How-To Videos

Take a look at our series of useful videos. They’re all designed to help you learn more about your Ford and get the most out of it. 

How to adjust the speed of your windscreen wipers

From a sudden splash to a continuous soaking, water on your windscreen can really affect your visibility and, therefore, your safety. That’s why it’s important to know how to adjust the speed of your wipers (and rain sensing wipers) so you can clear your windscreen quickly and efficiently. 

  •  The wiper controls are on a stalk, next to your steering wheel. 
  • You can operate the controls with your finger. So you don’t have to take your hand off the wheel. 
  • Move the stalk up and down. You’ll feel it click into three different positions. 
  • TOP TIP: Don’t test the wipers on a dry windscreen: it can damage the blades and scratch the glass. 
  • Position 1: In this neutral position, the wipers are ‘off’.
  • Position 2: ‘Bounce’ the stalk down once and the wipers will make a single swipe. This is useful if you get a sudden splash of water on the screen.
  • Position 3: From the ‘off’ position, push the stalk up one notch. It will click and stay in place. 
  • The wipers will wipe intermittently to a set timing. 
  • Position 4: Push the stalk up to the next notch. 
  • The wipers will now swipe continuously.
  • Position 5: Push the stalk up as far as it will go. 
  • The wipers will work at high speed.
  • If you set the wipers to work intermittently, you can change their tempo. 
  • On the wiper stalk, you’ll find a dial. 
  • Turn it up to set a shorter interval between each wipe.
  • Turn it down to set a longer interval between each wipe.  
  • Now for your rear wiper.
  • Pull the stalk towards you. The washer and wiper will work together.

After one wash and wipe, the wiper will pause. It will then wipe one more time to clear the window. That’s how easy it is to adjust the speed of your windscreen wipers. But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to locate your towing eye

If you need to know how to find your towing eye and locate your recovery hook, look no further than this short video.

Whether you’re towing, or being towed, it’s important you do it properly. Here’s how:

  • First get your recovery hook from the boot.
  • If your vehicle has a spare tyre, the recovery hook is in a tray underneath.
  • If your vehicle doesn’t have a spare tyre, you’ll find it in the tool tray.
  • Go to the front of your car to find the towing eye cover.
  • Pop off the cover by pushing it firmly on one side.
  • Locate the recovery hook into the hole and turn it anti-clockwise. It must be fully tightened so it doesn’t come loose.
  • Your vehicle is now ready to be towed.
  • There’s a rear towing point, too.
  • By the rear bumper, you’ll find a panel. The panel will be firmly fixed. But it can be removed by hand. 
  • TOP TIP: Don’t use tools to remove the panel. You may damage your car’s bodywork or break the fixings.
  • Behind the removable panel you’ll find the recovery hook.

IMPORTANT

  • You must switch the ignition on when vehicle is being towed.
  • Do not exceed 62mph (100km/h).
  • You must carry the recovery hook in your vehicle at all times.

That’s how easy it is to find and use your recovery hook and towing eye. 

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to demist your car’s windows

If you want to remove condensation on the inside of your windows, watch this short video. In just a few minutes, everything will become perfectly clear.

Steamed up windows. Foggy windows. Misted up windows. Condensation on the inside of your windows… 

Whatever you call the problem, this video can help you solve it.

Follow the simple, step-by-step instructions and you’ll soon become a skilled steamy window clearer.

  • First, make sure your engine’s running so the heating and ventilation systems work.
  • Does your Ford have a MAX button on your heating and ventilation controls? If so, you can switch everything on at once. 
  • The display on your dashboard shows it’s working. 
  • If your car doesn’t have a MAX button, no problem. You can demist the windows manually. 
  • Turn the fan to full power.
  • Now turn the temperature to the highest setting.
  • Next, turn the air conditioning on.
  • This starts circulating the air and helps remove moisture. 
  • Make sure you turn off ‘Recirc’.
  • This directs condensation to the outside of your vehicle. 
  • TOP TIP: Open your windows slightly to help with airflow.
  • Make sure the air distribution is pointing to the windscreen.
  • You can also set the fan to blow air towards you. 
  • Using this setting, you can point the air vents at the side windows. This will help clear them, too. 
  • If your rear window is fogged, simply switch on the heated rear window.

TO SUM UP:

  • Put your heater on full blast. 
  • Put your AC ON.
  • Turn your ‘recirc’ OFF.
  • Open the windows slightly.

That’s how easy it is to demist the inside of your windows.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to adjust your driving seat and steering wheel

Tall? Short? Medium sized? Find out how to adjust your driver’s seat and steering wheel so they’re perfectly suited to you.

For your comfort and safety, it’s important to set your driving position and steering wheel rake correctly. Here’s how to do it:

  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and the ignition’s off.
  • Grip the steering wheel and sit upright. 
  • Push your bottom to the back of the seat, against the backrest. 
  • Reach under the seat for a lever. 
  • Pull it up to move the seat forwards and backwards. 
  • In the right position, you should be able to push the clutch down. 
  • Your legs and arms should be slightly bent. 
  • Comfortable? Released the lever? Then rock backwards and forwards slightly. 
  • TOP TIP: You’ll probably hear a click when the seat locks safely into place. You’ll feel it, too.
  • Now check the backrest.
  • Put your wrist on top of the steering wheel. 
  • Your shoulders should be touching the backrest. If they’re not, you need to change the angle.   
  • On the side of the seat you’ll find a dial. Turn this to change the angle of the backrest.
  • Don’t recline the seat back more than 30 degrees.
  • TOP TIP: For your safety, it’s best to have around 25cm between your breastbone and the airbag cover.  
  • When that’s right, you need to adjust the seat height. 
  • There’s a lever on the side of the seat. Pull or press to change the height of the seat.
  • Again, you should be able to reach the pedals. And when you can see clearly ahead, you’re in the right position.
  • Next, check the height and reach of your steering wheel.
  • Under the steering column, there’s a lever. 
  • Pull it down to release the lock.
  • Now move the wheel up or down. 
  • The top should be about level with your shoulders. 
  • You can move the wheel towards or away from you. 
  • In the right position, you can rest your wrists on it.
  • When everything’s set correctly, use the lever to lock the steering column.
  • Finally, time to adjust the head restraint.
  • To change the height, press and hold the locking button. 
  • The top should be about level with the top of your head.

