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    2022 Super Duty Orders & Discussion

    Hi Alex. X-Plan and X-Plan Partner Company pricing is based off Dealer Invoice price (see below), and does not vary from company to company. Here is the basic X-Plan pricing breakdown: Ford Dealer Invoice - (0.4% * Dealer Invoice) + Administration Fee* Lincoln Dealer Invoice + (0.6% * Dealer Invoice) + Administration Fee* *The Administration Fee is $275. Then, the Dealer can also add a "Documentation Fee" of up to $100. And here is the X-Plan Partner website, which contains an Overview, X-Plan rules, FAQ's etc: https://www.fordpartner.com/partnerweb/jsp/howitworks/fordpartner_rules.htm#faq26 And as akirby stated, Dealership acceptance of X-Plan sales is strictly voluntary, so be sure to ask your chosen Dealership if they will accept an X-Plan sale for your order. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
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    Direct Injection Cleaning Kit

    Hi bobbyd. Currently, the only Ford approved method of cleaning the valves is to remove the intake and manually clean them (i.e. walnut blasting etc). And just to avoid confusion for others: Intake cleaning services are generally okay to use on Direct Injection engines (GDI/Gas Direct Injection). GDI engines are not turbocharged, only direct injected. Although there is still the issue of possible catalytic converter damage. However, intake cleaning services can not be used on Gas Turbocharged Direct Injection engines (GTDI). It is the turbocharger/turbochargers which makes the difference. Good luck.
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    Direct Injection Cleaning Kit

    Hi bobbyd. Ford specifically tells owners not to perform injection tract cleaning services (i.e Sea Foam, CRC etc.) on their EcoBoost and Lincoln T engines. Yes, it can damage the turbo impellers, housings, seals, catalytic converters etc. Do not do it. Good luck.
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    A/Z Plan Cost

