Maintenance Madness: The Top 10 Ford Repair Tips Every Owner Should Know

Ford repairIrvin Gordon has driven so many miles that the distance he’s traveled could circle the Earth 120 times. And he did it with one car.

Exactly 3,039,122 miles. That’s how much distance Gordon has covered in his 1966 Volvo 1800S.

While you may not reach the three-million-mile mark like Gordon, it’s actually quite easy to maintain a vehicle. Especially if it’s a well-made one like a Ford.

But in a vehicle with thousands of parts, where do you even begin to achieve that well-deserved longevity?

Today, we’ll explore the top ten places where you should direct your attention when considering a Ford repair. Most of them are a lot simpler than you might think.

Is Maintainenance Really Necessary?

Many people neglect to maintain and repair their vehicles because it saves money, which is why used car inspections are always a good idea when purchasing a vehicle.

Except neglecting your vehicle really doesn’t save money.

In the long run, continuing to perform routine maintenance will save you hundreds of dollars. Replacing brake pads, for instance, may cost around $150. This may seem like a high price for maintenance until you consider the cost of rotor repair, which a vehicle will need if its brakes have been ignored for too long.

Taking care of the brake pads instead of brake pads and rotors will net you $500 in savings.

When it’s time to sell your car off to the next person or trade it in, taking care of your ride will also mean that you can typically secure a higher price. Sometimes the difference can mean thousands of extra dollars.

And then there’s a simple fact that it’s safer. That month you spent $150 on brakes and had to cut back on eating out could quite literally save your life.

The Top 10 Ford Repair Tips

Mostly, it really comes down to routine maintenance. Many of the suggestions listed below have the added bonus of low or moderate costs.

1. Oil

“Aside from fuel the most important fluid your vehicle needs is oil,” states Will Maley of US News.

It may seem like a bit much to change the oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles or whatever your Ford owner’s manual states. However, oil plays a crucial role in how your vehicle runs.

Oil lubricates the metal parts within your car, ensuring they do not wear and cause damage. It also collects dirt and particles to keep the vehicle’s engine running at a smooth purr.

When the oil isn’t changed regularly, the particles caught within it will begin to corrode the parts in your vehicle. The substance will also lose its ability to lubricate, meaning you’ll have metal scraping against metal.

Even worse is when sludge builds up from old oil, causing catastrophic engine damage.

2. Tire Rotation

Have you ever driven a very old vehicle with very worn tires on a very icy road? It’s no picnic.

Tire rotation is recommended every 5,000 to 7,500 miles to help your wheels wear evenly. Doing so also gives you more control over the vehicle so that if you have to stop or turn in an emergency you will have an easier time doing so.

And in the case of that old vehicle with the worn tires, it means a lot less sliding about over ice.

Furthermore, rotating the tires extends the life of the rubber products themselves.

3. Brakes

If cars were alive those high-pitched screeches would be akin to the worst possible toothache you could imagine.

It’s one of the reasons we have it listed as a necessary Ford repair. Because, really, your poor Ford Escort or F150 shouldn’t be in that much agony.

Brake systems squeeze your tires, creating friction so that the vehicle slows. When brake pads begin to wear, however, you may have metal squeezing against metal.

The destruction can be horrific, causing damage to rotors and disks and putting you — and any other passengers — in jeopardy.

If you hear high screeches or if your car shudders while braking, get those pads replaced.

4. Transmission Fluid

Rebuilding a transmission can cost thousands of dollars, and we’re sure it’s a cost you want to avoid. That’s why changing the transmission fluid is another tip when it comes to Ford repair.

Just like oil, this fluid is necessary to properly lubricate components.

Change this fluid every two years or 30,000 miles if you want a long-lasting car.

5. Belts

Frayed or snapped accessory belts can result in damage to the engine, steering and electrical charging systems.

It doesn’t take much to notice if a belt is worn. Look for cracks, tatters, and splits.

6. Hoses

These are the weakest part of a vehicle’s cooling system, which is why it is a necessary Ford repair.

Coolant hose failure has the same results as weakened belts, but it can be much more difficult to spot potential problems. The most common reason hoses fail, rupture or leak is because of contaminants in the coolant, which eat the hose from the inside.

