Ford Offers Hot Weather A/C Tips

Temperatures this time of year are hot, hot, hot. It’s crucial that you’re car, truck or SUV’s air conditioning system is working properly to keep you cool — especially on during your summer road trips.

Quick Tips:

  • Did you know that selecting a lighter exterior color and/or a lighter interior color can aid in reducing heat buildup in your parked vehicle?
  • When you get into your car, lower the windows for a few minutes to allow the hot air to be pushed out of the vehicle.
  • Don’t hold back on the A/C, set it to max to help  quickly cool down the vehicle.
  • If you get too cold, don’t switch the A/C on and off; instead set the temperature or fan speed to help keep the temperature both comfortable and consistent.
  • For some the challenge is that it is too cold in the front, and not cool enough in the back of the vehicle. Instead of shutting the A/C vents in the front, redirect them to the ceiling or sides of the vehicle to keep air flowing to the rear.
  • When the temps do betting to cool down, consider the option of driving around town with the A/C off and the windows rolled down.
  • Park in the shade whenever possible and utilize a reflective windshield shade. It can greatly aid in the reduction of heat buildup in a parked vehicle. Cabin temperature at startup will be much lower, and temperature comfort will be achieved much sooner on your drive.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with a moonroof or large panoramic roof, it is best to  close the shade to help reduce heat buildup.
  • For vehicles equipped with a remote start, be sure to set the climate control system up for automatic operation so you can start the cool-down process before getting into your  vehicle.

Ford engineers have dedicated a great amount of time and energy in developing smart a A/C system, as well as helping drivers understand how to get the most from their car’s cooling systems.

Fast Facts:

  • Previous A/C cooled all of the processed air to just above freezing, then reheated the air to the desired temperature. However, Ford’s newer system cools the air down to just below the desired temperature, then reheats it slightly, which improves fuel efficiency.
  • Ford’s system is smart, too. If the sun is beating down on one side the car, the A/C’s sensors will detect an imbalance and emit cooler air on that side to help keep the overall cabin environment consistently cool and comfortable.

Service Matters:

  • It’s important to follow your vehichle’s maintenance schedule for when the cabin air filter should be replaced. Never just remove the filter; you should always replace it.
  • If your vehicle isn’t cooling as it should or cooling becomes inconsistent, bring it in for service right away.
  • After being on the road for several years, it is entirely possible some refrigerant may escape from the A/C system in your car which can result in the system not working properly. The only way to restore the system to peak its peek operating condition is to have the remaining refrigerant removed and a proper quantity of refrigerant added. It is best to have this work done at a certified dealership, such as those you can find at www.ReedHasIt.com.

Learn more about Ford’s system at: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2015/07/22/tips-for-staying-cool-with-your-ford-vehicle-this-summer.html

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Ford F-150: Built Tough with Luxurious Side

Our team at The Reed Factor all agree… the Ford F-150 is one of the toughest trucks in its class with amazing hauling and towing capabilities. So, it comes as no surprise that it has been the No. 1 truck selling truck in the US for over a quarter of a century.

As the love for trucks grow, so does the discerning taste of truck buyers. The Ford F-150 Limited is a stylish truck meets the growing needs of that discerning truck customers interested in exclusivity, capability and craftsmanship. The F-150 is perfect for drivers that want to differentiate themselves from other high-series truck buyers.

It is especially appealing for those looking for innovation? That comes standard in Ford’s F-150 Limited, which includes SYNC® 3 with AppLink™, and class-exclusive1 features such as a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote tailgate release and multicontour massaging front seats.

Check out this video:

ford f150 limited interiorThe Ford truck is stylish inside and out.  It has exclusive exterior and interior elements including a raised LIMITED lettering on the hood, unique custom satin-chrome grille and tailgate, 22-inch wheels, genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, Mojave leather seating surfaces, unique instrument cluster face and laser-engraved VIN plate with production number.

Come check out the good looks and rugged charm available in Ford’s Ford F-150 Limited edition www.ReedHasIt.com.

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Ford Edge Garners Top Safety Rating

When you’re shopping for a vehicle — especially one for your family — safety is the top priority.  Now you’ll have one more reason to take a closer look at the new 2015 Ford Edge.