    Hi gang. Dealership participation in AXZ-Plan sales has always been voluntary/at their individual discretion. A dealership can choose who, where, when etc. they wish to accept or decline an AXZ-Plan sale with any/all customers, vehicle and/or sale. Good luck.
  5. Okay! Henceforth, you shall be Dave! 😉 You are very welcome and good luck! 🍻
  6. Hi 787. Then another option: Pack your glass cleaner and towels with you, and if you see streaks one of those days on your way home, stop in an area where you can park facing the sun and give it a quick touch up. Or adapt that general idea/principle to whatever your particular situation is. Let us know how you make out and good luck. 🍻
  7. Hi 787. After carefully cleaning the windshield, you can just move your vehicle so that it is parked facing into the sun. Then you can spot treat any individual streaks. But once you get good at it, that often will not even be necessary. Good luck.
  8. Hi 787. You are very welcome! Full disclosure: I am not a professional detailer. 😉 This is simply what I have learned through many years of experience and paying attention to the advice of professionals. It certainly can be difficult to maneuver our arms/hands into position to get the weird angles and corners of the windshield. With practice, you just sort of find the right gymnastics in order to get what works for your particular vehicle. It can sometimes help to use smaller towels to get down at the base of the windshield or tight spaces, since a large towel may not fit along with your hand. And always try to keep the towels as flat as possible on the windshield. It will clean and dry better and without streaking if it is flat, as opposed to crumpled in a ball. And again, use plenty of glass cleaner on a cool windshield (in the shade). Spray a lot of it on until you learn how much you can dial it back. It is inexpensive, and a little too much is better than too little if you want to get a streak free windshield. And I would advise against using newspaper on the interior of the windows. Only use it on the outside. It won't necessarily make a huge visual difference to many owners, unless there is a lot of difficult to remove contamination, or you really want to get that last bit of sparkle from the glass. In reality, many/most people may never notice the difference. Only fanatics, of which I can be one with my own car detailing...lol. Nowadays it is even easier to learn how to do things. There is a How-to video for everything. Just Google phrases such as "How to clean auto windshields glass". For example: https://www.google.com/search?q=How+to+clean+auto+windshields+glass&client=firefox-b-1-d&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi26ojTr434AhXdt4QIHSDlAAgQ_AUoA3oECAEQBQ&biw=1920&bih=994&dpr=1 Keep in mind I'm not vouching for any of the above videos, only providing examples...lol. What I can vouch for is my window cleaning regimen. 😉 Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
  9. Hi Ftg. It is old school! But it is a great tip! That actually works great on the exterior glass. I also have used it for many years. The newspaper works as mild abrasive to clean off a lot of contamination. For those who want to try it...Always only use the black and white/print sections though, not the color sections, comics etc. However, from all that I have read, it is not a good idea to use it on the interior of the glass, for the same reasons it is so good on the outside. Since it is mildly abrasive, it can scratch the dash or other trim if we accidentally rub those areas. And never use newspaper on the tinted side of tinted windows, since it will scratch the tint. Since the inside of a windshield/windows is not exposed to the environmental fallout/contamination/bird droppings etc. which the exterior experiences, a good glass cleaner and some proper cleaning steps is usually all that is needed. Great hint though! Good luck! 🍻
  10. Hi 787. My procedure for a streak free windshield/windows, is first...No paper towels, shop towels etc. Use either clean 100% cotton or microfiber towels. And at least two. One for applying/spreading the window cleaner to clean the windshield, the other to dry and detail the windshield. Quick description: In the shade, on a cool windshield (never in the sun), liberally spray the window cleaner on half the windshield (only do half at a time). Don't be stingy with the window cleaner. Use plenty, since the cleaner solution is what loosens/cleans the dirt and film and fog of out-gassed chemicals etc off the windshield. Use one cotton or microfiber towel to spread the cleaner and loosen the contamination, and clean half the windshield, getting every inch of the windshield and into all the corners, around the mirror and electronic housings etc. Then use the second, clean towel to dry the windshield and detail/buff/polish. Repeat on the other half/side of the windshield. And use plenty of elbow grease during both steps. it is not a matter simply spreading the glass cleaner around on the glass. We need to actually wipe and clean all of the glass with the glass cleaner. Oh, and if you like, spread a third towel over the dashboard to keep the window cleaner off the dash, instrument panel, steering wheel etc. I do. Move it from one side to the other when you switch sides to clean. I use "Armor All", "Meguiar's", "Stoners" and "Rain X" window/windshield cleaners. They are all good, so I buy what is on sale when I need to restock. Although I don't use Armor All on my vinyl/rubber, I find their window cleaner works very well. EDIT- "doyall" above made a good point which I forgot to mention...Use towels which are washed without using any fabric softener. Fabric softener will cause streaks on glass and paint. I wash all my car cotton and microfiber towels, both interior and exterior, without any fabric softener, since it will leave streaks on the windows and on the paint. Hope some of this help and good luck.
  11. Hi Shesha. It is not yet a lost opportunity. Ask the Sales Manager at your Dealership if they will accept an X-Plan PIN for your sale now. While it is up to individual Dealer discretion, they can if they wish to. They can simply rewrite the purchase paperwork, even at this point. All the way up until the point where you sign the papers and drive out with the vehicle. I would recommend you visit the Dealership and speak face to face, as opposed to phone calls, texts, emails. It is somewhat harder to say no to a face in front of you, than a phone call, text etc. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
  12. Hi Ralph. No, you are not being too "picky", especially if it is close to touching the fender. Yes, the hood can be adjusted, either by the Dealer Service Department, their body shop, or the body shop they use for repairs. Let us know how you make out and good luck.
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    Chrome Delete?

    Hi RagingCANE and welcome to the Blue Oval Forums. I am not really a big fan of the blacked out look anymore, but that actually looks pretty good on your Navigator. Keep us updated and good luck.
  14. Hi gang. EDIT- I stand (or sit) corrected. The 2022 Nautilus Owners Manual does not have the same pictogram that my 2018 MKZ does. 😉 The one it does have does not seem to match the battery location of the Nautilus? Instead, the instructions are: "1. Pull the red rubber boot backward. Connect the positive (+) jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the discharged battery. 2. Connect the other end of the positive (+) jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the booster vehicle battery. 3. Connect the negative (-) jumper cable to the negative (-) terminal of the booster vehicle battery. 4. Make the final connection of the negative (-) jumper cable to an exposed metal part of the disabled vehicle's engine, as shown in the following illustration, away from the battery and fuel injection system, or connect the negative (-) jumper cable to a ground connection point if available. Note: Do not use the hood latch as a negative (-) connection point. This could cause springs in the latch to burn and prevent the hood from operating correctly." The problem is the illustration they refer to in those instructions does not seem to look correct according to akirby's photo. as I mentioned above. Perhaps one of you Nautilus owners can verify this? Good luck.
  15. Hi Ralph. Yes, there are designated connection points for jump starting your Nautilus. Those points are explained and shown in your Owners Manual. Find the correct pages in your copy by looking in the Index under "Jump Starting The Vehicle". I could tell you where mine are, but I have an MKZ and they may differ somewhat. Let us know how you make out and good luck.