ford sync

How Can I Use My Smartphone with My Ford Sync?

Android Auto

Episode 1618

Richard (Old Chef Guy) from Sonoma, CA

Richard has the same issue with an older version of Ford Sync and his smartphone. Leo says he can replace the head unit, but it would end up losing some features. He just found out about a new Android Auto stand-alone unit that is being made by Sony. It's called the Sony Carplay Receiver. $600 and launching in December. Or, he could upgrade to Ford Sync 3 for $1500 and it'll have it. 

Why Does My AC Cut Out When I Use Ford Sync?

Ford

Episode 1618

Matthew from Utah

Matt has a brand new Ford Pickup and it's causing his air conditioner to stop working when he uses Ford Sync. Leo says that sounds like a bug or a wiring issue. Matt needs to go back to the dealer and have that fixed. One thing to try is to update the system - https://owner.ford.com/support/how-tos/sync/sync/downloads-and-updates/how-to-use-usb-to-update-sync.html

Should I pay to keep updating My Ford Touch?

Episode 1204

Joe from Santa Clarita, CA

Joe has to pay $150 a year to have his MyFordTouch apps updated. Why should he do that anymore when Waze is in real time? Leo agrees. There's a huge mismatch between how long it takes to build and update a car as an app. Ford no longer supports My Ford Touch and Ford Sync, since that was a Microsoft product. Instead, Ford got app developers to write for them. And the new generation has both Apple (CarPlay) and Android (AndroidCar). They're using the phone as an extension of the car and as such, updates will happen over the air. Unfortunately, it's only with new models.

How can I stop my Bluetooth hearing aid from connecting to my Ford Sync?

Ford SYNC

Episode 1140

David from Durham, NC

David has a hearing aid, which is bluetooth enabled, and whenever he gets into his car, Ford SYNC connects to his hearing aid instead of his phone. Leo says that's one of the limitations of Ford SYNC is that it can only sync with one device at a time, so he'd have to disable his hearing aid in order to have it connect to his phone.

How can I get my iPod Touch to start playing podcasts where they left off?

Media Kind in iTunes

Episode 960

Bob from Florence, AZ

Bob has an iPod Touch connected to Ford Sync via USB. When he stops the car, he loses his place in the podcast he's listening to. Leo says iTunes and the iPod is set up so that if it stops in the middle of a song, it would start over, but if it's an audiobook or podcast, it would start where it left off. It does this based on hidden data in the file to tell the iPod what type of file it is.