Tips for Winter Driving: Proper Maintenance

car tire in snow - tips for winter drivingWinter is here, which means you’ll need to get used to driving in cold weather. From ice to snow, driving conditions simply get worse when the thermometer dips. That’s why it’s important to stay prepared. Read on to learn more about tips for winter driving.

To begin with, check your tires. If you haven’t already considered buying winter tires, now is the time to get them. These tires are made with special rubber compounds that stand up in cold weather. They also have thicker treads to help with slippery surfaces, and special trenches divert water to prevent hydroplaning. In cold weather, it’s also important to check tire pressure, as the psi dips when the temperature lowers.

According to Market Wire, you should also be sure to add antifreeze.

Thwindshield on winter drive - tips for winter drivingough water works well as coolant during the summertime, it can freeze and crack the engine in the winter. Antifreeze prevents this—usually a 50/50 blend works best. In fact, many technicians find that a blend works better in lower temperatures than pure antifreeze. In short, follow the directions.

Finally, change your oil. Cold weather usually calls for a less viscous—or less thick—oil. Plus, by the end of the year, it’s likely that you need to change your oil anyway. Opting for a thicker oil will help coat the engine and provide a better layer of lubrication, extending the life of your car.

In conclusion, check your tire pressure, add antifreeze, and be sure to change the oil. These are the best tips for winter maintenance you’ll find anywhere.

Top Gifts for Mustang Owners

Closeup of Mustang steering wheel with Mustang logo

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Looking for a gift for that special someone? Have no fear. We’ve developed a list of the top gifts for Mustang owners. You’ll find everything you need to make this a memorable holiday seasons, whether you’re getting a big or small gift.

According to Car Covers Direct, one of the top gifts for Mustang owners is a Ford thermos set. You can get durable alloy thermos and cups with the branding right on the front. You can also find a Ford thermos with camo or special decals as well, something that’s both practical and thoughtful.

If money is no obstacle, consider buying a Ford Mustang golf cart. You heard right. You can buy specially designed golf carts that resemble your favorite car, down to the decals. In fact, some of these golf carts are crafted so well, it can be difficult to tell them apart from the real thing.

Naturally, a car care kit is ideal for any car enthusiast, especially Mustang lovers. Be sure to get carnauba wax, interior detailer, Windex, tire shiner, a microfiber cloth, and tire gel. Each of these will make your vehicle shine like never before. Plus, Mustang owners tend to love taking care of their cars, so this is a gift nearly anyone can enjoy.

These three gifts are just the tip of the iceberg. You should also consider a car cover, radar detector, sunshade, and more. Each of these will provide you with great gifts for any Mustang lover.

Could a New Ford Bronco Hit Dealerships by 2020?

The rumors are true: the Ford Bronco will make its triumphant return, sometime very soon. In fact, we have reason to believe that a brand new edition of the Ford Bronco could be on the road as early as 2020.

Talk of the upcoming Ford Ranger pickup has been accompanied by details of the new Ford Bronco, with both vehicles likely fitting into two release slots previously confirmed by Ford: 2018 and 2020.

New FordThe last edition of the Ford Bronco ended production in 1996, so this return has been a long time in the making. This previous model was based on the Ford F-150, but we think it’s likely that both the new Ford Ranger and new Ford Bronco will be built on the same base.

No official specs or details have been revealed about the new Ford Bronco yet, and it’s hard to speculate exactly what its price would be. We think it’s safe to say that – at the rate Ford models escalate each year – a 2020 Ford Bronco would be incredible.

Would you be interested in an all-new Ford Bronco? Come visit us anytime at Friendly Ford to learn more or to check out our currently available models!

Check Out These Thanksgiving Events in Chicago This Year

Here at Friendly Ford, we are so thankful to be just a short drive away from the amazing city of Chicago – the perfect place to be this Thanksgiving season. Whether you are looking for a place to practice your favorite tradition or something new, there is no shortage of Thanksgiving events in Chicago this year:

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  • Thanksgiving Parade – This one is a no-brainer; if you can manage to wake up in time and get a good spot, you will treasure an in-person viewing of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Turkey Day Run – All donations for this Turkey Day Run, which includes multiple races, go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  • ZooLights – It’s no secret to Chicagoans that the Lincoln Park Zoo is perhaps the best free zoo in the country, and that’s certainly the case during the winter season, when the zoo is dressed up in holiday lights.
  • Mac & Cheese Fest – Lastly, you may not consider macaroni and cheese to be a Thanksgiving staple, but after you attend this delicious, cheesy festival, you are sure to change your mind.

Be sure to drive safely this holiday season, and if you would like to take your next family road trip in a brand new car, visit us anytime at Friendly Ford.

How to Tell if You’re Due for Car Service

Properly maintaining a vehicle is a priority for every driver who intends on staying on the road for years to come. Unfortunately, keeping up with your car can be difficult, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. On the upside, there are a couple of tell-tale signs you’re due for service. Trust us here at Friendly Ford; here’s how to tell if you’re due for car service!

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  • Dashboard Lights – The dashboard warning lights aren’t just for show. Those lights indicate that there’s a problem in some part of the car and it should be dealt with sooner rather than later. There are some lights that mean you should pull off the road and turn off the car to avoid damaging the mechanical parts. Other lights simply mean minor things, like low tire pressure. Consult your owner’s manual for more information on warning lights.
  • Feel – If your car’s ride feels bumpy or rough, consider having it checked by a professional technician. Before you head to the dealership, check your tire pressure to see if that’s the problem. If your tire pressure is low, inflate your tires. Stop in at the dealership if the ride is still rougher than normal.
  • Sound – Any odd noise coming from under the hood isn’t good. There’s little need to tell most drivers that if they hear something unusual, like a bang or clang, under the hood, stop the car and contact the service department immediately.

