With the hot summers we experience in Texas, it’s important to perform summer car care. There are a range of things to keep in mind, such as checking electrical equipment, checking the coolant levels, and maintaining the tires, among other things. Here are some car maintenance tips to make sure your vehicle stays healthy this summer and for many seasons to come.
One of the most important things to do in hot climates is to check the battery and the electrical system. Heat is more harmful to the battery than cold weather, as it can cause the fluid to evaporate and internal corrosion. Check the charge of your battery, make sure it’s securely mounted and clean off any corrosive buildup from the battery terminals and clamps.
Check your coolant levels. Most vehicles have “hot” and “cold” levels, as the fluid change levels depending on whether your engine is warm, and be sure to use a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. If you haven’t flushed the cooling system in the past two years, do so now.
Finally, make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Heat causes air pressure to rise, which can overinflate the tires and cause added wear. The proper tire pressure should be listed on the driver’s side door jamb.
Keep auto care easy when you schedule a service appointment at Sour Lake Ford. We’re here to help ensure that your summer travels are as safe as they are fun.
For Ford, customer satisfaction has always been a top
priority. It’s not totally surprising then that 88 percent of customers rated
the brand’s service as good or excellent.
Ford recently revealed Roadside Assistance Program updates to further boost client satisfaction. For starters, it’s made its call service even more efficient, cutting the time drivers spend on hold by half, while streamlining the process. Ford is also offering a Spanish language option for Latino customers, to save them time and make it easier for them to get answers to their auto-care questions.
Ford’s Roadside Assistance program covers the first five
years of ownership, or up to 60,000 miles traveled — whichever one comes first.
The program provides services such as lock-out assistance, tire changes, jump
starts, and fuel/fluid delivery. It also offers towing service to a nearby Ford
dealership within a 35-mile radius.
“Roadside assistance is one of the most meaningful
touchpoints we have with our customers, aside from selling them a vehicle,”
said Sterling Black, manager of Ford and Lincoln Roadside Operations. He says
it’s important that staff creates an experience that fosters a sense of trust
with the customer.
Celebrate Ford’s emphasis on customer contentment when you stop by Sour Lake Ford to test-drive a shiny new 2020 model.
The end of summer signals the beginning of a new school season. Whether you’re dreading the drive or can’t wait to return, make sure you perform these essential back-to-school car maintenance steps before hitting the road this fall.
Lights and Wipers
Few things are as important to safe driving than
visibility, which is why it’s an absolute must to inspect all vehicle lights
and wipers before heading back to school. Make sure all headlamps, turn
signals, brake lights, and tail lights are working. And test your vehicle’s
windshield wipers to make sure they’re doing their job. If the wipers are
cracked, bent, or damaged, it’s easy and inexpensive to replace them.
Minor brake problems can gradually turn into major ones, so it’s important to address these issues as soon as they arise. If you’ve noticed any squealing or grinding while driving or braking, have your vehicle’s brakes serviced right away.
Healthy tires are key to great fuel economy as well as safe
driving. Make a habit of routinely checking your vehicle’s tires for proper
inflation and tire pressure, as well as tread condition.