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MyFord Touch Wallpaper

Default Wallpaper

Personalized Wallpaper (*Updated with Holiday images!)

When people ride with me and they see my wallpaper image on the MyFord Touch screen, they always ask “How’d you do that?”. It’s easy.
I have put some images in a folder HERE and I have included a Photoshop file as well so you can make your own from your images. If you don’t have Photoshop, never fear, I’ll show you another way.

First, you take an image you like. Keep in mind a couple of things. Such as, what will it look like when it is positioned on the screen and what things might cover it. The image has to be 800 x 384 pixels. Yes, that is a weird size. It has to be under 1.5 MB in size. The file format has to be .jpg , .png or .bmp.

So, now that you have a picture, load it onto a USB drive or an SD Card and insert it into the Media Hub (found in the console and it looks like the following image).

If you use the SD Card slot to add the image, remove and DO NOT lose the Navigation SD Card if your MyFord Touch has Sync with Navigation.

Now press the settings icon (bottom center right icon that looks like a set of gears) and the settings screen will pop up. Now press the Display button (circled in red).

The next step is to add the image or images you like to the Wallpaper library. Press the Add button and you can then add the images (if they are correct in both size and shape). Once the image is in the library you can select the one you want.

On the image above you will see I selected the Disneyworld image and it displays in a scaled screen so you can see what it will look like. Now all you have to do is select Save. Done!

I will say a bit about making your own images now. If you have Photoshop I have included a .psd file. If you don’t, don’t worry, here are a couple of ways to make the Wallpaper images. You can use an online photo editor and just makes sure you make the size needed (both ratio and MB). You can also use something like Paint to make an image. Start by making a blank image 800 x 384 and saving it with a name you want. Now paste an image on top of this and size/move to the position you want. Save it and move it to the USB drive or SD Card so you follow the instructions above!

Have fun!

What’s bugging you?

This time of year I get asked often, “how do I get those stupid dead bugs off the front of my car?”.

Great question. While this might seem like a simple thing to address, it can be very difficult to get them off your vehicle without damaging the paint. If your paint is in good shape and well waxed, the removal will be easier. I have had people tell me to “use this and try that”. I have even had people tell me to use dryer sheets! That actually seems to work pretty well, but I have had people tell me they marred the paint on their vehicle scrubbing too hard.

On a recent road trip as the sun was setting just outside Sacramento California, we went through a 40 mile section of millions and millions of bugs! It was gross. And by the time I completed my 2,400 mile round trip, those bugs were adhered pretty well. I had bugs on bugs and they were everywhere!
For the grill and AC condensor, I just used a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush and most of the big pieces came right off. But the painted area, that was a different story!

So, I turned to an expert. Blake Siebe manages Northwest Auto Salon. He and his crew do their magic on exotics as well as your everyday ride. Make sure to check them out here.
Blake recommends a citrus degreaser so as not to damage the paint. He likes a product called P21 S Total Auto Wash. First, hose off the area well and soaking won’t hurt.
Then take the P21 S Total Auto Wash and soak the bugs. After it sits for a bit, use a clean wash towel and wash it off.

I already had some citrus cleaner and gave it a shot. It worked great! So, thank you Blake for the expert advice!
Also, make sure to wax the area you just cleaned. A well waxed surface is much easier to clean! I have found that if you carefully Rain-X your windscreen/windshield, it is much easier to clean as well.

Or, give Northwest Auto Salon a call (206)920-9730 and they can do it for you! They do fantastic work!

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