought to you by your Austin-based friends (since 1957!) at Leif Johnson Ford.

1. Adventure to the outskirts of Austin. Dripping Springs (Try Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling…they also have a playground), Round Rock (World famous Round Rock Donuts, anyone?!), Georgetown (They’ve got wineries and the most adorable – and not overcrowded – downtown), or Cedar Park (Everyone is talking about the new HMart Shop.)
2. Eat slightly outside of the downtown area. Eldorado Cafe ATX + Jack Allen’s Kitchen Anderson Lane + Be More Pacific – Filipino Kitchen and Bar on Anderson Lane, Picnik Austin+ DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana on Burnet Road and Flower Child at the Domain are all affordable and family-friendly options. If you want to feel like you’re on vacation (and feel FAR away from the madness), try Ski Shores Café on Lake Austin.
3. If you want to feel like you’re part of the action without actually being a part of the action, go for a photo-opp and create your very own SXSW event. The wall pictured – the ‘Before I Die Wall’ on Elizabeth St. is slightly outside of downtown proper and was actually created by SXSW organizers. People from all over the world share their dreams and fears here – connecting the world one chalk board scrawl at a time.
There you have it! Your quick and unofficial guide to avoiding SXSW 2018 – And having an absolute blast while doing so. Enjoy, and please feel free to share this guide with friends!
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