To prevent this, ensure your coolant is always at the appropriate level and flush it accordingly. You can also check hoses for soft spots, cracks, and bulges.

7. Air filters

Tri-City News explains, “For every gallon of gas a car burns, it uses the equivalent of 12,000 gallons of air, and that air must be filtered to help keep an engine clean.”

Air filters catch all the nasty stuff our vehicles collect as we zoom along. When these aren’t cleaned, the engine is compromised.

Keep that filter clean by replacing it with every oil change or every 8,000 miles. It’s cheap, easy to do and well worth the effort and cost.

8. Coolant

Cool your engine. We mean that literally.

Engine coolant alleviates the extreme heat created by a vehicle’s engine. Antifreeze, or coolant, also lubricates vehicle parts and contains anti-corrosive compounds, meaning it will make all those important pieces do what they’re supposed to do.

The average life of antifreeze is 5 years and 60,000 miles, quite a long time before it needs to be flushed. However, it’s a good idea to check it periodically to ensure it shouldn’t be topped off.

And please, do not add water to the coolant (like, ever) or open the radiator cap to check fluid levels until the car has had ample time to cool. This will keep you and your vehicle safe.

9. Recalls

We get those letters in the mail and groan, but we really shouldn’t. Recalls are free ways to ensure our vehicles are maintained correctly and safe to drive.

If you have limited time, consider taking your vehicle in during its regularly-scheduled maintenance to attend to recalls.

10. Use Ford Parts

Yes, they’re more expensive than the off-brands. But will they last longer?

Most certainly.

After-market parts might offer similar durability, but many are not fitted correctly for your vehicle, making their comparison to OEM parts questionable. It’s better to play it safe.

Give Your Car the Life It Deserves

If you’re not car-savvy, don’t worry. There are several ways to find the perfect mechanic for your Ford repair needs.

However, by following these 10 guidelines, your car will live long and prosper. Keep up with that maintenance so that you can zoom around the country with an easy mind.

The Latest 2019 Ford Ranger News

TSC Ford Specialist in Englewood is always up to date on the latest 2019 Ford Ranger news, and we want our customers to be in the know as well. This mid-sized pickup truck is making its big return to the market, and it’s about time. Check out some of the latest news on this Ford tough truck, and get yourself in one to experience the ride.

First off, you will find a fully boxed ladder frame with six cross members making up the backbone of the 2019 Ford Ranger. The modified frame provides a sturdy mounting location for the front and rear steel bumpers, as well as an integrated trailer-hitch receiver as an add-on option. So what can we compare this truck to, and who might the competition be? Well, you can put it right up there with the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier pickups, and let’s not exclude the unibody Honda Ridgeline.

In the powertrain department, the 2019 Ford Ranger is offering a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged I-4 engine backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission. There will not be a manual transmission option offered, unfortunately. Engine output has yet to be released, but people are guessing it will be a similar rating to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Ford Explorer, offering 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

This head-turning truck comes in a range of fantastic colors: Saber, Lightning Blue, Hot Pepper Red, Absolute Black, Magnetic, Ingot Silver, White Platinum and Oxford White. But let’s not forget about the stylish interior on the inside as well. With lots of leg room and simple, classic style, what’s not to love?

The Ford Ranger will come in three trims to choose from, the XL, XLT, and Lariat, all studded with unique grilles and optional LED headlights. Choose from supercab and supercrew cab with four full-size doors for your preferred body style, as well as 4 drive modes for when you are out on the terrain: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. It’s an adventurer’s dream!

The FX4 off-road package styles it up with beefier, upgraded tires, a steel front bash plate, off-road tuned suspension, skid-plates, and a cool Trail Control/Hill Descent Control. Drivers also have the option of a two-speed transfer case and electronic locking rear differential.

The 2019 Ranger is set to hit the dealer showroom by late 2018, straight from the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant. Pricing, as well as fuel economy, and official power ratings will be available later on, but there is speculation that the price will start around $25,000 for a base model and about $40,000 for a Lariat FX4. We all know Ford’s reputation for world-class towing and payload capabilities, so expect ratings to get over the 7,000 pound mark.

