From oxygen sensors to the mass air flow sensor. You can improve your car’s fuel efficiency with these quick fixes!
One of the best ways to improve fuel efficiency is to get a new car. New cars come with the latest technologies, which often means they’re more efficient. But for those who don’t want to buy a new car simply to improve their gas mileage, there are multiple car parts you can replace to improve your engine’s efficiency.
According to Bankrate, improving fuel efficiency is simple as long as you know which parts to improve. One of the simplest parts to replace is your mass air flow sensor. This sensor regulates the flow of fuel, the ignition system, and even shifting. On older cars, the sensor can be inaccurate due to wear and tear; therefore, by replacing it, you can get better gas mileage.
Oxygen sensors (also called “O2 sensors”) are another way to improve fuel economy. These sensors keep track of exhaust before and after it hits your catalytic converter, which adjusts fuel injection levels. Therefore, when the O2 sensor starts to fail, you’ll lose gas mileage.
Spark plugs are important to replace if you’re looking to improve fuel economy. Spark plugs create little sparks to ignite the air-fuel mixture in your engine, therefore causing combustion. Because spark plugs are located near small explosions, carbon builds up on them over time.
These are just some of the things you can do to improve fuel economy. Not sure if you know how to replace the mass air flow sensor, oxygen sensor, or spark plugs? Visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City for a technician to work on your car.
The Performance Pack Level 2 will be offered on the 2018 Mustang GT.
The Ford Mustang is America’s favorite pony car, providing performance and styling at an affordable price for years. Recently, Ford introduced the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 to improve performance and design for drivers everywhere. If you’re looking for optimal power and bold styling, the new Performance Pack may be right for you.
According to Ford, the Performance Pack Level 2 will be offered on the 2018 Mustang GT. This package includes things like a low and aggressive stance, improved aerodynamics, a front splitter, rear spoiler, and a specially designed suspension. The MagneRide® suspension is made to be ultra-responsive, even at high speeds, providing improved performance on the track as well as the road.
“A passion to create something special is what really drove this project,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work.”
The new Performance Pack also has a new manual transmission for a better response, as well as a more thrilling experience behind the wheel. The Performance Pack Level 2 also has the same features as the Level 1, including a tuned chassis, Brembo™ brakes, and a TORSEN® rear differential, among other things. Stop by Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about the 2018 Ford Mustang.
Following a string of natural disasters that started with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and continued with Hurricane Maria and two earthquakes in Mexico, the Ford Motor Company Fund has decided to give back in a number of ways.
- The Ford Fund is matching contributions to the American Red Cross up to $300,000 for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—and now Maria.
- The Ford Fund is contributing $200,000 to the United Way in Mexico, as well as matching employee donations to the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund up to $50,000.
- In addition, the Ford Mexico & Dealers Civic Committee is donating $200,000 to United Way Mexico and for rebuilding Ford Schools.
- Finally, the Ford Fund is donating $100,000 in relief to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The Ford region is adding another $100,000 onto that amount.
In the wake of all these natural disasters, Ford Fund, employee, and dealership donations are quickly reaching $1 million.
There are several ways you can get involved and donate to provide relief as well. Two verified places to donate include the Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund and the Red Cross. To get Ford to match your contributions, donate to the Mexico Earthquake Relief fund here and the Red Cross here.
We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City send our thoughts to those rebuilding after these disasters.
The 2018 Ford Escape is available now at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City—and there’s a whole lot to love about the new SUV. But what are some of our favorite features? We asked the staff here and compiled their favorite things to love about the 2018 Ford Escape.
- Cargo Capacity: Gets up to 68 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold down both rear seat backs.
- Intelligent 4WD: Relies on a system that monitors road conditions and your traction every 16 milliseconds and then transfers torque where it’s needed most.
- SE Sport Appearance Package: This special package for the new Escape sits the SUV on 19-inch Ebony Black premium-panted aluminum wheels and adds features such as unique black front fender grilles, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, halogen projector headlamps with black bezels and signature lighting, and sporty V-shaped partial leather-trimmed seats.
- SYNC® 3: You can stay connected with the infotainment system to rule them all—complete with Wi-Fi® hotspot connectivity. Enjoy features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and available navigation.
Want to learn more about the new 2018 Ford Escape with ample cargo room, 4WD, a sporty appearance package, and its innovative infotainment technology? Visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today.
At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast, especially in the Houston area. Then, it hung around for days, dumping an unbelievable amount of additional rain and causing severe flooding. In the aftermath of this disaster, the country is coming together to help.
Ford’s hurricane relief is coming in multiple ways. Ford and its dealers are committed to raising more than $3.5 million to help rebuild the affected communities and help families get their lives back. Here are some of the ways Ford is giving back:
- The Ford Motor Company Fund is contributing $500,000 to various support groups in the area including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Team Rubicon, Catholic Charities, Toolbank, and by purchasing four Chariot Transit Vans to aid relief efforts.
- Ford dealers in the Texas area have already donated $200,000 through the Cowboys-Texas telethon and are committed to raising even more to help dealership employees and other groups.
