Ford Vehicle Service Information In Penticton BC
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<a href=""><img src="images/upload/October_2021/Service_Department/2-2022-Ford-Bronco-winter-tires-bc.jpg"alt="A blue Ford Bronco SUV driving through snow on a wintery mountain"/></a>Whether you want to accept it or not, winter is headed to BC. And while you’re digging out toques, boots and warm coats for yourself, you should also consider the needs of your car or truck. This includes purchasing and installing a set of winter tires from Skaha Ford.

The Okanagan region gets its fair share of cold snowy weather, which is why it’s important to equip your vehicle with winter tires. As the temperature drops, this causes summer and all-season tires to lose their traction and control on slick roads, especially when it hits 7 degrees Celsius. This is also the temperature where winter tires kick into performance, thanks to the special rubber compounds that are designed to improve surface grip.

Rather than risk your safety (and those around you) this season, visit our Service Department at Skaha Ford to speak with an advisor. We are currently offering a Winter Performance Package that connects our customers to the best winter tires at competitive prices. We’ll help you select the right tire for your vehicle and driving conditions and install them before the snow flies.

Contact us to learn more.
<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/October-2021/Service/1-2022-ford-maverick-lariat-maintenance-schedule-bc.jpg"alt="A red 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat driving on a highway with clouds and mountains in the background"/></a>Your Ford’s braking system uses friction to stop your vehicle. When you push the brake pedal, the pads inside the callipers press against the rotor to slow you down. Think about how many times you activate your brakes in a single commute to work. Now magnify that over a year – that’s a lot of friction. Our team at Skaha Ford in BC is here to help.

When your brakes wear down over time, you might feel the steering wheel shudder, hear grinding and squealing, or notice that your brake pedal feels squishy or sponge-like. You might also smell a strange odour or see an illuminated warning light on your dash. No matter the warning sign, all points lead to needing a brake inspection.

Naturally, you never want to get to this point – it’s better to be proactive with your Ford’s maintenance. Routine inspections can help ward off more costly repairs and identify wear sooner. During your service visit, our Technicians will check for pad wear, rough spots on the rotors, and signs of damage. We can also review your driving habits and service intervals to ensure your vehicle stays running in top condition for your safety and overall enjoyment.

Keep your Ford car or truck operating at its best. To book a brake inspection, contact our Service Department in Penticton at Skaha Ford.
<a href=""><img src="/images/upload/ford_service.jpg"alt="A Ford car entering a building marked Service"/></a>The cabin filter ensures that clean, particle-free air enters the vehicle. The motor needs the same quality oxygen to perform at its peak. Therefore, an engine air cleaner is a vitally important component that you need to change regularly. Vernon drivers can get this element checked at Skaha Ford's service centre.  

Here is what you need to know about maintaining your engine air filter. 

How long do engine air filters last? You need to change them every 25,000 to 50,000 km. The timeframe will vary depending on the model, but there should be a schedule in your owner's manual for this form of maintenance. 

Also, if you drive often in off-road conditions or if your area is dusty and dry, changing the filter more frequently can be helpful. A mechanic can check it during your regularly scheduled oil change. 

If your engine is not getting enough clean air, you may notice the spark plugs misfiring, acceleration becoming more laboured, and stuttering while idling. 

If you experience these issues, contact our service centre today to schedule an appointment. 
<a href="[New%2CFORD%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/2021_September/ford_escape_fuel_economy.png"alt="A Ford Edge SUV driving on a rural highway"/></a>Lower Mainland drivers can improve their fuel economy regardless of the type of vehicle they use. In addition to getting regular maintenance at the Skaha Ford Service Centre, you can take steps on your own to decrease gas use. 

1. Check your tire pressure once per month to ensure proper inflation. The engine will have to work harder if the wheels are flatter than they should be.

2. Change the oil and the engine air filter on time. If you do this at a service centre, the mechanic can also check battery function, spark plugs, and other lubricants. 

3. Do not carry loads unnecessarily. Extra weight can decrease efficiency, so storing cargo in a garage or carport can help improve fuel economy.

4. Do not idle for more than a minute. Running the engine, even without moving, can use up to four litres of gas per hour. 

If you would like to ensure that all your vehicle's components are operating at peak efficiency, contact our service centre today to schedule an inspection.

Why Is Your Tire Pressure Monitoring Light on in Lower Mainland, BC?

(Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 06:25PM by Josh Lew)
<a href=""><img src="/images/upload/2021_September/ford_explorer_skaha_ford.jpg"alt="A white Ford Explorer under a Skaha Ford sign"/></a>Your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) can warn you if you are experiencing a leak that could eventually leave you with a flat. Sometimes, however, you may see the alert (an exclamation point inside a horseshoe shape) even though you don't have a puncture. It is always safe to visit a service centre if you are not sure what's causing the warning, but it might be natural air loss. 

Air Loss Over Time

Tire pressure decreases at a rate of about 1 PSI per month, so you may need to add air occasionally to counteract this natural loss. If you do not, it could eventually trigger the TPMS warning. 

Temperature Changes

Pressure can also decrease by 1 psi for every 5 degrees C of temperature drop. Cold weather can cause the warning icon to illuminate. You may need to add air when the seasons change. 

If you are concerned about your tires, contact our service centre to schedule an appointment.
<a href=""><img src="/images/upload/2021_September/Ford_Expedition_Max_Tinted_Windows_Skaha_Ford_Sign.jpg"alt="A Ford Expedition parked on a lot with a Skaha Ford sign in the background"/></a>Some auto owners opt for privacy glass or tinting for style reasons. However, the option can actually provide several other benefits. Should you consider getting a car with this feature or going to a service centre to inquire about adding a special film to your windows?

