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Do I Need Winter Tires for My Ford Vehicle in Pittsburgh?

With the winter months almost upon us, many folks in the Pittsburgh, PA area have already started to prepare. As you go out into the world, you may have seen many more folks wearing winter coats and gloves already. It is also time to for folks in Cranberry Township, PA, and beyond to start thinking about getting their Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs ready for the challenges of winter driving. One of the many things people may want to consider is putting winter tires on their Ford car, truck, or SUV. 

 

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Prepare for Spring Driving at Our Ford Service Center

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Changing seasons impact your vehicle in many ways, but maintenance ensures you enjoy the same quality rides. Coming out of winter and into spring is an exciting time, and we're sure that you have some plans. Well, before any trip, spring vehicle maintenance should be the first thing you tackle, and we're here to help. Our Ford service center can help with everything from mounting new tires to wheel alignments, so be sure to schedule an auto service appointment this spring!

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Suspension

If you have a problem with your suspension, then it is important to have it repaired before any further damage is done. You can tell if your suspension is bad if the ride is a lot more bumpy than usual. The suspension system is designed to absorb the bumps of the road. 

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Understanding the Importance of Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid used in your vehicle that helps transfer force into pressure, thereby increasing braking force for better stopping ability. Over time, brake fluid goes bad because it becomes contaminated from water in the air, which causes rust and debris to build.

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How to Minimize Your Car's Exposure to Road Salt This Winter

In Zelienople, PA, one thing you can rely on during winter is that all of the cars will be the same color as they become covered in road salt. Unfortunately, road salt can cause major damage to your vehicle, meaning that you need to be extra careful to ensure that you minimize your car's exposure to salt. Otherwise, you could end up with major issues that require a visit to Baierl Ford.

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Why You Should Use Winter Wiper Blades

A traditional wiper blade is more than adequate for removing water or light snow from your car’s windshield. However, it may not be reliable enough for use during periods of heavy snow or prolonged cold. This is because regular windshield wiper blades are not strong enough to remove several inches of snow or a thick coating of ice.

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What to Look for if You Suspect a Leaky Exhaust

If your vehicle is starting to sound like a truck, you may be having issues with your exhaust system. This is one sign that you may have a leaky exhaust. We at BAIERL Ford offer exhaust system maintenance, repair and replacement. Our staff can go over the options with you.

There are some signs to look for that may indicate you have a leaky exhaust. When the engine is running, you may hear an intermittent popping or hissing sound accompanied by discoloration on the paint near the tailpipe. 

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Safety Strategies for Car Battery Maintenance

Although the process of testing a car battery isn't complicated, all motorists must follow proper steps to examine the energy levels in each cell effectively and safely when problems develop on the road. The main thing to consider during each car battery maintenance routine is the location. If you try to test a battery in an improper location, the battery and the automobile will be at risk.

If your car begins to operate inefficiently on the highway, you must drive the vehicle to a suitable, safe location before implementing any battery testing procedures. 

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Transmission Service Explained

Just like having your oil changed on your vehicle on a routine basis, your transmission also should be serviced routinely in order to keep your engine running smoothly. There are a number of different items of maintenance that go into servicing your transmission, and this can include things such as:

  • Removing and emptying your sump pan
  • Changing out your filter
  • Using a new pan gasket when your pan is replaced 
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