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18982 Johnny B. Hall Memorial Hwy.
Deridder, LA 70634
Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - in DeRidder, LA
We are here to service all your Ford Car needs from the Ford F-150, Mustang, Fusion, Focus and more! In addition to helping you with all your Ford vehicle needs, we are certified to help you with any car make including Toyota, Nissan, Chevrolet, and more. We provide all basic maintenance from oil changes to tire rotation to more intricate repairs and service.
In addition to all these services we provide for you, we at Highway Ford want to help you understand your servicing needs. That is why we want to provide you with a list of FAQs to help you determine when you need your car service and answer some common questions about your car’s maintenance.
The standard answer for this question is every 3,000 miles. However, this is not entirely accurate anymore. Because of the innovations being made on new engines nowadays, it isn’t necessary to change your oil as often as we used to. The answer to this lies in your vehicles owner’s manual. Every owner manual will tell you when your vehicle needs to have its oil changed, and include other maintenance information as well. In general though, the older your vehicle is the more often you need to change your oil. For example, Ford recommends that 2007 models and older should change their oil every 5,000 miles or every 6 months.
In order to determine what type (10W-30, 5W-30) of oil to use for your car that works best for your engine, again, your owner’s manual will give you insight as to what you should use. However, once you figure out the number oil that your car needs, you still have many choices about the quality of the oil. The rule of thumb here is to look for the starburst symbol that appears on oil brands that meet the American Petroleum Institute (API)
The basic answer for this question is it depends on how much you value your oil. Synthetic oil has been shown to improve efficiency, but it does cost more. For more information about this, check out our blog!
Oil is the lifeline for your engine. The purpose of oil is to quite literally keep your engine running smooth. Because of all the metal in your engine, there must be something to keep the metal from rubbing together and causing too much heat. Thus the oil keeps the metal from doing this. If you do not change your oil, dirt will get into it from it constantly coursing through the engine and the effectiveness of the oil becomes less as a result.
The air pressure in tires can change with the slightest change of weather. Even a 20 degree drop at night can have an impact on Tire pressure. This is why it is important to check your tire pressure often. Typically it is recommended to check it once a month. If there are any significant changes in weather, it would be a good idea to check your tire pressure then, too.
This number varies depending upon the type of car you have. The tires will have a maximum tire pressure allowance listed on the. Do NOT use this number; this is to tell you what the maximum pressure the tire can hold. The correct number should be on a sticker inside your car door. If this sticker is not available, the next best option is to ask your dealer or check the tire manufacturer’s website for what number is best for your tire.
There are a few problems that can occur from not checking your tires regularly, or not properly inflating your tires. First, if your tires get to low, it can cause more wear on your tires and create more heat within the tire itself. This can lead to your tire shredding… and a very dangerous situation while you are driving. Second, if your tires pressure is too high, it will cause your car to bounce more and prevent your tires from getting the proper traction. More importantly, it can affect how quickly you are able to stop your vehicle. So make sure you check your tires regularly and properly.
In general, it is a good plan to get your tires rotated when you get your oil change. If your recommended oil change is more than six months, however, it may be a good idea to have your tires rotated every six months, instead of when you have your oil changed. Tire rotation is important because it helps keep the tread of your tires more even and helps them last longer. For more specific information about rotating your tires, double check your owner’s manual.
When this light comes on it could indicate a number of things. First, there are two ways that your light will indicate a problem. The first is simply by appearing on your screen. This indicates that there is an issue in the electronic-control system that cannot be fixed within the system itself, but does not indicate an immediate detrimental problem for the car. When this comes on, it is best to take it and have the code read to discern the issue. The code will tell the technician which tests to perform to determine where the issue is. The second way the check engine light will appear on your screen is by flashing on and off. If this happens, there is an issue that could potential damage your vehicle if it is not checked quickly.
The rumor is that using Premium gas will increase your fuel efficiency. However, there is no proof that Premium gas has cause significant amounts of improved fuel efficiency in vehicles. Really, the only reason you would want to use Premium gas is if your car requires it. Otherwise the only affect of using it, is wasting your money.
Besides your oil (and perhaps your windshield wiper fluid if you use it a lot), most fluids do not need to be checked very often. Unless you run into an issue with your car here’s a recommendation of when you check your fluids:
Check once a year
Change every three years or 30,000 miles
If engine is getting hot, check coolant right away
If no issues, change every three years or 30,000 miles
Check once a year-If it is any color but pink, get it changed
If no issues on yearly checks, change 30,000-50,000 miles
There is no time table to determine when you need your brakes checked and/or changed. To know when your brakes need looked at, watch for these signs:
If your brakes are making a high pitch screech, this is the most obvious sign that you need to get your brakes checked
A different sound to listen for that indicates your brakes need attention is a gridding noice when the car is coming to a stop
If you notice that it takes longer to stop than it used to, it might be time to take your car into the shop.
Another indicator of an issue with brakes is when the steering wheel wiggles or pulls to one side when you bring your car to a stop.
The last question you may have about service is “Where do I go with all my other service questions?” This is one is simple; contact our service department and we will be more than happy to assist you with any other question you have! We are here to serve our local community of DeRidder, Lake Charles, Leesville, Fort Polk, Moss Bluff, Oakdale, Sulphur, Natchitoches, LA and Jasper and Orange, TX.
Prices and special offers are subject to change. Mileage listings are estimates and are not necessarily accurate odometer readings. Some vehicle information and vehicle pricing may be unintentionally missing or inaccurate, and Highway Ford will endeavor to correct such discrepancies in a commercially reasonable manner upon Customer notification of such errors or omissions, but pricing errors and listing errors are considered invalid and may or may not be honored at the sole discretion of Highway Ford and its participating dealerships.
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18982 Johnny B. Hall Memorial Hwy. Deridder, LA 70634