Here are the benefits you get to enjoy with privacy glass.

Window tinting can protect your upholstery. UV light can cause fading for both cloth and leather. Since darkened glass blocks these rays, it increases the longevity of your seat coverings. 

Privacy glass can lower the interior temperature of your vehicle. Direct sunlight can transfer heat through windows, but the artificial shade provided by tinting can prevent this and lessen the strain on the air conditioner. 

Window tinting can obscure the contents of your vehicle. This means that would-be thieves cannot peer inside and locate a bag or purse they might like to steal. 

If you are interested in a vehicle with privacy glass or tinting or if you would like to inquire about applying a special film, contact our dealership or service centre today.

How to Maintain Your Drivetrain Components in Penticton, BC

(Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 06:18PM by Josh Lew)
<a href=""><img src="/images/upload/Commercial-Vehicle-Center-interior.jpg"alt="A Ford truck at a service centre with two mechanics working on it"/></a>Your suspension system affects ride quality for passengers and steering and handling for the driver. Vehicle owners can take several simple steps to ensure that these components remain in good condition.

The first step is to measure your tire pressure every 1,500-2,000 km. The readings should match the recommended PSI in your vehicle's owner manual. You can also have the technician check tread depth when you go for your regular oil changes. 

Also, when you go for scheduled maintenance, have your mechanic check and top off the power steering fluid. 

Once per year (or after 15,000-20,000 km), you can consider rotating your tires so that they wear evenly. Meanwhile, wheel alignment is a necessary step every 25,000-40,000 km. 

If the vehicle pulls to one side when driving, you should contact our Penticton, BC service centre to schedule an appointment immediately. We can also help you plan your regular maintenance calendar so that your car remains in perfect working order. 

Common Turbocharged Engine Problems in Vernon, BC

(Posted on Aug 17, 2021 at 03:30PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2CFORD%2CEcoSport%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August_2021/ford_ecoboost_turbo.png"alt="a 2021 Ford EcoSport driving on a road with a city in the background"/></a>A turbocharged engine offers benefits such as more torque and greater efficiency. However, the maintenance issues for these vehicles are slightly different than those of a car with a standard powertrain. 

If you notice these issues, you can visit our service centre to have a skilled technician inspect your turbo engine and correct any problems - before they potentially compromise your car's performance.

Low Oil Levels

Low oil levels can cause several issues for turbo vehicles. One of the primary problems is that this deficiency can reduce the overall pressure, making it hard for the lubricant to reach every part of the engine.

Failing Oil Seals

Oil seals may fail if you drive a high-mileage vehicle. When they do, they leave gaps in the engine, and lubricant may get into the intake and exhaust. If these components get clogged, the motor needs to crank up the RPMs to compensate. Blue-tinted tailpipe emissions can be a signal of this problem.

Low Air Pressure

Leaking air systems can dramatically drop the pressure in the engine. Since the turbocharger needs this extra force to operate correctly, drivers may experience poor efficiency and lagging acceleration response. 

If you suspect these problems with your turbocharged engine, contact our service centre today to schedule an appointment.

Is It Worth Switching Your Tires Each Year in Kelowna, BC?

(Posted on Aug 12, 2021 at 11:36AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2C%2C%2C%2CSport%20Utility%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August_2021/Ford_Expedition_Winter.png"alt="A Ford Expedition parked in front of a frozen lake near a mountain with two hockey player walking nearby"/></a>All-season tires are reliable in a wide range of conditions. Most new vehicles have this type of rubber because of its flexibility. However, in challenging or extreme conditions, you may want to visit a service centre to find something more specialised. 

For example, you may want to switch to winter tires for cold season driving. Here's why:

Better Grip – Normal tire material gets hard at low temperatures, compromising its ability to maintain traction. Winter units use unique rubber engineered to remain soft and flexible in freezing conditions. 

Deeper Treads – Winter tires have deeper treads than their all-season counterparts. This design prevents the buildup of snow and channels water and slush without compromising grip.
Biting Edges – Biting edges are tiny hard slits separate from the treads. Winter tires have thousands of these, which dramatically improve traction on icy roads.

If you have to deal with winter conditions, it is never too early to start planning for rotating between two wheels each year. Contact our dealership to check tire availability and make an appointment in our service centre.

What Does Ford's Co-Pilot360 System Do For Drivers in Kelowna, BC?

(Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 02:00PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="[New%2CFORD%2CEscape-%3EExplorer%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August_2021/ford_escape_safety.jpeg"alt="A Ford Escape driving on an urban highway with wet pavement behind two other cars"/></a>Ford’s driver assistance technology, also known as Co-Pilot360, is a multi-featured system designed to offer guidance and safety tools. It is available on many models, including 2021 Escapes and Explorers, and it comes with a wide range of functions. Here is a look at some of the standard components. 

Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

This feature kicks in when the sensors detect an impending forward collision. First, you get an audio and visual warning. Then, if you do not respond quickly, the brakes engage to slow the vehicle before a crash.

Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert

Also known as blind-spot monitoring, this feature notifies the driver when a vehicle is in an area not covered by the mirrors. Meanwhile, the Cross-Traffic Alert system issues a warning if another car is approaching from the side if you are in reverse.

Lane Keeping Assist

This feature issues a warning when the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane without activating a turn signal. It can also take over the steering to nudge you back onto the correct path if needed.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ford Co-Pilot360 features, contact our BC dealership today to inquire about the system and its components. 
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