TSC Ford Specialist in Englewood is excited to hear the latest 2019 Ford Ranger news, and we hope to have enlightened you on this newly revamped truck. Of course, no matter what Ford you drive, be sure to bring it by the shop for proper maintenance and expert repairs. We’ll keep your vehicle running smoothly and ensure a safe, efficient ride.

Ford Diesel Trucks and Common Engine Repairs

ford engine repair TSC Ford Specialist DenverAt TSC Ford Specialist in Englewood, we understand engines, so we want you to be in the know about Ford diesel trucks and common engine repairs that might be needed. Owning a Ford diesel has a lot of benefits to suit everyone’s individual needs, but that does not mean that these engines are immune to ever breaking down. As we all know, if we don’t take the time to maintain and service our vehicles, they will not be there for us in the long run. Here are some common Ford diesel engine repairs you may run into. 

  1. Oil Oxidization

This occurs when trucks sit too long or are not used very often causing air to seep into the oil, which produces bubbles and eventually will not lubricate all the moving parts properly. This will inevitably damage an engine and needs to be changed immediately.

  1. Humidity

This will also cause water or wetness to contaminate the engine lubricant, and speed up the oxidization process, which will deteriorate the engine life quickly. If you live in a high-precipitation area or have left your vehicle sitting in a wet place, you will need to have it serviced, especially if you hear a knocking sound from the engine. 

  1. Black Exhaust

No one likes to inhale the black smoke coming from a diesel trucks tailpipe, and exhaust is usually the result of an imbalanced air to fuel ratio, too much fuel, not enough air. This could mean a faulty injector, injector pump, air filter, EGR valve, or turbocharger. When it comes to Ford diesel trucks and common engine repairs, this is an issue that you’ll want a TSC Ford Specialist to look into right away.

  1. Difficult to Start

This is usually a sign of low compression or a fuel delivery issue. You may even notice a delayed start, which should be looked at promptly.

  1. Power Problems

Dirty fuel filters, loose throttle linkage, too much lubrication or a fuel injector can cause lack of power when accelerating or starting, relating to a fuel issue.

  1. Lead-Acid Storage Batteries Failing

These batteries take a lot of abuse and are essential to a Ford diesel truck. Failing batteries cause an imbalanced compression ratio, which can make the starter system act negatively. 

  1. Bad Glow Plugs

Diesel engines rely on glow plugs to ignite the mixtures through a high-resistance heating element, unlike cars which rely on a spark plug. You may find you need to replace these, especially in colder weather.

  1. Bad Fuel

Diesel engines are much more viscous than gas engines, making it more susceptible to contamination. Glycol, dilution, soot, and water are extremely detrimental to your fuel system. 

  1. High Compression Ratio

The average compression ratio for a diesel engine is 20:1, making it more powerful and efficient, but it can also cause fuel injection issues from undesirable burn patterns, and you may hear a knock in the engine.

  1. Noise

We all know that diesel engines are in general louder than other vehicles, but if you hear knocking or otherwise, have it serviced, as this is not normal.

  1. Wrong Viscosity Weight

Engine oil with the wrong viscosity will be a major issue for the way your vehicle runs, so consider using a multi-viscosity oil year-round to avoid problems.

Ford diesel trucks and common engine repairs need not be your worry if you have an exceptional service center such as TSC Ford Specialist by your side. We offer qualified technicians who are trained with the latest Ford techniques to ensure you are receiving the best possible repairs. Call or stop by the shop and let us take great care of your Ford vehicle.

Get a Used Vehicle Inspection for that Ford

Used Vehicle Inspection TSC Ford Specialist DenverAt TSC Ford Specialist, we’re fans of the brand. But we still advise you to get a used vehicle inspection for that Ford car or truck you want to buy. Many people opt to purchase used vehicles versus new, so it’s important to ensure that everything is satisfactory. Many used Fords have great value left in them, but it’s imperative to do your research and know all there is to know about the purchase beforehand. Set your budget, run a Carfax report, get an inspection, and if it just doesn’t feel right, walk away.

