All posts tagged: tips

How to: Drive in Heavy Rain

As most of us are well aware, Texas weather can be a bit moody. One day it’s 75 degrees and sunny, the next day it’s 30 degrees and cloudy. It can go from a sunshiny day in one moment to pouring cats and dogs in the next. When those heavy rains sneak up on us while driving, it can be a little scary. But don’t worry, friends. Leif Johnson Ford is here to give you tips on safe ways to drive in such a downpour. It may seem obvious, but slow down. This will give you more time to react to slippery roads and limited visibility. The start of the storm can actually be the most dangerous at moisture mixes with oil on the road and makes everything more slippery and dangerous. Be wary of hydroplaning.  Heavy rains eventually wash the oils away, but that’s really when you have to worry about hydroplaning, where your car loses control of the road and almost feels as if it’s floating. If you find that this is happening, try to keep …

How To: Keep Your Car Looking And Smelling New

You know that delightful scent of stepping into a brand new car? Or the feel of gazing at your Ford after its had a detailed car wash? What if we told you that you could keep that new car smell and look with just a few simple steps? Read on, Fordies! Washing the outside: Make sure you are using a proper car soap, not regular soap. Get two buckets. Fill one with soapy water and the other will regular H20. Start by dipping the sponge in soapy water and begin cleaning your car. Alternate to the regular water, removing any debris you may have collected from the car. Rinse and repeat over the entirety of your vehicle. Make sure to dry off your car after soaping. If you don’t, you might end up with unwanted spots. Tip: Try using a microfiber cloth. They work really well! When you move on to cleaning your wheels and tires, make sure to use a product that is water based and noncorrosive. Clean the glass last (Windex works great!) , as …

Summer Car Tips

It’s summertime in Texas, and the living is easy. And really, really hot. Leif Johnson Ford is here to prepare you for these sizzling months.with some quick summertime vehicle tips. If possible, keep your car in the garage or keep it covered to sidestep much damage from the sun. Sun damage on cars can  fade paint and interior materials over time. This is another tip for older cars or even newer cars without a reliable air cooling system. (AKA probably not a Ford….Ha. But really.) It’s possible you may need a recharge as this hot summer gets under way. You definitely do not want any coolant issues in Austin, Texas in July, right?! If your AC just isn’t seeming to get cool enough, stop by Leif Johnson Ford and have a service tech check it out for you! Here’s one for the safety of your kiddos: You may think you would NEVER leave your kiddo unattended in a hot car, but the fact is this: Nearly 1 in 4 parents of a child under 3 has forgotten the child in a car. If your kid is silent and you are distracted, it …

Sync Tips from Leif Johnson Ford

Hello, Austin (and beyond )! With Sync 3 about to make a debut, today our friendly Leif Johnson Ford sync tech Peter wanted to share some quick tips just with you. These seven pointers will help your sync system work as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If you have absolutely any more sync-related questions or thoughts, just contact the email at the bottom of this post, and one of our techs will be with you asap! Because of Austin’s hands free law, make sure blue tooth is always on so that calls goes directly to car. Make sure when phone is connected, that you are only answering it and receiving calls from the car, not the phone. If you need to have a private phone call, find a place to pull over engage privacy mode. Privacy mode is a way for the car to send calls to the phone so that you can talk without the phone disrupting the car’s control. When using privacy mode, make sure you hang up from car not the phone. When using voice commands to call …

Back-to-school Carpooling Tips

Summer vacation has come to a close (Can you believe it?) and your kiddos are officially back in school. Has this week been a little more hectic than you would have liked? Is the constant picking up and dropping off throwing your schedule for a loop? It’s not too late to organize a carpooling system with other parents! Leif Johnson Ford is here to give you a few friendly tips on how to get the ball (or the car) rolling on organizing the carpool of your dreams. Trust your fellow carpoolers The goal is to get your kids to school both on time and in one piece. Considering the importance of safety and punctuality, make sure you know and trust the parents you’ll be sharing car pool duties with. Ask the parents of your children’s friends; Let them know you’re putting together a carpool. The smaller your list of carpool candidates, the more likely your little ones will be in good hands. If you have a few parents in mind, consider a meet-up with them to determine whether …

Vehicle Winter Safety Tips (Yes, even for Texans!)

Are you ready for colder weather? Sure, it’s Texas so we’re probably safe from blizzards and massive snowstorms. Still, as it starts to get chillier, it’s best to have your car prepared for these fall and winter months. Here are some tips to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape from October to February and beyond!: Make sure your battery is fully charged.  Your Leif Johnson service technicians will know what to check for and will let you know whether it’s time to replace that battery or not. Replace frayed or cracked belts and have Leif Johnson professionals check to make sure there are no leaks and/or loose hoses. Specially designed tires are often recommended even if snow isn’t commonplace as lower temps can affect rubber that wasn’t designed for the cold. Ask your Leif Johnson service questions and they’ll give you recommendations based on the make and model of vehicle. Be sure to check that your signals, headlamps, tail lamps, fog lamps and other lights are all functioning correctly. If you do have a burned out bulb, Leif Johnson can provide you with …

Sync Tips

Keeping up with the latest gadgets and gizmos can be tough. That’s where Leif Johnson Ford’s Sync Team comes in to make life just a little bit easier. They’re here to help you pair your smart phone with your new Ford, and to provide continued support and education later on down the road too. Today we got together with some of our handy-dandy Sync guys to ask for a few tips. They let us in on a few “Don’t do’s” that will help your phone and your Ford become fast friends in no time. Here’s what they had to tell us: 1. Don’t USB connect your iPhone to your Ford. (It can cause problems with voice command) 2. No Emojis in your contact list. (They’re so fun, we know. But they’ll lock the system up as it cannot recognize these adorable little faces.) 3. Don’t answer and receive phone calls on the phone, use hands free. It’s set up to be a hands-free systems, after all. Simple as they may be, these pointers will help your smart phone to be, …