Apr 082016
 

Ford Spark Plug Settlement

If you are a current or former owner or lessee of one or more of the following vehicles containing a 5.4 liter 3-valve engine (including flex fuel vehicles), you may be a member of a Settlement Class and entitled to reimbursement of Spark Plug Replacement related expenses:

2004-2008 Ford F-150 trucks
2005-2008 Ford Expeditions
2005-2008 Lincoln Navigators
2006-2008 Lincoln Mark LTs
2005-2008 Ford Super Duty trucks (F-250 and F-350)

 

This website provides you with important information with respect to the Settlement Agreement and benefits for which you may be eligible.

FORD MOTOR CO. SPARK PLUG AND THREE VALVE ENGINE PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION

The current status of this matter is as follows: The parties have reached a nationwide settlement which was granted final approval by the Court on January 26, 2016. Class members can now submit claim forms requesting partial reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with spark plug replacements that cost more than $300 to replace all 8 spark plugs, or more than $37.50 for each plug replaced.

Claim Form deadline for Spark Plug Replacements performed before receipt of Notice: 8/25/2016
Claim Form deadline for Spark Plug Replacements performed after receipt of Notice: 2/27/2017

Important Dates to Remember

Date

Event

June 18, 2015

Date on which preliminary approval of Settlement was granted.

December 22, 2015

  • In vehicles with more than 120,000 miles, date by which spark plugs must be replaced by an authorized Ford Dealer to be eligible for reimbursement.

  • Date by which letters sent to the Claims Administrator requesting exclusion from the Settlement must be postmarked.

  • Date by which objections to the Settlement must be filed with the Court and copies sent to the Parties’ Counsel must be postmarked.

  • Date by which Notices of Intent to Appear at hearing must be filed with the Court and copies sent to the Parties’ Counsel must be postmarked.

January 25, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.

Fairness Hearing to be held at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Courtroom 351, 125 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

August 25, 2016

Deadline for submitting claims for Spark Plug Replacements performed before October 23, 2015

February 27, 2017

Deadline for submitting claims for Spark Plug Replacements performed on or after October 23, 2015

 

Case Documents

How do I file a claim? If you are a Class Member and you have a receipt or documentation for your Spark Plug Replacement, you should complete the Standard Claim Form online or mail it to the address on the Claim Form.

If your Vehicle has more than 120,000 miles and you have not replaced the plugs because a Ford dealership representative told you to wait to do so, you must replace the plugs no later than December 22, 2015 to be eligible for reimbursement.

For Spark Plug Replacements performed before October 23, 2015, claims must be submitted online or postmarked no later than August 25, 2016.

For Spark Plug Replacements performed on or after October 23, 2015, claims must be submitted online or postmarked no later than February 27, 2017. Spark Plug Replacements performed on or after October 23, 2015 must be done at an authorized Ford dealership to be eligible for reimbursement.

Jan 052016
 

Bikers are a pretty safe group once they have experience. It seems that the biggest problem is the way other drivers on the road behave, and being on a motorcycle puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to protection. Passenger vehicles obviously have a protective cage to safeguard occupants, while bikers are totally exposed to the elements. Even though laws regarding helmet use vary state to state, it just makes sense to wear one regardless of where you are. However, helmets aren’t created equally, and choosing the wrong one could be a deadly mistake.
You Should Know the Statistics Before You Get on Motorcycle
Bikes are great. They provide the freedom to travel, are economical, and are easier on the environment than passenger vehicles. Let’s be realistic, though. Bikers face serious risks, and if you start to become complacent and forget this, you’re putting yourself in danger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gathered some statistics you need to be familiar with before you get on a bike.

  • Every year, 55,000 motorcyclists are hurt in accidents.
  • More than 2,200 bikers die in collisions annually.
  • If you’re in a collision, there’s more than an 80% chance you’ll be hurt or killed.
  • Compared to a person in a passenger vehicle, the risk of death is 16-times greater.
  • You can reduce your risk of death by almost 30% if you wear a helmet.

