Why do I need oil?

What does oil do?download

  • It stops all the metal surfaces in your engine from grinding together and tearing themselves apart from friction
  • It transfers heat away from the combustion cycle
  • Engine oil must also be able to hold in suspension all the nasty by-products of combustion like silica (silicon oxide) and acids.
  • Minimizes the exposure to oxygen and thus oxidation at higher temperatures.

There are many moving parts in an engine; the oil pump pushes oil through passages to all the moving parts. The oil is forced in between these parts to create a film separating the parts from each other. Without oil the moving parts would contact each other and within seconds your vehicles engine could be destroyed. You can check your oil by removing the dip stick, most gas station attendants will do this for you if you don’t know how to yourself. If you oil light comes on shut your vehicle off immediately this means the oil pump has no oil and your vehicle will not make it to a service station.

What would happen if I didn’t have oil? Well, the metal would become damaged within the engine and cannot be repaired. Be sure to check your oil regularly and have it changed approximately every three thousand miles to keep your oil clean.

In my opinion oil is the most important fluid in your vehicle and you should pay close attention to it at all times! However, I’m an extremely forgetful person so I make it a point to set a reminder in my phone for every two weeks to check my oil and other fluids so that I don’t run low. If you have any questions regarding the oil in your vehicle contact the Quicklane at Capital Ford Lincoln today!

What is a Protection Package?

On a daily basis I hear the exact same question over and over again, what is a Protection package and why should I get it?” Well you asked the question and I have the answer! The Diamond Kote Protection Package consists of 4 major view360components.

Paint Protection;

Factory paint isn’t tough enough to handle the harsh things your vehicle encounters on a daily basis such as ultraviolet rays, tree sap, road salt, acid rain, bird droppings, carwash chemicals and much more. Car paint is actually less than half the thickness of the common debit card. Paint protections transparent cross link polymer formulation bonds to the vehicles surface and creates a barrier between the vehicle paint and its surroundings.

Sound shield;

Road noise is unavoidable but can be improved with sound shield; inevitable road conditions that we encounter on a daily basis will affect the loud annoying noises your vehicle can start to make.  Gravel, weather conditions, road salt, moisture, and sand can cause engine noise, road noise, abrasion, and corrosion to your vehicle. The parts of our vehicle that we see the least are the most vulnerable to the elements. Sound shield reduces road noises by up to 50% while providing insulation and protection from those annoying squeaks, rattles, engine noise and moisture.

Fabric & Leather/Vinyl Protection;

There is no need to ban your friends and family from having food and drinks in the vehicle with this wonderful protection package. With the fabric and leather protection food stains, drink spills, and won’t be a problem. It will also prevent your interior from discoloration and prolong the beauty of your vehicle. The protection coats and protects each individual fiber, and the formula used is 100% CFC free which is completely safe for your vehicle, your family and the environment!

DK-logo-good-300x180Rust Protection;

Rust will shorten the life of your vehicle as well as drastically decrease its value. It is extremely easy for a vehicle to rust with all of the road salt, condensation, humidity and weather extremes. Rust most commonly starts on the inside of your vehicle and by the time it becomes visible to us major damage has already occurred. Rust protection penetrates deep into all the crevices and seems where the rust begins.

When you purchase DK9000 plus Paint Protection, Diamond-Kote Surface Rust Perforation warranty is also available to you for complete peace of mind.

After doing the research a protection package is a no brainer for me. I would much rather spend extra money when purchasing a vehicle and have the peace of mind that a few months down the road I won’t be spending even more money on a major vehicle repair.

Signs You’re Due for a Wheel Alignment

If you are the type of driver that needs reminders to keep up with certain maintenance on your vehicle – then this blog may be for you. Writing and reading these articles has even helped me to make sure I am giving my car the proper service it needs to keep myself and others safe while on the road.wheel_alignment

1. Your vehicle feels as though it’s drifting to one side – even when you think you are driving straight.

2. You are driving straight, however your steering wheel is not centered.

3. Your steering wheel is vibrating.

4. Were you involved in a small accident or perhaps bumped a curb? It may be a good idea to have your vehicle inspected even if the vehicle did not need repairs.