How Many Rushing Yards Will Jeremy Langford Have? Guess and Win Prizes!

Are you a football fan—more specifically, a Chicago Bears fan? If you are (and you should be), you already know who Jeremy Langford is. The 24-year old was drafted last season and racked up a good amount of rushing yards. With the 2016 season still young, we here at Friendly Ford have decided to give back to the community through a little game on Facebook.

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Guess the Rushing Yards – Jeremy Langford

Each week, those who like our page will have the opportunity to guess how many rushing yards Langford will get in that week’s game. The person who guesses the closest number to the exact number of rushing yards that Langford earns that game can win a free oil change.

The rules are fairly simple. First, your guess can’t go over. Second, all guesses have to be in before the game starts. Finally, the tiebreaker will go to the person who stated their guess first.

Although Langford is currently out due to a severely sprained ankle, we here at Friendly Ford are ready to continue giving out freebies to those who guess right once he returns to the field!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for other giveaways, discounts, and contests! You could win something big. Last summer, for example, the grand prize of our Endless Summer Giveaway was a choice between a Hawaiian vacation for two or a trip to Orlando for a family of four.

What Does Torque Mean?

If you like to know all the specifications of the latest cars, then a term you’ve seen hundreds of times is torque, usually in the form of pound-feet (lb-ft). But what does torque mean? Essentially, torque is the amount of turning power an engine has.

Let’s take the Ford Fusion as a starting example. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 175 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 RPMs. This means, if you had a one-foot long wrench and applied 175 pounds of pressure, you would get 175 lb-ft of torque. This force is what causes a vehicle to accelerate.

Obviously different types of engines produce different amounts of torque. Diesel engines have some of the best torque ratings, which is essential for pulling power while towing. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 in the Ford Super Duty delivers best-in-class torque with 925 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 RPMs.

2016 Ford Super Duty

2016 Ford Super Duty

Torque is a car’s ability to move at lower speeds. With this amount of available power at a lower engine speed, drivers can achieve ideal towing abilities. Whereas in the Fusion, the engine has to turning a lot faster to reach the maximum available torque rating.

Horsepower works directly with torque to deliver speed at higher engine power.

2017 Ford F-150 Preview: Continuing A Legacy

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Current Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades. With the 13th generation that made its debut in 2015, Ford created the smartest, lightest, and most fuel-efficient F-150 ever. With the 2017 F-150, it is getting even better. Here’s a 2017 F-150 preview to give you a glimpse of what’s coming.

One of the biggest additions is an all-new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It will produce 375 horsepower and deliver a segment-best 470 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft over the previous 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

This engine will be mated to a new ten-speed automatic transmission for better acceleration and overall performance. This will be the first volume-produced ten-speed automatic transmission available from any automaker.

“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”

With the new transmission gearing, the F-150 will have better low-end performance, making it ideal of hauling heavy trailers and payloads.

The 2017 Ford F-150 will be coming to Friendly Ford this fall. We can’t wait to take this new powertrain combination out for a test drive.

Watch Out for These Vehicle Warning Signs!

Dashboard Warning LightsKeeping track of your vehicle’s health can be as easy as looking at the dashboard, provided you know what each light stands for. While most drivers know the basics, like the battery and tires, other warning lights are less common. That’s where we come in. Here are some explanations of helpful vehicle warning signs you should know.

  • Airbag – Lighting upon initially starting the car, the airbag fault light depicts a large circle in front of a seatbelt-secured driver. While it normally turns off after a brief second, it might stay on and that’s when you need to be worried. If the light stays on, it means the system has found a problem with the airbag system. Take it to a service technician for repair right away.
  • Overdrive – Simply “O/D OFF,” this light indicates that someone in the car has turned off the overdrive system. To turn it back on, simply press the on/off button and worry no more.
  • ESP – A triangle with an exclamation point in the middle surrounded by an arrow, this light indicates there’s a problem with the traction control system. It’s designed to keep you on the road, so professional attention is highly recommended to fix the problem.

2017 Ford Fusion Preview

2016 Ford Fusion

Current Ford Fusion Available at Friendly Ford

The Ford Fusion is an affordably-priced midsize sedan that’s seen great reviews among enthusiasts and drivers alike. With plenty of trims to choose from, drivers can get the exact car they want. Boasting plenty of power, a high-class interior, and a sleek design, the 2017 Ford Fusion promises to build on the previous model’s success.

Starting at just $22,120, the 2017 Ford Fusion comes in 12 available trim levels, including a hybrid model. With conventional models earning up to an EPA-estimated 21 city/32 hwy mpg and the hybrid variant earning up to an EPA-estimated 43 city/41 hwy mpg, the Ford Fusion is one of the most efficient models in its segment.

The new Ford Fusion features four available engines, ranging from a 1.5-liter four cylinder to a 2.7-liter V6. With power ratings from 175-325 hp and 175-350 lb-ft of torque, this midsize sedan packs a punch no matter what engine drivers choose.

Featuring an innovative Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection that monitors and alerts you to a potential collision, the latest Fusion is the safest yet. With this car’s standard features designed to inspire peace of mind, drivers can rest easy behind the wheel of the Ford Fusion.

We are starting to see the new Fusions on our lot here in Roselle. Stop on by for a test drive!