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  1. ou81

    Travel Link

    That's a great tip pwscott. Thanks!
  2. ou81

    Travel Link

    In case anyone is interested, it seems that where I live (Ottawa, ON, Canada), the free trial period for Traffic Plus and Travel Link is, like the audio trial, 6 months long. I got my ST from a dealer in Ottawa in May of 2020 and according to my newly created SiriusXM account, my complimentary...
  3. ou81

    Travel Link

    Great. I'll look for them!
  4. ou81

    Travel Link

    Thanks Peter. Where (on what screen) is the weather displayed? I have never (or don't recall) seen it.
  5. ou81

    Travel Link

    How do you display weather information? Do I have to have the data feature (whatever that is) enabled? I'm in Ottawa, Ontario and have a 2020 ST (with the large display). I've only seen the occasional road works icon on the Nav map and don't recall seeing any traffic congestion colours but I'll...
  6. ou81

    Second row seats issue

    Thanks! I will try that. I solved the problem of not being able to get the second row seats back to normal ( \ ). It turns out that the aftermarket netting that I installed to try and keep the dog in the back and which connected to the head rests and a tab on the bottom rear of each seat was too...
  7. ou81

    Second row seats issue

    Today I tried to put the second row seats into a flat position ( _ ) so I could use the full cargo space. The third row seats went down nicely but I could only get the second row seats to go down to about 45 degrees ( / ). Now I can't get the second row seats back to normal passenger mode ( \ )...
  8. ou81

    3 x 2020 ST's This Year... Life Is Good

    As usual, you are correct Peter. Now I'm not sure if it's a Blackvue or Thinkware! I threw out the boxes when I moved 2 years ago. The 770 rings a bell. Every 2 weeks it reminds me to reformat the SD card to ensure data integrity. It's the one where you have to install the rear camera upside...
  9. ou81

    3 x 2020 ST's This Year... Life Is Good

    I bought a Thinkware (can't remember the model number) back in 2017 for my Explorer Platinum. 1080p back and front. I believe this is before Ford went with them as an authorized accessory. I had them remove it from the old Exp and install it on the new one.
  10. ou81

    3 x 2020 ST's This Year... Life Is Good

    In early May I took delivery of a Blue ST (big wheels and the tech package). It worked well but the front camera didn't work. I sent it in to have extra tinting installed on the front driver / passenger side windows and installation of my dashcam (which they had removed from my 2017 Platinum...
  11. ou81

    Cell Phone Mount

    Possible design flaw... they've moved the sensor?
  12. ou81

    Cell Phone Mount

    That's what I thought. I was wearing a long coat given how cold it's been and suspect the coat was dangling down around the sensor. I also suspect they've moved the sensor since I don't recall this happening on my 2017 Exp Platinum. Unless it has something to do with the lack of a face-plate to...
  13. ou81

    Cell Phone Mount

    For my 2017 Platinum, I ended up using the cheapest vent-clamp holder ($10). I lost interest in trying to find a tidier cable solution and just put up with the lightning cable hanging off the bottom of the iPhone. Now that I have a 2020, I've had to upgrade my iPhone from a 7 Plus to an 11 Pro...
  14. ou81

    Dog Hair Mitigation

    Thanks Peter. I thought I'd go with WeatherTech because they looked softer / more comfortable for the dog. I also like the WT styling more than the Husky but do appreciate the fact that they cover more area, especially the front door sills.
  15. ou81

    Dog Hair Mitigation

    These look like my best bet. They're less expensive than the Ford ones. I'll probably pick up a pair of front row floor liners as well. Thanks!
  16. ou81

    Dog Hair Mitigation

    A few days ago I took my 2017 Explorer Platinum in to my dealer for spring maintenance and detailing to get rid of all of the hair my German Sheppard deposited on the rear carpet. On my way out, I noticed that they had an Atlas Blue 2020 ST (plus the premium tech and street packages) on the...
  17. ou81

    Programming Homelink / Liftmaster - do I need the opener's remote?

    Hi Peter. I quoted step 1 from the section "Gate Operator / Canadian Programming"...
  18. ou81

    Programming Homelink / Liftmaster - do I need the opener's remote?

    Thanks guys. I went to Canadian Tire and purchased a universal remote. I programmed it for the Liftmaster using the Liftmaster's learn program and then used that to program the HomeLink in my Explorer. Programming the universal remote for the Liftmaster was a piece of cake. Not so for the...
  19. ou81

    Programming Homelink / Liftmaster - do I need the opener's remote?