DOS AND DON’TS

  • Don’t recline the seatback too far or you’ll be in the wrong position.
  • Do always sit upright against the seatback with your feet flat on the floor.

That’s how easy it is to adjust your driving seat position and the rake of your steering wheel.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to deactivate your front passenger airbag

Baby on board? Carrying them in a rear facing child seat? Then learn how to turn off your front passenger airbag to help keep them safe.

You may need to deactivate the front passenger airbag when you’re travelling with a rear facing child seat.

You’ll find a useful reminder sticker behind the front passenger visor. But DO NOT deactivate the front passenger airbag if you’re using a front facing child seat.

Here’s what to look out for and how to turn off the airbag:

  • In some vehicles, the deactivation switch is in the glovebox. In others, it’s on the end of the instrument panel by the passenger door. 
  • If the switch is in the glovebox, look for the deactivation lock.
  • Insert your car key. Turn it until the white mark points to the ‘off’ position.
  • Close the glovebox. And from the driver’s seat, turn on the ignition.
  • Check your dashboard. The airbag deactivation warning symbol should illuminate.
  • When you’ve finished carrying your child in the front seat, ALWAYS reactivate the front passenger airbag.

IMPORTANT: 

  • You must switch the airbag OFF when using a rearward facing child seat on the front seat.
  • You must switch the airbag ON when you are not using a child seat on the front seat.

That’s how easy it is to deactivate your front passenger airbag.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to use your car’s child locks

Baby on board? Carrying them in a rear facing child seat? Then learn how to turn off your front passenger airbag to help keep them safe.

You may need to deactivate the front passenger airbag when you’re travelling with a rear facing child seat.

You’ll find a useful reminder sticker behind the front passenger visor. But DO NOT deactivate the front passenger airbag if you’re using a front facing child seat.

Here’s what to look out for and how to turn off the airbag:

  • In some vehicles, the deactivation switch is in the glovebox. In others, it’s on the end of the instrument panel by the passenger door. 
  • If the switch is in the glovebox, look for the deactivation lock.
  • Insert your car key. Turn it until the white mark points to the ‘off’ position.
  • Close the glovebox. And from the driver’s seat, turn on the ignition.
  • Check your dashboard. The airbag deactivation warning symbol should illuminate.
  • When you’ve finished carrying your child in the front seat, ALWAYS reactivate the front passenger airbag.

IMPORTANT: 

  • You must switch the airbag OFF when using a rearward facing child seat on the front seat.
  • You must switch the airbag ON when you are not using a child seat on the front seat.

That’s how easy it is to deactivate your front passenger airbag.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to maximise space in your 5-seat C-MAX

With C-MAX, you don’t have to be an origami expert to fold the seats. Or a champion weightlifter to remove them. In this video, you’ll see why.

Thanks to an ingenious seating system, you can reconfigure the space in your C-MAX to carry almost any load. This is how to do it:

  • First, remove both parts of the luggage cover and push the head restraints to their lowest positions.
  • Remove the seatbelts from the belt guides. Then separate the seatbelt from the buckle and secure it in the seatbelt holder.
  • Gently push the buckles into the seat and pull the side lever to fold each seat flat.
  • WHEN FOLDING OR UNFOLDING THE SEATS, TAKE CARE NOT TO GET YOUR FINGERS CAUGHT.
  • Lift the lower bar to release each seat from the floor and tip them forward.
  • All three seats can be folded independently of one another.
  • To secure the seats in place, pull out the bungee cords and attach them to the front head restraints.
  • For even more space, the rear seats can be removed completely.
  • First detach the bungee cords. Angle the seat at roughly 45° and push down both red levers to open the locking mechanism.
  • THE REAR SEATS ARE HEAVY. TO AVOID INJURY, TAKE CARE WHEN LIFTING THE SEATS.
  • To put the seat back just reverse the process.
  • Lift the red levers up and check the jaws are fully open.
  • Line the seat up with the locks, then click it back in place.
  • Now push both red levers up to secure the seat.
  • MAKE SURE THE SEATS ARE FULLY ENGAGED IN THE LATCHES. 
  • Before folding them down, depress the lower bar underneath each seat and check the latches are in the extended position.
  • Push each seat back in place. Then, pull the levers to lift each seat back up.

That’s how to maximise space in your 5-seat Ford C-MAX.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to pair your phone with SYNC 3

To make calls and use other features of SYNC 3, you’ll need to pair your phone

Here’s how to do it

First make sure the ignition’s switched on…

…the car in is neutral, and the handbrake’s on

Activate your phone’s Bluetooth®

Touch ‘Phone’ in your settings menu

Press ‘Pair Phone’

You can also press ‘Voice Control’ to instruct SYNC to Pair phone’

It will ask you to search for SYNC 3 on your device

Once you find it, select it

 

TOP TIP

If your phone supports ‘Simple Secured Pairing’, the number on your phone will match the one on the screen.

You just need to confirm this

Next, press ‘Pair’ on your phone

Then press ‘Yes’

Alternatively: enter the four-digit code displayed on your screen into your phone… then press ‘Pair’

You’ll see a ‘Pairing Successful’ message

Finally, if Emergency Assistance isn’t already set, the system will ask if you want to turn it on

All done. You’ve successfully paired your phone with SYNC 3

 

Any questions?

Check your Owner’s Manuals or contact your Ford Dealer, they’ll be happy to help.

How to use new features in SYNC 3

First make sure the ignition’s switched on…

…the car in in neutral, and the handbrake’s on

A new colour touchscreen displays phone and audio features

You can also ‘swipe’ and ‘pinch to zoom’

A redesigned main menu bar makes things easy

And when the bar goes below the display screen, press ‘Controls’ to make it reappear

Voice Control is easier and more natural.

For example, you might be listening to the radio. But if you want to play from a USB…

…press Voice Control

Then say: ‘‘Play USB’’.

