The start of the school year is right around the corner, which means it’s almost carpooling season. At City Ford, we want to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape and ready for its turn in line. Check out these tips to help get your car ready.
Check Your Tires
Underinflated tires can lead to uneven driving, inefficient fuel-usage and possibly permanent damage to your wheels and axis. Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council, said “Underinflated tires are under stress and will eventually wear unevenly, making them a safety hazard, not to mention an added expense since the worn out tires will have to be replaced sooner.” Make sure your tires are properly inflated by using a pressure gauge and also check the tread for signs of significant wear or damage. Additionally, if it’s been more than 6,000 kilometers since your tires were rotated, then you’re overdue!
Listen to Your Brakes
Does your car squeak or squeal? Without rain or snow on the ground, noisy brakes are a telltale sign that your brakes need attention. According to Cars.com, a continuous squeal when you’re driving normally means it’s time for new brake pads, while a grinding sound generally shows that your brakes are drastically worn down. Regardless of the kind of sound, it’s important to have your brakes diagnosed as soon as your car starts making noises.
Get a Car Wash
This is an easy one! Having your vehicle washed will not only make it easier for the carpool crew to recognize your car (and not a dirty brownish gray one), but it also helps prolong the integrity of the body materials. Be sure to clean the exterior, as well as the undercarriage, wheels and tires. And don’t forget about the interior! Right before the school year starts, get a deep clean with a good vacuuming to make sure you’re starting the school year on the right foot.
To schedule a service, detail appointment or tuneup at NorthStar Ford in Cochrane, call us today at 403-239-1115 or visit our website.
Signs of Problems with Your Car’s Muffler
Depending on your car and its exhaust system, the cost to make repairs to a damaged or broken exhaust component can range widely – but putting off an exhaust repair almost always costs more than addressing them promptly.
Because your exhaust system does more than just keep your car quiet – it also routes exhaust fumes away from the cabin, helps your engine run properly and maintain optimum fuel efficiency, and reduces polluting emissions.
Here are some useful things to know if you suspect your vehicle may need muffler or exhaust system repairs:
Car exhaust repair
One of the most obvious signs for many drivers is a deep or loud rumbling sound coming from your car. When this happens, it’s time to get it to a mechanic.
Having the exhaust repaired before it gets too loud offers the most benefit to you.
Delaying a needed car exhaust repair can make it cost more. That is because continuing to drive with an exhaust leak or bad catalytic converter can damage other things in your vehicle’s operating system.
Don’t just turn up the radio to drown out a loud muffler. Have the increased volume problem checked out and repaired by a professional. It will save you money in the long run.
The catalytic converter is one of the highest priced exhaust system parts and, in some vehicles such as SUVs and trucks, it may be prone to theft by scrap metal thieves.
If your catalytic converter has been stolen, you’ll immediately notice a loud sound and altered vehicle performance upon startup.
An intact but failing catalytic converter may sound like someone shaking a box of rocks when your vehicle is idling when parked or stopped in traffic. If you notice any of these issues, schedule an appointment for the muffler shop right away.
If you notice a new vibration or loss of power when operating your car, have the exhaust system checked by a professional. You might notice the new vibration when you touch the steering wheel, foot pedals or car seat.
You might or might not hear a rumbling sound, depending on the size of the damaged area. A hole, exhaust leak or disconnected exhaust system component don’t just cause vibrations, they can also signal the engine is no longer running at optimum performance.
Exhaust system affects fuel efficiency
If you notice you have to fill up your gas tank more often than normal, have your exhaust system checked out by a muffler repair shop.
Similar to the vibrations, increased fuel use is a sign something is wrong with your car. When the exhaust leaks, your engine works harder. When your engine works harder, it requires more fuel.
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
• Wiper Blades & arms
• Transmission Service
• Air/Fuel Filter replacement
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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Closed Weekends & Holidays
Ph: 780-447-6250 Fax: 780-447-6259