2015 Ford Edge

2015 Ford Edge

The 2015 Ford Edge, which just set a May sales record with sales up 34 percent, was awarded a five-star overall safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the highest rating the government can give a vehicle, and it is well deserved.

An extensive suite of standard and available safety and driver-assist features help make the new Ford Edge one of the safest cars on the road. Buying a 2015 Edge by shopping online at www.ReedHasIt.com means you can be sure that you’re getting a great deal on a vehicle that will keep you and your family safe.

The passenger cabin of the Ford Edge surrounds its occupants with features dedicated to keeping them safe. Available second-row inflatable safety belts deploy in certain collisions and distribute force across five times the surface area of a passenger’s torso than a regular seat belt. This substantially reduces the risk of head, neck, and chest injuries in the event of a crash. There is also a standard knee airbag in the front of the glove box, which improves protection for the front-seat passenger. Standard side-impact airbags and the two-row Safety Canopy System increase passenger protection even further.

The available adaptive cruise control detects decreased speed in vehicles ahead of your Ford Edge and adjusts cruising speed accordingly. If the distance is closing too fast, the available collision warning system triggers audio and visual cues and can even preemptively engage the brakes if necessary. An available front-facing camera offers a 180-degree view of what’s ahead of you; this camera feeds into the available Lane-Keeping System to combat drifting out of your lane. Additionally, the available Blind Spot Information System keeps the driver aware of their blind spots by activating an indicator light in the side mirror. This system also alerts the driver to cross-traffic when backing out of a parking space. The Electric Power-Assisted Steering increases responsiveness and control via pull-drift compensation technology, making the car more nimble and maneuverable in an emergency situation.

To learn more about the 2015 Ford Edge and other Ford SUV, Ford Cars and Ford Trucks, visit www.ReedHasIt.com. You’ll be glad you did!

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Shelby GT350: Nuts & Bolts of What Makes it Great!

At The Reed Factor, we love the Mustang, ESPECIALLY the new, gorgeous Shelby GT350. This performance vehicle has so much to offer a real driving enthusiast.  The design and driving experience comes down to the details.

Stable Stang

ford shelby rear springsLet’s start with something you may not often think about… (but Ford does) the vehicles rear springs.  They are specially developed for maximum effectiveness on the track. To make the most of the Mustang’s performance, engineers found having springs spin in different directions on each side of the car provided additional rear-end stability. The counter-spun spring led to the need for a new lower control arm design.

“When you are engineering the most track-ready Mustang of all time, you can’t take any shortcuts,” says Eric Zinkosky, suspension and vehicle dynamics technical specialist. “This isn’t an off-the-shelf solution for us – we engineered every component to perform as well as possible, both on and off the track.”

Suspenseful Side

The Shelby GT350 is the first Ford to offer a MagneRide suspension. This system allows for a wide range of adjustments in a matter of milliseconds. The system enables optimal performance for track use while not sacrificing comfort for the road.

Weight balance is essential for high-performance cornering and braking. When weight can ford shelby grillebe removed from the nose, the benefit is drastic. Ford Performance engineers created a forged carbon fiber grille opening reinforcement for Shelby GT350 that is roughly 24 percent lighter than an equivalent stamped-steel component. The reduction of weight in the nose of the car allows for enhanced balance and more predictable handing.

Slow Your Roll

ford shelby brakesThe brakes on Shelby GT350 are the most powerful brakes ever put on a production Mustang. After testing numerous brake setups, Ford Performance engineers discovered iron rotors provide improved performance and durability compared to carbon ceramic. Following several 24-hour endurance sessions, 394-milimeter front rotors and 380-milimeter rear rotors were chosen to provide stopping power for Shelby GT350.

The two-piece rotors are assembled with an offset floating-pin system that allows for improved cooling and ventilation. Combined with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, these brakes experience virtually no fade in torture testing.

Ford Performance engineers approached the Shelby GT350 project with the goal of addressing premium handling, which included supplying Michelin with desired longitudinal grip, lateral grip and tire wear parameters. Michelin tire engineers then formulated a unique compound of Pilot Super Sport tires for Shelby GT350 and Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for Shelby GT350R that are designed to withstand extended track use – even in the hands of Ford’s best test drivers.

Check out more great Fords, from Mustangs to F-150s, at www.ReedHasIt.com!

