Ford Vehicle Service Information In Penticton BC
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What Does Ford’s Side Wind Stabilization Feature Do for Lower Mainland, BC Drivers?

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(Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 01:40PM by Josh Lew)
<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/July_2021/Ford_Explorer_side_wind.jpeg"alt="The 2021 Ford Explorer driving on a highway next to a barrier"/></a>Side Wind Stabilization ensures safe driving in breezy conditions. This unique active system is standard on the Ford Transit work van, but it also comes on other models. For example, it is a feature on the 2021 Explorer, which is currently available with special financing offers. 

The Side Wind Stabilization works by monitoring sensors on the suspension, wheels, and exterior body 100 times per second. Most of the detectors are part of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), so these two active safety systems function together seamlessly. 
 
When a crosswind gets detected, the Electronic Stability Control applies appropriate pressure to the brakes on the affected wheel(s), counteracting the force of the gust and keeping the vehicle moving in a straight line. It is powerful enough to help you avoid rollovers during especially strong storms. 

To learn more about this and other safety features and discuss special offers on the Ford Explorer, contact our Lower Mainland 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%2C4WD%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/2021_Ford_Explorer_TMS.jpeg"alt="A 2021 Ford Explorer driving on a snowy road with pine trees in the background"/></a>Ford’s Terrain Management System (TMS) brings extra control to SUVs and trucks, including the 2021 Ford Explorer, which is currently on sale with special financing available.  

The TMS works by adjusting braking, steering angle, and throttle response. It also continuously distributes torque from front to rear and right to left to provide maximum traction.

The TMS has seven selectable modes, which drivers can switch via a dial:
  • Normal provides standard controls in 2WD mode;
  • Grass/Gravel/Snow ensures proper stability and traction on slippery surfaces;
  • Mud provides maximum torque in 4x4 mode;
  • Sand optimises performance on soft ground;
  • Sport brings responsive control on pavement;
  • Tow/Haul offers maximum power when pulling heavy loads;
  • Eco brings enhanced fuel economy for city driving.
The TMS works in conjunction with Ford's 4x4 system, and you select it using the same dial. Except for Normal, which requires 2WD (2H), the traction management tool needs AWD settings (4H and 4L) to work properly.

To learn more about this powerful component on Ford's all-terrain lineup, contact our Lower Mainland, BC dealership today.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CRanger%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/Ford_ranger_ground_clearance.jpeg"alt="A white Ford Ranger four-door climbing up a rocky trail with bikes in the back"/></a>Ground clearance, or ride height, is a critical consideration when purchasing a truck. If you go off-road, drive on bad surfaces, or spend time at unpaved work sites, this specification is vitally important. 

Ground clearance is the distance between a flat, level surface, and the lowest part of the vehicle that isn’t meant to contact the road.  

Cars with low ground clearance, such as sedans, tend to have a balanced centre of gravity, which makes for good handling. However, these vehicles perform poorly on bumpy and rocky terrain, and their undersides are likely to receive damage.  

Vehicles like the Ford Ranger pickup have high ground clearances to perform better off-road. They are also wider and heavier to compensate for the raised centre of gravity.

Another important aspect of ground clearance is the angle of approach and departure. These specifications measure the maximum incline that the vehicle can negotiate when moving forward or backward (without hitting its bumpers). 

To learn about the ground clearance of different Ford vehicles, contact our Lower Mainland, BC dealership today. We can also provide information about special financing offers currently available on the Ranger pickup. 

Understanding Ford’s Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly 4x4 System in Lower Mainland, BC

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(Posted on Jul 22, 2021 at 12:01PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CRanger%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/ford_ranger.png"alt="2021 Ford ranger four-door model parked against a white background"/></a>Ford’s electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) 4x4 system allows you to quickly move into and out of four-wheel-drive mode by turning a dial. This design consists of hubs that lock and disengage automatically through the transfer case. 

One of the main advantages of this system, which comes standard on vehicles like the Ford Ranger, is that you can shift into and out of 4x4 mode while moving.

The ESOF has three different settings.
  • 2H (RWD) – This is the two-wheel mode, which powers only the rear axle. It is perfect for driving on dry pavements.
  • 4H (High 4x4) – This mode transfers power to all four wheels for use in sand, mud, ice, and snow.
  • 4L (Low 4x4) – This mode transfers power to all four wheels with additional gearing to multiply the torque, boosting traction on slippery surfaces. It is ideal for steep inclines, sand, mud, or when towing heavy loads.
To learn more about ESOF vehicles like the Ford Ranger - which is currently available with special financing offers - contact our Lower Mainland, BC dealership today.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/service-department-blog/post/"><img src="/images/upload/Commercial-Vehicle-Center-interior.jpg"alt="A Ford truck on a service centre lift with two mechanics working on it"/></a>Your car battery is a crucial component of your vehicle. Though the average unit lasts between two and five years, you can extend the life and ensure proper performance by taking a few simple steps.

Don't Let Your Car Sit for Too Long

The battery on a vehicle charges while you drive. If your car sits idle, the unit will eventually drain and require a jump start. Therefore, if you have multiple autos, be sure to alternate them to avoid this issue. 

Keep your Battery Connections Tight

Loose terminals make it easier for the battery to vibrate, which can cause a short circuit and damage the unit. Ensure proper mounting and check the connections after traveling off-road or on a bumpy surface. 

Test your Battery Regularly

You can invest in a car battery tester to assess the output voltage. Alternatively, when you come to a service centre for maintenance, you can ask your technician to perform an assessment. They can tell you if it is time for a replacement. 