You can also ask to play a specific song title, artist, album, genre, or playlist

 

TOP TIP

It sounds obvious, but make sure your USB device is connected

Navigation finds destinations quicker. There’s a predictive entry feature…

…and it remembers the places you search

You can receive software updates via Wi-Fi networks

And AppLink gives you hands-free access to smartphone apps

Now you know how to enjoy all the new features of SYNC 3

 

Any questions?

Check your Owner’s Manuals or contact your Ford Dealer, they’ll be happy to help

How to use AppLink on SYNC 3

With AppLink, you can control compatible smartphone apps using SYNC 3 voice commands

Here’s how

First: Make sure the ignition’s switched on…

... the car in is neutral, and the handbrake’s on

Then:
 

  1. Make sure Bluetooth® is on
  2. Your smartphone is paired and connected
  3. Any apps you want to access are downloaded onto the device

 

TOP TIP

You can connect your phone via Bluetooth®

However, some devices will require a USB connection

Select the app you want on the touchscreen

You’ll be asked if you want to enable mobile apps and accept the data usage. Charges may apply

Press ‘Yes’ and your app will open

You can also select an app by pressing ‘Voice Control’ and saying the name of the app. For example, “Ford Pass”.

Once connected, use voice commands to control the app’s features. 

To stop your app, just press ‘Voice Control’ again and say, “Close Ford Pass”.

 

TOP TIP

If SYNC 3 doesn’t recognise an app, try closing and restarting the application

With most phones, apps should appear once restarted.

For Android, press ‘Connect Mobile Apps’, or use the voice command ‘Find applications’.

Not sure how to use AppLink? Press ‘Voice Control’ and say, ‘Mobile applications help’.

 

TOP TIP

Check our online app catalogue on your local Ford website Download AppLink enabled apps via our mobile app catalogue

That’s how to use SYNC 3 with AppLink.

 

Any questions?

Search Owner’s Manual or contact your local Ford Dealer, they’ll be happy to help.

How to get directions with SYNC 3

With SYNC 3, it’s easy to get clear directions to any destination.

Plus, you can search for places of interest along the way.

Here’s how.

First, make sure you’re parked with the handbrake on or in neutral

Then select ‘Nav’ on the home screen to enter map view

‘Destination’ offers several ways to input a destination

For example, you can ‘search’ by street address…

…or select from ‘Previous destinations’,

‘Favourites’, or ‘Places of interest’

You can also enter your destination using voice commands.

Press ‘Search’, input an address, then press ‘Start’ to begin directions

You can also search by category for places of interest.

Just use voice commands or the touchscreen

For instance, choose ‘Food’ on the touchscreen, or say: “Find food”.

Select ‘Nearby’, and SYNC 3 will show a list of local restaurants

Touch the one you want, then press ‘Set as new destination’

You can also set waypoints as stops along your route

Follow the same steps you took to set a destination, then press ‘Add Waypoint’.

Or press ‘Voice Control’ and say “Set as waypoint”.

To cancel a route, touch ‘Menu’ then select ‘Cancel route’

Alternatively, press ‘Voice Control’ and say: “cancel route”.

To change the map view, select ‘True North’, ‘Forward orientation’ or ‘Enhanced 3D’

With voice commands you can say things like “show 3D map view”.

That’s how to get directions with SYNC 3 Navigation.

 

Any questions?

Search Owner’s Manual or contact your local Ford Dealer, they’ll be happy to help

How to use Navigation on SYNC 3

With SYNC 3 Navigation, you can get to any destination or place of interest quickly and easily

Here’s how

First, make sure you’re parked with the handbrake on or in neutral

Use touchscreen or voice-activated commands to input destinations

SYNC 3 remembers the places you search

There’s a predictive entry feature

Most navigation functions can be controlled with voice commands too.

Say, “Show map” and you’ll see your current location on screen

Or say “Show route” to see your chosen route

You can also access 3D mapping via the 'Map view' button

Or press 'Voice Control' and say, “Show 3D”

With intuitive voice recognition, addresses can be spoken more naturally

Can’t remember the whole name of a place of interest?

For instance, say “Find POI” then “Victoria Museum” (instead of ‘Victoria and Albert Museum’) and SYNC 3 knows what you mean.

For more guidance, press ‘Voice Control’ and say, “navigation help”.

So there you have it: a brief overview of SYNC 3 Navigation.

 

Any questions?

Search Owner’s Manual or contact your local Ford Dealer, they’ll be happy to help

How to update your SYNC 3

You need your car parked with the handbrake on or in neutral

First, enable the system to receive automatic updates

Select ‘Settings’ on the home screen.

Under ‘General Settings’ select ‘Automatic System Updates’.

Slide the button to ‘On’

SYNC 3 will ask if you want to receive system updates.

Select ‘Yes’ and you’ll see a confirmation screen

Press ‘Close’ to return to the home-screen.

You now need to connect to Wi-Fi

SYNC 3 will search for available networks

Alternatively, you can activate Wi-Fi manually

From the settings menu, swipe left to select the Wi-Fi icon

Slide the Wi-Fi button to ‘On’

Now press ‘View Available Networks’

Select the network you want to connect to

You may need to enter a password.

Want SYNC 3 to notify you as other networks become available? 

Just slide the Wi-Fi notification button to ‘On’

SYNC 3 will now check for software updates. It’ll download any when connected to a Wi-Fi network. 

Whenever an update has completed, a ‘System Updated’ icon and message appears. 

Select this to find out more about the update

 

Any questions?

Check your Owner’s Manuals or contact your Ford Dealer, they’ll be happy to help.

How to enable Android Auto on SYNC 3

With Android Auto, you can control your smart phone apps using SYNC 3

Here’s how to set it up:

You need your car parked with the handbrake on or in neutral

Press the ‘Settings’ icon in the Feature Bar.

Press ‘Android Auto Preferences’

Choose ‘Enable Android Auto’.

Plug your smartphone into a USB port.

 

TOP TIP

Your phone must be compatible with SYNC 3 and be running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. You also need the latest version of the Android Auto app downloaded on your phone.

You’ll see a pop-up message on your SYNC 3 touchscreen.

Press ‘Continue’

Press ‘Agree’ to accept the terms and conditions.