Here is what you will need to know when getting a used vehicle inspection.

If you are buying a used Ford vehicle from a reputable dealership, it’s likely that there has already been a used vehicle inspection. Many dealers have certified preowned vehicle programs, and cars must pass hefty inspections to get certified. The Federal Trade Commission also requires dealers to post a buyer’s guide in every vehicle for sale, stating whether the car is for sale “as is” or if it comes with a warranty. If you want to make absolutely sure a dealership didn’t skimp on its inspection, you’re also well within your rights to have a third party inspection.

A private party purchase of a used vehicle is a whole other story. The responsibility will be yours to do your due diligence in finding out if the vehicle was in an accident, has structural damage, if it is safe and in good condition, or if it requires repair services. If you have a great mechanic that you trust and work with, that is a great starting point when getting your inspection done.

Another option is a mobile inspector will come to your location to inspect the vehicle. They will often print out a complete report right then and there and provide it to the seller or buyer, including photos of any damage they found. And your third option is finding an auto shop that specializes in used vehicle inspections like TSC Ford Specialist. Opting for an inspection by a shop comes with advantages. They can use a lift to thoroughly check the underside of the vehicle, and of course, they have more specialized equipment than a mobile mechanic with a bag of tools.

What’s included in a vehicle inspection? Most reputable companies will inspect the exterior, engine, brake system, tires, radiator, belts, hoses and fluids, and it costs around $100$300 on average. They will also look for a car that has poor bodywork, water damage, frame damage, even damaged upholstery from smoking. You will leave the inspection knowing the general condition of the vehicle, as well as its overall value which could be used as a bargaining chip with a dealer or private seller.

Now that you know how important it is to get a used vehicle inspection, let’s break down the process in more detail, including items you could be looking for as well: 

Exterior:

  • Look for any rust damage on the fenders, panels, and roof
  • Look for scratches, dents, dings and shoddy bodywork
  • The paint color should be the same on each panel, look for blistered paint
  • Be sure to check the wheel wells using a flashlight
  • Open and close all doors, hatches, and trunk to ensure they are functioning easily, try out keys
  • Check the glass of the vehicle for rock chip marks and body for hail damage, it could give you some bargaining power
  • Check the suspension by walking around the car and noticing how level it sits on the ground
  • Push down on all four corners and see if the car bounces back – if so, the suspension is not good
  • Pull back and forth on each tire to check the wheel bearings, ticking and clicks are not good
  • Check all the lights, signals and reflectors by having someone turn them off and on

Finally, tires are an excellent indicator of what a car may have gone through. A red flag is a low mileage car with new tires. This could mean the odometer was turned back. Check that all four tires are the same brand and model. Tread and wear should also be uniform. Ask if they have been rotated and how often, and check the sidewalks for bulging, cracks and scuff marks. Don’t forget to check the spare tire along with the jack and lug wrench.

Interior:

  • Check for odors, such as smoke, mold, food smells on the carpeting, seats, and trunk
  • Check the seats by sitting in each one and adjusting the positions, checking for rips and tears
  • Check the rubber on all the driving pedals for wear
  • Turn on all instruments and controls, including heaters and AC functions, sound system, etc.
  • Check the headliner for stains and wear, and if there is a sunroof be sure it is properly sealed and the rubber is not too worn
  • Inspect convertibles thoroughly, ensuring there are no tears
  • Check the trunk for odors, leaks, or water damage

Under the Hood:

  • Check all hoses and belts for wear and cracks
  • Inspect fluids levels and for discoloration
  • Check radiator for proper color – if it’s cloudy, rusty or milky, this is a bad sign
  • Check the battery conditions to ensure they are charging properly

Under the Vehicle:

  • Feel the tailpipe for residue, black and greasy means burnt oil
  • Look for any leaks or rust
  • Check the tightness of all components
  • Look for dents or damage on the fuel tank
  • Welding seams or fresh undercoating could indicate problems

Remember, if you don’t already have a trusted inspector, be sure to do your research on the subject. Look for certification in the shop’s windows such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, AAA certified garages, and ASE certified shops. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau for their ratings, and of course, recommendations are always a good idea too.

