Three Fall Car Maintenance Tips

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

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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.

Three Signs That You Need New Tires

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.

 

Vibrations

 

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.

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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.

12 Steps to Help You Change a Tire

Change a Tire in 12 Simple Steps

During the summer, plenty of us head out on a fun road trip. However, nothing can ruin a good trip faster than a flat tire! Flat tires are an unfortunate, yet common problem that many drivers face. With that said, a flat tire is not an impossible problem to solve. In fact, fixing a flat tire is simple if you follow these 12 steps that will help you change a tire.

  1. Find an area off the road where you can safely pull over and park.
  2. Activate your vehicle’s hazard lights.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts of your tires with a wrench. However, do no remove them just yet!
  4. Using a jack, lift your vehicle approximately 6 inches off of the ground.
  5. Remove the lug nuts.
  6. Next, remove the tire itself.
  7. Locate your vehicle’s spare tire.
  8. Place the spare tire in the same spot the flat tire once resided in.
  9. Place the lug nuts back in place, but do not tighten them yet!
  10. Lower your vehicle back to the ground using the jack.
  11. Tighten the lug nuts in place.
  12. Place the flat tire in the trunk of your vehicle.

With any luck, you should be back on the road in no time flat! For more serious issues, come see us at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!