Ford Vehicle Service Information In Penticton BC
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<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CEscape%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/frd_escape_crossover_rain.jpg"alt="A Ford Escape driving on a rainy road with other cars and buildings in the background"/></a>Windshield wipers are a simple-but-essential part of your vehicle. If they aren’t functioning correctly, you will not be able to drive safely because of poor visibility. How can you ensure that this necessary component is always ready when you need it?

Wipers typically last for six months to one year, depending on their quality and the conditions. Dirt and debris can damage the rubber parts, as can wax or soap additives. Ice and snow can cause harm to the blades, as well. 

Keeping your windshield clean and defrosting it before driving when the temperature is below freezing can increase the lifespan of the wipers. You can also move them away from the glass if you park your vehicle outside during the winter.

Finally, you can ask your service centre technician to recommend a quality pair that will provide greater longevity. 

To schedule a maintenance appointment at our BC, Canada service centre, contact us today.

Why Do BC, Canada Drivers Need a Properly Functioning Air Intake System?

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(Posted on Jun 8, 2021 at 04:26PM )
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CEdge%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/Ford_Edge_Vents_and_Grille.jpg"alt="Close up of the grille and vents on a Ford Edge SUV with a city in the background"/></a> The air intake system may seem like an afterthought for some drivers, but it is an essential aspect of the vehicle when it comes to performance. Here is a closer look at these important elements and what you need to do to ensure they are functioning correctly.

The intake system brings oxygen to the engine, where it gets used for the combustion process. Without enough air, the powertrain cannot deliver peak efficiency or hp.

The air moves from the grille or vents to the filter, which removes dirt and dust. Finally, it goes through a mass flow sensor before making it to the motor itself. 

All these components need to be working correctly. It is especially essential to have a clean and properly operating air filter. When you bring your car into a service centre, a technician can ensure that everything is functioning as it should. 

Contact us today to make an appointment at our BC, Canada service centre.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/details/1015/new-2021-ford-mustang-ecoboost-1FA6P8TH1M5103383"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/ford_mustang_hood.jpg"alt="Front of Ford Mustang with grille and hood vents"/></a>Hood vents (sometimes known as "scoops") are a common feature in sports cars such as the Ford Mustang. Though they are sometimes installed for design reasons, they can also provide additional airflow to the engine. 

Here is how these front-mounted vents can help improve your car's performance. 

Cooling air

The hood vents can let in cooler, denser air as the vehicle moves at higher speeds. This flow can help lower engine temperature naturally without additional fans. 

Supercharging the engine

Depending on the design of the hood scoop, it can increase the pressure and speed of airflow, providing the engine with extra oxygen. This causes a supercharging effect that makes combustion very efficient and produces more power. 

Functioning as an intercooler

In engines with turbochargers, the intercooler can be mounted on top in the form of a scoop. It lets dense, highly pressurized air into the compressor and improves engine power.

Contact our BC dealership to learn more about the performance-enhancing features available on our Fords.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2C%2CEcoSport%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/ford_electricity_headlamps.jpeg"alt="Two Ford EcoSports with lights on driving in a Downtown area"/></a>While the battery will start your car, the alternator keeps everything working once the engine is running by turning its mechanical energy into electrical power.

Alternators are durable components, and they typically last as long as your vehicle, but they can also have problems that require a visit to a BC auto service centre

Here are some warning signs to look for.

Inconsistent brightness in lights

Failing alternators produce an inconsistent voltage, which can lead to headlamps that are too bright, too dim, or flicker on and off.

A battery that won't jumpstart

Typically, you react to a dead battery by trying to jump your car. In typical circumstances, the engine will eventually start and operate like normal. However, if it dies again or does not respond at all, then the alternator may be the issue.

Malfunctioning or slow accessories

If you notice electronics in the car not working as they should, such as a delayed response from the power windows or windshield wipers, it usually means the alternator has a problem.

If you suspect an issue with the alternator, you should contact our BC service centre to have a professional assess the situation.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CExplorer%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/18_FRD_EPD_218_Platinum.jpg"alt="LED headlamps on Ford Explorer near sea cliffs"/></a>LED tail and headlamps may seem trendy, but they bring some important advantages to drivers in BC, Canada. Here is what this option offers. 

LEDs provide better night visibility

One of the key advantages of LED lights is the improvement in night visibility. They produce a much brighter beam than comparable halogen bulbs, and they also create more focused rays, allowing you to see farther.

LEDs last longer

Stock LEDs can last for up to 20 years, while aftermarket units can function for 5 and 10. You might never have to change your bulbs for as long as you own your car. For comparison, halogen burns between only 12 and 24 months, on average.

LEDs are more energy-efficient

LED bulbs convert up to 80% of their power into light, with less than 20% lost in the process. Halogen lamps use only 20% for brightness with most energy escaping as heat.

