Ford Vehicle Service Information In Penticton BC
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<a href=""><img src="images/upload/May_2022/CN-2-2022_Ford_Chassis_Cab_F-550_XL_engine-service-penticton-bc.jpg"alt="A white 2022 Ford Chassis Cab F-550 XL on a white background"/></a>It's a series of whining noises any time you turn the wheel. Your steering feels slow to respond and stiff in your hands. You may believe that your power steering pump is performing without issue – but the warning signs tell otherwise. If left unmaintained, failure is likely – and the safety of your passengers is compromised.

This is why Skaha Ford in BC offers power steering scheduled maintenance to Westbank commercial fleets.

When you book your Ford medium-duty truck for a power steering service, our team of factory-trained technicians with Red Seal certifications will exchange old power steering fluid within the system using specialized equipment. This ensures that the fluid retains its hydraulic and lubricating properties to steer a vehicle. Over time, seals, O-rings and internal power steering components can wear out and contaminant the liquid, causing the pump to work harder and eventually die.

You should change your truck's power steering fluid every 60,000 km; however, following the maintenance interval outlined in your Ford Owner's Guide is best. Commercial vehicles also have extreme operating conditions, which may require service in a shorter timeframe.

Skaha Ford offers a wide range of automotive services for medium-duty trucks and RVs.

To learn more, contact our team today for details.
<a href=""><img src="images/upload/May_2022/SER-7-ford-bronco-exterior-penticton-bc.jpg"alt="A close-up of a yellow Ford Bronco’s rear driver-side wheel with a splash guard"/></a>Keeping up with your Ford’s scheduled maintenance is essential to a safe and enjoyable ride. However, many Oliver drivers fail to complete regular tire rotations, which leads to premature wear and replacements. Instead, give your vehicle the treatment it deserves by booking a service appointment at Skaha Ford in BC.

Tire rotations are a crucial maintenance item because they equalize tread wear and maximize your tire investment. In addition, this type of auto service is quick and easy to complete. A Technician will simply switch the position of each tire on the vehicle using a combination of diagonal and straight rotation patterns.

As a rule of thumb, you should have a tire rotation performed on your Ford car or truck every 10,000 km, approximately every other oil change. Your Owner’s Guide will detail the recommended interval for your vehicle, or one of our Service Advisors can provide you with a comprehensive schedule.

When getting a rotation, it’s also an excellent opportunity to inspect your brakes and tires for signs of wear. At the same time, it’s essential to have your wheels balanced to ensure a comfortable ride and to protect your tire investment.

Contact us today to learn more about Skaha Ford’s Service Department and our factory-trained technicians boasting Red Seal certifications.
<a href=""><img src="images/upload/May_2022/SER-6-2022-ford-F-650_SD_GAS_PRO_LOADER-service-penticton-bc "alt="A 2022 Ford F-650 SD Gas Pro Loader medium-duty truck driving on a gravel road"/></a>Poor fuel economy, premature tread wear, and annoying vibrations are symptoms that commercial truck operators in Hedley, BC, never want – or need – to experience. Having your wheels balanced not only saves your fleet money from rising fuel costs and tire replacements, but it ensures you and your crew a more comfortable ride – something your hard-working fleet deserves.

This is why Skaha Ford offers wheel balancing services for commercial vehicles. 

The process of wheel balancing places weights on wheel rims using specialized equipment. The goal is to ensure equalized weight distribution around a revolving wheel and assembly to minimize any aggravating sensations at high speeds, like vibrations in the steering wheel, the floorboard or the seat. Constant vibrations can cause uneven wear and premature replacement of your medium-duty truck’s tires, suspension, alignment and steering components. Ensuring regular wheel balancing, therefore, is essential.

Don’t let an unbalanced ride lead to long periods of downtime and expensive repairs. Instead, schedule a preventative maintenance appointment at our Service Department. Our Red Seal certified technicians will inspect your commercial vehicle, noting any wheels requiring balancing or tires due for replacement.

Contact us at Skaha Ford in BC to learn more about our medium-duty services for commercial fleets.
<a href=""><img src="images/upload/May_2022/SER-5-medium-duty-truck-maintenance-ford-penticton-bc.jpg"alt="A Ford factory-trained Technician completing an inspection on a medium-duty-truck that's in for service and regular maintenance"/></a>Hot weather and traffic jams – a reality that drivers in Westbank, BC, face each summer. Whether commuting, carpooling or enjoying family road trips, you don’t want to be slowed down by poor vehicle performance. That’s why regular coolant system flushes are not only recommended but required – and offered by our Service Department at Skaha Ford.