TSC Ford Specialist is always a good choice for a used vehicle inspection. They know that if you’re buying a second-hand Ford truck or car, going with a great brand is only half the story. How the vehicle is driven and maintained is the real mystery. And only an inspection can give you insight into the unknown. Our company specializes in all makes and models of Ford trucks and cars. When you are buying a used Ford and need a complete and honest inspection, why go anywhere else? Give us a call today.

How to Find the Right Mechanic for Your Ford

How to Find the Right Mechanic for Your Ford TSC Ford Specialist DenverDo you want to know how to find the right mechanic for your Ford? Well, that’s simple, just ask TSC Ford Specialist in Englewood. As the name suggests, we specialize in all makes and models of Ford, be it your big pickup truck for work, or your CMax for getting around the Denver area. Our technicians have the knowledge and expertise to back everything we do, and we just made your job of finding a mechanic for your Ford that much easier.

Here are some of the qualities you will want to look for when finding the right mechanic for your Ford:

  1. Credentials and Qualifications

As with any mechanic you search for, you will definitely want them to have some knowledge and education when it comes to working on the intricate motors of a Ford vehicle. Ford engines have a lot of diesel and power stroke parts that differ from just regular engines, so finding a mechanic that has been trained with the most up to date technology by Ford will be your better option in the long run. Don’t be intimidated to ask to see their qualification or how much experience they have working on a specific type of engine. An ASE certified and manufacturer certified mechanic shop should be your first check on your list of to do’s. Due diligence will pay off in the end.

  1. Ask Around

Word of mouth is a great way to find a Ford mechanic that you can trust. Chances are if your friends or family suggest them, they are satisfied with the results, and you will be too. Be thorough with your questions as to how they were treated and how the job was performed, and if the work held up.

  1. Ask Questions

When you think you have found the right shop and mechanic, have the following list of questions ready:

  • How many years have you been in business? Or years of experience?
  • Do you guarantee your work?
  • Do you offer any warranties?
  • What kind of parts do you use OEM? New, used or aftermarket?
  • Do they specialize in Ford?
  • Do they offer free estimates?
  • Do they provide a loaner car while yours is being looked at?
  • What are the labor rates?
  • What are the payment policies?
  • Can you provide parts?
  1. Internet Search

To find the right mechanic for your Ford, check out some repair shops online in your area, read the reviews, see if they are approved by the Better Business Bureau, and Consumer Reports and have all their certifications and qualifications in order. Also, see if they specialize in Ford repairs and service.

  1. Convenience

You are more likely to be satisfied with a repair shop that is close to where you live or work. So, be sure to weed out the ones that are just too out of the way for a quick service or repair. You are far more likely to be frustrated or delayed by a long overdue oil change or transmission service, which could be detrimental.

  1. Price and Service

Be sure that the repair shop has competitive pricing, is clean and treats you well from the moment you walk in. You will be forming an ongoing relationship for the entire time you own your vehicle, as well as your friends and family, so why not make it a pleasant and affordable one also?

  1. Dealership vs. Independent Shop

This is a personal issue, but most dealerships are quite overpriced and overbooked with appointments. By all means, if you have a warranty that specifies it must be performed at the dealership, then do so, but most people will agree that an independent shop such as TSC Ford Specialist will offer more of what you are looking for in the long run.

  1. Proper Equipment

As stated before, Ford trucks have some pretty technical components involved in their engines, so if your repair shop does not have the precise diagnostic machines to give them quick answers on mechanical issues, you should steer clear from there. Ford based software with all the latest techniques is what you are seeking to find when speaking with your mechanic.

  1. Scope the Place Out

If you think you found a great Ford shop, go in and check it out. Are customers happy? Is it organized and clean? Do they have a nice waiting area? Maybe take your vehicle in when you know there is nothing wrong with it, and have them inspect it. If they come back with a list of things wrong, you should see this as a red flag and walk out the door.

  1. No Pressure

This, of course, is another red flag. If you don’t get an overall good feeling from the shop, or they are pressuring you into getting repairs that seem outrageous, then walk the other way. Let’s face it; you won’t be satisfied in the end.