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Meet the Best in Business: Ford Transit

At TheReedFactor.com, we like to keep you up to date on the latest in automotive happenings.  If you’re a Ford lover, then you know that Ford’s 2015 model year has been an impressive one with multiple models winning noted awards; the 2015 F-150 received multiple top safety awards as well as the North American Truck of the Year Award. The C-MAX Hybrid has placed on more than one list of the top green cars of 2015, and the 2015 Ford Mustang won the Vincentric Best Value for Sports Cars award.

Now, Vincentric has named the Ford Transit and Transit Connect as having the Best Fleet Value in America in six of the nine categories for vans! The Ford Transit took the top spot for full-size ½- and 1-ton passenger vans and full-size ½-, ¾-, and 1-ton cargo vans. The Transit Connect XLT was named the top Mini Passenger Commercial Van.

Ford’s Transit vans replaced the E-Series line and offers a huge variety of options for customizing it to fit a business’ exact needs. There are three roof height options and three wheelbase length options that results in a cargo-volume range from 246.7 cubic feet to 487.3 cubic feet. The passenger versions can be configured to carry 8, 10, 12, or 15 passengers comfortably. There is also a wide selection of “upfit” accessories to customize storage and cargo management.

The Transit line has also vastly improved its fuel economy, which played a large part in its selection for the Best Fleet Value awards. The available 3.5L V6 EcoBoost reportedly improves on the estimated highway mileage of the E-Series’ 6.8L V10 by 46 percent. The Transit’s standard 3.7L V6 outperforms the former standard 4.6L V8 in that category by 19 percent.

Other Ford vehicles that won their categories for Best Fleet Value in America are the Ford Taurus SE 2.0L EcoBoost for its sixth consecutive win, the Explorer XLT 2.0L EcoBoost for its third consecutive win, and the Expedition XL 2WD for its second consecutive win. Any business owners and large-volume fleet purchasers in the Houston area that are looking for quality, reliability, and value should visit Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Humble, TX and check out our inventory!

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Ford Wins Kelley Blue Book Truck Brand Award

social.KellyBlueBookFordBestBrand2015cq5dam.web.480.480And the award goes to…. Ford (again!).  That’s right, for the 6th time of seven years, Ford has claimed Best Overall Truck Brand in the 2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards.

This is one of many accolades for Ford since the American automaker unveiled the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient 2015 Ford F-150.

This prestigious title wasn’t solely for the  all-new F-150; it was also based on truck shoppers’ favorable perceptions of Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350 helped Ford clinch the award.F150_Aero_Graphic

So many awards, so little time.  Take a look at a sampling of Ford honors this year:

  • 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year
  • 2015 Motor Trend Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Utility Vehicle of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Detroit News 2015 Vehicle of the Year
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Truck
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Overall
  • Popular Science Automotive Grand Award Winner Best of What’s New
  • 2015 MotorWeek Best Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Luxury Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Best Technology Feature
  • Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year
  • New England Motor Press Association Yankee Cup
  • Automotive Fleet Magazine 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year
  • Motor Press Guild 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Over $30K
  • AutoGuide 2015 Reader’s Choice Truck of the Year
  • New Car Test Drive 2015 Truck of the Year
  • Ruedas ESPN Best Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • 2015 Detroit News Reader’s Choice NAIAS Awards Most Innovative
  • Automotive Science Group
    – 2015 Best All-Around Performance Award Winner
    – Best Full-Size Truck of 2015
    – Smallest Carbon Footprint
  • Urban Wheel Award for Urban Truck of the Year
  • Green Car Technology Award
  • Edmunds.com 2015 Most Popular Awards – Large Truck category
  • Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Award – Engineering and Technology category
  • Greater Atlanta Automobile Media Association Best Pickup/SUV

You can more via Kelley Blue Book’s site: http://mediaroom.kbb.com/2015-04-01-Kelley-Blue-Book-Announces-2015-Brand-Image-Award-Winners. To shop online for your next new Ford F-150, F-250, or any car or SUV, visit www.ReedHasIt.com!

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Focus RS Debuts at New York International Auto Show

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.55.40 AMIt has arrived!  The all-new Ford Focus RS is is on U.S. soil and ready to make it’s American debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. There is a lot of excitement about the Focus RS. It has been a pioneer in Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive delivering blistering cornering speed for thrilling driving experience for auto enthusiasts.