5. Uneven tire wear – If you know what you are looking for, more wear on the outer part of your tires could be the number one indicator that your vehicle needs an alignment.

*Having your tires aligned regularly can help ensure the safety and handling of your vehicle. Better mileage is also a bonus when your tires are properly aligned due to less resistance and pulling. Come visit our Quick Lane at 1201 Pasqua St. North to have a wheel alignment today!

When should I Put on my Winter Tires?

snowOn a daily basis I’m asked the same question over and over “When should I put on my winter tires?” Well I’ll be honest I’ve always thought that we were supposed to wait for the first snow fall. However, I’m always the one who winds up in the ditch or sliding into a stop sign as soon as the first snow fall comes. Therefore, I started to think this couldn’t be true; there must be a way to get ahead of the gang. I did some research and I was shocked!

In October? December? The first snow fall? Halloween? Wrong…. You actually are supposed to change to your winter tires when the temperature below 7 degrees. This is when winter tires will start to be beneficial to you and your vehicle.

Winter tires will give you the extra traction, breaking and handling you’ll need to confidently drive in all cold weather conditions. They have special rubber and tread patterns used for cold weather conditions.

It is best to be safe and switch to winter tires when the temperature is below 7 degrees rather than waiting for the first snow fall when it’s too late. If you wait till the first sign of snow you will be stuck on a waiting list for days waiting to get in with the rest of the procrastinators! Be safe not sorry and get your tires changed!

Remember to change your tires back to all season tires as soon as the temperature is consistently above 7 degrees so that the warm weather doesn’t wreck them. Drive safe!

Happy Turkey Day!

yjTxroriEThanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday. There is just something about family and friends all gathering together for a big turkey supper in the beautiful fall weather. Speaking of turkey, this is my very first year cooking a turkey for my family and to be honest I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. Therefore, I started searching all over for the best recipes as I don’t want to let my entire family down.

Here are the top 6 recipes I came across in my journey to make a perfect turkey;

  1. Deep Fried Turkey
  2. Orange Maple Glazed Turkey
  3. Lemon-Herb Turkey
  4. Maple Roaster Turkey
  5. Turkey with Herbs and Citrus
  6. Citrus-Rubbed Turkey with Cider Gravy

I hope all of your Thanksgiving turkeys turn out as delicious as i’m hoping mine does, have a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Capital Ford Lincoln!

Leasing Vs. Buying

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Are you unsure about which financial route best suits you? Here at Capital Ford Lincoln, we have many options to help our customers get what they want. Read on to help you discover which option is best for you!

1. Leasing Leasing allows you drive a new vehicle of your choice without paying a large amount of money or taking out a loan. Often, leasing a vehicle only requires a small down payment followed by monthly payments for a short term. When the term (approx. 2-4 years) expires, you return the vehicle.

2. Payments – You are required to pay for the amount that the vehicle will depreciate over the lease term. For example; if you have a three year lease, and the approximate amount that the vehicle will depreciate is $15,000 – then you only have to pay that amount versus say $30,000 if you were to buy.

3. Upgrading – With leasing, you have the luxury of upgrading sooner than if you were to purchase a vehicle.

4. Warranty – If you choose to lease, typically dealerships only lease new vehicles. This means that throughout your lease term, there is a good chance that you will have full vehicle warranty coverage.

5. The Verdict – This is the option for you if you want lower monthly payments and few concerns regarding liability. The downside? You will never actually take ownership of the vehicle.

 

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1. Buying – When you purchase a vehicle, this means the bank has loaned you money in order to own your car. You will select a term for your loan; this will determine the amount of your monthly payments and interest rate.

2. Payments You are required to take out a loan in order to purchase the vehicle – you may be charged interest on borrowing that money. If your interest rate is high, it may take a long time to pay back your loan. However, at Capital Ford some new vehicles come with 0% financing, which means you pay no interest for a selected term!

