Jump Start a Car in 15 Minutes or Less

jump startKnowing how to jump start a car is one of the basic skills every new driver should have to learn. Not only could it help them, it could help others as well. With the increasing availability of roadside assistance, the know-how of jump starting a car is slowly becoming something many young drivers don’t know. Jump starting a car doesn’t take long – it can take less than 15 minutes and we here at Friendly Ford have the steps to make it so!

  1. Arrange the cars nose to nose and put them in park. Manual transmission vehicles should be left in neutral with the parking brake set.
  2. Attach the positive (red) ends of your jumper cable to the positive (red) terminals of both the dead and live batteries in that order. Attach the negative (black) end of your jumper cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  3. The other end of the negative cable should be attached to a jumping post or other piece of non-painted metal near the dead battery. Don’t touch the battery itself. If you can’t find a jumping post, an unpainted bolt will do.
  4. Once all the cables are attached, start the car with the live battery and let it run for a few minutes. Lightly rev the engine once or twice.
  5. Try to start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both vehicles idle for a few minutes.
  6. Disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them. Start with the negative cable attached to the jumping post. If you’re unsure about any of this, your owner’s manual should have further instructions.

Ford Ranger Returning to Lineup?

ford logoIt wasn’t long ago that most heavy hitting automakers cut smaller pickups and truck-based SUVs from their lineups. Times have changed and with General Motors bringing back the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, it may be time for another midsize pickup to return. Word on the street is that Ford is considering reviving the Ranger.

General Motors and Jeep have been rolling in sales as a result of lower gas and oil prices. Truck sales have been soaring. The full-size F-150 pickup is a bestseller but that still leaves Ford losing out in the midsize truck market.

Ford has discussed bringing a midsize pickup and SUV to the lines at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit. The plant had been transformed during the recession to produce small cars and hybrids. Previously, the plant built Expeditions, F-150s, Lincoln Navigators, and Broncos.

With Ford moving the Focus and C-Max out of the country, that leaves plenty of open floor space. Rumor has it the pickup and SUV could be in production as soon as 2018, although there’s no confirmation on the plan.

While the common belief is that the Ford Ranger returning would hurt F-series sales, that idea seems unlikely. The average transaction price of an F-series truck now reaches over $40,000. That’s quite a bit of wiggle room for the smaller Ranger.

We here at Friendly Ford are ecstatic to see what will come out of the Michigan Assembly Plant!

Ford Introduces Ford F-150 Limited

Ford is aiming for the high end of the automotive market with the unveiling of a new luxury version F-150 pickup. Consumers in the United States have been snapping up trucks and SUVs in the midst of lower gas prices, leaving fuel efficient coupes and sedans in the rearview mirror. The F-150 Platinum will soon take a step down from the top of the F-150 ladder to make way for this new trim.

2015 Ford F-150

Current Platinum Trim Interior

The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited will head to dealer lots later this year. One of the new features practically explains the amount of luxury within the pickup in itself: multi-contour massaging seats.

Fifty percent of Ford’s pickup sales in the month of June consisted of the three current premium models, the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Lariat tops $40,000 while the current top-of-the-line Platinum can hit upwards of $60,000 depending on options.

The F-150 Limited will also top $60,000 in answer to consumer’s high end demands. The pickup will pack a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under the hood. Fuel economy will sit at an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 hwy mpg.

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling model in the United States since 1982.

We at Friendly Ford are waiting on our toes for the latest in luxury pickups to arrive!

How to Keep Your Car Cool in Summer

cars on lotKeeping your car comfortable in the summer usually means keeping it cool during the day. Obvious methods to keep your car cool in summer include parking in a garage, in the shade, or leaving the windows down.

But, doing this at work can be difficult if there’s no parking garage or available shade. Leaving the windows down for hours on end is a safety issue. So what do you do? We here at Friendly Ford are here to help you keep your car cool in summer!

Purchasing a sunshade is one of the best ways to both keep your car cool and protect your interior. You can also go the extra mile and have a custom sunshade made to fit your windshield’s specifications.

Blocking out the sun protects your interior from UV rays and keeps your car up to 10 degrees cooler. Throw a towel over the steering wheel to protect your hands from heat as well.

If you’re a driver who likes to blast themselves with air conditioning as soon as they jump into the car, reconsider that. Instead, switch the setting to “fresh air” and open the bottom vents. Open your windows as well–hot air rises so the cool air from the bottom vents will push the hot air up and out. When you’re comfortable, close the windows, switch to “re-circulation,” and head home!

Ford Car Sharing Program Under Way in UK

loanThese days, our cars are an important part of our daily lives; now, you will be able to let other people depend on your car too. The new Ford car sharing program allows owners to rent their vehicles to others if they use a Ford finance package to pay for their vehicle. The first car manufacturer in the United Kingdom to offer this service, Ford has partnered with easyCar Club to make it possible.

The new system allows owners to rent their cars for others use. The logic in the system recognizes that many cars remain in one place, whether you’re at work, school, or a family gathering. The opportunity to make a little money renting out your car isn’t out of the question for many drivers.