To see which vehicles offer LED headlamps, contact our Ford dealership today.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CExplorer%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/20_FRD_EPR_400091.jpg"alt="Ford Explorer Driving in snowy weather"/></a>Before all-season tires came to Canada in the late 1970s, drivers had to swap out their treads whenever the weather got cold. Now, this option provides performance throughout the year.

All-season tires use a pliable and flexible rubber that can handle both snow and summer heat. Here are some of the main reasons BC drivers should choose this option. 

They are versatile

Since they are made to handle various conditions, these tires are very versatile. You will find a label saying “M+S” on most of them (meaning "mud and snow"). In locations with severe winter weather, however, they are not a stand-in for wheels offering deeper treads.

They are economical

All-season tires cost less than dedicated snow units. This is because the thicker tread and different rubber composition of specialised products increase their price tag. 

They are convenient

All-season tires don’t need to be changed annually, although you may want to visit a service centre to rotate them and check the wheel alignment. 

Contact our BC, Canada dealership to discuss tire options for your vehicle.
Most vehicles are designed for the road, so putting them on a track without proper preparation is not a good idea. Here is how to tune your car up so that it can handle a racecourse. 

Tires

Your tires should be in the right condition for the track. Raising the pressure 10% above normal will reduce wear when you hit hard corners. On the other hand, releasing some air from the wheel can slightly increase grip. The choice is yours.

Engine Oil

Be sure to use the right engine oil for the track. A synthetic blend is recommended, as it can better handle the higher revs you need to perform at your best.

Brake Pads and Discs

Make sure to have brake pads with at least 100 miles worth of bedding before you hit the track. Better yet, upgrade to new units so that your car can manage aggressive slowing and stopping. 

If you are headed to the racecourse for a special event, such as Skaha Ford's Track Day, contact our service centre to get a tuneup beforehand. 

The Importance of a Properly Functioning Anti-Lock Braking System in BC, Canada

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(Posted on May 14, 2021 at 11:00PM )
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CMustang%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/May_2021/2021_ford_mustang_brakes.jpg"alt="close up view of front wheel of ford mustang"/></a>An anti-lock braking system (ABS, for short) is a common safety feature, but what exactly does it do? And why is it important to visit a service centre if you notice an issue?

The ABS automatically pumps the brakes when it senses that the wheels might lock. Completely stationary tires can lead to skidding and loss of control on wet, muddy, or icy surfaces. 

Before ABS became common, new drivers learned to pump the brakes manually. However, the automated system is much more efficient than the human foot. It depresses and releases the pedal up to 20 times per second but only activates when the sensors detect wheel spin. 

To use the ABS in your vehicle, brake normally, but do not pump. You may notice vibrations, and you may hear the sound of the pads repeatedly tapping on the wheel. These are actually signs that the system is working correctly. 

A mechanic can check your anti-lock brakes, pads, and wheels during regularly scheduled maintenance. Contact our BC, Canada service centre to make an appointment. 
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=1&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2C%2CMustang%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August-2020/rsz_2020-ford-mustang-cars.png"alt="three ford mustangs driving on a street"/></a>On June 17, 45 vehicles will take to the road at Area 27 Motorsports Park. The participants can pre-register for this special Track Day through the host, Skaha Ford. 

If you are one of those taking part in this unique event, what can you do to prepare your vehicle for the 4.83-km course? General maintenance and an engine tune-up from a service centre can be a good place to start, but you should also make certain that your brakes are ready. 

Brake pads are the most common components needing replacement. When new, they are between 8 and 12 mm thick. However, with use, they become thinner. If they get to 3 to 4 mm, it is time for new units. You may also hear squeaking or grinding or notice that the vehicle is less responsive during stopping. 

To make an appointment for a brake check or to learn more about Track Day, contact our BC, Canada dealership and service centre today.  
<a href="https://skahaford.com/service-blog-feeds/"><img src="/images/upload/ford_service.jpg"alt="vehice pulling into a garage market "service""/></a>Cabin air filters stop contaminants from getting into the interior of a car. Typically, these rectangular components are embedded behind the glove box in the front of a vehicle. 

Filters are a mixture of paper and cotton materials, and they have pleats to maximize the surface area to catch more particles. Since they absorb dust and other elements, they eventually get clogged. When this happens, you need to replace them. 

Different manufacturers and models have recommended intervals for replacing cabin filters. The timeframe can be anywhere from 25,000-50,000 KM. It can also depend on where you drive. If you live in a dusty or polluted area, you may need to replace your filter annually.

You should also watch for tell-tale signs of a clogged cabin filter, such as weak airflow, excessive noise when the air conditioner is running, and a musty odour.

You can also ask the technician to check the cabin filter when you come in to our BC service centre for maintenance. Contact us to make an appointment today. 
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