    Thanks. I found lots of threads on the net that suggested that I don't need the remote but no specifics on how to do it.
  20. ou81

    Programming Homelink / Liftmaster - do I need the opener's remote?

    I have a 2017 Explorer Platinum. I'd like to program the homelink garage door opener to open my LiftMaster garage door opener but I don't have a remote control for it. All of the instructions I have found assume you have the remote. I have attempted to program it by pressing the learn button on...
  21. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    He used plastidip I think. I'm not sure how durable it is or how long it will last.
  22. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    I agree Peter. There is only one grille for the Platinum and I believe it to be chrome plated making it difficult to paint (black out) so I might have to go with my original idea and install a Sport grille. I'm not sure I have much confidence in my dealership's paint and custom shop. The paint...
  23. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    Thanks. I thought plastidip was a temporary solution. Do you think it will last and if so, how long? Our winters are long, icy and cold :(
  24. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    Just talked to the paint shop at my local dealer. They suggested that they can't paint a chrome grille because the paint won't adhere properly. The guy asked me which grille I had on my '17 Ex Platinum and suggested there are 3 variants, one of which is chrome. I didn't know there were different...
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    2017FordExplorer-Platinum-2-Painted-Grille-1280x720-Animation

    2017 Explorer Platinum animation between stock and painted grille
  26. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    I attempted to paint the grille with Photoshop again. This time it turned out a little better and is a decent approximation of what painting the grille would look like: I like it quite a bit for a number of reasons including it's a much cheaper solution and it's still somewhat stock. Note: You...
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    2017-Ford-Explorer-Platinum-With-Painted-Grille-1280x720

    2017 Explorer Platinum with painted grille
  28. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    That's a possibility. Would it be durable enough? I tried "painting" the grille in Photoshop but the result wasn't realistic so I'm having trouble envisioning what it would look like. I'm not sure what it is about the grille that I don't like. The chrome or (as Halwg put it) the chicken wire...
  29. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    It was done in Photoshop using two images, each in its own layer. Google "Photoshop gif animation" for more info. If you don't have Photoshop then Google "create gif animation". There are a number of free to low-cost tools available. There's even a free online animated gif maker.
  30. ou81

    2017 Platinum with Sport Grille (Gif animation)

    I'm not a fan of my 2017 Explorer Platinum's (shadow black) front grille. I'm thinking of installing a 2017 Explorer Sport grille instead. Here's a two frame animated GIF to show what it would look like. I believe the grilles are interchangeable. What do you guys think?
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    2017FordExplorer-Platinum-2-Sport-Grille-1280x720-Animation

    2017 Ford Explorer Platinum with Sport Grille (Animated)
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    Solved "SYNC does not have access to text messaging..."

    Thanks PlatinumOwner. That appears to have corrected the issue. I have been in and out of the car about 10 times and each time the phone has connected with text messaging enabled. Before it would connect but I'd have to manually enable text messaging. Interestingly, after doing a system reset...
  34. ou81

    Low Battery Warning

    I bet you work at home (like me)! I averaged around 5,800 kilometres per year in my Dodge Magnum.
  35. ou81

    Solved "SYNC does not have access to text messaging..."

    Thanks. Show Notifications is on. I have re-paired a couple of times. How does one perform a Sync master reset?
  36. ou81

    Low Battery Warning

    Do you know what caused your battery drain? Did it prevent the car from working or only the touch screen on the nav / entertainment system. It was only 3 months old.
  37. ou81

    Solved "SYNC does not have access to text messaging..."

    I have an iPhone 7 Plus that works well via Bluetooth with the Sync 3 system in my 2017 Explorer Platinum. However, each time I get into the car, in order to receive text message notifications I have to go to the Sync 3 screen and touch Phone -> Text Messages. I then receive the following...
  38. ou81

    Thinkware F750 front & rear dashcam hardwire install (Ford Explorer 2011-2017)

    Thanks for all of the info. Where did you attach the front camera in your 2017 Explorer Sport? To the windshield or to the underside of the compartment behind the rear-view mirror?
  39. ou81

    Thinkware F750 front & rear dashcam hardwire install (Ford Explorer 2011-2017)

    I asked the accessories person at my Ford dealer the same question and his answer was consistent with yours. Thanks. Now I have to decide between a Thinkware 770 dual camera setup and the Blackvue 650S-2CH. My local Best Buy have a Blackvue 650S-2CH bundled with a 16GB card and a Mobile...
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