3. Upgrading – As the owner of your vehicle, the vehicle’s fate is in your hands. You can trade or upgrade at anytime. However, be aware that if you trade/upgrade before your term is up, you could still owe money on your previous vehicle while paying for your new ride.

4. Warranty – Any new vehicle you purchase from a dealership will typically come with a three year factory warranty. If you are planning on purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, unless it still has its existing warranty from the previous owner, most dealers will only give you 30 day coverage. It will then be up to you as the owner, to purchase more warranty if you so choose.

5. The Verdict – In order to make money if you choose to sell or trade in your vehicle, you must sell/trade for more $ than what you still owe on your loan. You are in complete control of your vehicle in every regard, thinking about painting your Mustang neon orange? That’s the bright side of becoming an owner! Visit Capital Ford Lincoln today!

 

Is It Time To Have Your Tires Rotated?

Some facts you should know regarding rotating your tires…

  1. When done properly, it can extend the life of your tires.
  2. It can improve your gas mileage.
  3. It can help ensure that your vehicle is able to be controlled in a predictable manner when you need to make a sudden stop.
  4. Tire rotation means shifting the tires into different locations around the vehicle so that they are able to wear evenly.
  5. It is inexpensive – about twenty to thirty dollars.tires

Is it time to have my tires rotated?

Your vehicle owner’s manual can tell you how frequently tire rotation is recommended. As a rough estimate, rotating your tires every other time you have your oil changed should keep them wearing evenly. If you’re purchasing new tires, or having your tires balanced, the rotation should be included. Some tire retailers may offer lifetime rotation services if you purchase a set of tires from their company. Don’t overlook this process, taking the time to maintenance your vehicle regularly can help guarantee a superior performance from your vehicle and long lasting drive.

26 Interesting Facts about Vehicles

271410_originalIts Fun Fact Friday, here are 26 facts about vehicles I bet you’ll find FUN!

  1. There are 1 Billion cars currently in use on earth.
  2. In 1924, the average cost of a Ford car was a meager $265. Today the average cost is a whopping $31,724.
  3. About 165,000 cars are produced every day.
  4. Over the course of a person’s driving career, it is estimated that on average, every driver will swear around 32,000 times.
  5. The “new car smell” is composed of over 50 volatile organic compounds.
  6. It would take less than 6 months to get to the moon by car at 60mph, without stopping.
  7. BMW had to recall their GPS system because male German drivers refuse to take directions from a female voice.
  8. Up to 19 women can be jammed into a smart car.
  9. In Switzerland, fines are issued proportionate to your income. So when a Swiss man was caught going 180 mph, and was rather rich as well, he was forced to pay a fine of $1,000,000.
  10. The average car has 30,000 parts.
  11. 92% of all new sold cars in Brazil use ethanol as fuel, which is produced from sugarcane.
  12. 75% of cars that Rolls Royce has ever produced are still on road today.
  13. The average American spends about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.
  14. The first car accident occurred in 1891, in Ohio.
  15. The odds of dying in a car accident are around 1 in 5000
  16. When the car radio was introduced some states wanted to ban it arguing that it could distract drivers and cause accidents
  17. It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
  18. Car wrecks are the number one cause of death for Americans under 35.
  19. In Turkmenistan, car drivers are entitled to 120 litres (31 Gal) of free petrol a month.
  20. There are more cars than people on los angeles.
  21. The last vehicle ever produced that included a tape cassette player was the 2011 Ford Crown Vic.
  22. On average it takes roughly 25 full hours to build a car. 10 of those hours are solely spent on the vehicles paint job.
  23. The very first speeding ticket was issued in 1902, at which time vehicles could barely reach over 45 mph.
  24. The world record for the lowest height of a street legal car was 19 inches.
  25. Originally, flat asphalt roads were introduced for cyclists and not motorists which is a common misconception.
  26. On average, 90% of drivers sing, or have sung behind the wheel.

I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did!

Premium Gas or Regular?

