Other benefits of Columbia Ford Lincoln service include:
• Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts
• Full-service maintenance
• Expert heavy repair facility backed by Ford
• Parts and labor warranties
• Clean, comfortable waiting areas with free Wi-Fi
• Shuttle service to and from your home
• Friendly and knowledgeable staff
Maintaining your vehicle
Routine maintenance, such as oil changes, having fluids checked/flushed and tune- ups, can greatly increase your vehicle’s performance and reliability as well as greatly extend its life. Consequently, failing to properly service your vehicle can result in increased repair costs, as well as greatly reduce its value for a future sale or trade-in.
Today’s vehicle engines generally have extended oil-change intervals beyond 3,000 miles, so it is recommended that you consult the specific maintenance schedule interval in your vehicle’s owner manual.
At Columbia Ford Lincoln, an oil change is so much more than just an oil change. When you come in for The Works,® you receive a complete vehicle checkup that includes a synthetic blend oil change, tire rotation and pressure check, brake inspection, Multi-Point Inspection, fluid top-off, battery test, and filter, belts and hoses check — all for a very competitive price.
Top off your fluids to keep your vehicle running its best. Typically, this is simple and can be performed in just a few minutes. These include oil, radiator, transmission, power steering, windshield washer and brake fluid.
Your vehicle’s filters should be changed every 15K–30K miles. Most are inspected and replaced during a routine oil change. These include the engine air filter, oil filter, fuel filter and cabin air filter.
Your spark plugs should be changed every 100K miles. A bit more complicated than a routine oil change, the time and cost will depend on the year, make and model of your vehicle.
Belts and Hoses
Belts and hoses play an integral part in your vehicle’s performance. As belts age, the rubber becomes brittle, causing it to crack. If the belt is showing signs of wear on its outer edge, this is also a sign that it will need to be replaced.
Coolant temperature is about 200 degrees, so the hoses that carry it are extremely important. A belt or hose failure can cause loss of both power steering and the electrical charging system, as well as an overheated engine. An overheated engine can cause the cylinder heads to warp. As a result, it would be a very expensive repair.
Hoses are generally inspected for softness and swelling, hardening, cracks, chafing and heat damage. If any of these issues are detected, your hoses will need to be replaced.
Brake issues can start out small but worsen over time. Waiting to have them repaired can greatly increase the costs involved. Have your brakes inspected during a routine maintenance visit to help save you both time and money.
Discs should be inspected for rough spots, warping or damage. If they are shiny and show little signs of wear, maintenance is likely not needed. If they are damaged or warped, these parts should be resurfaced or replaced immediately.
Your vehicle has rubber and metal brake lines and both can crack and leak. First of all, our technicians will examine the rubber hoses to ensure they are soft and don’t have cracks. Next, they will check the hard metal brake lines for corrosion and leaking. If either is damaged, we will recommend replacement.
Today’s vehicles are loaded with technology. As a result, it is more important than ever to ensure your battery operates at peak performance. At Columbia Ford Lincoln, we know exactly what battery is needed for your specific vehicle and can help guide you through what can be a somewhat complex process.
Stay safe, help your vehicle run more efficiently, and extend the life of your tires by having them maintained regularly. Follow these simple steps to help ensure you get the most out of your tires:
• Rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles — see tire manufacturer for specific recommendations.
• Check the pressure of all tires, including your spare, at least once a month when the tires are “cold,” meaning that the vehicle hasn’t been driven for at least three hours. You can find the recommended air pressure for your tires on the placard typically placed on the driver’s side doorjamb.
• Also, you should have your tires inspected during every service visit.
The Ford Service Credit Card
The Ford Service Credit Card is a financing option that lets you pay for all service maintenance and repairs, including tire purchases and installation, at Columbia Ford Lincoln and other Ford Dealers across the U.S. It only takes a few minutes to apply and receive the decision.
You will be provided with a credit line to assist you with all in-store purchases once you have been approved for credit, including:
• Ford Motorcraft® batteries
• Extended service plans
• Loaner vehicles
• Body shop repairs
• And more