The Design of the Helmet Matters
There are agencies like IIHS that verify the safety of all sorts of things, from vehicles to child booster seats, but there isn’t one that publishes the safety data of helmets. Guidelines for helmets are created by the Department of Transportation, and they do verify helmets meet them, but they don’t publish the data in any type of consumer-friendly way. Helmets that meet their guidelines are marked with a sticker, but it’s important to be aware that similar decals are sold individually, and it’s easy to make a helmet appear as if it meets DOT standards when it doesn’t. Some manufacturers go the extra mile to get certified by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell. Because their guidelines exceed the DOT’s minimum requirements, the NHTSA believes helmets that meet their approval are good choices.
A Tucson collision repair shop provides us with 5 tips for choosing a safe helmet:

  1. Skip novelty designs. German army and skullcap designs will not provide adequate protection in a collision. A full-face model is best.
  2. Avoid helmets that have embellishments. Anything that extends more than two-tenths of an inch from the helmet poses a risk. This includes visors and decorative items like spikes, which seem to be trendy right now.
  3. Choose a helmet that has a chinstrap and sturdy rivets. This is one of the requirements from the DOT. If a helmet does not have them, it does not meet the minimum safety requirements.
  4. Select a heavy helmet. Some companies will skimp on protective padding and use materials like Styrofoam. This doesn’t cut it in a collision. Materials that provide optimal shock absorption are heavy, and a helmet that uses them will weigh at least one pound.
  5. Opt for a thick, hard helmet. The material of choice in a safe helmet is often polystyrene foam, and it should be at least one inch thick. It’s also firm, so avoid helmets that feel padded or have give on the inside.

Wearing a Helmet is Essential, but Accident Prevention is Better
You may be a safe rider, but you’re only as safe as the other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, people don’t instinctively look for bikers, so it’s up to you to compensate for their lack of concern. In addition to choosing a safe helmet, you should consider additional protective gear like gloves, over-the-ankle boots, and abrasion-resistant attire. Bright colors and reflective clothing can also help, as it catches the attention of drivers, so they become aware of your position. Experts also recommend that motorcyclists travel in groups whenever possible, simply because it increases visibility.
When you purchase your new helmet, keep these things in mind. It may be helpful to research different brands and models online before you select one. This way, you can be sure you’re choosing one that’s undergone safety tests and is certified. It’s also worth noting that if you live in a state with strict helmet requirements, you must wear a DOT-compliant helmet to be compliant with the laws.
Jamie Hanninen is the marketing manager for Phoenix auto body

Jul 202012
 

I have owned a Land Rover for about seven years, and have picked up a few tips in my time. Here are some of the ones I wish I had known when I first bought the car, as they would have saved me a lot of time, trouble and money.

Halogen Bulb Tip

At some point, you may need to replace your halogen headlights. Firstly, you should make sure to purchase them from a reputable Land Rover Parts supply store; to be sure that you do not have another burn out in six months. Don’t touch the glass when you handle them. Use clean gloves or a clean rag. The oils on your skin will stick to the bulbs glass and cause hot spots that will make your new bulb burn out a lot quicker than it should.

Changing a wheel

For some reason, you will find that your wheels may become difficult to remove. Apparently, there are salts and chemical reactions that cause a corrosive bond to form between the cars alloy wheel and the hub. Give it a good blast with some electrical contact cleaner and maybe some spray-able lubricant.

Hydraulics

Try to use a reputable and reliable brand of brake fluid inside your brake system and clutch system to help stop seal failures. If your local mechanic starts claiming that the DOT 3-4 rating concerns your hydraulics system then kindly inform them otherwise and ask for the brake fluid of your choice. Bring it along with you, if you do not feel that you can trust them.

Hoses and Pipes

Examine them during autumn and winter so as to see how the summer has affected them. If you have had a particularly hot summer, then the hoses may have begun to wear prematurely. When they are hot, they are less able to dissipate the heat efficiently. In winter, this is not such a big problem because the cold surrounding air takes the heat away, but a hot summer does not provide this needed relief, which means that extra wear and tear is inevitable in summer. If you start to see any wear then have a new hose kit installed on your car as soon as possible; before any problems start.

Alignment or Steering

You may have a problem with one (or both) if your car does not track in a straight line, or steers off in a different direction when your front wheel make contact with the ground (after being in the air). Go and have your alignment checked first, because it is easier to spot and easier to fix. If that was the problem, then thank your lucky stars. If not, then you will have to enquire into getting your steering checked. A Land Rover expert will be able to pin point the problem and fix it. A less competent mechanic is going to have to pull your car apart before finding the misaligned part, so he/she can fix it. There are a great many parts that are involved in steering a Land Rover. A land rover expert will be able to identify and fix a problem with steering in no time. A regular trade’s person will be at a loss.

About author: Alisia Jones is a freelance writer and a car enthusiast. Here she is sharing some valuable information with her readers on Land rover parts and accessories.

May 292012
 

Motors.co.uk was launched back in January 2007 and no one knew just how big this website would become. In only a few short years motors.co.uk has grown to become the second largest motoring advertising network, becoming part of a wider network of advertising sites which are visited by a shocking 3.3 million car buyers each month! That is a truly shocking amount of people. On top of this following motors.co.uk has signed up to massive partnerships to supply used cars to such groups as The Daily Mail Online, parkers.co.uk and The Independent.