- Ford has announced a unique “Texas Is Family” package that allows families who lost a vehicle to get the transportation they need. This package includes below-invoice Ford employee pricing with no payments until 2018. Low Ford Credit APR and lease rates, and a simple application process online.
Here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we hope to see everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey get their lives back to normal as soon as possible. If you want to help, consider making a donation to the Red Cross, or other charity organization.
You have probably already noticed the slight color changes in the leaves and the crisp feel in the air as you head off to work. These are all signs that fall is right around the corner. Fall in Sauk City means beautiful colors, cool days, and lots of fun. Here are some great fall events to add to your calendar.
- Fall Festival at Durward’s Glen. On Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can peruse the booths of local art vendors, enjoy local food, and even get a tractor tour of the historic grounds. This event is free to the public; however, donations are welcome.
- Crafts & Drafts. If painting a picture and drinking wine isn’t your thing, perhaps drinking beer and making a hearty project is more your taste. On Sept. 22, the River Arts Center will host its monthly night of fun. Here, you can create your own rustic wood sign to hang in your home.
- Waggin’ Wine Tour. For those who love a good glass of wine, plan on taking the Waggin’ Wine Tasting Tour to benefit the OccuPaws Guide Dogs. The tour takes place Sept. 24 and starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Sauk City Park & Ride. All transportation will be provided. There will also be appetizers, doors prizes, and more.
Which of these fall events are you most excited about? If you need a new ride for the upcoming cold weather, come visit us here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
Fords are built to last. But if you want your vehicle to run like-new for years to come, you need to take care of your Ford. Follow these car maintenance tips for fall to make sure you’re starting the season on the right foot.
Get New Wiper Blades
The autumn is sure to bring plenty of rain showers. Be prepared for safe driving in rainy weather by changing your wiper blades. It’s easy and inexpensive to do. Sure signs that you’re in need of new blades are streaks on the windshield and squeaking when the wipers are turned on.
Check Your Battery
As the weather cools down, your car battery will need to be in tip-top shape. Weak or old batteries can have a lot of trouble staying charged when the weather gets frigid. Have your battery checked no to avoid needing a jump during the winter months.
Change Your Oil and Air Filter
You should get an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, or according to your owner’s manual. Find a specific recommended schedule in your owner’s manual. Keeping your oil and your air filter clean helps ensure that your engine is running at its best, and that your fuel efficiency is at its highest.
If you need help or have any maintenance questions, give us a call at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
Keeping your tires in good condition is crucial for both safe driving and good fuel efficiency. If you’re wondering how to tell whether you need new tires, use these tips from Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to help you decide.
The Penny Test
A simple penny can help you determine whether your tread is worn enough to warrant replacing. Take a penny and stick it in your tire tread with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s definitely time for new tires.
If you’re experiencing vibration or an uneven, thumping feeling when you’re driving, there’s a good chance it has to do with your tires. Bring your vehicle to the dealership as soon as you can so we can check your alignment, your balance, and the overall condition of your tires.
Bulges and Cracks
Your tires often show their well-being in their appearance. Any signs of wear, like cracks or bumps, indicate that the tires are probably ready to be replaced. Get new tires as soon as you can, or you might end up blowing a tire while you’re on the road.
Ford has been re-evaluating its goals and changing positions as the company slowly becomes more focused on technological innovations. Some of the recent changes at the company have resulted in the funding of a new Ford research team, termed the Robotics and AI Research team, which is under the umbrella of the company’s Research and Advanced Engineering department.
The announcement came from Ford Research and Engineering VP Dr. Ken Washington, who unveiled the introduction of the new team in a post on his Medium account. Earlier this year he said, Ford made a major investment in the up-and-coming company Argo AI, and Ford will be working together with the company in order to make significant strides in the field of robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Washington also mentions he expects the field to blossom within the next decade.
Ford intends to collaborate with Argo AI on two fleets of self-driving cars by at least 2021, and one of them is expected to be here in time for Ford’s ride-hailing services.
Who knows? Maybe sometime within the next ten years you’ll be seeing self-driving cars on the lot here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City thanks to the new Ford research team. Until then, stop by and check out our inventory of capable traditional vehicles.
There are a lot of undiscovered local attractions in Wisconsin. Here’s some in our neck of the woods.
In addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Norske Nook is also known for their delectable pastries – featuring over 50 varieties of home-cooked pies! If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, go here.
Justin Trails B&B Resort
Want a staycation? The B&B resort adds so much more to the experience of a bed and breakfast. It sits on 200 acres of land, has a variety of cabins to stay in, offers hiking and golfing, and, in the wintertime is a hot spot for skiing and tubing.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
The last few miles of the Wisconsin River are some of the most uninterrupted visions of serenity; how better to enjoy them than to camp out along the embankments in southwest Wisconsin?
This curious, locally-sourced farm-to-table restaurant has an interesting quirk—instead of having seasonal or weekly specials, the staff changes their menu every day, posting their daily menu online for customers to see in advance.
Climb 600 feet in the air to catch the sight of three states and the Mississippi River Valley. What’s more is that this bluff is a halfway point on a local scenic route, so it’s easy to find in your car for a day of cruising.
Check out these undiscovered local attractions near us here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!