Engine coolant has anti-freeze, anti-boil and anticorrosive qualities; however, these properties deteriorate over time, resulting in sludge, scale and rust formation. These deposits clog the narrow tubes within the radiator and heater, causing restricted coolant flow, which can lead to insufficient engine cooling and overheating. 

If you drive your Ford after overheating, the cylinder heads will eventually deform. This can result in a blown head gasket, leading to a lengthy and costly repair. It also interferes with the combustion process since deformed heads do not function well.

Having a cooling system flush completed on your Ford is a quick and easy maintenance visit. Old engine coolant is exchanged using new coolant using specialized equipment. Our Technicians will also pressure test the system to determine any possible leaks and inspect cooling system hoses and clamp connections to ensure long-lasting performance.

To learn more about our routine maintenance services, contact Skaha Ford in BC today.
A red 2022 Ford F-F50 Super Duty parked at a downtown dock at night, with its headlamps activLong nights, dark roads - commercial drivers in Oliver, BC find themselves forever moving forward. Payloads care nothing for the night, and tasks must be completed (no matter how late the hour). The need for perfectly functioning headlamps, therefore, proves essential. 

This is why Skaha Ford offers headlight maintenance services.  

The life of a light will vary greatly - with both bulb type and usage determining the span. Critics agree, however, that 1,000 hours should serve as the minimum for replacement consideration (this typically translates to one to two years). At that point drivers must assess how their headlamps are performing, including:

Illumination - is the light pattern still even and bright? 
Beam Width - does the light pattern arc appropriately?
Consistency - does the light pattern flicker at random?
Responsiveness - is the light pattern delayed after activating the engine?

Recognizing these signs proves crucial - and drivers in Oliver and beyond must immediately respond to them. Scheduling a preventative maintenance appointment at Skaha Ford will ensure that headlamps can be properly assessed (and replaced if needed). Allow out Red Seal certified technicians to examine your commercial vehicle, noting any exterior repairs that are required. 

To learn more about our medium duty services contact us today.
Close-up of a white 2022 Ford F-550 Super Duty parked at near trees, with a construction working walking beside it.High-performance demands more than supercharged engine suites. Instead preventative care is needed - with commercial drivers seeking to assess, correct, and improve their vehicles with scheduled maintenance. Skaha Ford embraces this philosophy, connecting our customers in Westbank and beyond with a full line of service options.

This includes air filter changes 

To ensure that commercial vehicles achieve optimal performance Shaka Ford offers filter changes. This helps to maintain engine outputs, enabling unwanted particles and debris to be trapped before entering the block (as well as promoting improved air flow). Through this, the combustion sequence can be completed with minimal interruptions - greatly enhancing horsepower, torque, and economy. 

Critics suggest changing an air filter every 15,000 to 30,000 miles to assure maximum performance (for many drivers this may amount to once a year but commercial units can experience higher turnovers). Skaha Ford knows, however, that this measurement doesn’t always prove accurate; and Westbank operators should instead gauge output:

Be aware of frequent misfires.
Watch out for heavy black exhaust.
Monitor mileage for sudden drops in performance.
Note a loss in horsepower. 

Should these symptoms occur, a filter change may be needed - and Skaha Ford should be contacted to perform it (along with a variety of other preventative services). Schedule an appointment today to learn more.
<a href=""><img src="images/upload/May_2022/3-2022-Ford-f600-medium-duty-truck-maintenance-bc.jpg"alt="A white 2022 Ford F-600 commercial truck with a crane parked on a city street"/></a>MCommercial operators in BC often place more importance on getting their medium-duty trucks prepared for winter. However, it’s just as essential to give your Ford TLC in the springtime. Big temperature swings and corrosive road chemicals can take a toll on a vehicle – particularly the braking system.

At Skaha Ford, we provide spring medium-duty truck maintenance and repairs for commercial fleets. When the temperature begins to climb, your operators must pay extra attention to the performance of their work vehicle. Winter is tough on brakes, especially with freezing temperatures and the heat from the truck’s engine. Freeze-thaw cycles can create trapped moisture and thermal cycling, which can cause metals to expand and contract and plastics to soften and harden, resulting in leaks.

