Reprogram Keyless Entry Remote

If you have found yourself needing new keyless entry remotes for your Ford truck, you may be wondering how to reprogram them. It may surprise you to know that it is quite easy, and you can do it yourself. Here is the step by step guide to reprograming keyless entry remotes:

1. Put a key in the ignition, and starting from the “off” or 3 position, turn the car to the “on”, or 4 position. You will do this eight times in a row, quickly.

2. If you have done this correctly, the doors will lock/unlock, letting you know that the car is now in programming mode.

3. Immediately (you only have 20 seconds) program your transmitter by pressing any button on the transmitter. At this point the doors will once again lock/unlock, letting you know that the transmitter has been programmed. If you have taken longer than 20 seconds to do this, then you will have to start over again.

4. You can repeat this step to reprogram any additional remote transmitters. When you have finished, turn the ignition off, or wait for 20 seconds. The doors will lock or unlock again to let you know that programming has finished.

There you have it. Reprogramming your keyless entry remote is quite simple to do.

How to Calibrate the Rearview Mirror in the Ford F-Series Vehicles

The new F-Series seems to have a rear view mirror like most vehicles have. But this mirror is unlike any you have had in the past. Formerly, most rear view mirrors in cars were best used for looking at what was behind you or hanging up your sunglasses or name badge to keep them from getting crushed or lost. Now, in the exceptional Ford F-series, rear view mirror technology reaches new heights as the mirrors feature easily-calibrated auto-dimming features and a functional self-calibrating compass which enable the mirror to not only see where you have been, but are also capable of showing you how to arrive at where you want to go.

Calibrating these innovative devices can be easily done by following the provided directions regarding the auto-dimming feature or the compass. The auto-dimming feature does exactly what it advertises: as bright lights appear from behind, the image in the mirror darkens as the brightness increases. The compass is self-calibrating and is able to indicate the direction in which the vehicle is pointing. The compass features an LED-display and can be upgraded to provide not only direction, but also the outside temperature which can be chosen instead of the direction by using a toggle switch which enables the temperature to appear in Fahrenheit or Celsius.

 

Adjust Gear Shift Indicator in F-150

Sometimes, shift indicators can malfunction—leading to an array of nuisances when vehicle owners intend to park. If a 1997-2003 Ford truck improperly displays its position, several remedies exist.

If your truck is in Park, and if the indicator displays a Reverse position, the indicator may be working improperly. Similarly, if the indicator is off-center a little, the same problem may be attributed to the annoyance. The fix is, however, surprisingly easy, and it works well with many 1997-2003 Ford vehicles.

First, simply remove the vehicle’s trim panels, carefully. If this process isn’t taken with extreme care, the removed trim panel may damage the vehicle’s external structure, scuff important mechanisms or cause the trim panel to break. Once the trim panel is removed, separate the plastic shroud. This plastic shroud is located atop the steering column—where it surrounds the device.

The problem’s source is located near the right-most side of the vehicle’s steering column. Once the shroud is removed, it’s easy to access the spot. Identify the white plastic piece to the steering column’s right, and target the device’s black wheel.

The wheel should be attached to a purple wire. The targeted wheel is called an “adjustment wheel”, and it’s utilized to correct a faulty shift indicator. Turn the wheel, and examine the shift indicator simultaneously. As you turn the wheel, the shift indicator should wiggle a bit. Turn the wheel until the indicator is aligned—and until the vehicle’s correct shift is displayed.

Replacing the F-150 Fuel Filter

The air, oil and fuel filters on your automobile are important to keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Regular maintenance of these filters helps avoid problems, especially those caused by dirty fuel from pumps. The debris from dirty gas builds up in your system and the filter helps remove them.

The more effective your fuel filter, the more trash and particulates it will capture. It is important to change it out regularly, at least once a year or every 10,000 miles. This is a small investment of a few dollars and 15 to 30 minutes that pays big dividends in fuel savings and engine performance for your F-150.

Before you start, ensure you have safety glasses, a fuel filter wrench, and the appropriate replacement filter. The steps are as follows:

  1. Locate the filter on the inner frame rails on the driver side. It looks like a very small can and has lines leading from the fuel tank.
  2. You first disconnect the filter retaining clips, pushing down on the top of the clip and sliding them forward.
  3. With the clip out of the way, insert the filter wrench over the nipple of the fuel filter. With a steady, moderate force, hold onto the wrench while pulling away the fuel line connector until it separates
  4. Repeat this on the other side, totally separating the filter from the lines.
  5. Remove the old filter and clip in the new one, making sure you have the fuel direction correct.
  6. Reconnect both ends of the fuel lines, making sure they are connected tightly.
  7. Reconnect both fuel lines and retainer clips and check for any leaks.

The process may be a little slow the first time you replace the filter, but you’ll quickly get comfortable with this important piece of maintenance.

