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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 on that.)  you can also conveniently activate from your smart phone. Go to the app menu screen on your smart phone, simply tap the ‘Vehicles Control’ tab, followed by remote start.

It’s that simple!

We at Leif Johnson Ford always want to help our customers and fellow Ford-lovers any way that we can. Please let us know if you have any other questions and we get back to you with an answer from one of our experts as quickly as possible!


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Assign a vehicle nickname. Hit ‘Finish.’
  5. You’ll now see a screen prompting you to activate SYNC Connect by touching the ‘Activate SYNC Connect’ button.
  6. After a few moments, go to your vehicle and start it. You will now see a pop-up on your vehicle’s SYNC Connect touchscreen. Select the “Allow” button to continue. If you do not touch ‘Allow’ within ten startups, you will not gain access to remote features and will need to reactivate from the beginning.
  7. That’s it! Remote features can now be accessed from your phone’s Ford Pass app! Enjoy!


Ford How To


This time of year is unpredictable when it comes to weather in Texas. Did you know lightening kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes? Lightning can be unpredictable, so follow these steps to keep your and your family safe from the storm.

  1. Always know your local weather forecast. Try to stay at home until the storm has passed, or until thirty minutes after the last thunderclap.  Every thunderstorm produces lightning.
  2. If you have to be out on the road, look for thunder, darkening skies, increasing wind and flashes of light. If a storm is approaching, safely exit the roadway park your vehicle and turn on your hazard lights. Avoid pools of water or lower ground, as flooding may be an issue. Also avoid high areas, tall isolated trees and utility poles. If you can safely take shelter in a nearby building, do so. If your vehicle if your shelter, stay put! Do not get out to film the lightning, no matter how Instagram worthy.
  3. Close the windows. A lightning strike could jump inside if they are open.
  4. Fold your hands in your lap to avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces in or outside the vehicle including radios, cell phone chargers, GPS devices, foot pedals or your steering wheel.
  5. If lightning does strike your vehicle, you’ll hear a boom and see a bright flash and possible sparks as well.
  6. It’s a myth that rubber tires protect your from lightning. It’s actually the metal that matters. If lightning strikes, it will generally flow along the vehicles metal cage and into the ground without seriously injuring you. Vehicles with non-metal roofs like convertibles or those with fiberglass shells will likely not protect you from lightning. If you drive a car like this, it’s even more important to stay off the road.
  7. It is technically safe to exit your vehicle after the electrical current has passed into the ground. But it’s a good idea to wait until the thunderstorm has moved on before getting out of your car. Lightning can strike twice.
  8. If someone in your vehicle is hit by lightning, immediately call 911. If the person struck has stopped breathing, begin administering CPR and continue until breathing resumes or professional help arrives. People struck by lightening do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
  9. Remember- If you are caught in a lightning storm, pull over to a safe place, turn on hazard lights, close windows and always avoid touching metal.

Leif Johnson Ford Road-trip to Kellie’s Baking Company In 2017 F-150 Lariat

This week, Leif Johnson Ford took a mini road-trip to Kellie’s Baking Company. Our team at LJF loves supporting local businesses, as we have been a local Austin business for 60 years. We’re lucky to be surrounded by other awesome and unique spots, and Kellie’s is most definitely one of them.

We decided to take the 2017 F-150 Lariat to Kellie’s. Our sales expert Bob told us his favorite things about this sweet ride on the drive over.

Here’s the lowdown on Bob’s fave’s:

3.6 Liter V6 EcoBoost; 10 speed transmission

Auto Start/Stop

Lightweight body / High-strength military grade aluminum alloy. Stronger yet lighter than the typical steel used on trucks.

The Lariat edition offers upgraded Sony stereo, twin panel moon roof, blind spot assist, etc.

Now that we’ve covered the sweet ride, let’s move onto the sweet treats. 

Kellie’s Baking Company has been in business for ten years and at the Burnet Road location for three. They flooded a year and a half ago and reopened just two months ago. They are back and better than ever. If you want magnificently large Nutella stuffed cookies or cookie dough in a cone (no ice cream needed), then this is the place for you. As a bonus, their interior is adorable and the outside offers the “Sweet! you’re here” Texas-shaped sign that is becoming increasingly more popular for photo ops in the .

Did we mention that this spot is right down the road from Leif Johnson Ford? We think Kellie’s is the perfect spot to celebrate purchasing your new vehicle. We won’t judge if you break your Ford in with a cookie crumb or two.

Truck Month at Leif Johnson Ford

Leif Johnson Ford is honored to be able to give back to our community in any way that we can. One of our favorite ways to serve our fellow Austinites is by partnering with Susan G. Komen each year for Truck Month.  What is Truck Month? It’s a time period (we would say month, but one month is never quite enough for us!) where our customers help us donate to the fight against breast cancer. For every new F-150 or F-250 purchased, Leif Johnson Ford donates $100 to Susan G. Komen.  This one hundred dollars affords a cancer screening, which could potentially be lifesaving.

Susan G. Komen envisions a world without breast cancer. They are the ONLY organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. Their goal is to reduce the risk of breast cancer deaths by 50% by year 2026. With the help of the community (that’s you and me!), they can help make this goal a reality!


This year, we started in February and have just decided to extend our donations into April! So far, we have sold over 163 trucks which means that over 16,000 dollars has been donated to Susan  G. Komen. But we’re far from being done yet, and with your help, we can make this our best Truck Month yet.


Thank you, Austin, for giving us the chance to serve you and for helping us fight cancer, one truck at a time!

Customer of the Week: Sky Canaves

Sky Canaves recently bought a Ford Escape from Leif Johnson Ford, and she couldn’t be more excited.


An avid runner, Sky recently took her new ride along for one of her races.

Here’s what she had to say:

“We drove to Cedar Park and back for a race today, and Tommy took some photos. The car is really helping me to feel more comfortable with driving.


So far, features I’ve enjoyed using most are the keyless passcode, seat memory, blind spot detectors, navigation system and the hands-free liftgate. It also just feels good to drive, much nicer than any other car I’ve handled.”

Did we mention that her and her husband are preparing to run the Boston Marathon? Talk about being #BuildFordTough!

Melissa and team couldn’t have been happier to get Sky in her new Ford and even more pumped for race day!

A Ford Love Story

This is a Ford love story, in pictures and captions.


It all started at Leif Johnson Ford.


An explorer and travel lover needs and adventurous and spacious ride, and the Ford Transit fits the bill.A.Litsa fell in love and purchased this beauty, and the adventures began right away.


Biking, camping and endless exploring! San Angelo Park was amongst the first of adventures, and A. learned that she could fit, amongst other things, three bikes in the back of her Transit.


She also brought her boyfriend along for the excursion. She even built a platform in the back as a sleeping surface for the two of them!


And when your buddies are having car trouble? Transit to the rescue. It’s good to have friends in high places….Or #Ford places.


A was able to load ALL of her friends’ belongings into her Transit.

And they all lived happily ever after.

If that isn’t a love story, we don’t know what is.