High Times At Ford
Ford Motor Company announced its net income for 2015 of 7.4 billion including 2 billion in the 4th quarter. The demand was driven by low fuel prices, low interest rates and a strong housing market that propelled the demand for SUVs and pickups.(These may be SUVs and pickups however they are full of state of the art technology)
Technology is changing at the fastest pace in history and the aftermarket needs to be prepared for this. The challenge for shop owners and technicians is to train. Understanding how these systems operate will be the key to repairing the vehicles coming from every manufacturer. Ford will be investing in more technology than ever.
The current Ford technology is filled with impressive developments like aluminum truck bodies (these aluminum truck bodies reduce weight up to 700 LBS), being aluminum they will never rust , Eco-Boost, GDI, VVT, Park Assist, Trailer Assist, and Start- Stop technology. Other developments include oil immersed timing belt, AWD with torque vectoring, 2017 F-150 3.0 Diesel, active launch control, SYNC telematics, connected vehicles, Google/Ford Autonomous systems (Google has 53 test cars on the road they have already logged 1.3 million miles).
So shop owners and technicians get prepared, get educated. The future is now.
Focus on FordView Course
In this “Focus on Ford” class, Ron will discuss Ford Eco-boost technology, turbo charging, and Variable CAM Timing (Twin-Independent VCT). Ron will share his analytical approach and what PIDS you need to be viewing, and how to use scan tool data to reduce your diagnostic time to make you more efficient when servicing ford Eco-boost systems. He will also give you an extensive look at fuel trims and how it effects the Eco-boost system.