Dodge Ram Info

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The Dodge Ram truck comes in three package levels for personal use. The Ram 1500 Crew Cub, a light duty diesel truck, was the Truck of the Year for 2013 and 2014. The base model, the ‘Big Horn,’ has a starting MSRP of $29,965 with a 3.6L Penstar V6 diesel engine. With a choice of 12 colors and 6 trim levels, this model has a Best in Class distinction for its gas mileage of 17 MPG city. It also gets 25 MPG highway.

The base model Dodge Ram 2500 is a regular cab with an eight foot bed. With a starting MSRP of $30,115, this truck features a 5.7 HEMI V8 engine with 383 horsepower. It is also available as a crew cab with either a six or eight foot bed. The 2500 is offered in eight trim levels and with both 4×2 and 4×4 options available.

For those jobs that require a great deal of power, the auto maker offers the Dodge Ram 3500. With seven trim levels, a MSRP of $30,910 and a standard 5.7L HEMI V8, the 3500 also offers more powerful engine options. A 6.4L HEMI V8 is available as well as a 6.7L Cummins. Buyers can choose from six or eight foot beds as well as between a regular and crew cab.

A recall of just 159 Dodge Rams 1500s was issued so that the transmissions can be replaced by Chrysler. One of the suppliers used by Chrysler notified the auto maker that some of the transmissions in those particular Dodge Ram trucks could have difficulty shifting into park. Though Chrysler stated that it is unaware of any incidents related to this problem, it notified all 159 owners of the trucks built during 12 days of late January and early February 2014 of the issue.

 

Sprinter Van Info

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The car dealership that delivers quality and luxury inside every vehicle is going BLUE. BLUE is the new GREEN in the world of fuel economy, omission reduction, and optimization. All the qualities one will find in a new 2014-work van, the Splinter. The Splinter has the world’s cleanest and purest engines. The transmission use super high-grade efficiency sulfur diesel fuel.

Mercedes- Benz has done it again.The new work van comes complete with everything new and updated. Green technology, might be the inspiration behind Mercedes- Benz’s BlueEfficiency technology. Nevertheless, Blue is definitely the right color,

The 2014 Splinter van comes in two diesel engine and two transmission choices; a powerful OM642 V6 engine with a durable 5-speed transmission or an OM65-1 4 Cylinder engine with a 7-speed 7G Tronic transmission. Most engines and transmissions have withstood five million miles of rigorous testing in the most severe weather conditions.

The new Splinter is BlueEfficiency. BlueEfficiency technology is the signature of the Mercedes- Benz omission reduction and fuel saving innovations. What else does the BlueEfficiency represent for the Splinter?

Features and Specifications

  • Dual engine and transmission combination
  • Fuel efficiency alternator and fuel pump
  • 18% fuel economy savings
  • Eco friendly power steering pump
  • CO2 emissions for quality control
  • 27 miles per gallon
  • Priced under $50,000
  • Cargo space of 318 cubic feet
  • Luxury work van
  • 188 horsepower
  • Four unique packaging designs
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Lighted exit doors
  • Electrically heated windshield, steps and seats

The base price for the Splinter is only $35,920, and this is with a few options. To get the Splinter fully loaded with all the latest BlueEfficiency technology, plan to spend at least $48,275. When it comes to saving the economy and washing away a few carbon footprints. No other dealership goes the extra miles or put in the extra savings like Mercedes- Benz.

 

GMC 2500 and 2500HD Info

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Beauty meets brawn in the 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 2500HD. The Sierra is setting the standard for trucks with interior that combines convenience with comfort. This isn’t your grandpa’s pick-up truck!

Overview

The Sierra’s cabin has undergone some major overhauls to bring the driver and passengers a quieter, more comfortable ride. The finely crafted interior, from the contrasting stitching to the aluminum trim on the center console, steering wheel and instrument panel, give the interior an air of refinement.

The exterior of the Sierra 2500HD is equally impressive with almost two thirds of the cab crafted from iron tough steel. This helps keep the cabin quiet as well as keeps the occupants safe. Its sleek lines and polished chrome accents almost make you forget it’s a truck.

Starting MSRP

The starting MSRP for the Sierra 2500HD is $35,565 with the average around $36,248. A model with all the bells and whistles will run you about $39,400.

Features & Specs

The engine options for the GMC Sierra 2500HD trucks offer three outstanding choices: a 6.0 liter gas, a 6.0 liter gas/CNG V 8 and the Duramax 6.6 liter turbo diesel with the Allison tranny. The drivetrain is either a real wheel drive or 4 X 4. All models have a 6 speed automatic transmission and knock out a whopping 360 hp @ 5400 rpm and a trailering capacity of up to 13,000 pounds.

Reviews and Ratings

The reviews of the 2500HD have been quite favorable citing the luxury interior and chromed out, high fashion Denali trim. Of course performance is being praise, specifically the addition of Duramax turbo diesel which cranks out 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque. Overall, the verdict is beautiful truck, super quiet ride and the power of goliath. If you are looking for beauty and brawn, this just might be your truck.

