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WHY REPLACE SHOCKS AND STRUTS?

Struts are an integral component of your vehicle’s suspension system, and kind of important if things like handling, stopping, and riding in comfort matter to you. A way to visualize struts is simply to picture a shock absorber and coil spring combination, working together to smooth out bumps in the road. Improved handling, shorter stopping distances, and a smoother ride are the benefits you realize from changing struts. Air shock absorbers improve ride quality by limiting suspension movement. They also have a direct effect on handling and braking. Worn shocks can make for an uncomfortable ride, but, more importantly, they can compromise your ability to control the vehicle. So, it’s important to keep shocks ship-shape.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY SHOCKS?

In general, you should inspect your air shock absorbers every 12,000 miles. Signs that your shocks may need attention include:

  • Diving during heavy braking
  • Wandering on the highway
  • Hitting bumps hard
  • Leaking shock fluid

Struts are wear items that absorb countless bumps in the road, which is why replacing struts on a car is recommended every 50,000 miles.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHOCKS AND STRUTS?

The words “shocks” and “struts” are often used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same thing. Each wheel on your car has either a shock or a strut, never both; although, a vehicle may have struts in the front and shocks in the rear. Consult your owner’s manual or speak to an Advance Team Member to be sure.

 

From: Advanceautoparts.com

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5 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Tires

A few simple decisions about tires can help motorists avoid deadly mistakes on the road — especially in wet conditions.

1. Rotate tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. This will help tires wear at the same time.

2. Always put new tires on the back axle. It will help drivers keep control of their cars on wet roads. “Its doesn’t matter if you’re driving front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive,” said Sarah Robinson, a Michelin tire safety expert. “If you lose traction in the rear first, the car’s gonna spin. Physics always wins.”

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3. Keep tire pressure at the recommended level. Low tire pressure can cause tires to lose their grip on wet, rainy surfaces. How much pressure do your tires need? Look for the number in your car owner’s manual or on your car door.

4. Check tire pressure on a regular basis. “We want to do this once a month or before a long road trip. You want to do it in the morning when the pressures are cool and stabilized,” Robinson said.

5. Check tire tread depth regularly. This will help keep good traction on wet roads. An easy way to check tread depth is to use a quarter inserted upside down into the tire groove: If you can see above Washington’s head, start shopping for new tires.

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City Ford Service Department

City Ford’s service team is proud to have been ranked the #1 Ford Service Department in the greater Edmonton area. We are a “one-stop” service centre. From air conditioning to windshields, no job is too big or too small. City Ford Service means convenience for our customers. We offer drive-in service, extended hours, free shuttle service, complimentary coffee and of course – the best team in the business!

We offer the following Same Day Services:

  • Lube, oil, filter
  • Tire replacement and/or balancing/repair
  • Sheduled maintenance services
  • Cooling System Service
  • Belts and hose replacement
  • Batteries
  • Wiper Blades & arms
  • Brakes
  • Shocks/Struts
  • Transmission Service
  • Air/Fuel Filter replacement
Quality Care Maintenance

With Quality Care, your vehicle gets the treatment it needs from the people who know it best. Only Technicians and Service Advisors at your Ford dealer have the training, the equipment and the parts needed to keep your car or truck running in top condition. Quality Care Maintenance is fast, accurate and competitively priced. It’s the best way to protect your investment, maintain your warranty, and ensure that you get top dollar at re-sale. Don’t take chances by taking your vehicle anywhere else. Get the “expert touch” with Quality Care Maintenance.

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How to Test a Car Battery

Do you remember when you last had your battery serviced? The summer heat and winter cold take a big toll on your car’s battery, which could wind up leaving you stranded.

To determine if your battery is fully charged, you will need to measure your battery’s state of charge with a voltmeter. You can use an analog or digital voltmeter, but a digital meter will give you an easier-to-see, more accurate reading. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, remember to always wear a pair of rubber gloves and goggles whenever you service your battery. This will protect your hands and eyes from acid.

Follow these steps to test your battery:

  1. Before you begin testing, make sure the ignition key and all of your vehicle’s lights are off.
  2. Connect the red or positive voltmeter test lead to your battery’s positive terminal.
  3. Then, connect the black or negative voltmeter test lead to your battery’s negative terminal.
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  5. Always remove the negative terminal first. If the battery terminals do not come off easily, use a battery terminal puller to remove them. Do not use a screwdriver to pry the terminals off because it can break the internal connections of the battery post.
  6. Take your battery terminal cleaning tool, which should have different extensions for different sized terminals, and use it to clean off the terminals and posts. Also, use a quality battery cleaning solution.

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Fuel Injectors

Fuel injectors spray or inject fuel into the internal combustion engine in extremely precise amounts. Injectors consist of an electrical coil and nozzle, through which fuel is directed to the combustion chamber. Over time, combustion blow-by and fuel contaminates build up in the nozzle, causing the spray patterns to lose precision, resulting in loss of fuel efficiency, decline in engine performance and, often times, unacceptable levels of emissions. Common symptoms of this clogging include hesitation, misfires and sputtering. For optimal performance, fuel injectors should be cleaned every 15,000 miles or when a decrease in performance is noticed.

Keeping fuel injectors clean is much simpler and less costly than servicing them when they become a problem. Prevention involves using a quality fuel system cleaner. These are additive products specifically designed to clean gasoline fuel injectors and related components in just one tankful. These additives are available for both gasoline and diesel fueled engines. All you have to do is dump a bottle of fuel injector cleaner in your full tank of gas and allow it to complete the cleaning process as you drive, that simple! Fuel injector cleaner can remove deposits from clogged fuel injectors while increasing fuel performance and reducing emissions.

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Your vehicle’s fuel system and its injectors are what keeps your engine revving and on the move. If you are experiencing sputtering and misfires, there may be a clogging issue that is beyond what the pour-in cleaners can address. Professional technicians use special pressurized cleaning systems to aggressively remove stubborn deposits. Make an appointment and stop by a Pep Boys store near you to let our professional technicians address the difficult cases.

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Your Check Engine Light

You’re driving your car, or maybe you just turned it on, when suddenly you notice a yellow light illuminating on your car’s dashboard. Like most car owners, chances are you haven’t a clue what could be wrong. The check engine light is the most mysterious of all of the dashboard lights, as well as the most menacing. It’s one thing when your TPMS light comes on, but it’s a whole different ball game when there could be something wrong with your engine.

The check engine light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to abandon ship and immediately pull your car over to the side of the road, but to be safe, it’s best to make an appointment at your local service center to see what may be wrong. If you’re less prone to panicking, and instead, you’re asking yourself, “How long can I drive with the check engine light on?”, then chances are you may need to read on from here.

A blinking or flashing dashboard light usually indicates a more severe problem. When this occurs, check your vehicle service manual and schedule an appointment to have the problem looked at by a professional technician as soon as possible. Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components.

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