Data charges may apply.

Accept the terms and conditions on your phone

You might see another pop-up asking to enable Emergency Assist.

 

TOP TIP

After the initial setup, your phone will connect to Android Auto automatically when plugged into a USB port.

Now you can access phone, text messages, music, Google Maps and more.

To make calls, use the voice activation button… and talk to Google, just like on your phone

That’s it. You can now enjoy Android Auto with SYNC 3

 

Any questions?

Check your Owner’s Manuals or contact your Ford Dealer, they’ll be happy to help.

How to open & close your bonnet correctly

There’s an art to opening and closing a bonnet the right way. And by the end of this short video, you’ll have learnt it.

You’ll need to open your bonnet to check things like washer fluid and oil. Here’s how to do it properly:

  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and the ignition’s turned off. 
  • Let your engine cool for about 10 minutes. 
  • Reach under the dash and pull the lever. 
  • The bonnet will pop open.
  • Lift the bonnet slightly and feel the release catch, then slide it to the left.
  • Lift the bonnet fully, then prop it up safely.
  • TOP TIP: Don’t open your bonnet in a high wind.
  • Time to put the bonnet down? 
  • Hold it up with one hand, release the strut with the other. 
  • Let the bonnet down, then about 30 cm from the body, drop it to lock it. 
  • TOP TIP: Don’t push the bonnet down to lock it: you might dent your lovely car.

That’s how easy it is to open and close your bonnet.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to check & top up your oil level

Checking your car’s oil level and topping it up. When you’ve watched this video, you’ll be able to do it standing on your head. 

Engine oil is essential to keeping your car running smoothly and efficiently. Here’s how to check it.

  • Before you start, you’ll need a lint free cloth and the correct engine oil for your car.
  • It’s good to have oil at the ready: in your boot or at home. 
  • If the oil level’s low, you’ll see a warning symbol on your dashboard. If you do, pull over and stop somewhere safe. Or drive to the nearest petrol station.
  • Park on flat ground. You’ll get a more accurate oil level reading.
  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and your ignition’s off.
  • Wait around 10 minutes for the engine to cool. Then open your bonnet.
  • Reach under the dash and pull the lever. 
  • The bonnet will pop open.
  • Lift the bonnet slightly and feel the release catch. Slide it to the left.
  • Lift the bonnet fully, then prop it up safely.
  • TOP TIP: Don’t open your bonnet in a high wind.
  • Look inside the engine bay for the dipstick. 
  • It has a brightly coloured handle.
  • Pull the dipstick out, then wipe it on a lint free cloth so the end is oil free. 
  • TOP TIP: Use disposable gloves if you can.
  • Push the dipstick back: all the way in. Pull it out again and look closely at the end.
  • You’ll see two notches. These indicate the minimum level and the maximum level. The right amount is somewhere between the two.
  • Is the oil at the minimum level? You’ll need to put more in, immediately. 
  • TOP TIP: If you haven’t got oil with you, don’t drive off. Walk to get some or call for roadside assistance.
  • To top up your oil, uncrew the filler cap. It’s marked with the same symbol as your dashboard. 
  • Slowly pour in some oil using a funnel to help avoid spillages.
  • TOP TIP: To avoid overfilling, pour in small amounts of oil at a time. 
  • Keep checking the level with the dipstick.
  • When you’re finished, screw the cap back on firmly. Now close the bonnet. 
  • Hold it up with one hand and release the strut with the other. 
  • Tuck the strut back out of the way. Let the bonnet down, then about 30 cm from the body, drop it to lock it. 
  • TOP TIP: Don’t push the bonnet down to lock it: you might dent your lovely car.
  • Finally, just check the bonnet is flush to the body.

That’s how easy it is to check and top up your oil. 

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

IMPORTANT

The wrong oil could invalidate your warranty. So always use oil recommended for your car. 

Do not remove the filler cap when the engine is running.

Do not add oil further than the maximum mark.

Oil levels above the maximum mark may cause engine damage.

Soak up any spillages immediately with an absorbent cloth.

How to check and refill your washer fluid

Whatever drops, flops or plops onto your windscreen, you need washer fluid to clear it. Learn how to check you’ve always got enough.

Washer fluid helps keep your windscreen clear. So to help you stay safer when you’re driving, make sure you have enough.

  • Always keep some washer fluid handy. 
  • TOP TIP: High quality fluid won’t freeze. It’s better at cleaning, too. 
  • Stop safely when you can, put the handbrake on then switch off the ignition.
  • For your safety, wait around 10 minutes for the engine to cool. 
  • Now you can open the bonnet.
  • Reach down under the dash, pull the lever and the bonnet will pop open.
  • Lift the bonnet slightly. Feel the release catch and slide it to the left.
  • Lift the bonnet fully, then prop it up safely.
  • TOP TIP: Don’t open your bonnet in a high wind.
  • Look for the washer reservoir. Flip the lid open and carefully pour in the fluid. 
  • Fill the reservoir until it reaches the top, then push the lid back on firmly.
  • Time to put the bonnet down? 
  • Hold it up with one hand, release the strut with the other. 
  • Let the bonnet down, then about 30 cm from the body, drop it to lock it. 
  • TOP TIP: Don’t push the bonnet down to lock it: you might dent your lovely car.
  • Now test the washers. Press the end of the wiper stalk to check the front. 
  • Then pull the stalk towards you to check the rear. 
  • TOP TIP: The reservoir supplies front and rear washers. If it’s empty, don’t operate the system. 
  • Are the nozzles spraying fluid in the right places?
  • If not, they’re easy to adjust by hand: use a needle.
  • TOP TIP: You can use a needle to clear a blockage, too. 

That’s how easy it is to check and refill your washer fluid.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to change the bulb in your headlights

Q: How many Ford drivers does it take to change a lightbulb? A: One. And that’s you. Learn how to change a front light bulb like a professional.

If a bulb fails on your Ford, it’s more than just annoying: it can compromise your safety. 

So, being able to change a bulb in your main beam, dip beam or indicator light is a valuable skill. And in this step-by-step guide you’ll learn it. 

How to change a headlight bulb? By the end of this short video, you’ll be able to do it like a pro. 