If you suspect that you have battery issues, contact our BC, Canada service centre to schedule an appointment 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/July_2021/ford_explorer_suspension.jpeg"alt="closeup of passenger side wheels of a white Ford Explorer parked on a dirt trail"/></a>Your car’s suspension system ensures reliable control, responsive steering, and traction. It also keeps the ride smooth on bumpy roads. 

If the ride doesn't seem right, it may be because of one of the following suspension issues. These problems generally require a trip to a service centre for assessment and repair. 

Bad shocks/struts

Shocks and struts smooth out bumps and ensure your tires always contact the road. A fluid leak or general wear and tear can cause them to break down.

Pool wheel alignment

Poor wheel alignment can damage your suspension system and your tires. You will notice the vehicle pulling to one side if this is an issue. 

Damaged springs and ball joints

Springs are responsible for holding your vehicle up and absorbing vibrations. Ball joints likewise limit shock and help with steering. If you notice creaking sounds when turning, damage to this component could be the cause.

Ford has new vehicles that offer excellent suspension systems. The 2021 Explorer, currently available with 1.99% APR financing for qualified buyers, and F-150 (0.99% APR over 72 months) are examples of autos with robust and reliable drivetrains. 

To learn more about these deals or to check the suspension on your current auto, contact our BC, Canada dealership and service centre today.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[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/July_2021/bc_canada_brakes_ford_explorer.jpeg"alt="A white Ford Explorer parked on a dirt road"/></a>Your braking system is vital for the safe operation of your vehicle. Proper maintenance reduces the potential costs of repair, and it enhances your ability to drive safely in all types of conditions.

You can find your car’s recommended brake maintenance schedule in the owner's manual. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should check components after you have driven a specific number of kilometres.
  • You should inspect your brake pads every 20,000 km. Be sure to replace them if the thickness is less than 3.1 mm. 
  • You should change your brake fluid every 40,000 kilometres. 
  • Every 96,000 km, you should inspect and replace or resurface the rotors, if necessary. 
The schedule above is tentative. There are special situations in which you should go to a service centre for an immediate inspection. For example, if the stopping distance of your vehicle increases drastically or you smell a burning odour when braking, you should have your pads checked by an expert. 

If you need routine or unscheduled maintenance on your brakes, contact our BC, Canada service centre today.
<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/July_2021/ford_escape_windshield.jpeg"alt="Windshield of a blue Ford Escape driving down a street"/></a>A cracked windshield causes a lot more than aesthetic damage to your vehicle. This glass protects you from debris on the road and ensures adequate vision. If the structure is compromised, it can lead to serious issues. You should visit a service centre to deal with cracks quickly.  

Here is how to care for your windshield.

Don't park under trees or in direct sunlight

When you park under trees, you put your vehicle in the path of potentially loose branches that can fall and damage the windshield. On the other hand, staying in direct sunlight exposes the glass to extreme temperatures, which can cause stress cracks. 

Don't slam your doors

Slamming doors can cause vibrations that might damage your windshield and side windows. It won't happen all at once, but the minor cracks will get deeper and longer over time, eventually leading to visible deterioration. 

Replace your windshield wipers regularly

Windshield wipers have a metal structure coated with rubber. Over time, the soft outer layers wear out, exposing the hard element underneath. If you don't replace them right away, they will scratch the glass. 

If you have a windshield issue, contact our BC, Canada service centre today.

Is an Automatic Transmission Better than a CVT in BC, Canada?

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(Posted on Jun 27, 2021 at 02:00PM by Josh Lew)
<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_shifter_automatic_transmission.jpg"alt="Closeup of an automatic transmission rotary dial shifter on a Ford Edge"/></a>Some new vehicles use a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This system does not have traditional gear-shifting. Instead, it relies on a two-pulley design that constantly adjusts to get into the proper ratio. 

Some drivers like the smooth experience of always being in the correct gear. However, traditional automatic transmissions still have important advantages over CVTs.

Automatic transmissions are cheaper to maintain

Maintaining a CVT is both complicated and expensive because they need special parts and fluids. Also, every service centre has technicians experienced in repairing automatic transmissions, but some mechanics have limited skill when it comes to continuously variable systems.

Automatic transmissions are more durable and reliable

Many drivers complain of sudden overheating, loss of acceleration, or transmission failure in CVTs. The belts also stretch and wear out easily. These issues are not common in automatic vehicles.

If you need to repair your transmission, contact our BC, Canada service centre today to schedule an appointment.

What are the Advantages of Remote Keyless Entry in BC, Canada?

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(Posted on Jun 26, 2021 at 01:00PM by Josh Lew)
<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/Ford_Escape_Keyless_Entry.jpg"alt="Two people with a rolled up carpet using the hands-free liftgate on the 2021 Ford Escape with a warehouse in the background"/></a>The first vehicle with keyless entry hit the market in 1980, but the system has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. If your auto has this option, you get to enjoy several important advantages.

Improved Accessibility

Imagine trying to reach for your key when your hands are full of groceries or having to rummage for it in your pocket or purse in a parking lot late at night. With a proximity sensor, all you have to do is touch the handle or door, and the vehicle unlocks. 

Automatic Locking

Have you ever walked away from your car, only to stop and turn back because you weren’t sure you locked it? With remote keyless entry, your vehicle’s doors will automatically secure as soon as you’re out of the predefined range.

Personalised Settings 

Certain kinds of keyless cars let you set preferences for some things, such as which channel should come on on the radio and how far back your seat should be.

If you want to add a keyless system to your vehicle, contact our service centre in BC, Canada.
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