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What’s the secret to keeping my tires in top form?

The first thing to watch out for is weather cracks, which are tiny, shallow breaks in the tire. They’re caused by old age and sun and heat exposure, and they are a huge indicator of tire failure. Check to see that you don’t have any cords from the tire’s metal mesh interior poking out. A tire should be smooth and even. Poor alignment and underinflation will wear your tires out faster than anything. Most modern cars have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that will alert you when pressure is low. It is recommended to have your alignment…

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When is it time to replace my car’s filters?

Don’t think about changing these filters on a seasonal basis; change them on a usage basis. The more you use your car, the more the filters have to sift out the particulates in the air.

There are actually three kinds of filters that require regular attention and maintenance: engine, cabin, and fuel. The first keeps dirt and other particles out of the intake system and the combustion chamber. It keeps your engine breathing, and when it gets plugged up, airborne matter enters, causing damage to sensors and doing things like turning on the “Check Engine” light.

 

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Tire Shopping Survival Guide

SHOULD I GET THE SAME TYPE OF TIRE MY VEHICLE CAME WITH?

Ford original tires are designed to make the most of your vehicle’s performance, so it’s generally a good idea to stick with them. Other replacement tires may not align with your car’s characteristics and could lead to a less comfortable and efficient ride. However, there are times when your driving conditions might require options better suited to your specific needs. Our service technicians can help you troubleshoot.

 

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Springtime Maintenance

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Happy first day of spring! We at Beach Ford hope you are enjoying the short bursts of warmer weather we've been getting, and we hope you're taking some time out of your weekend to properly maintain your car! Now that winter is over, there are a few springtime car care tips to keep in mind. Your car works hard to keep you warm and safe in the dead of winter, and in spring it’s time for us to do our part by performing scheduled maintenance and inspections. These simple tips will ensure your car is perfectly prepared…
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Have you checked your transmission fluid recently?

A transmission flush is a fairly lengthy procedure due for most cars around the 100,000-mile mark. Some newer Fords can last up to 130,000 or even 150,000 miles, check your owners manual for specific instructions regarding your vehicle. Inside your transmission, there is oil that keeps gears and moving parts moving smoothly; and after a certain amount of use, the oil needs to be changed.

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5 Winter Maintenance Tips

Your car works hard to keep you warm and safe in the dead of winter, and in spring it’s time for us to do our part by performing scheduled maintenance and inspections. These simple tips will ensure your car is perfectly prepared for the road ahead.

1. Start with a much-needed wash and wax. Not only will the springtime air feel invigorating for you, a thorough wash and wax will help stave off some of the corrosion from prolonged exposure to road salt and ice. Make sure to carefully consider the undercarriage and wheel-wells (where road salt can easily…

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Electrifying Battery Tips

Your car battery is vitally the to the daily function of your car. Not only does it power your navigation, radio, lights, and air conditioning systems; it also starts your car by turning the starter. Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity.

The magazine recommends that vehicle owners in hotter parts of the country have their car battery tested after two years of ownership and then every year after...

 

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Total Tire Care

Your tires are literally where the rubber meets the road, and keeping them maintained should be a top priority for any Ford owner. The consequences for not maintaining your tires can be as mild as poor fuel economy or as severe as a roadside blow-out that can leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere.

For optimum performance, tires must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance and the wheels of the vehicle must be properly aligned. If all of these variables line up properly, you have a great foundation for safer driving.
 
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What's that part? - TPMS

TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor and is a part that is designed to inform the driver when any tire on a vehicle is below 25 percent of the recommended tire pressure. All 2008 model year and forward vehicles must be equipped with a TPMS sensors system by law.

And while the system is a great safety feature, the tire pressure monitoring system is not a substitute for manually checking your tire pressure. For more precise measurements, use a tire gauge to check your tire pressure at least once a month. 

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Three Reasons to Replace your Wiper Blades

With Fall quickly approaching and winter not too far behind it, it's time to start thinking of preparing your car for the change in seasons. One minor change you can execute today is replacing your windshield wiper blades. Every car has them, but be sure to check your owners manual for the correct size on all of the blades, be mindful that there are sometimes multiple sizes! (Check your rear-window for one as well!) And if you have any trouble changing blades at all be sure to visit Beach Ford of Virginia Beach today!

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