Brake stickiness can also occur in the springtime, which is a sign that valve seals or o-rings have degraded from lack of lubrication or exposure to chemicals. Additionally, the antilock braking system can require maintenance after a harsh winter. Wire harnesses can get chipped by gravel or corrode, causing the wires to get wet and short out.

Don’t let issues brought on by winter slow your fleet this spring. Instead, bring your medium-duty truck to Skaha Ford in BC for a brake inspection today. Contact us to book an appointment.
<a href="[New%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="images/upload/May_2022/SER-5-skaha-ford-service-department-penticton-bc.jpeg"alt="A blue Ford truck up on a hoist with its wheel and brake components removed"/>Your Ford is equipped with a host of safety features to keep you well-protected on BC’s roads, including your braking system. Your brakes are one of the most critical components of your car or truck – without them, you wouldn’t be able to stop. As such, it’s essential to keep up with regular brake inspections and maintenance to ensure their proper function and longevity.

Here are five tips from our Technicians at Skaha Ford to help you extend the life of your brake parts:

Don’t slam on your brakes
Slamming on the brakes puts unnecessary stress on your braking system, causing increased wear on pad friction material. Consider adjusting your speed or coasting to a stop when possible.

Don’t brake with your left foot
Two-footed driving is dangerous and can cause excess wear on brake parts, especially when a driver steps on the accelerator and brake pedal simultaneously.

Avoid unnecessary braking
Also known as brake-tapping or riding the brakes, this bad habit wears down friction material and can be a hazard to vehicles following behind.

Flush brake fluid regularly
Your Ford’s Owner Guide outlines the recommended intervals for brake fluid flushes. Keeping up with this necessary maintenance item will ensure that your braking system functions properly and keeps the components clean and well-lubricated.

Opt for quality brake parts
Original Equipment brake parts are designed for the correct fit and deliver better quality, longevity and performance than aftermarket parts.

To learn more about your Ford’s braking system and maintenance requirements, contact our Service Department at Skaha Ford in BC to arrange an appointment.
<a href=""><img src="images/upload/April_2022/SER-8-2022-Ford-f650-f750-medium-duty-truck-repair-bc.jpg"alt="A black 2022 Ford F-650 driving with a vintage truck on its flat bed"/>Steering systems on medium-duty trucks don’t get much thought until vehicle handling is compromised or drivers complain of steering troubles. But like all main components on a vehicle, this system benefits from preventative maintenance from our service experts at Skaha Ford in BC.

When trucks age, parts loosen, hoses crack, and seals wear out. Normal wear and tear on other components in the steering system, such as ball joints, drag links and kingpins, impact how a vehicle handles. Regular visual inspections of these components can identify issues before they affect how a truck performs while also avoiding long periods of downtime.

Regular inspections should include the steering reservoir and fluid levels, including checking the hoses for cracks or seepages. If steering fluid leaks, air can get into the system, leading to cavitation of the pump. Drivers may also notice a whining sound from the pump, and the steering wheel may vibrate or chatter when driving. 

Don’t let your commercial fleet succumb to steering system troubles. Instead, book an inspection with our service experts at Skaha Ford in BC to keep your medium-duty trucks performing their best.
<a href=""><img src="images/upload/April_2022/SER-7-air-filter-inspections-penticton-bc.jpg"alt="A grey Ford SUV driving down a hill with mountains, trees and a sunset in the background"/></a>Sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes – springtime in BC can be irritating. With so much pollen circulating in the air and allergens out in full force, it’s imperative to have your cabin air filter inspected and replaced by our service experts at Skaha Ford.

Over time, this part can become clogged, rendering itself ineffective at keeping dust, pollen, smoke and other pollutants from entering the HVAC system. Not only does this make for an unpleasant vehicle interior with bad smells or a noisy fan, but it can also interfere with the airflow of the ventilation system – or lack thereof. Knowing that we are headed into prime air conditioning season, you’ll want to replace your cabin air filter in the spring so you don’t have weak HVAC performance.

As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended to swap out an old cabin air filter every 20,000 – 25,000 km. However, your Owner’s Guide will list the required interval for your specific Ford model and year.

Breathe easier this spring! To learn more or schedule your appointment, contact our Service Department at Skaha Ford in Penticton, BC, to speak with an advisor.
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