Ford F-150 Features, Cost, Specs, Reviews and Recalls

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The Ford F-150 remains the most popular pickup truck model in the United States. It comes in a wide range of trim levels that start at $24,735. The venerable full-size truck seats a driver and two to five passengers. Although it can be difficult to park, this Ford vehicle is known for its powerful engine, high cargo capacity and luxury add-ons.

Major Features

Aside from A/C and an automatic transmission, the F-150’s basic trim offers few extras. It provides a two-band radio and a cloth bench seat. Drivers with enough cash may add a wide range of options. They include a rear-view camera, navigation system, high-end CD player, remote starter or leather seats. Four-wheel drive is also available.

Specifications

Ford offers four different engines for F-150 buyers; they range from 3.5 to 6.2 liters. With the right equipment, this pickup can tow a maximum of 11,300 pounds. It also carries cargo weighing up to 1.41 metric tons. Nevertheless, this power comes at a price. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that it travels about 13 to 21 MPG.

Recent Recalls

MotorTrend reports that the Ford F-150 has performed well in multiple crash tests. Still, it has also been the subject of at least one recall in the past few years. The manufacturer recalled over 1 million F-150s in August 2011, according to U.S. News and World Report. This recall affected pre-2005 trucks with problematic gas tank straps.

Ratings, Reviews

Reviews of the F-150 reveal how it has become so popular. Motor Trend rates the truck five stars, praising its towing capacity and optional features. Consumer reports applauds the pickup’s performance but calls its handling “clumsy” and criticizes the V6 engine’s dependability. Meanwhile, Cars.com users rate the F-150 an average of 4.7 stars.

GMC TopKick C4500 and C4500HD Specs

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The GMC TopKick C4500 and C4500HD

The TopKick, manufactured since 2005, weighs in at a whooping 11, 300 lbs, and is a true powerhouse. This truck was built for endurance, and for hauling nearly anything you can think of. It comes standard with a front axle hauling capability of 8,000 lbs and four-piston disc brakes, and a rear axle hauling capability of 13,500 lbs and two-piston disc brakes.

The TopKick is automatic four wheel drive, has a 6.6 liter turbo-diesel engine (an 8.1 liter V8 is also available) equipped with 32 valves, and has 300 horsepower at 3,000 rpm. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 14.4 seconds, and can go from 70 to 0 in just under 228 feet. Topping out at 75mph, the TopKick is built for hard labor, not for speed, but will have no problem keeping up with other cars on daily drives. A standard TopKick comes with an automatic Allison 1000 Series transmission.

The TopKick’s large 4 door luxury cab can seat 5, and comes with a list of added comforts, including think carpeting, leather seats that are each suspended on their own separate air bladder, and faux wood detailing. You and any passengers will have a magnificent view out the C4500’s panoramic windows, and plenty of space to move around. The TopKick is capable of hauling 5,000 pounds in its eight foot bed alone, and has a tight turning circle for easy maneuvering on the road and in parking lots.

While the mpg on TopKicks is low, 8 miles per gallon, the TopKick is not truly intended for leisurely drives, but for hauling large objects, such as buses, tractors, campers, etc. This vehicle is perfect for businesses specializing in waste removal, towing, hauling, or for farmers that regularly move livestock, farm equipment, or tools.

So what will a vehicle like this cost you? The base TopKick starts out at $70,000, and can climb to $90,000 with added features. Although it might seem expensive, that price is comparable to any “extra large” truck, and is even cheaper than a Hummer or Hummer 2. It will become an invaluable part of your business, and your life, and is sure to garner attention wherever you go.

Ford F-250 Info

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The Ford F 250 is a heavy duty pick up that is designed for both commercial and personal use. You will have the option of choosing from the five different trim options with this truck. There are several aspects of this vehicle to keep in mind.

Under the Hood

This truck has a turbodiesel V8 that comes in either a 6.2 or 6.7 liter option. The 6.7 liter pumps out an astonishing 400 horsepower with 800 lb/ft torque. You will find six speed automatic the only option with this vehicle. You have the option of front wheel or four wheel brakes with this vehicle also.

Cargo Info

The bed of the truck is 8’2″ long which should be enough for hauling most items. The maximum payload capacity is 4,240 pounds and it can haul weights of up to 16,800 pounds with the right trailer.

Inside the Cab

You will find a roomy cab that measures 6.8″ in the standard cab. This means there is plenty of room upfront as well as in the back for your passengers. However there are three different options for cabs so you can choose the right one for your needs. With commercial vehicles there are a number of different features that can be added on to make your job easier. One option if Crew Chief. This is sort of like a black box for your truck so you can know right where your workers are at in real time. It also monitors the safety of the vehicle, such as seat belt usage

As with all other Ford vehicles you will find Ford Sync which gives you a touchscreen display that you can to control the settings of your vehicle. This is also a great tool for automatically syncing your phone to the truck.