Before you start, you’ll need a Torx Tx30 screwdriver. A standard flat-head screwdriver will also work. You’ll need a Ph2 Phillips screwdriver, too.

  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and your ignition’s off. 
  • For your safety, wait around 10 minutes for the engine to cool down. This allows for the fan to stop working, too.
  • Now open the bonnet. And make sure you secure it safely with the strut.
  • Go to the light you need to fix. Find the first screw at the front.
  • TOP TIP: Use your fingers to gently lift the surrounding plastic trim up. This makes it easier to remove the screw.
  • Undo the screw with your Phillips screwdriver.
  • Next, undo the second screw at the front with your Torx screwdriver.
  • TOP TIP: To avoid losing or dropping your tools, put them in the air vent tray by the windscreen.
  • Finally, undo the screw at the back.
  • Carefully pull the light up and off the white mounting point clip. 
  • At the back, there’s an electrical connector.
  • Squeeze the clips and pull it out.
  • Now, the light will come completely away.
  • TOP TIP: To protect your paintwork, ask someone to hold the headlamp for you.
  • Place the headlamp carefully on a flat, secure surface.
  • You’ll see three bulb covers
  • The MAIN BEAM is the middle one. It has a large rubber cover.
  • Pull off the cover. 
  • Remove the electrical connector.
  • Turn the bulb anti-clockwise to remove it.
  • Screw the new bulb in clockwise to secure it. 
  • TOP TIP: Try not to touch the glass. Fingerprints can shorten the life of the bulb.
  • Put the electrical connector back on. And reposition the rubber cover.
  • Now remove the DIP BEAM cover.
  • Remove the electrical connector. Squeeze both sides and pull the connector off. 
  • Now remove the bulb through the connector.
  • TOP TIP: Your Ford Dealer can supply the bulb that’s right for your vehicle.
  • Push the new bulb on to the connector.
  • Now, put the electrical connector back in place. You’ll feel it click into position. 
  • Replace the rubber cover.
  • Now for the INDICATOR.
  • Take the grey cover off, by turning it anti clockwise.
  • Twist the electrical connector anti-clockwise.
  • Put the new bulb into the electrical connector and put it back in the main unit.
  • To put the lighting unit back in, reposition the headlamp unit. Make sure it goes under the bumper tab.
  • Push the main connector back in until it clicks. 
  • Carefully align the headlamp with the bodywork.
  • Gently push it into position.
  • Now put the screws back in. Start with the two Torx screws. 
  • The final screw is the Phillips one. You should have the screw slightly out.
  • Pop the whole fitting into the hole.
  • Gently screw it all the way in.
  • Close the bonnet.
  • TOP TIP: If you’re uncertain about your headlight alignment, your Ford Dealer will check it for you.

That’s how easy it is to change a bulb in your Ford’s front lights. But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to change a bulb in your rear lights

Need to change a bulb in your brake light, reversing light or indicator light? Follow this short video tutorial and you’ll soon know how. 

Your car’s REAR LIGHTS are essential for visibility. So here’s how to change a bulb if its stopped working. 

  • Before you start, you’ll need a Torx Tx30 screwdriver.
  • First make sure your handbrake’s on and your ignition’s off.
  • Open the boot by pressing the release button and take off the shelf latches.
  • Lift up the parcel shelf to remove it. 
  • Now, remove the two screws with the Torx screwdriver.
  • The light unit will feel loose. But there’s still a wingnut to remove.
  • Fold the side carpet back.
  • Now you can get inside the bodywork. Here you’ll find the wingnut.
  • Loosen the wingnut with your hands, then pull the light unit away.
  • See the electrical connector? To remove it, squeeze the clips and pull it towards you.
  • Place the whole rear light carefully on a flat, secure surface.
  • First, here’s how to change the BRAKE LIGHT.
  • To remove the bulb, turn the grey plastic holder anti-clockwise. 
  • Turn the bulb a quarter turn to release it.
  • Just reverse the process to put a new bulb in. 
  • Now the REVERSING LIGHT. It’s the middle one.
  • Turn the unit anti-clockwise and pull the connector out. 
  • Lift out the old bulb.
  • Line the new bulb up. Push it in until it clicks into place.
  • Now put the electrical connector back in.
  • Next, the INDICATOR.
  • Turn the grey indicator anti-clockwise and pull it out.
  • Then, remove the bulb by turning it anti-clockwise.
  • Just reverse the process to put a new bulb in. 
  • Time to put the whole light back in.
  • First reattach the electrical connector.
  • Align the light unit with the body.
  • Gently push the whole unit in.
  • Reach inside the bodywork to put the wing nut back on.
  • Put the two screws back in.
  • Gently push the side carpet back into place.
  • And put the parcel shelf back on.
  • Finally, put the remaining clips back in, and shut the boot.

That’s how easy it is to change a bulb in your Ford’s brake light, reversing light and indicator.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to check your front and rear lights

It’s easy to check the front and rear lights on your Ford… when you know how. Watch the video and you’ll soon be an expert light checker.

The lights on your Ford are essential for visibility. So, it’s important you check them regularly to make sure they’re working properly.

But the question is: how DO you check your car’s lights?

If you’re not sure, this video provides you with all the answers. 

With easy to follow steps and ‘TOP TIPs’ along the way, you’ll quickly learn how to operate and check all your car’s main lights, including: brake lights, fog lights, hazard lights, front lights, rear lights and number plate lights, plus your running lights and instrument panel lights.

