How to Check Car Belts and Hoses

As we head into summer and begin preparing for those family road trips, it’s important to check a number of your car’s functions, not the least of which are the belts and hoses. The belts and hoses are central to your car’s ability to run, and to do so efficiently.

“You don’t want to be stranded because of a bad belt that could have been diagnosed with simple preventative maintenance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If the serpentine belt fails or breaks, the engine will fail to run and you may be stuck. The Car Care Council recommends replacing belts at specified intervals to save you from the hassle of a breakdown.”

Here’s how to check car belts and hoses:

Check the manual. Your manual will tell you how often belts and hoses need to be replaced (if at all). This will give you a good idea what to expect when you look under the hood. It will also provide insight into where specific belts and hoses are located for your vehicle.

Look for obvious damage. Make sure your engine is cool before getting started, then look for frays, tears, wear, cracks, nicks, or bulges. Anything abnormal should be looked at by a skilled technician.

Check connection points. Make sure that the connections look clean and show no signs of fraying.

Check for signs of glazing on belts. Belts can begin to glaze on the sides, which can lead to the belt slipping.

If you find that you have hoses or belts that need to be replaced, we recommend stopping by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible!

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Techniques For Driving In The Snow

Doesn’t it seem like every time it turns cold and the snow starts to fall, everyone else on the road is just learning how drive in it? Avoid looking like a rookie out there by checking out these strategies that will help you manage when you are driving in the snow.

Just like bicyclists with helmets get in more accidents than those without helmets, using 4WD can create an excessive sense of confidence. The important part to remember is that while 4WD can help your vehicle handle better, preventing you from spinning out, it does not help you brake any better. Leave yourself plenty of stopping distance.

Don’t tail other drivers. Of course, this is good advice even under perfect conditions. But when there is snow and ice on the ground, you should allow an almost excessive amount of distance between yourself and the driver ahead of you. Double or triple your normal distance.

Probably the most nuanced strategy has to do with how you brake in the snow. When you feel your car begin to slide or lose traction, slamming on the brakes to the point that your wheels lock-up is very counter-productive. At that point, steering is irrelevant. Try letting off the accelerator. That way you can still steer.

Put these skills to the test the next time it snows with a new car from Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Ultimate Tailgate: 6 steps to success

Football season has arrived, and that means that tailgating season has arrived with it. Here are some tips that will improve your tailgate experience, making your Saturdays or Sundays even more fun.

Provide a lot of refreshments: It’s not a party without drinks! Be sure to stock a cooler with enough cans of beer to satisfy all your guests. At the same time, though, don’t forget to get some six packs of soda for nondrinkers and under-age partiers. And cheering in the hot sun can leave you parched, so remember to stay hydrated with plenty of bottled water.

Up your food game: A successful tailgate requires awesome food. Grill up some burgers and hot dogs, along with vegetarian options. Have a wide range of tailgating foods available so everyone has a variety they enjoy.

Dress Like A Pro Tailgater: Don’t forget to look the part while playing corn hole! Wear your team colors or your favorite player’s jersey. No matter what, make sure you are enjoying yourself and you are dressed for the weather, warm or cold.

Have a portable TV and radio: A portable TV allows you to enjoy both the pre-game and the game. Want to have some music but don’t have a cordless radio? You can use your car radio while having your open trunk double as additional seating or a food/drink station.

Of course, the most important part of tailgating is doing it in a great car or truck. You can find one of those here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford!

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How to Cope with Rising Gas Prices

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Sometimes it feels as though there is no rhyme or reason behind the rise and fall of gas prices. The prices seem to always take two or three steps forward and then just one step back. But we can be sure that the days of cheap gas are long gone.

So, what do you do when the money you spend on gas is squeezing your entire budget? Here are a few simple ways to save money at the pump.

  • One of the biggest impacts on fuel economy is driving style. According to Edmunds.com, calm driving, as opposed to aggressive driving with fast lane changes and hard braking, can improve your fuel efficiency by 35 percent!
  • Drive less. If you have any coworkers who live near you, see if you can work out a carpool and take turns driving. Also, if your family loves to take long weekend drives, you might want to find another way to enjoy your time together.
  • You can save money on gas by using sites such as Gasbuddy.com to find the cheapest price. However, don’t drive across town to save a penny. You can also see if any of your local grocery stores offer fuel savings through loyalty cards. Membership stores, like Sam’s Club, often have less expensive fuel.

If you are in the market for a new more fuel-efficient car, Ford has two 2014 models on the EPA’s list of the top 10 most fuel efficient vehicles. These include the 2014 Ford Focus Electric and the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi. Come visit us at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford and we’ll show you are full lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles.

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