Ford Addict

Author - Zachary Barrett

All-New Ford Focus RS

On February 3rd, 2015, Ford warmed the hearts of Ford performance enthusiasts living in America with the announcement of the all-new Ford Focus RS.  The newest redesign is Ford’s third-generation of the Focus RS and will be available in major markets around the world including, for the first time in Focus RS history, the United States!  We can remember just a year ago posting the second-generation on social media with pleas that Ford bring it to America.  The wait is over!  The Focus RS comes after January’s announcement of the GT350R and the Ford GT supercar – all part of a new era of Ford performance that will deliver 12 new vehicles by 2020. Read More

How To: Program HomeLink | Ford’s Universal Garage Door Opener

It’s a beautiful, crisp Saturday morning…you pull up to your Ford dealership in excitement as you see your new vehicle all clean ready to be taken home.  You greet your salesman, get your paperwork done, and learn about all the new features in your vehicle.  As you sit in the driver seat you look up and see HomeLink, Ford’s universal garage door opener.  The salesman explains that this will work with most garage doors and there’s no need to clip a bulky remote on to your visor anymore.  What news!  You grab your old one, clip it into your new vehicle and say “I’m going to program it as soon as I’m home!”  The drive home is beautiful, the birds are chirping, the road is smooth, life is good.  You pull in your driveway and put the car in park.  You think I’m not putting this beautiful baby into the garage today, my driveway just became the neighbor showroom.  Bask in the presence of my new vehicle!  Before you know it, it is a month later and you still haven’t programmed your HomeLink!  Well that changes today!  Follow these easy steps to program HomeLink below and you’ll be opening garage doors like a magician.

How to Program HomeLink

Step 1

For first time programming, press and hold the two outside buttons for 20 seconds until the indicator light begins to flash rapidly.  This is a master reset to the device, so do not do this when programming a second device.

Step 2

Position your current garage door opener 1-3 inches away from the button you wish to program (you can pick any of the three).

Step 3

Press and hold the HomeLink button, and garage door opener button simultaneously until the light changes from flashing slow to flashing rapidly.  This indicates proper programming.

Step 4

Press and hold the just programmed HomeLink button.  If the light stays lit, it was programmed successfully.

Step 5

Locate the programming button on the motor mount of your garage door.  Press this button to initiate the final steps.  (You have 30 seconds to press your HomeLink button before you must do this again)

Step 6

Return to your vehicle and hold the programmed HomeLink button for 2 seconds.  This step might have to be repeated 2-3 times before programming is complete.

Congratulations!  You have successfully programmed HomeLink.  Throw that hefty remote into a box somewhere and forget about it!

2015 Ford Edge Debut

2015 Ford Edge

 

Ford has yet to disappoint with any of their new 2015 model announcements this year and the 2015 Ford Edge keeps that trend going.  Unlike the last Edge refresh, the 2015 model has been completely redesigned with an all new more aggressive body style (think SUV version of a fastback), and a new emphasis on the latest technology Ford has to offer.  In Forbes write up of the new besting selling CUV in its class they write “Cars like the 2015 Ford Edge will make it harder for some to justify shelling out big bucks on luxury vehicles.”  They couldn’t be closer to the mark.

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Top 10 Overlooked Vehicle Maintenance Issues

Overlooked Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle life and safety.  These are the top two reasons you should always keep an eye on maintaining your vehicle up to the highest standards.  The following maintenance points are the top 10 overlooked vehicle maintenance issues we found that in the long run will extend your vehicle life, prevent disastrous issues before they happen, and keep your vehicles safety up to par.  Nobody wants to end up on the side of the road with a smoking engine!

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2015 Ford Focus: Smarter, Sleeker, Turbocharged

2015 Ford Focus Sedan

Despite the Ford Focus being the top selling vehicle in the world, Ford has decided to redesign the 2015 Ford Focus compact car to be bolder, smarter, and even more fuel efficient.  Taking design queues from the Fiesta and Fusion, the front fascia and front hood have all been redesigned, including the headlamps and fog lamps.  The liftgate and taillamps have also been redesigned for the hatchback, as well as the trunklid on the sedan.  Every model except the S will see available redesigned wheels ranging from 15″ – 18″.

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Ford Inflatable Seat Belts

Ford inflatable seat belts

Ford has introduced an array of safety technology in the past few years including hands free SYNC, blind spot monitoring (B.L.I.S.), Rear View Camera, Collision Warning, and Lane-Keeping technology.  One feature on the forefront of this charge is Ford’s Rear Inflatable Seat Belts, currently being offered in the Fusion, Explorer, and Flex.

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How to Convert the Transit Connect from a Wagon to a Cargo Van

If you’re still questioning whether or not the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Long Wheelbase has a good balance of family amenities and cargo space, take a minute and watch this how to video.  The luxury of having a fold flat second and third row allows for up to 104.2 cu. ft. of cargo space:  85.8″ length at floor and 42.2″ cargo height.  All the latches and combinations may seem a little confusing at first, but once you take the time to learn how these seats fold, you’ll be switching back and forth between family van to cargo hauler in minutes.  This truck will make any Decepticon jealous while you roll around and feel like the James Bond of family transportation with the amount of features and functionality available.

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2015 Expedition Revealed

2015 Expedition Revealed

Last week Ford announced the 2015 Expedition ahead of schedule.  As Ford is saying, the Expedition “continues to represent the smart choice for people who need a full-size utility vehicle that provides capable performance, usable space and advanced technology.”  Capable performance, space, and technology is exactly what the new 2015 Expedition delivers.

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How to Improve Fuel Economy

improve fuel economy

One of the biggest questions in the automotive world, how do I improve fuel economy?  Fuel isn’t getting any cheaper, and statistics show humans aren’t traveling less either.  The good news is manufacturers are improving on their engines and aerodynamics, but they still can’t seem to keep up.  We all want to improve gas mileage, but before you switch to an electric/hybrid vehicle, try using some tips in this guide on your current vehicle.

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Why 2014 Will be Ford’s Biggest Year

Ford is gearing up to make 2014 the biggest year in its century-long history.  With 5 redesigned products either on the horizon or already on the ground, this is shaping up to be a year of big changes for the company.  From the aluminum-bodied F-150 to the controversial styling of the Mustang, no expense was spared in planning Ford’s new direction.  The Transit Connect also saw big changes for this year and now offers two wheelbases, new trim levels and a Wagon with its crosshairs pointed directly at the family market.  Ford is looking to grow from the biggest North American manufacturer to the biggest manufacturer in the world, and it has armed itself with five new models loaded with cutting edge equipment and state-of-the-art technology to accomplish its goal.  Here are quick summaries of the announced models.

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