The system is currently preparing to undergo trials. In all, 12,000 Ford finance package customers from London will take part. Customers have until August 1, 2015 to sign up. The pilot program will last a total of six months.

The real question that begs to be answered is whether or not drivers will be willing to let others drive their cars unsupervised. Although it’s currently only in the trial stage in the United Kingdom, if the program is a success, it’s possible we’ll see it here in the States as well.

What Does Oil Do?

oilRoutine maintenance on your vehicle is just that—routine. So it isn’t often you think about why something needs to be done. Some drivers simply follow their owner’s manual while others listen to the advice of friends and family. One important part of routine maintenance is changing the oil regularly. This is an extremely important part of owning a car, yet many owners aren’t sure what oil does. We at Friendly Ford are here to answer that question: just what does oil do?

Oil works in three ways to keep the engine operating smoothly. First, it helps keep the metal parts that are constantly mashing together lubricated to prevent any damage to the engine. It also carries away any dirt, grime, and metal shavings between parts.

Second, the engine is constantly setting off very small, contained explosions within its cylinders. That generates a lot of heat; oil helps to remove some of that heat and heat caused by friction between the moving parts.

Third, it keeps carbon and varnishes from building up in the engine. A very expensive engine cleaning is the only effective way to remove carbon and varnish build up. The worst that can happen if you don’t change your oil is your engine could seize up entirely. Trust us; that’s not a bill you want to pay!

2016 Escape Equipped with Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Ford Escape Interior

The all-new 2016 Escape will be equipped with the Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System that will provide quicker performance, voice recognition, and a touchscreen that’s easier to use than ever before. The new technology will also debut on the Ford Fiesta.

SYNC 3 will also include AppLink, which provides control over smart phone apps, as well as enhanced 911 Assist, Wi-Fi software updates, and Siri Eyes-Free capability for iPhones.

Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company Vice President of US Marketing, Sales and Service, said, “SYNC always has been about providing a safer way for our customers to connect their smartphones in order to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

Ford introduced SYNC to its lineup first in 2007 and continues to update it with the latest technology to provide the best in-car connectivity available. If you’re interested in learning more about Ford’s all-new SYNC 3 technology, visit us at Friendly Ford.

Summer Travel Tips for a Memorable Vacation

vacationThe time has officially come; summertime is here! For those of you about to head out on the vacation of a lifetime, or for those just making a road trip upstate, we’ve compiled a small list of some summer travel tips that will hopefully make your journey a little easier.

  1. Saving Money – If you’re traveling by car, save money by taking a cooler with drinks and food along with you. You’ll need to stop less and purchased food costs won’t add up. If you’re planning to fly, you can save money by bundling the hotel, car, and airfare.
  1. Think in Body Sections – Unless you’re a professional packer, remembering everything can be difficult. If you think in portions of your body it will help. Write your main body parts down and next to them write what you’ll need to take with you.
  1. Pack Old Clothing – If you’re like most people, souvenirs are a must when traveling. However, if you have a bag that’s already full, making room for new things will prove difficult. If you choose to wear old clothing on the trip that can be tossed at the end, you’ll have much more room for new stuff you buy along the way.
  1. Keeping Kids Occupied – Plan ahead and pack coloring books, paper, crossword puzzles, and other games to keep your kids occupied while on a long journey. Take a Ziploc bag full of crayons and you’re all set.
  1. Pack Change of Clothes – In a separate bag, pack one change of clothes for everyone on the trip just in case they’re needed.

We hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer vacation! For more summer travel tips, click here.

More 2016 Mustang Packages On the Way

Never satisfied with anything less than the best, Ford has updated its 2016 Mustang model for the third quarter of 2015. Though there aren’t many major changes, the 2016 Mustang now has more package options available.

2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang Available now at Friendly Ford!

Specifically, there are two new packages: the California Special Package, and the Pony Package. Each of these choices is a throwback to popular Mustang options of the ‘60s.

The California Special Package has a long list of new features for the vehicle, including 19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminum wheels, a unique grille, door panel inserts and carpet, and more. Meanwhile, the Pony Package comes with the 19-inch polished aluminum wheels and a tri-bar pony logo on the grille.

The pricing hasn’t been released for either package yet, but surely that information will become clear as the time gets closer for these new Mustangs to hit the market. What do you think of the new 2016 Mustang packages?

Ford Sets Record with World’s Largest Hot Wheels Track Loop

Ford LogoFord recently set a new world record for the largest Hot Wheels track loop, a feat accomplished to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day. The Ford Hot Wheel loop, created in the Ford Research and Innovation Center, topped out at over twelve feet tall. The previous record was only nine feet.

If you’re wondering why Ford would take the time to do this, we have two things to say to you. One, you need to be reminded just how much fun playing with Hot Wheels is! Two, Ford hopes the cool new car track loop will interest a new generation of kids in playing around with the fields of science and engineering. After all, in those fields, you get to make real cars that actually go on the world’s roads, not just on tracks.

Matt West, Ford dynamometer, explained how this record-setting plan came into action. “It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot- tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”

If you’re looking for a brand that knows how to have fun, come see us at Friendly Ford.