Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Car in Good Condition | Advice From the Ford Experts!

Keep a Vehicle Service Log

We highly recommended that you keep a vehicle service log so that you have a record of all of your vehicle’s maintenance and repairs. Having a record will help you schedule future oil changes, brake examinations, and other various services to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Go Easy on Your Vehicle During the Break-In Period

We know that it’s tempting to go wild when you first get your new vehicle, but it’s important to take it easy. For the first 1,000 to 1,500 miles, negative driving habits such as excessive speeding and heavy loads can really take a toll on your vehicle.

By going slow during the first couple thousand miles, you’ll ensure that your vehicle will continue to properly run for many years.

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Buy the Right Kind of Fuel for Your Vehicle

Always buy the fuel that your owner’s manual recommends.

If your owner’s manual says regular but you’re buying high-octane fuel, it most likely won’t make any difference to your vehicle. It’s better to invest your money elsewhere, and just stick with the manufacturer’s recommended fuel.

Check Your Tires and Fluids

It’s important to regularly check your tires and fluids. By routinely checking your vehicle, you’ll be able to spot a small problem before it becomes a big one.

Not to mention, keeping your tires and fluids at the recommended level can improve your fuel economy!

Fuel Economy Tips

With the rollercoaster ride that is gas prices, it’s important to save on fuel whenever you can.

You can improve your fuel economy by keeping your tires at their proper tire pressure, as well as using the recommended oil viscosity for your vehicle. If you’re unsure about how to check these two things, our Velde Ford experts would be more than happy to assist you.

Use the Proper Type of Fluids When Refilling

If your fluids are in need of a refill, make sure that you’re using the correct type and quantity.

Using the wrong fluid, or too much/too little of it, can severely damage your vehicle’s systems.

So if you’re unsure about the type of fluid you should be using, refer to your owner’s manual or ask one of our service experts. We welcome any questions you may have and are ready to assist you.

The Importance of a Clean Vehicle

Keeping your car clean is very important, especially during Illinois winters. You car will rust from winter road salt if it is not cleaned regularly.

If you make cleaning your car a habit, it will help your car in the long run and save you from having to spend money on repairs. A little work now will save you a lot of work later on!

Keep Your Car’s Interior Clean

The inside of your vehicle is just as important as the outside, so keeping your vehicle’s interior clean is a must.

Your vehicle’s interior can quickly become unattractive as dust and dirt accumulate. By keeping the inside of your vehicle clean, you ensure that your driving experience is healthier and more enjoyable.