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.
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.
Are you ready to have some summer fun? We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City think Sauk City has a lot to offer. Check out these fun day trips in Sauk City you can take with friends or family.
Spend a day on the water of the Wisconsin River. Whether you love canoeing, kayaking, or tubing, you can do it all here. If you want to make it an overnight trip, you can camp out on the river banks.
Bender’s Bluff View Canoe Rentals
If you don’t have you own canoe but still want to enjoy the river, this company will rent out canoes to you as well as give you a specific route to follow along the lower Wisconsin River so that you’re sure to enjoy the scenes.
If you’re looking for an adults-only getaway, this winery is perfect. It’s both a winery and a distillery, so if you’re not a wine person, problem solved! You can tour the winery and vineyards as well as take part in a wine tasting.
Cameo Antique Mall
If you love antiques, or really if you love shopping, this is the place for you. The Cameo Antique Mall is a large antique store with nearly everything you can imagine, from furniture to old books.
Fords knows what it takes to craft a remarkable pickup truck. That’s why so many of their trucks are bringing home awards. The Ford F-150 Raptor is no exception.
Every year, there are awards distributed at the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest. This event consists of multiple off-road tests and on-road handling tests to analyze vehicles for their ability and control on the road. The drivers of the vehicles in the tests were all part of the Northwest Automotive Press Association, so they were able to judge from firsthand experience.
“The pickup category was extremely tough this year,” said Tuan Huynh, NWAPA Mudfest Event Chair, Northwest Automotive Press Association. “Ford F-150 Raptor won the hearts of our members for its prowess both on-road and off over two days of rigorous testing.”
Because of this, the Ford F-150 Raptor was named the “Best Pickup” of Mudfest. The Raptor has tons to offer when it comes to off-road capabilities, thanks to tires designed specifically for rough roads and its improved suspension control.
If you need convincing that the Ford F-150 Raptor is a winner, then come down to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today to take it for a spin.
April 17 is National Mustang Day, a day on which Ford Mustang enthusiasts all over the world celebrate the launch of this iconic, timeless muscle car. Ford took advantage of the festivities in order to announce something that’s sure to be exciting for Mustang lovers everywhere; the brand will be extending production of the current-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R models to the upcoming 2018 model years.
The 2018 models will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque that gives the Shelby GT350 and GT350R the kind of track-ready performance that earned it Road & Track’s “Performance Car of the Year” award for 2016. However, the 2018 model year will have some new add-ons like three news colors–Orange Fury, Kona Blue, and Lead Foot Gray–and the option of an Electronics Package with available features like a premium nine-speaker audio system and Sync 3’s integrated navigation.
We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City were excited to celebrate National Mustang Day especially after hearing the news about the extension of the Ford Mustang GT350 and GT350R. And, we are eagerly anticipating the 2018 models, which Ford representatives have said will be arriving at dealerships this fall.
At Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we’re all about efficiency in every way. Today’s automobile market is full of vehicles with technologies like EcoBoost engines that help boost fuel economy. Yet, did you know there’s even more you can do to save on gas? Check out these fuel-friendly tips.
It’s not hard to start saving on gas!
Clean Out Your Car
Those who use their trunk or back seat as a permanent storage facility are suffering from more than just a bad case of the clutters. Any extra weight in your car has an impact on its efficiency, and every 200 pounds of weight cuts off one mile to the gallon. Clean out and save on gas.
Check Your Tires
Just one under-inflated tire can decrease your car’s efficiency. Make a habit of checking your tire pressure every time you stop for gas so you can be sure they’re always inflated to the recommended PSI.
Use an App
Downloading an app like GasBuddy onto your smartphone makes it easy to find the best gas prices near you. All you have to do is put in your location and the app will tell you where to find the cheapest gas in the area. With handy apps like GasBuddy, there’s no more retracing your steps to find that lower price.
When the spring weather hits, it’s hard for truck fanatics to resist the call of the unpaved wild. There’s no better off-roading vehicle than the Ford F-150 Raptor, built to tackle the roughest terrains like it’s nothing.
The Raptor is the real deal, and if you’re interested in trying your hand at off-roading, we highly recommend stopping in at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about what it has to offer. When you do finally make your way to the trails, follow these tips for off-roading for a safe and successful adventure.
Even the most experienced off-roaders get stuck sometimes. Push your pride aside and come prepared for the worst. Bring tools like a heavy-duty tow strap and an electric winch if you plan to go alone, plus a first aid kit just in case.
Know Your Path
One of the easiest ways to encounter a problem is through surprise. Make sure you’re well aware of what you’re getting into by studying maps, asking around, and even getting out of your truck and hiking ahead a little to scout the area.
Shift into 4WD Right Away
Don’t wait until the path gets extra tricky—turn on your 4WD as soon as you leave the pavement. This way, you won’t forget to do it later, and you won’t get stuck in the meantime.
Buying a used car is a great option. There are so many advantages to this route, especially since today’s cars can last a long time. But buying used can be daunting, too. Before you start, you should be prepared for the transaction. Here are five things to do when buying used.
Before you talk to the dealer about financing, do some research. Check with your bank and local credit union to see what type of financing they’re willing to offer so that you can find the best deal.
Research the Vehicle’s Value
You don’t have to take a dealer’s word for how much a car is worth. You can check that yourself, using a resource like Kelley Blue Book. KBB.com lets you search vehicles by their year, model, and condition to get a true estimate of a car’s value.
Look Up the Vehicle Identification Number
The VIN is used to record a vehicle’s history, which you as a consumer have a right to know. Use the VIN to search a potential vehicle on CarFax or AutoCheck, two services which will let you know whether the vehicle has been in any big accidents or any other incidents that could change its quality.
Have the Car Looked at
If possible, ask to have the used vehicle examined by a reliable mechanic. This will give you another opinion on how healthy the car is.
New cars depreciate the second they leave the lot. This means that you can get a car very close to new for a much lower price. Look for a young car at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to get the best value out of buying used.