HOW TO CHECK YOUR LIGHTS

  • Turn your ignition key to enable the electrics. You don't need a running engine to check your lights.
  • Make sure the light switch is in the off position
  • Turn it one ‘click’ to the right. 
  • Now, your running lights, instrument panel lights, number plate lights and rear lights should be lit up.
  • A light on the dash confirms that they’re on. For a guide to symbols on your dashboard, just check your Owner’s Manual.
  • TOP TIP: Get someone to help you. You can operate the lights whilst they check they’re working.
  • Walk around the car and check each light.
  • Tap each lamp to help detect any loose electrical connections.
  • Also check for moisture inside the lights.
  • If you spot any excess water, have your lights checked by your local Ford Dealer. 
  • Now turn the dial one more ‘click’. This puts on your dipped bulbs.
  • You’ll see a light on the dash showing they’re on.
  • Go to the front of your car to check they’re working.
  • Next test your fog lights. Press the front and back fog light buttons.
  • Visually check the fog lights, front and back.
  • Next, check your front lights, both high and low beam.
  • For a single, high beam flash pull the stalk towards the steering wheel.
  • To stay on high beam click it forward.
  • You’ll see a ‘high beam’ icon illuminate on your dash.
  • Go to the front of your car to visually check the high beams.
  • To check your indicator lights, push the stalk up or down.
  • You’ll see a flashing light on the dash to show they’re working: left and right.
  • TOP TIP: Put on your hazard warning lights. This way you can visually check all indicators in one go.
  • Don’t forget the lights on your wing mirrors.
  • If any indicators stay on, or flash very quickly, you may need a new bulb.
  • To check the brake lights, you’ll need some help.
  • Press the brake pedal whilst someone else checks they come on.
  • Don’t forget your high-level brake light (this will be above your car’s rear windscreen), or your reversing lights.
  • TOP TIP: If you don’t have a helper, park next to something reflective. A wall or garage door will do.

That’s how easy it is to check your Ford’s lights. But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to change your wiper blades

In just a few minutes, you could become a replacement-wiper-blades-fitting-wizard. Learn how in this short video. 

For your safety, your wipers need to be in the best condition. Here’s how to check and replace them: 

  • First, turn on your ignition. Your engine doesn’t need to be running.
  • Next turn on your wipers. When they’re upright, turn them off. 
  • Now turn off your ignition.
  • Pull up the wiper stalk and wipe the blades with a damp cloth.
  • To check the blades, run your fingers along the window facing edge. 
  • If the blades feel rough or hard, they need to be replaced.
  • TOP TIP: Are your wipers juddering, squeaking, or not clearing your windscreen properly? If so, then they need replacing.
  • TOP TIP: Buy the recommended wiper blades from your Ford Parts Dealer and they’ll fit them free of charge. 
  • To remove the old blade, hold it by the connector, press the locking button and pull the old wiper out.
  • TOP TIP: While the blade’s off, put a cloth under the stalk. This can help prevent your windscreen getting scratched.
  • Putting a new blade on is easy: just follow the removal instructions in reverse.
  • Push the new blade into the stalk. The locking button ‘clicks’ when it’s in the right position. 
  • Now for the rear…
  • Hold the stalk and end of the blade firmly. Twist and snap the blade out. It’s normal for this to take some effort!
  • To fit a new blade, start by holding the top of the stalk. 
  • Position the blade correctly, then click it in with your thumbs.

That’s how easy it is to change your wiper blades.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to clean your alloy wheels

You only need two things to keep your alloy wheels clean: the right cleaning products and a little bit of elbow grease. Discover how best to use them both.

If you want to keep your alloy wheels looking great, you need to keep them clean. Here’s how to do it:

  • First, make sure the ignition’s turned off and give your wheels time to cool.
  • Using soapy water and a soft sponge, wash off the worst of the dirt.
  • TOP TIP. Industrial cleaners are a real ‘no-no’. Use a shampoo made for the job.
  • Use a tyre brush to reach between the spokes. Or an old toothbrush will do. 
  • For tar spots, use a tar removing spray. 
  • Now, jet wash or hose away any remaining grime.
  • A tyre cleaner will help keep your tyres looking their best, too.
  • Finally, dry everything with a soft cloth or chamois leather.

That’s how easy it is to clean your alloy wheels.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to check your tyre tread

Learn how to become an expert tyre tread checker with our handy video guide.

Your tyres are the only parts of your car that touch the road. So it’s vital they have the right amount of tread. But if you’re not sure how to check your tyre tread depth, this is how to do it:

  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and the ignition’s off.
  • Turn the steering to full lock for full view of the tyre.
  • On the sidewall, look for ‘TWI’ (Tread Wear Indicator). 
  • TOP TIP: Some manufacturers use different symbols, so always check.
  • Above TWI, you’ll see little blocks. These are the Tread Wear Indicators.
  • If the tread is level with the Indicators, it’s at its legal minimum depth. Your tyre needs changing immediately!
  • TOP TIP: The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm. But for your safety, the depth should be no less than 3mm.
  • Your tyre may have a bald spot, so check for wear in different places.
  • There’s another way to check the tread. 
  • The bevelled edge of a 20p coin is 3mm deep. 
  • If you can’t see that edge, the tread is OK.
  • For more accurate checks, get a manual or digital tyre depth gauge. They’re easy to use. 
  • Don’t forget to look in different places around the tyre.
  • TOP TIP: If you change tyres from front to rear, it can help them last longer. Just ask your Ford Dealer. 

That’s how easy it is to check your tyre tread.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to adjust your tyre pressure

Not quite sure how to inflate your tyres to the correct pressures? Watch this short video and, within minutes, you’ll know how to do it the proper way.   

Tyre pressure can affect your car’s handling and fuel efficiency, so it needs to be right. Here’s how to adjust the pressures correctly:

  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and the ignition’s off.
  • Inside your door frame, a chart shows the correct tyre pressures: they’re marked in PSI and BAR. 
  • Unscrew the dust caps. And keep them somewhere safe!
  • Use a foot pump to inflate your tyres, or use an air pump machine at a petrol station. 
  • TOP TIP: With some machines, you adjust the pressure. Others inflate your tyres automatically when you set the PSI or BAR number.
  • Got a spare tyre? 
  • Then it’s worth checking that, too. 
  • When you’re finished, don’t forget to screw all your dust caps back on securely. 

That’s how easy it is to adjust your Ford’s tyre pressures.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

IMPORTANT

Your car may be equipped with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. But this is not a substitute for manually checking tyre pressures. You should periodically check tyre pressures using a pressure gauge. Failure to correctly maintain tyre pressures could increase the risk of tyre failure, loss of control, vehicle rollover and personal injury.

How to check your tyre pressure

Checking your tyre pressures is easy. And that’s good news, because it’s also really important. Learn how to do it now and it’ll soon become second nature.