Finding the right mechanic for your Ford is not an easy task, but once you do, hopefully, they will be around for some time, and you can form a great relationship with them and the company they work for. The importance of protecting your vehicle investment and safety while driving is evident, so for the time it takes to research a repair shop that is perfect for you, you will definitely see the positive. TSC Ford Specialist is also a family run business that cares about each and every person that walks through our doors as if they were part of our own family. That is a wonderful feeling.

It is not really about how to find the right mechanic for your Ford, what it really boils down to, is what company provides the most skilled employees, has fair prices, excellent customer service and satisfaction, clean service bays, and convenience when booking. TSC Ford Specialist is a great place to start when answering those questions, and we are sure you will agree that our way of doing business will make you take notice. Call today to schedule your service or repair.

Take a Look at the 2018 Ford EcoSport

Take a Look at the 2018 Ford EcoSport TSC Ford SpecialistYou might want to take a look at the 2018 Ford EcoSport (pronounced Echo-Sport) that is coming your way. TSC Ford Specialist in Englewood is definitely a fan. We can help keep your Ford EcoSport running in tip-top condition if you so choose to buy one of these vehicles. Take a look at what is in store for you with this compact SUV that has power to boot, and looks good doing it. Some say it is similar to the Ford Escape, or the Fiesta Hatchback, but you will still want to check out some of the great features included.

You are going to look great driving this sporty and versatile vehicle, and one of the best parts about it, is all the colors you get to choose from. Take your pick of Canyon Ridge Brown, Smoke Grey, Shadow Black, Lightening Blue, Race Red, Ruby Red, Moon Dust Silver, White Platinum, Diamond White, and Blue Candy. So many colors, so little time.

Moving on to what the 2018 Ford EcoSport can do, is pretty impressive also. With four different models to choose from and in everyone’s price range, you are sure to find the perfect match for you and your family’s lifestyle. Here are the four trim levels, from standard to top model.

  • 2018 EcoSport S: standard 1.0 L, turbocharged with direct injection, standard 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission
  • 2018 EcoSport SE: front wheel drive, cloth front seats, roof rack, 16-inch wheels, all season tires, trailer wiring and more
  • 2018 EcoSport Titanium: Bluetooth, leather bucket front heated seats, seats 5, 17-inch wheels, all, season tires and more
  • 2018 EcoSport SES: intelligent all-wheel-drive, a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, copper interior accents, all-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter engine

So why do you feel like you may have seen this Ford EcoSport in the past? Well, the models have already been seen elsewhere in the world, the first being in Brazil in 2003 and then a second generation model in 2012. The EcoSport is now debuting with some newer interior features and a significant facelift both inside and out to appeal to all ages. Because Ford is known mostly for its big trucks, it is no surprise that they introduced this small compact SUV to appeal to their other consumers and stay up to date with the competition.

The 2018 Ford EcoSport looks very much the same as it did when the second generation model arrived in 2012. However, the front end adopts a new hexagon looking grille along with new headlights and fog lights. The interior has also been brought up to speed with an infotainment screen and an easier navigating dash design. Buyers will be able to choose either two powertrains: the 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-3 or a 2.0-liter I-4.

Moving on to the safety factors, as most people have a great concern for this, Ford has not yet received a rating, but by the time it makes it to market, it will have everything it needs to comply with standards. Ford confirms that a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert will be offered for this new SUV crossover, but the company has not yet announced whether it will provide a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.

Upping their game, Ford is trying to appeal to the Millennials, by adding some great features such as 7 interior ambient light features, an exclusive Ford-only 675-watt B&O Play audio system by Harman featuring 10 speakers, door-mounted tweeters and a rear subwoofer, Sync 3 infotainment and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone. Talk about some sweet technology, and in this day and age, it’s a must. Also, with the FordPass, drivers can locate, start, lock, and unlock their vehicle from their phone with just a simple command. You will love the look of the interior, and the best feature of all is the 8-inch floating touchscreen display which juts out from the dashboard.

While the Ford 2018 EcoSport may only be the comparison size of a Nissan Juke, it seems to have ample space for all your toys and travel items. Ford has created 30 storage pockets, bins, and hooks of varying sizes throughout the cabin, so be sure to open and explore all the hidden compartments waiting to store your necessities.

