Top 5 Hacks for Your Ford Stereo System

The new Ford stereo system provides an exceptional audio experience, but you can make it even better with a few easy hacks. In this guide, we’ll discuss some different methods for improving the stereo system in your Ford so you can get the most from your vehicle as you travel the streets of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey.

Before we get started, it’s important to understand that any alteration to the stereo system, involving the removal, replacement, or manipulation of factory parts or system coding, can result in damage and void the vehicle warranty. For more information, contact our service team at the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos.

1.     Improve Sound Quality with a System Upgrade

Replacing the stereo system in your Ford can be a difficult and expensive process. With this stereo hack, you can enhance the sound quality in your vehicle by using a stereo add-on, such as the ones provided by Kicker.

Systems such as this use a processor/amp module that plugs into the stereo’s receiver and speakers. Once connected, a sophisticated computer program works to optimize the audio performance from the vehicle’s speakers. It also helps correct factory limitations and adds power for better sound throughout the vehicle.

2.     Make the SYNC System Apple-Friendly

Although the new Ford SYNC system supports virtually all Apple products, there was a time when that was only a dream. If you happen to drive one of those older Ford models, there’s an easy stereo system hack that allows you to connect your Apple iPad to the SYNC system.

On the vehicle’s head unit, go to Bluetooth devices and add device. Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPad. Click Sync and enter the code. Now you can enjoy streaming audio and more from your connected iPad through the Ford stereo system. If you need help, watch this video tutorial.

3.     Become a SYNC System Expert

One of the best hacks for your Ford stereo system is even really a hack at all. It’s a matter of fully understanding the SYNC system along with all its capabilities and customization options. Read the user’s guide and visit online Ford forums to learn more about the stereo system and how to use it.

If you don’t learn anything else, you’ll at least be able to use the stereo system faster and more effectively, making you a certified SYNC professional. Learn more about SYNC services by visiting the Ford website.

4.     Upgrade the Wiring System

The standard wiring system in your Ford is adequate for the proper operation of the vehicle. However, you can improve the electrical system and performance by upgrading three wires. Those wires include the ground wire from the battery, the ground wire from the engine, and the power wire from the alternator to the battery.

By installing larger gauge wires, you’ll help improve the performance of the Ford stereo system and other electrical systems in your vehicle. For more info, check out this post from JL Audio.

(Important: If you don’t have experience working with automotive electrical systems, this hack may not be right for you. Contact an authorized Ford dealer for help.)

5.     Develop an App

Techies of the world rejoiced when Ford announced that it was opening the Ford SYNC system to app developers. Previously only available to a selected few, now anyone with the interest and the time and develop and app and upload it to the SYNC system.

To get started, you’ll want to visit the Ford Developer Program website. There you’ll find the tools and the recourses you’ll need to make an awesome hack for your Ford stereo system. You could even earn some extra cash by entering into a developer challenge.

If you’d like more information about these Ford stereo system hacks or if you have any questions about the Ford manufacturer warranty, contact us at the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos, serving the Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey area.

Tips for Cleaning your Taillights

Taillights need regular cleaning not only to remove the loose dirt but also remove the grime, caused by oxidation, that accumulates over time. The grime causes the cloudiness or yellow haze on your lights. Whereas removing the loose dirt can be done by simply using a damp cloth, removing the caked-on grime is a more difficult task requiring specialized care. Below is a look at the various steps you need to follow to clean and restore your taillights.

How to Clean and Restore Your Taillights

Step 1: Sanding Sanding refers to the use of sandpaper to abrasively remove dirt and grime and at the same time create a uniform surface on your taillights or headlights. Sanding also restores surfaces that have endured scratches and sandblasting for prolonged periods. For the best results, you should perform both dry and wet sanding in multiple stages as below.

  • 300 grit: You should begin sanding with this low-grade sandpaper since it’s quite rough and therefore ideal for removing rock belts, dips, flaws, and major dings on the outside surface of your taillights. You should dry sand first for about 10 minutes and then wet sand for about 20 minutes.
  • 400 grit: Sanding with 400 grit, though not necessary, is recommended, as it tails away any marks left by the 300 grit, leaving you with a smoother finish. It also cuts down on the amount of time required to fine-sand the surface. You should dry and then wet sand for approximately 15 minutes.
  • 600 grit: Sandpaper with 600-grit grade is neutral (ie, neither coarse nor smooth). Therefore, sanding at this stage is ideal for creating a uniform sand and smoothing the entire taillight surface. For this stage, you need to perform wet sanding only.
  • 800 grit: Any sandpaper grade higher than 600 grit is ideal for smooth sanding. Using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe the surface to remove excess residue generated from the 600 grit sanding. Uniformly wet sand the surface for about an hour or until the yellow haze on the surface disappears.
  • 1200 grit (and higher): The higher sandpaper grits are ideal for pre-finalizing the surface, making it ready for application of polish hardening compound. You should only wet sand using water and plastic cleaner.

Step 2: Polishing Polish gives your taillights a sparkling, brand-new look. The type of polish you use will depend on the type of surface (ie, whether the taillights are made of plastic or glass). Other than commercial polish, you can use common homemade ingredients such as baking soda to give your lights a microscopic scrub. Step 3: Waxing/Buffing Glass/plastic polish creates a secondary hard coat on the surface that seals the microscopic pores to prevent dirt and moisture from accumulating on your taillights. Applying wax and/or buffer offers protection to the coat created by the polish.

Tips for Keeping Your Taillights and Headlights Clean

1. Remove caked-on grime: Use a degreaser to remove any grime from the surface of your taillights. Degreasing agents are effective for cleansing the grime that accumulates both on the inside and outside of your lights. 2. Avoid condensation/oxidation: The grime on the inside of your taillights is caused by moisture leaking into the light assembly, mixing with dirt, and condensing. For this reason, you should take steps to avoid moisture leakage, such as sealing the taillights using Teflon tape. On the other hand, you must ensure that your lights are completely dry after cleaning before reassembling and fixing them on your car. For assistance with cleaning your taillights, contact Norm Reeves Ford Superstore in Cerritos, CA, today.