Tyre pressure can affect your car’s handling and fuel efficiency. So it needs to be right. This is how to check it:

  • First, make sure your handbrake’s on and the ignition’s off.
  • Give the tyres around three hours to cool. It gives a more accurate reading.
  • Inside your door frame, a chart shows the correct tyre pressures: they’re marked in PSI and BAR. 
  • Get yourself a tyre pressure gauge. There are manual and digital ones. 
  • Unscrew the dust caps on your tyres. And keep them somewhere safe! 
  • Press the gauge onto the valve and you’ll hear a little hiss of air.
  • The number shows the pressure.
  • TOP TIP: Tyres at the wrong pressure will wear out faster. They’re also less safe. So check them regularly.
  • Got a spare tyre? 
  • Then it’s worth checking that, too. 
  • Finally, don’t forget to screw all your dust caps back on. 

That’s how easy it is to check your Ford’s tyre pressures.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to use your Tyre Inflation Kit

If you’ve got a puncture, your tyre will need some first aid. That’s where your Ford Tyre Inflation Kit can come to the rescue. Learn how to use it.

It’s dangerous to drive with a puncture. So if your vehicle doesn’t have a spare wheel, your Tyre Inflation Kit will come in handy. Here’s how to use it: 

First, follow these important safety steps:

  1. Stop somewhere away from other traffic. Make sure your handbrake’s on and your ignition’s off.
  2. Turn on your hazard warning lights.
  3. If you need to, set up a warning triangle whilst wearing a high-vis vest. 
  • Next, check for damage. 
  • Don’t pull out any objects stuck in the tyre, it might make it harder to fix. 
  • TOP TIP: If the tear or hole is larger than 6mm, it’s too big to fix. Please call for assistance. 
  • You’ll find the Tyre Inflation Kit in the boot.
  • There’s a bottle of sealant and a compressor with hoses attached.
  • Wearing protective gloves, check the sealant is in date.
  • Shake it, peel off the label and stick it somewhere visible. This shows the max speed limit with sealant in the tyre.
  • Unravel the hose in the compressor and connect it to the sealant bottle.
  • Now attach the bottle to the holder on the compressor.
  • Unscrew the dust cap and screw the sealant bottle hose on to the valve.
  • TOP TIP: Ideally, the valve should be towards the top of the tyre. The sealant will work better that way. 
  • Plug the power cable into the cigar lighter or auxiliary power socket.
  • Check your car’s recommended tyre pressure. The label is on the inside of your doorframe.
  • Turn on your ignition.
  • TOP TIP: If your engine’s running, the compressor won’t drain power from your battery. 
  • Start the compressor.
  • Inflate your tyre, but for no longer than 10 minutes.
  • When you reach the right pressure, switch off the compressor. 
  • TOP TIP: The pressure may rise up to 87 PSI (6 bar). But don’t worry, it should drop to normal after about 30 seconds.
  • If your tyre hasn’t inflated after 10 minutes, something’s wrong. Please call for Ford Roadside Assistance.
  • Unscrew the hose. Some sealant might leak out, but that’s normal. 
  • Screw the dust cap back on, unplug the power cable and unscrew the sealant. 
  • Place it in a plastic bag, if you’ve got one, and put it in the boot. 
  • Drive about two miles / three kilometres so the sealant can seal the damaged area. 
  • Pull over and check the tyre to make sure the repair has worked. If necessary, top up the pressure with your Inflation Kit. 
  • TOP TIP: Notice any vibrations, unsteady steering or noises when driving? Then reduce your speed, or stop and call for Ford Roadside Assistance. 
  • Puncture fixed, drive to your nearest Ford Dealer to get a new tyre but don’t drive any further than 125 miles (200 kilometres). The Dealer can safely dispose of your sealant bottle, too. 

That’s how to use your Ford Tyre Inflation Kit.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to save fuel

When you save fuel, you save money. So for some top, fuel saving tips, take a look at this short video.  

Many Ford cars have fuel saving technologies built in. But there are other ways you can save fuel, too. For example:

  • Replacing oil, during servicing, can help your car run more efficiently.
  • Get your Ford Dealer to make sure your wheels are aligned correctly.
  • Use a gauge to check your tyre pressures regularly. The correct PSI and BAR are marked on a chart: it’s inside your door.
  • If there’s any unnecessary weight in your car, take it out and leave it at home.
  • If you don’t need your roof rack or box, take it off. 
  • When the air-con’s on, it can use more fuel. So try not to use it too much.
  • When you’re driving, an open window or sunroof can affect your car’s aerodynamics. But closed, they’re more efficient. 
  • Also, try to accelerate smoothly, avoid high speeds, and change gear before the engine revs too highly.  

That’s how easy it is to save fuel in your Ford.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask your Ford Dealer. 

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.

How to add a VIN in your FordPass app

With the FordPass smartphone app, you can access powerful new SYNC 3 features. For example, ‘Destinations,’ which enables you to program your navigation system from the comfort of your home. The app will update your navigation with the latest traffic information, too. Plus, you can search for available parking spaces, check their costs, opening hours and ratings, and even search for refuelling points and compare pricing.

By adding your VIN, you can also check warranty information, book a service and access any potential Vehicle Health Alerts

  • When you first open the FordPass app you'll be prompted to enter your vehicle’s unique 17-digit VIN: the number instantly identifies your vehicle. You can see how to add your VIN in this video.
  • Finding the VIN is easy. Just check the driver side doorframe, or the where the dashboard meets the windscreen on the driver’s side.
  • TOP TIP: You'll find the VIN in your vehicle handover documents, too.
  • When you enter your VIN, make sure you don't put a letter 'O' in place of a zero. And check you've typed in all 17 digits.
  • Now tap 'Next'.
  • You can give your car a name, you can see its picture, and view 'Vehicle Details'.

That's how easy it is to enter a VIN in your FordPass app.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you make best use of FordPass and FordPass Connect.

How to add a Dealer in your FordPass app

The FordPass app can help you get the most from your local Dealership, by finding them and showing their contact details along with other useful information. You can then set them as your preferred Dealer for the future.