WP-Gas-Pump-1It’s very easy to be confused with all of the vague recommendations out there on whether to use premium or regular gas. Some say that premium gas will improve your gas mileage along with improving your acceleration speed. It’s also said that by using premium gas you will prevent your engine from knocking.

What is Premium Gas?

Premium gas usually contains an octane level of 92 or 93, compared to regular gas which contains an octane level of 87. Premium gas was in fact designed to prevent knocking in vehicles with high compression ratios. A heavy knocking could damage your engine which certainly isn’t something anyone wants.

How do I know if my vehicle requires Premium Gas?

Most new vehicles don’t require premium gas as they are designed with a low compression ratio. However the easiest way to find out what your vehicle requires is to look in your owner’s manual, or on your gas cap its self.

If your vehicle requires Premium Gas;

If your owner’s manual states that your vehicle requires an octane level of 92 or 93 then you need to use premium gas. Using regular gas with a lower octane level will cause knocking in your engine which I assure you is definitely not a good thing!

If your vehicle doesn’t recommend Premium Gas;

This is the tough part. However, in my own opinion if your vehicle doesn’t recommend premium fuel then you are wasting your money. Premium gas will not benefit the performance of a vehicle that it wasn’t designed for. Premium gas may benefit your gas mileage but if you actually monitor your gas mileage before and after against what you paid for the premium fuel compared to the regular, it most likely will not be cost effective. Premium fuel will improve your acceleration by half of a second which may be useful when merging onto highways. However I don’t find the extra cash to be worth the half a second.

If your vehicle doesn’t require premium gas then it’s your own personal preference.

Top 11 Road Trip Games

Rock-paper-scissors.svgI definitely am not a fan of long drives especially if there are rowdy anxious children in the vehicle. You can always take the easy option and put a movie or a gaming devise in front of them to keep them occupied. However, I’m a little old fashioned and I would rather have children play games instead of giving them electronics.

Here are 11 great games to play on road trips;

1. I spy                 

Probably the easiest game to get started on any road trip. Just yelling out “I spy with my little eye” will get the whole vehicle excited to guess what you picked

2. 20 questions

Pick the answer and make the rest of the people in the car figure out what you chose. They only have 20 questions to guess the answer.

3. License plate game

Search for license plates from different states and who ever can find the most wins!

4. Find the Car

This is where someone picks a brand of car or color of a car and the first person to see it yells it out and gets a point. Then they pick a brand or color of a car and someone else has to try to find it.

5. Hold your breath

When going through a tunnel it’s always time to see how long you can hold your breath. Whoever holds their breath the longest wins.

6. Guess the time

Whether you’re on a long road trip or just on a quick trip to the grocery store it’s always fun to guess how long it will take to get where ever you are going! If you’re on a long road trip you can guess how long it will take to get to each town, whoever guesses the closest time wins!

7. Memory game

Shout out “I’m going out on a picnic/vacation and I’m bringing…” follow that with whatever item that comes to mind. Then the next player has to remember that item and add something else to the story. Get a part of the story wrong and you’re out. This one keeps the trip fun and can last for a long time!

8. Quiet game

Who doesn’t love this game? Your kids have been fighting and whining for the past 45 minutes what better idea could you have other than to play the quiet game! Whoever can be quiet for the longest wins.

 9. Would you rather?

Would you rather eat a shot glass full of nails or a shot glass of bumble bees? Neither option is particularly pleasing, but you’ve got to pick one. Everyone takes a turn having to choose between awful and awful. Or awesome and awesome – depends on who’s asking the question.

10. Hot seat

Every person in the car takes a turn in the “hot seat.” Once you’re in the seat, the others in the car will ask you five questions that you must answer. Usually you can veto one of the questions, but you can see how wild this game could go. The only thing to worry about is giving an answer that’s going to tick off people in the car.

11. Rock, Paper, Scissors

This game is fun to play no matter what age you are. It is a simple hand game played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes: rock, paper or scissors.

Tell us about any run car games they we may have missed!