Featuring over 150,000 used cars motors.co.uk offers used cars from both dealerships and private sellers allowing buyers access to the most amount of cars possible. On top of this motors.co.uk also provides details of over 15,500 new cars and vans meaning you can find any vehicle in the same place.
Motors.co.uk is one of the most trusted websites in the UK for used cars with good reason; they provide basic background checks on their vehicles to allow you to buy in complete confidence. These basic checks show up if the car has been reported stolen or has been written off by any insurance company after a major accident.

Another reason motors.co.uk is trusted by so many used car buyers is the fact their site provides independent reviews on cars as well as guidance and advice on all aspects of cars. This advice covers not only the car buying process but gives helpful tips on such things as driving abroad and maintenance checks.

Motors.co.uk have built upon their successful website by launching their first app for the iPhone and iTouch. This app links users straight to motors.co.uk’s amazing search engine allowing used car buyers to peruse cars while on the go no matter where they are. On top of this the free app allows users to collate their favourite cars to compare side by side allowing buyers to make an informed choice. This is very beneficial as to when you are comparing similar cars such as the Audi TT and the peugeot rcz for sale.

Apr 242012
 

In today’s world being a mechanic is tough enough with all the new technology coming out on all the new models of cars. Along with this new technology comes added safety concerns to employers and mechanics alike. One of the most valuable tools a mechanic has is his hands. Mechanics can help protect their hands with gloves.

Gloves are a great way to protect your hands no matter the job. A mechanic requires gloves that will allow him to still perform the difficult tasks that present themselves on a daily bases. Being a Mechanic for over 20 years, I can tell you I am thankful for some good protection when it comes to my hands. A good pair of Mechanics Gloves can make all the difference between a good day at work and a bad day.

Recently, I had the luxury of trying out a pair of newly released mechanics gloves from Magid Glove & Safety. Of course the first thing you do when you get a new pair of gloves is try them on. The Magid ProGrade Plus MECH108 Leather Palm Mechanics Gloves fit nice and snug and have a Velcro strap to keep them from sliding off. They fit so well that I am wearing them as I am typing this. They allow your hands to breath with the durable goatskin leather palm and stretch spandex back. This helps to prevent your hands from sweating and helps to insure a good grip throughout the job. These Light weight gloves become the protection you need and allow you to retain your dexterity.

Being a Mechanic is hard enough in today’s world. Why not make it easier on yourself and protect your hands with a good pair of Mechanics Gloves form Magid Glove & Safety.

Feb 242012
 

Having a successful auto repair shop doesn’t mean sinking a ton of money into marketing and advertising efforts. Rather, employ methods that attract the right customer, which is the repeat customer.

If you own an auto repair shop then you probably have one goal in mind – to pack it with cars and customers. To accomplish this you have likely sunk a lot of money into various marketing strategies, yet nothing seems to work. Possibly customers have responded to some of your efforts, such as offering a free or low-cost oil change, but they never came back for anything else. So they’ve taken your oil for virtually no money and another auto repair shop or auto technician got the big business of installing new brakes, new belts or repairing the alternator.

It is likely that the poor results you received from your past marketing efforts have made you think that there is no strategy that is going to work. Countless direct marketing and advertising mailers, flyers, postcards and emails have gone out to thousands of people and for the most part the only return you received were a few people showing up in your auto repair shop for an oil change. Why keep trying?

The Right Customer

Marketing does work, however, you need to employ the right strategy to reach the right customers. Many of the marketing and advertising strategies that most auto repair shops use bring in ‘bottom feeders’ customers. These customers are impossible to up-sell to, which means that your shop and your technicians are busy providing services to customers who have no intention of spending any additional money on their car in your shop.

“Sending out emails, flyers, post cards and letters is a common way to market for auto repair shops. It’s somewhat simple, low-cost and it doesn’t take up a whole bunch of time,” explains Ron Ipach, owner of CinRon Marketing. “However, the way this method is usually executed – by using a mailing list that includes any and every one in your area – often renders it ineffective.” Targeting the wrong customer, which makes it impossible for you to grow your auto repair shop into the large business you are dreaming it will eventually become.

Top Feeders

Spending all of your energy going after new customers is futile and will not fill your auto repair shop with cars. Have you ever noticed how many customers are coming into your shop as a result of your direct mail campaign? Most likely the few that do show up will take advantage of whatever special you are offering and then you will likely never see them again.

