School’s almost out, the days are getting longer, and the
weather’s warming up, which means it’s time to get on the road and explore our
country with a good old-fashioned road trip. But is your car, truck, or SUV
ready for the vacation? Here’s how to get your Ford ready for summer road
Oil Change and Tire Rotation
putting long miles on your Ford, make sure it has fresh oil for optimal engine
performance and recent tire rotation for even tire wearing. If you service at
L&L Motor, we can also let you know of any other maintenance items that are
due, and we’ll do a full inspection to make sure your Ford is operating safely
before your trip.
Clean Inside and Out
washes and waxes are important for preserving your car’s exterior, especially
after a winter filled with snow and road salt. But you should also clean out
the inside of your Ford before your trip — and bring along trash bags to keep
it clean during your vacation.
Check the Basics
heading out, make sure that your tire pressure is correct, your windshield
wiper blades aren’t leaving streaks, all your headlights are working, and your
AC is operating correctly. This will save you unexpected troubles during your
Can it be possible? Could winter really almost be over? While you might feel the urge to go run outside and soak up some sun, you’ve also got to get your car ready for spring before it’s too late. Here are some areas to focus on when the weather warms up.
Check your battery: Winter can be very hard on your battery. Have our professionals test yours to make sure it is still operating properly.
Get a car wash: If you drove in snow or salt on the road, you should give your car a thorough wash. Bonus points if you clean the inside of your car. It is time for spring cleaning, after all.
Get an oil change: You should change your oil roughly every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. An easy way to remember oil changes, especially if you are a frequent driver, is to do it at the change of every season.
Inspect your tires: When you get your oil changed here at L&L Motors, we can also rotate your tires. We’ll make sure they are inflated properly, as winter’s colder weather can throw that off, and we’ll even check the treads to let you know how much longer you have before it’s time to replace them.
If you’ve ever been browsing automaker or dealership websites and asked yourself, “What does torque mean?” you aren’t alone. While most drivers know what horsepower is and does, torque is a bit more of a mystery to those outside of the enthusiast circle. Here’s a quick breakdown of what torque actually does in your car from us here at L&L Motors.
At its very basic, torque is the ability to do work while power is how quickly something can be reached. That doesn’t help much when it comes to modern engines though but don’t worry. We’ll skip the complicated mathematical equations.
Essentially, torque causes a car to accelerate and the number you see listed on specifications pages is the maximum torque the engine can produce. That number is usually higher than the torque the wheels receive but it’s still very telling about how fast a car is.
Odds are you’ve noticed that larger engines produce more torque but what you probably didn’t know is that the amount of torque produced is caused by the amount of air flowing through the engine.
Once in the engine, the air meets fuel in the combustion chambers where it’s compressed to produce a small explosion. That explosion ultimately results in horsepower and torque. A car with higher torque will accelerate faster than a car with lower torque. The combination of high torque and high horsepower, like that found in the Ford Mustang, leads to a very fast, incredibly powerful car.
Brake pads are one of the most important parts of your car, and if you don’t check them regularly it can be hard to see early warning signs. It’s a good idea to check the thickness of the pads every six months.
The biggest sign that your pads are wearing down is a grinding noise when you hit the brakes. They’re designed to make this noise to warn you in advance so you can change the pads, but it’s nice to know before they start grinding.
When brakes are worn, you may start to see less brake dust on the wheels. This is kind of hard to spot, especially if you don’t know how much dust is usually on your wheels, so try keeping an eye on the amount of dust that’s normal and then see how much it increases or decreases.
Finally, you can look at the pad itself, which can usually be seen through the wheel. The pad should be at least a quarter of an inch thick—if it seems thinner than that, it’s time to have the pads replaced.
Remember, routine brake maintenance and part replacements could save your life! If you notice any signs that your brake pads are worn, get them changed.