And did we mention how gadget-friendly it is…it gets two USB ports and one 12-volt outlet in the front, adding another 12-volt outlet and an optional 110-volt plug in the rear seating for your passengers. No one’s devices will be left uncharged. All models will feature a new swing gate instead of the traditional upward-opening hatch as in the past. It is also hinged on the left side for convenience to allow for easier loading.

So when can we expect to see this small but savvy compact crossover hit the streets? It is predicted that early in 2018 we should start seeing these long-awaited vehicles driving about, and that is a great thing for busy drivers because you can expect to get 23-27 miles per gallon in the city, and 29 miles per gallon on the highway. TSC Ford Specialist know their clients well, and it is certain that this SUV will get people everywhere they need to go, without hitting their wallet like larger SUVs can do.

If you like the look of the 2018 Ford EcoSport, and so far like what you are hearing, maybe it is time to reconsider what you are currently driving, or not driving, for that matter. Starting at around $19,000 for the basic model will comfortably get you into one of these vehicles, so be sure to do your research, and enjoy what Ford is bringing to the table for all its future consumers around the globe.

Take a look at the 2018 Ford EcoSport and take it for a spin. We think you’ll be glad you did, and TSC Ford Specialist will be ready and waiting to offer convenient appointments for all your maintenance needs. Our technicians are experts on all the latest Ford models technologies, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide exceptional service to you and your family.

Ford Plans to Focus on Trucks and SUVs

Ford Plans to Focus on Trucks and SUVs TSC Ford Specialist DenverAt TSC Ford Specialist, we know the ins and outs of what makes your Ford vehicles run efficiently and reliably, so as Ford plans to focus on trucks and SUVs, we are interested to know what they have in store for us! It seems like every year, something better, smarter, more fuel efficient, but still, Ford-tough comes our way. Here is some of the latest on what we can expect from this great company in the years moving forward.

It seems like there may be a shift in what consumers want to drive; more and more families are looking for larger vehicles with more cargo space and beefier, go-anywhere-the-road-takes-you attitude. But, there is also the environmentally conscious side as well, which seems to be going in the direction of partial or full battery-operated vehicles. People want to do right by the environment, save energy, money, and make a better future for their families and next generations, so naturally, Ford wants to deliver on these requests.

Chief Executive Jim Hackett’s has stated that Ford plans to focus on trucks and SUVs, putting approximately 7 billion dollars into the market for the coming months by outlining his strategy to investors and analysts. He is hoping to accomplish speedier action to increase capital in fast-growing regions of the country and a future of electric vehicles and automated cars. Part of this money will go towards the Ford plans to focus on trucks and SUVs, reintroducing the Ranger pickup truck and Bronco SUV in North America, The automaker alos plans on introducing the next-generation Focus car to China, according to Ford.

Hackett wishes to update factories and speed product development and decision-making. One of the first things he has accomplished was to pare down the number of people reporting to him. Hackett has eight direct reports from his colleagues, compared to 18 for the former CEO Fields, and feeling a sense of urgency, due to investors and anticipating public, Hackett has already traveled to Turkey, Russia, and  North American plants as well as Ford’s Silicon Valley research center as part of his review.

Ford is also open to new relationships such as its recent agreement with Mahindra to cooperate on mobility, electric cars, and other projects. Also of interest is the ride-hailing company Lyft who thrives on self-driving technology as well as China’s Zotye Automobile who could be a possible electric car partnership connection, too. While some investors have been critical of Ford’s tardiness in bringing a long-range electric vehicle and the autonomous cars to the market, Ford seems to understand the demand, but won’t make hasty decisions until they are ready and confident.

Moving forward on what to expect, a portion, about 1/3 of the gas and diesel engines will also make a shift into cars that run on partial or full batteries, and another 4.5 billion in 2020 to expand on electric vehicles. We can also look forward to a reduction in the number of configurations in which its vehicles are built. As an example, the Fusion sedan car can currently be ordered in 35,000 different configurations. But Ford will eventually reduce that to just 96 variants as well as a  production development time of about 20 percent that will amp up the use of robotics, 3D printing, and virtual reality to design and engineer upcoming vehicles. That is something to get excited about!

