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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. Fog light (front.) Power steering warning light Fog light (rear) Washer fluid low Brake pad warning Cruise control on Direction indicators Rain and light sensor Winter mode Information indicator Glow plug/diesel pre-heat warning Frost warning Ignition switch warning Key not in vehicle Key fob battery low Distance warning Press clutch pedal Press brake pedal Steering lock warning Main beam headlights Tire pressure low Sidelight information Exterior light fault Brake lights warning Diesel particulate filter warning Trailer low hitch warning Air suspension warning Lane departure warning Catalytic convertor warning Seat …

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 …

Five Things We LOVE About The 2018 Ford Expedition

Howdy, friends! Great news – The 2018 Ford Expeditions are finally beginning to roll into our dealership lots! We are SO excited about this, and wanted to share that excitement with you. So we’ve decided to share five things that we are loving about the new Expedition! The Ford Expedition has been redesigned and now offers the same aluminum body as our F-150s. This means it’s about 300 pounds lighter yet stronger than ever before! Tech features such as a wireless charger and a Wi-Fi hotspot help ensure you stay connected throughout your commute. Options such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control lane departure warning and lane keeping assist are all available to help keep you and your passengers as safe as possible. This vehicle is SPACIOUS, y’all. Even this third row has plenty of leg room for kids and adults alike. This makes the Expedition a great road trip vehicle with enough room for up to eight people. The Turbo V-6 Engine makes the Expedition a towing-capable powerhouse. There you …

How To: Use Windshield Wiper De-Icer

Howdy, friends! It’s been a mild fall in Austin as of late, but we are due to get some cold fronts in the near future. When this happens, it’s always best to have a vehicle prepared for chillier circumstances. We’re here to help you with that! Did you know that many of our Fords come equipped with a windshield wiper de-icer? This feature can help your front wipers from icing over when parked in colder weather. A heating element at the base of the windshield warms the windshield where the wipers lie, which helps prevent ice build up so they won’t freeze to the glass. This helps keep the wiper blades pliable in colder weather, so they make contact with the glass over the entire arch for a clean sweep. To activate, simply push the rear defrost button, or using your key fob, press the lock button, followed by the remote start button two times. If your vehicle is equipped with Sync Connect and you have Ford pass downloaded (See our blog here for more …

Ford Pass How-To

Did you know that your Ford vehicle may be equipped with a feature that allows you to stay connected and control certain features remotely? This includes unlocking and locking your car doors and even starting your engine from your phone! If you have SYNC connect and a compatible smartphone, you are good to go! Here’s what you’ll need to do. Download Ford Pass from the app store of Google Play. If you have not already done so, create an account via the Ford Pass app. Add your SYNC Connect equipped vehicle. Go to the My Vehicles option and click Add Vehicle. Select the plus sign option if you would like to add a second vehicle. Scan or enter your VIN number by selecting the Use Camera tab, and point the camera at your VIN label located on your vehicle’s driver doorsill. You’ll see a “Scanned Successfully” screen when this step is complete. Assign a vehicle nickname. Hit ‘Finish.’ You’ll now see a screen prompting you to activate SYNC Connect by touching the ‘Activate SYNC Connect’ …

Scenic Views in Austin, Texas

Austin is known for its great music, nightlife and unique weirdness, to name just a few things. Another thing this great city offers us is an array of scenic views and beautiful views. We’ve compiled a quick list of some of our favorite places to drive to in our Fords. Enjoy, fellow Austinites!   Mt. Bonnell Photo Credit The highest point in Austin City Limits offers some astounding views of Lake Austin. It has been an ATX landmark since the 1850’s and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with loved ones! 2.  Hamilton Pool (Photo Credit) Located just slightly out of Austin, Hamilton Pool is a quick road-trip to a gorgeous destination. A natural pool complete with breathtaking waterfalls is sure to make for a perfect summer day. Note: Reserve at least two weeks in advance for this one! Spots go fast. Zip Lake Travis Take a drive out to Lake Travis to zip through nature at Lake Travis Zipline adventures. Fun for the family and adventure lovers alike –  This is the longest zipline in Texas …

Earning By Learning Volunteer Breakfast

Our Truck City Ford crew was recently invited to a breakfast for volunteers at Camino Reale Elementary School. We are honored to be longtime volunteers for Earning by Learning, a program that helps kids learn to love reading. By asking a series of questions, our team learns how much the students have read, and from there they are able to earn money for their knowledge. A story shared at the volunteer breakfast about one of these students brought tears to the whole room.   A grandmother of one of the students told us that her granddaughter loved Earning by Learning so much that she has started to emulating the experience at home. This awesome young lady began collecting books and putting them in a wagon. She has started a neighborhood library of sorts, where she lets other children borrow her books. When they return, she asks the questions about the book just as our volunteers do at Earning by Learning. If they answer these questions correctly, she let’s them pick from a collection of toys and candies …

Weird Car Washing Tips That Work

Leif Johnson Ford here with your weekly supply of fun, handy and simple auto hacks! This week we have some super simple car washing tips that will help you have the best looking ride around town. Read on, Ford lovers! Did you know hair conditioner containing lanolin will make not only your hair but also your vehicle extra shiny? Sounds crazy, but don’t diss it until your try it! If you have oily grime on your windshield, cream of tartar is the perfect fix to rid your ride of that nasty residue. Simply sprinkle it on your windshield, wipe glass with soapy water, rinse and dry. Wa-la! Clean windshield. Baking soda mixed with water and dishwashing liquid is GREAT for cleaning the outside of your car. Ad 1/4 cup of baking soda and dishwashing liquid to a gallon sized jug, and fill the rest of the jug with water. Shake well before using! This one’s going to seem extra weird, y’all. If your windshield wiper reservoir is empty, use feminine hygiene maxi pads to clean your …

How To: Check Tire Pressure

Howdy, y’all! It’s your friends at Leif Johnson Ford, bringing you your weekly dose of quick but smart car tips. This week we wanted to talk to you about checking your tire pressure. There are many things that can help you boost your driving efficiency, but one of the most important of all of these is tire pressure. Let’s get to it!   1.  Firstly, make sure you have a tire gage. It’s cheap, simple and you can keep it in your glove box. Not surprisingly, you can also check the pressure in your tire with this handy tool! In the vehicle in the above video, 35 PSI is the tire pressure wanted, but make sure to check your owner’s manual to see what is right for yours. Unscrew the cap from the stem and insert your gage to see what your tire pressure is. If your car is any lower the recommended PSI, your tire needs more air. 2. After checking your vehicle’s air pressure, Tread wear is another important thing to check. All you need …

“Too Good to Be Blue” Ford Edge

A couple of us Leif Johnson Ford gals recently took a ride in the new 2016 Ford Edge- In the Too Good to be Blue color, to be more specific. We had such a blast driving around the Austin area, stopping for a quick bite to eat and feeling fancy about it in our sleek ride for the hour. We also made a quick stop at a guitar store for a photo-op and, uh, maybe belted out a few 90’s jams while safely parked, of course. The 2016 Ford Edge just inspires spontaneity and excitement like that, y’all. Fun, smart features such as rearview camera, remote keyless entry system and intelligent access with push-button start made us feel safe and well, cool, just driving around Austin. With the snazzy Sync 3 System and ultra-stylish interior, it’s almost impossible to NOT dance and sing with joy in one of these beauties. So we didn’t fight it. We danced and sang our hearts out. It was an afternoon almost too good to be blue. Er, true.