Preparing your car for summer is a necessity in optimizing performance and extending the vehicle’s lifespan. Here are some summer car service tasks that the average driver can take care of on their own.
Drivers should periodically inspect their vehicle’s lights and bulbs. Replacing burned out bulbs is a safety precaution that no driver should ignore. The lenses need to be cleaned and inspected for cracks just as frequently.
Worn windshield wipers can become a major safety hazard in heavy summer rains. As a general rule, drivers should replace their windshield wipers every six months, but fortunately, replacing worn wiper blades is an inexpensive maintenance task, and it’s easy to do, too!
A car battery can fail any time of the year, but failure becomes more likely if the batteryisn’t properly maintained. While the only way to determine a battery’s strength is with professional equipment, drivers can take some routine maintenance precautions to reduce the chance of failure.
First, drivers can scrape corrosion off of the posts and cable connections. Cleaning the surfaces and retightening the connections can help keep the battery looking like new while potentially extending its lifespan. Drivers can also check the battery’s fluid level, provided the caps are removable.
Of course, another good idea is, if you see something that looks out of the ordinary, bring your vehicle in to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City for our professional technicians to look at.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor arrives with more off-road capability than any previous model. A new round of technology makes its way to this impressive feat of engineering prowess. Tackling rough terrain is exactly what the Ford F-150 Raptor was built for.
The 2019 model year brings plenty of new off-road technologies to the capable Ford F-150 Raptor. The internal by-pass shock absorbers see the addition of a Live Valve system, which allows the shock absorbers to change how firm they are depending on the terrain.
Traveling on uneven terrain is what Live Valve was designed for. In the Ford F-150 Raptor, the system is capable of adjusting up to 13 inches in the front and 13.9 inches in the rear.
On top of its quick adjustments, Live Valve works in part with the existing Terrain Management system. Thanks to this system, the F-150 Raptor can shift from traveling trails to cruising on pavement in no time at all.
Trail Control is another new technology feature arriving in the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor. This new system acts as a form of low-speed, off-road cruise control. It keeps the truck moving along at speeds between one and 20 mph.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale starting later this year, but if you don’t want to wait for it to arrive, you can always come and see the 2018 model today at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
The Ford Mustang has grown to become one of the most recognizable vehicles around the globe, which is why it comes as no surprise that it was recently named the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the third year in a row.
According to Ford analysis, the Mustang saw a total of 125,809 registrations in 2017. This data, which was compiled by the government and captured 95% of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries, shows that the ‘Stang has pulled ahead of its worldwide competition.
“The world loves Ford Mustang,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet. It could be found on TV or the interior, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo.”
These 125,809 Ford Mustangs that were sold last year were sold across 146 countries. Of that number 81,866 were sold in the United States, which means over one-third of all Mustang registrations were in export markets. The iconic pony car saw a particularly strong demand in China, which boasted 7,125 registrations, making it the best-selling sports coupe in that country as well.
It also looks like the most popular configuration around the globe is the Mustang GT that comes equipped with the 5.0-liter V8.
Test drive the iconic Ford Mustang at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
For some people, getting to the doctor’s office isn’t always easy. Ford is looking to make things easier for patients across Southeast Michigan with the new Ford GoRide service for non-emergency medical transportation.
This new service covers 200 health facilities, such as nursing centers and rehabilitation centers. These organizations can easily schedule and book transportation for their patients’ medical appointments, ensuring that each patient arrives at the doctor’s office safely and on time.
The program uses Ford Transit vans that will easily accommodate a variety of patients, including those in wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges. It also services patients who simply aren’t able to access transportation. You can even pre-book transport up to 30 days in advance, helping remove transportation barriers.
During its pilot face, the GoRide service delivered its patients on-time 92% of the time with wait times of only 10 to 30 minutes for on-demand wheelchair transport. Each driver goes through a full training regimen that includes learning how to properly care for and transport those patients who might require assistance. The drivers can assist patients to and from private residences; entering and exiting the vehicle; and to and from the doctor’s office.
To learn more about this incredible service from Ford, call or visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
If you’re a Ford fan, you now have another reason to love Ford vehicles. This past March, Ford announced its all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety system, which is “the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands.”
In the next couple of years, Ford’s state-of-the-art safety technology will come standard on 91% of Ford vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, allowing you to feel calm, collected, and confident while behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle. Ford Co-Pilot360™ is only the beginning of Ford’s commitment to innovative safety technology, as the automaker will invest $500 million in the next five years to further develop driver-assist technology and safety features.
Ford Co-Pilot360™ offers you innovative and advanced safety features that help elevate your overall driving experience. Among the features included are a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping System, Auto High Beam Lighting, and a convenient rear view camera. This suite of driver-assist technologies offers you comprehensive coverage while on the road.
The Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection monitors the road ahead of you, detecting vehicles and pedestrians in your path and automatically applying the brakes if necessary. At the other end, the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert monitors the road behind you and on either side of your vehicle, alerting you if there is a vehicle in your blind spot by displaying a backlit icon in your side-view mirror as well as using an audio alert.