This sleek, high-performance road car introduces advanced performance technologies, and is the first Ford RS equipped with selectable drive modes, which includes an industry-first drift mode and launch control.

The high-performance hatch features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine delivering in excess of 315 horsepower. It is also said to have the most powerful Ford RS braking system available. The exterior is just as exciting as the cars performance. It offers optimized aerodynamics and cooling, with 9 percent less drag over the previous models.

“The RS line has a proud history of technical breakthroughs,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “It’s a great example of our passion for innovation through performance, and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

The all-new Focus is the first model that will be produced for all markets at Ford’s Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant beginning late this year.

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 9.55.55 AMThe all-new Focus RS is the latest vehicle to be unveiled as part of a new era of Ford performance that will bring to customers globally more than 12 performance vehicles through 2020. In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, RS vehicles help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business.

So when can you get it?  Sales in North America are expected to begin in spring 2016. Want a great Ford now? You can shop online for your new car, truck or SUV anytime at www.ReedHasIt.com!

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Ford Taurus Earns Best of Safety Honor in U.S. News

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 2.24.21 AMFord Motor Co. has garnered more safety accolades. This time U.S. News & World Report has once again named the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid to be one of the best hybrid vehicles for families.

This is the fourth year straight the Ford Fusion Hybrid has been named U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hybrid Car for Families. It comes as no surprise to our award-winning Ford dealership team.  The Fusion Hybrid leverages advanced vehicle electrification technology to provide a stylish, roomy, fun-to-drive family sedan.Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 2.31.05 AM

The 2015 Fusion offers an array of driver-assist and convenience technologies based on sensors, cameras and radar that enable the driver and passengers to enjoy a more relaxed and comfortable experience on the road.

The honor is based on professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, and the availability of family-friendly features.

Click to read more from U.S. News & World Report award. To see a full lineup of Ford vehicles, including the Ford Taurus, visit www.ReedHasIt.com.

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Ford Fusion Carries Logano to Daytona 500 Win!

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 8.42.03 PMFord sweeps the Daytona Speedweeks with a Daytona 500 victory! Joey Logano wins the Daytona for the first time driving a Ford Fusion. “What an amazing moment. Wow. To win this race is just amazing,” Logano said, “I have the best team on pit road for sure. These guys are awesome.

This Daytona wins makes it the 14th overall for Ford in “The Great American Race.” It also marks the first time Ford has swept all of NASCAR’s top three touring divisions in the same weekend since last August at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ford has remained undefeated at Daytona International Speedway in 2015.

Today’s Ford Finishing Order:
1st – Joey Logano
10th – Greg Biffle
11th – David Gilliland
12th – Sam Hornish Jr.
15th – Aric Almirola
17th – David Ragan
22nd – Cole Whitt
26th – Bobby Labonte
29th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
30th – Trevor Bayne
31st – Michael McDowell
39th – Ryan Blaney
41st – Brad Keselowski

Ford has a longstanding history of winning the Daytona 500. Check out this list.

1963 – Tiny Lund (Wood Brothers)
1965 – Fred Lorenzen (Holman-Moody)
1967 – Mario Andretti (Holman-Moody)
1969 – LeeRoy Yarbrough (Junior Johnson)
1978 – Bobby Allison (Bud Moore)
1985 – Bill Elliott (Harry Melling)
1987 – Bill Elliott (Harry Melling)
1992 – Davey Allison (Robert Yates)
1996 – Dale Jarrett (Robert Yates)
2000 – Dale Jarrett (Robert Yates)
2009 – Matt Kenseth (Jack Roush)
2011 – Trevor Bayne (Wood Brothers)
2012 – Matt Kenseth (Jack Roush)
2015 – Joey Logano (Roger Penske)

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Ford Adds 1,550 Jobs to Meet New F-150 Demands

The F-150 is the toughest, smartest and most capable truck of its kind. The vehicle boast a military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame. It has shed up to 700 pounds.

That’s great news for consumer. It means the innovative  truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market. When equipped with an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the new F-150 4×2 has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage may vary.

Groundbreaking features include* these class-exclusives:F150_Aero_Graphic

  • 360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails
  • Integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
  • BoxLink cargo management system combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box – from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
  • Trailer hitch assist adds a new rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up their truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle
  • Remote tailgate allows for tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob

To learn more about the Ford F-150, visit www.ReedHasIt.com.

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