Ipach, who has helped over 5000 auto repair shops turn their struggling business around, recommends focusing on the customers that have actually already spent their money in your garage. “The ability to resell to your existing and past customers is what will make your auto repair shop shine,” says Ipach. Those customers that know you, like you and were pleased with your service are the ones that will lead you to success.

“When you do market to your current customers, you are going to see a much higher response to your advertising,” Ipach explains. An example that Ipach uses with his auto repair clients is the following: A group or marriage coupon mailing can cost you around $500 for each advertisement. If a $500 ad brings in 10 new customers, then each customer cost $50. Throw out the three bottom-feeders and seven new customers now cost $71.43 each. You can see how expensive it is to bring in a new customer. You have to make that money back somewhere so in essence, you subtract that $71.43 from their invoice and there goes all your profit.

However, Ipach warns that bringing in 10 new customers with a mailer is ambitious. More likely, you will draw two or three people into your shop, so your costs are double and triple that $71.43.

Focus on the customers that have already been in your auto repair shop before spending your time and money on new people.


Beth James

Dec 152011
 

to check the safety record, which will determine the amount of car insurance you need to pay. Check the safety rating of the car online and opt for one that has a higher safety rating. In addition, look for all the possible discounts when you shop for used car insurance. Insurance companies favor drivers with a good driving record so if you do fall in that category with the minimum number of tickets or accident claims you are eligible for a discount. If you are a member of a large association you may be entitled to car insurance discounts as part of your membership benefits. Another area where you can save on car insurance is low mileage discounts. Drivers who clock less than 15,000 miles a year can reduce their insurance bill significantly. In addition, installing safety and anti-theft devices have the potential to reduce your bill further. Just make sure you do a bit of comparison shopping and obtain the best possible quotes from leading insurance providers in your area.

For more information about car insurance requirements, take expert help from auto insurance brokers and get the cheap car insurance for your vehicle.

Oct 202011
 

A transponder bypass (immobilizer bypass, bypass kit, databus bypass) is a pretty simple idea. Some different techniques are involved, depending on whose product you are using, but the idea is the same. Put a working, programmed transponder key in the vehicle, and you can use an auto starter for example.

The problem of course is that you render that wonderful transponder protected ignition redundant. You now have nothing better than a plain ignition switch protecting your car. In many cases, these ignitions can be picked or bypassed in a matter of moments by a pro.

You better have them wire up your cutoff switch to the auto starter, because without fuel the starter is kinda pointless.

I know of vehicles that have been stolen right from peoples parking lots and driveways while the eat dinner. Being near to your car is no guarantee of security.

One guy I met had his truck stolen while he was in a coffee shop. When he called the insurance company, they asked him if he had an auto starter. They couldn’t NOT pay him, because the thieves still had to pick the lock, because he took his keys with him. Still, it shows you just how fast you can lose a vehicle.

[pic: 1-mercedes ak500]

Keyless entry system

A keyless entry system for an automotive vehicle permits a plurality of operation to be achieved from outside the vehicle by one who is knowledgeable of predetermined digital codes. Functions such as unlocking the door of the vehicle, opening the rear deck lid, opening the rear deck lid, opening a roof window, lowering the windows or programming the system with a user preferred digital access code are all performed by proper sequential operation of a digital keyboard mounted on the outside of the vehicle.

How to get pin code?

Then when the car owner forgets pin code, how to get it when they lose their car key and want to make a new key? I am here to offer two kinds of solutions; one solution is to ask the 4S for car immobilizer pin code, since as I know most car’s IMMO PIN CODE cannot be calculated by a pin code reader. Another solution is to buy a pin code reader.

[pic:pin code reader for chrysler]

You may want to know some pin code reader:

Renault PIN Code reading Key programming

PIN CODE READER for Chrysler

Schedule Feature Key Synchronization

You can use your Management Server to schedule a Feature Key synchronization for one or more of your managed devices.

In the Scheduled Tasks section:

1. Click Schedule Feature Key Synchronization.
The Synchronize Feature Keys wizard starts.

2. Read the Welcome message and click Next.
The Select the devices page appears.

3. Select the check box for each managed Firebox or XTM device with a feature key that you want to synchronize. Click Next.
The Select the Time and Date page appears.

[pic: synchronize feature keys]

4. To synchronize feature keys immediately, select Synchronize Feature Keys immediately.

To schedule the feature keys to synchronize at a future time, select Schedule feature keys sync.

5. If you selected Schedule feature keys sync, select the date from the Date drop-down list, and set the time in the Time text box.