To learn more about Ford’s innovative technology, the Ford Co-Pilot360™, visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
We’ve all had a long winter, so when spring begins to dawn and flowers begin to bloom, we’re ready to get out, explore the outdoors, and hit the road for some spring trips. Winter is tough on our vehicles, too, so with the arrival of spring, you will want to clean your vehicle, inside and out. Here are some spring cleaning tips for your car that we highly recommend.
- Exterior: After months of snow, ice, and salt hitting your car, your car’s exterior has seen better days. Give it a thorough wash and make sure to remove all residual salt, especially from the undercarriage, as salt is a corrosive material. If you’d like, you can use eco-friendly waterless car cleaners. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious once you clean the exterior, you can polish and wax your vehicle to give it a nice shine for spring.
- Interior: After months of windows rolled up and salt from your boots soaking into the carpets both the upholstery and carpets could use a thorough cleaning. Perhaps the best way to deep clean the interior is to use a carpet cleaning machine on both the floor of your car and the car’s upholstery. In addition, miscellaneous objects and trash tend to accumulate in your car during the winter, so clear it out and wipe down the car’s surfaces to get it feeling like new. You can even add a “new car smell” air freshener if you’d like!
For more cleaning tips and to schedule your spring maintenance check, call Courtesy Ford of Sauk City; our expert technicians will get your car ready for spring in no time.
Ford is moving into the future with a revamped Ford Transit Connect cargo van that promises to be more efficient, more capable and smarter than ever. It will be coming to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City late this fall.
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van will feature new and exclusive driver-assist technologies along with two new powertrain combinations. One of these will be a segment-first diesel — a 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel that is expected to deliver an EPA-estimated rating of at least 30 mpg highway.*
In addition to the diesel engine, there will be a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Available exclusively for fleets is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with six-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to its versatile engine lineup, the 2019 Transit Connect comes standard with a suite of active safety features including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Side Wind Stabilization, a rearview camera and Automatic Emergency Braking. Also available are the following features: Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The Transit Connect can also help you stay connected while on the job site with standard embedded 4G LTE that can provide Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.
See what the Transit can do for you at Courtesy Ford in Sauk City, WI!
*Actual mileage will vary; final EPA 1.5-liter EcoBlue fuel economy estimates are expected in early 2019.
St. Patrick’s Day is always on March 17, but this year it falls on Saturday, making it the perfect time to head out and spend the day feeling a little bit Irish.
Here are some of the best St. Patrick’s Day events near Sauk City. Please remember to line up a designated driver if your plans include drinking alcohol. Here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we want you to make it home safely so you can enjoy another St. Patrick’s Day next year.
- Patrick’s Day Parade. Head down to Madison on St. Patrick’s Day and watch this spectacular parade. It will step off from the Madison Capitol Square at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a raffle drawing for a trip to Ireland and other fun activities throughout the day.
- Culinary Dinner Theater. Enjoy a remarkable Irish dinner with the chef as the star. You and your friends get to watch some of the preparation and then enjoy the five-course feast.
- Whiskey-Paired Dinner. Visit the Madison Club on March 17 to take part in this whiskey-paired dinner presented by Liz Henry from J. Henry & Sons. The event will feature a four-course meal. Get your tickets early before they sell out.
If you want more of our St. Patrick’s Day tips, head over to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today!
Christmas may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to treat yourself to something new that will kick your driving experience up a notch. Here are some of our favorite new car gadgets that driving enthusiasts will love.
Bestek Jump Starter
One down side of traditional jumper cables is that if there are no other cars around, you’re out of luck. The Bestek Jump Starter is a great new device that solves this dilemma. This convenient gadget plugs right into your car’s 12V outlets so you can get back on the road even if there is no one else in sight.
Garmin Dash Cam 55
A dash cam is the best way to record all of your favorite scenic drives, and the Garmin Dash Cam 55 does just this in incredibly clear 1440p video at 30 frames per second. You can even use this dash cam to easily make cinematic time-lapse videos of your adventures.
Handpresso Coffee Maker
Especially if you’re often in a rush in the morning, you should definitely check out the Handpresso Coffee Maker. This little machine plugs into your car’s 12V outlets and fits conveniently in your cup holder so you can always count on your coffee being as fresh as possible for your morning commute.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect car for all of these cool gadgets, stop by Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to browse our lot’s inventory.
Sure, traditional car radios are great, but finding great smartphone apps can really take your driving experience to the next level. So, if talk radio isn’t doing it for you any longer, check out these great driving apps that everyone is sure to love.
While Google Assistant isn’t solely for driving, it is an extremely useful app that makes access your smartphone much easier while behind the wheel. With intelligent voice recognition technology, Google Assistant can change the music, respond to texts, search for directions, and a whole lot more. The best part: it’s completely free to use.
There are a lot of great navigation apps out there. HERE WeGo is a little different than the rest, as it allows you to download maps and continue to use them even when you’re phone is offline. This lets you stay on track without burning through your cellular data allotment for the month.
If you’re still popping CDs into your car’s stereo, check out Spotify to discover how easy it is to have unlimited access to almost all the music you could ever want. Spotify is a great music streaming app that can be used for free, though it’s full range of features costs $9.99 per month.
A lot of newer vehicles come with features ready to incorporate these apps into your vehicle’s infotainment system. Check out some of the newest models equipped with this tech at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.