Car Repair

Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch Radio Won’t Turn Off in a 2014 Ford Fiesta SE

On Thursday, 21 June 2018, the radio in my 2014 Ford Fiesta SE would not turn off. (For identification purposes, my car has a Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch radio.) I also couldn’t turn down the volume using the volume knob on the dash or the volume buttons on the left side of the steering wheel. I knew removing the negative battery cable would reset the radio and solve the problem, but so would removing the radio’s fuse, which would be easier.

I chose the latter.

The owner’s manual indicates that there are two fuse boxes: One underneath the hood on the driver side, and one behind the glove box on the passenger side. The radio-based fuses are in the fuse box located behind the glove box.

2014 Ford Fiesta SE Fuse Box Behind Glove Box
2014 Ford Fiesta SE Fuse Box Behind Glove Box

Fuse 10 (15A), marked F10, is the fuse for an “Audio unit, SYNC” radio, while fuse 24 (7.5A), marked F24, is the fuse for an “Audio unit.” Because I have a SYNC-based radio, F24 is rightfully missing; F10 appears in the top right group of fuses. (See below.)

2014 Ford Fiesta SE Fuse Box Behind Glove Box, with Fuse F10 Highlighted
2014 Ford Fiesta SE Fuse Box Behind Glove Box, with Fuse F10 Highlighted

With the car off and the key extracted from the ignition switch, I removed F10, waited five seconds, then replaced the fuse.

It’s been five days since this occurred and the problem has not resurfaced.

Update (7 November 2018)

Radio is still working fine; problem has not recurred.

Update (9 August 2018)

Radio is still working fine.


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The Lofree Mechanical Keyboard — An Awkward Layout

The Hong Kong-based start-up lofree is manufacturing a typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard that was recently crowdfunded at Indiegogo. I purchased one for $79. It arrived on 12 June 2017.

Keyboard Layout: Numeric and Function Rows Misaligned

The main video on the campaign’s homepage claims — at time 0:48 — that the lofree keyboard “features the exact same keyboard layout as Apple’s Magic Keyboard.”

This isn’t true, and many people have expressed their discontent about this in the Comments section of the product’s Indiegogo page.

The numeric row and the function row of keys have been shifted to the right by a key, effectively forcing touch typists to re-learn how to type.

Number row highlighted in original lofree keyboard layout
Highlighting the original, misaligned number row on the lofree keyboard.

If you’re willing to re-learn the layout and this will be your only keyboard, then stop reading. For the rest of us who use multiple machines, however, the layout is unacceptable.

Keyboard Layout: Fix

Lofree advised me (and others) to use Karabiner to fix the keyboard layout, but Karabiner doesn’t work in macOS Sierra. Thus, I set out to create a layout that works in all modern versions of Mac OS X.

My fix is available on GitHub.

The layout re-aligns the numeric row back to the standard position, not the function row. The back tick/tilde key, now a dead key, is placed to the left of the delete, and the toggling you’d get with command + ` (back tick) is converted to a three-key combination: command + control + 1.

Shifted number row highlighted in lofree keyboard layout
The number row shifted back into the traditional position, with the back tick key, now a dead key, positioned to the left of the delete key.

As for reliability, I’ve used the layout for two weeks in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.12 Sierra without incident.