6. Click Next.
The Schedule the Feature Keys Synchronization page appears.

7. Click Next.
The Synchronize Feature Keys Wizard is complete page appears.

8. Click Close to finish the wizard.
The feature keys are synchronized if you selected Synchronize Feature Keys immediately, or scheduled if you selected Schedule feature keys sync. The number of scheduled tasks appears in the Scheduled Tasks section.

[pic: schedule tasks]

You may want to know which car key programmer support synchronization:

http://www.chinasinoy.com/wholesale/car-key-programmers

Sep 292011
 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tips
By: Drew Dawson, TireSource
You might not know it, but your vehicle is most likely equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). This system allows you to know if, and when, your tires are under-inflated. A simple warning light alerts the driver of an issue.
Thanks to the TREAD Act, the U.S. requires certain vehicles, excluding tow trucks, step vans, and heavy-duty trucks, to be equipped with a TPMS alerting the driver when tire pressure gets low. Even with this law, many drivers cannot recognize the warning signs coming from their TPMS.
The importance of proper tire pressure
The correct level of tire pressure is a key component in getting from one place to another. Over 200,000 accidents occur annually across the United States due to insufficient tire pressure. Here are some interesting facts about the importance of tire inflation:
• About 75% of roadside flats are started by a slow leak or under inflation
• Americans could reduce fuel consumption by 10% and save a collective $2 billion a year if tires are kept properly inflated
• Using TPMS in the correct fashion could prevent an estimated 10,365 injuries and 79 deaths each year in the United States
How does TPMS help me?
TPMS is designed to provide drivers with correct tire pressure alerts and information needed to expand fuel efficiency, tire life, stability and handling, as well as lessen the need for tire maintenance. TPMS also decreases the risk of hydroplaning and regular tire wear-and-tear.
It is important to know exactly what your TPMS icon looks like on your dashboard, as a recent survey discovered that one in three drivers couldn’t identify a TPMS icon. All drivers should be educated about these warning lights to prevent hazardous situations.

This is the standard icon for the low-tire pressure warning indicator

This is the standard icon for the TPMS failure indicator
If you see a warning light like the ones shown above, know that something isn’t quite right and seek help. 44% of drivers admit they don’t pay attention to their car’s tire pressure, proving TPMS warning lights are critical for safety. If these lights appear, call your tire & automotive service professionals immediately.
Most issues with your TPMS aren’t expensive to fix and all work can be completed in a short visit. The most important step is to have the tire inspected by a tire professional. We’ve found the cause of a warning light can be fixed with a new TPMS valve service kit, installing a new battery in the sensor, reprogramming the TPMS system, or most commonly, a flat repair on the tire.
We encourage all drivers to leave tire safety issues to professionals. Many accidents and injuries can be avoided by paying attention to your dashboard’s TPMS warning lights – and trusting your vehicle(s) maintenance and repair needs to true professionals.
Each of our auto repair shop locations has the ability to check the status of your TPMS and if needed, add additional air to a low tire. Visit us for all your TPMS needs!

Jan 282011
 

Health conscious consumers always have a household juicer; it is one of the most efficient ways to maintain or restore health by giving all the much needed nutrients like vitamins and minerals in their diet. Due to the busy the hectic life, cooking nutritious foods can be time consuming, many people simply didn’t have the time to do that anymore, and so buying a household juicer allows you to juice vegetables and fruits with ease.

Vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are very important to the health, so buying a household juicer is the most practical way top provide your body the much needed nutrients. The juices from vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals that cause cancer.

A household juicer is for everybody, not just for busy people and those with certain health conditions. Health conscious individuals discovered that juicing is the best way to give their bodies fresh fruits and vegetables daily servings.

There are so many household juicers on the market today and they are truly very affordable. Certainly, there are many things you want to consider before buying, after all, you need it fast, simple, and easy.

Among these features, include a powerful motor that can extract juice from fruits and vegetable efficiently. The household juicer should be easy to clean, assemble, and dishwasher proof to complement with your busy lifestyle.

You family too can benefit from the health giving juice, so introduce juicing to them and share your healthy lifestyle. Making your own vegetable or fruit juice is a practical and economical way than purchasing health supplement products.

You can help your family benefit from the healthful benefits of juicing by making them choose their favorite fruits and vegetables to put in the household juicer. Educate them about the recent studies about the how juicing can help them have good skin, hair, and improve their immune system fight off diseases.

So start making an example, get a household juicer, and share the healthful benefits with your family. It is the easiest and the most delicious way to be healthy.

The best way to wake up everyday is with the freshest juice from a Champion 2000 Household Juicer. Find our more now by visiting, http://www.champion2000juicer.org/