  • Start by selecting 'View Vehicle Details', then tap 'Find a Dealer'.
  • You can manually type an address, find a specific Dealer by name, or use your phone's current location.
  • Map pins show all the nearby Dealers, so just tap one to select it.
  • Now you can view contact details, opening hours and more.
  • To set your preferred Dealer, simply tap 'Set preferred', select your car and tap 'Save'.

That’s how easy it is to add a Dealer in your FordPass app.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you make best use of FordPass and FordPass Connect.

How to activate your FordPass Connect modem

The FordPass Connect modem is designed to make every journey easier and more enjoyable. It enables a range of useful features, including up to 4G LTE WiFi for as many as ten devices. And it’s even more powerful after you pair it with your smartphone via the FordPass app.

  • Before you connect to the modem, you'll need to add your VIN to the FordPass app. You can see how to add your VIN in this video.
  • Once you've added your VIN, tap your car on the 'Move' landing page, then tap 'Activate Vehicle'.
  • You'll see a prompt to 'Connect' via the SYNC screen in your car.
  • Tap the 'Yes' button and in the top right hand corner of the SYNC screen: you’ll see two opposite facing arrows (pointing upwards and downwards) to show you're connected.

SO YOU KNOW…

  • Now you can enjoy a range of features, such as Remote Lock / Unlock, Find my Car and Live Traffic.
  • The whole family can link their FordPass accounts to the car. As you're the lead account holder, you just need to approve their access.
  • If your car has had a factory reset or was bought second hand, you may need to re-connect the modem. Please refer to the Ford website for instructions.
  • The WiFi in your car is supplied separately by your local network provider. So you don’t have to sign up to another, different contract to enjoy the benefits of FordPass Connect.

That’s how easy it is to active your FordPass Connect modem. But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you make best use of FordPass and FordPass Connect.

How to use Live Traffic with FordPass Connect

FordPass Connect is a modem that’s built into your car. It enables a range of features designed to make your driving experience easier and more enjoyable than ever before.

For example, Live Traffic delivers up-to-date traffic information directly to your SYNC 3 navigation system. The technology then adjusts your recommended route based on the traffic conditions, helping you to arrive more relaxed and on time.

Here’s how to use it: 

  • Make sure you've activated your modem and data sharing is turned on, too.
  • If you're unsure, tap the FordPass Connect tile on your SYNC screen. Next tap on ‘Connectivity settings’, then turn on ‘Location’ and ‘FordPass Connect Live Traffic’.
  • To input a destination, tap ‘Navigation’ on your SYNC 3 screen, then ‘Destination’ on the left-hand side of the map screen.
  • Now enter a destination using the keyboard and tap 'Search'. The best route will load onto your SYNC screen.
  • You'll see other useful information, too, like journey and traffic stoppage time.
  • The system covers all major and minor roads. Plus, it delivers real time traffic updates dynamically rerouting you to avoid hold-ups. So from now on, you can arrive relaxed and on time.

That’s how easy it is to use Live Traffic from FordPass Connect. But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features. Find out more here.

How to make your car a WiFi hotspot

Your new Ford may come with a built-in FordPass Connect modem. If so, you can travel with a range of features including up to 4G LTE WiFi for as many as 10 devices. Here’s how to activate the technology.  

  • First, check you've activated your modem. If you’re not sure how to do that, you can watch our video: How to activate your FordPass modem
  • TOP TIP: Using your FordPass app, you'll need to set up your free trial. You do this with your local network provider, not Ford.
  • Once you've set up your free trial, tap your car on the 'Move' landing page in the FordPass app
  • Then tap 'Vehicle Hotspot' followed by 'Manage My Account'.
  • You'll be notified you're leaving the FordPass app.
  • Now tap 'Ok'.
  • TOP TIP: When you see your local mobile provider's webpage, just follow the instructions to register. Once registered, you can connect multiple devices.
  • Next tap 'Settings' on your SYNC screen, select 'FordPass Connect', then select 'Vehicle Hotspot'.
  • Tap on 'Settings' to view your WiFi Hotspot Name, then 'View password' to reveal the password.
  • You connect your device using an SSID (name) and Password, just like you would at home.
  • To change either, just select 'Edit', then 'Change password' and a pop up will tell you it was successful.
  • Finally, to activate the WiFi in your car, log back into your local network provider’s portal.

SO YOU KNOW…

  • After your 3-month trial with your local network provider, they'll email you when you're nearly out of your free data. After that, you can buy more per day or month, or for a whole year.
  • You're in charge of the devices connected to your WiFi hotspot. So if you want, you can turn off access to individual ones using the SYNC screen.
  • You can connect to the WiFi hotspot from outside the car too, up to 15m away.
  • Remote features and Live Traffic will work even without a data plan, so there are no obligations.

That’s how easy it is to make your car a WiFi hotspot.

But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you make best use of both FordPass and FordPass Connect.

How to use remote features with FordPass Connect

Now, you and your Ford can stay seamlessly connected wherever you are. Because when you link the FordPass app to the FordPass Connect modem in your car, you can enable a range of features designed to make every journey easier.

One of the features allows you to use your phone to lock and unlock your car, remotely, from anywhere. This helps you to double check your car is locked, or even allow someone to access it when you’re elsewhere.

Here’s how to use it.

  • Make sure you've activated your modem and data sharing is turned on, too. Your Ford Dealer can help you with this if you like.
  • If you're unsure, tap the FordPass Connect tile on your SYNC 3 screen. Next tap on ‘Connectivity settings’, then turn on ‘Vehicle data & Remote ctrl’.
  • Launch the FordPass app on your smartphone, then press and hold down the 'lock' button.
  • In just a moment, your car will lock. And it doesn’t matter how far away you are from it.
  • You can also unlock it remotely. With the FordPass app open, just click and hold down the 'unlock' button. It’s a useful feature if you’d like to let a friend, family member or work colleague in to your car before you get there.
  • You can even start your connected vehicle remotely, if it has an automatic transmission. And that means you can activate the Quickclear heated windscreen, heated seats and heated steering wheel.

That’s how easy it is to lock or unlock your car from anywhere. But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features. Find out more here.