Hopefully, automotive overhead will be reduced by 50 percent by the year 2022. The company is targeting $10 billion in increment material cost reductions and reducing engineering costs by $4 billion the from planned levels, over the next five years by increasing use of standard parts within its full line of vehicles. This will have a great impact on ordering complexity and building of fewer prototypes for the future.

Ford’s earlier commitment to deliver 13 new electric vehicles in the next five years, is something most of us can be excited about when looking towards the future. These will include the F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Hybrid, Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan,  Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, an autonomous vehicle hybrid, and a fully electric SUV in a smaller size. The options are innovative and futuristic, no doubt, but there is still not much information out on what these new vehicles will offer.

Some people like change, some people don’t want to change a thing. Given that Ford has such a long-loved reputation for being one of the best manufacturers of trucks, SUVs, and cars out there, it is safe to say, that change is inevitable in this day and age. Whether we like it or not, Ford will try to please all customers involved by offering the tried and true, built tough 4x4s, with a twist on technology and ideas to make everyone happy and hopefully save money in the long run with better fuel consumption and environmental concerns.

Ford Motor Company has been the world’s largest family-owned business since 1902, with manufacturing plants clear across the globe. The F-series trucks are the best selling trucks in the U.S.A. today, and being the second-ranked automaker for the past 56 years definitely has its prestige. When it comes to trucks and SUVs, the company understands what people want in an everyday work or pleasure vehicles, which is why Ford plans to focus on trucks and SUVs.

The future for Ford can only go in one direction, and that is up. TSC Ford Specialist is looking forward to the lineup of SUVs and trucks that will soon be made available to the public.

Now that Ford plans to focus on trucks and SUVs, this is something all of us can take notice of. TSC Ford Specialist is just as excited about the opportunity to help Ford trucks gain the trust and respect they have always had, by offering superior services for all your maintenance needs, concerns and advise. Our competent, trained and qualified technicians always have the latest education and knowledge to ensure you are getting the best Ford service, period. Stop by today for an honest opinion on what Ford has in store, or schedule your next maintenance service on any of your Ford family vehicles.

A New Ford Ranger and Bronco are a Go

A New Ford Ranger and Bronco are a Go TSC Ford SpecialistFord fans everywhere, including TSC Ford Specialist, are finally getting what they’ve been wanting. Yes, a new Ford Ranger and Bronco are a GO! Yes, officially. Now, whether you’ll be first in line or stick with your current Ford vehicle, you can be sure that our team will take great care of your vehicle with quality maintenance and repairs. 

So, let’s check out the latest news on this awesome announcement that a new Ford Ranger and Bronco are a go. Here are the details.

The Ford Ranger pickup is set to arrive in 2019 right off the press in the good old Michigan Assembly plant. The Ranger will have some of the foreign qualities they are currently producing in Thailand, Argentina, and South Africa, but the USA will equip it with new headlights, a cool new grille, and a new front fascia. The interior will be completely revamped as well.

There is not a big market right now for small-sized pickup trucks, so that is where the Ford Ranger has a competitive edge. It is not certain yet if the Ranger will be available with a diesel engine, that will depend largely on the demand and sales over the next few months. There most likely will be two gas engines including an EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder and a naturally aspirated V6 on the go for sure! Here’s looking forward to more exciting news on this great truck!

Moving onto the Ford Bronco, it looks like Ford will be using the basis of the Ford Everest as their prototype. However, Ford’s Raj Nair (Chief Technical Officer) begs to differ on that subject. He claims the Ford Bronco will be a unique version with its own style. It will be smaller than the original Bronco, but bigger than the Bronco II from the 80s. And it’s even possible that the Ford engine could be a 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6.

It looks like the Jeep Wrangler will be a good comparison vehicle at this point, as far as size and style go. Great news on the aesthetic front is a removable roof to let that sunshine in, but it looks like they’ll be foregoing a 2-door version which some were hoping to see. The Dana company will most likely be supplying the axles and driveline components, which is encouraging to us.

If you happen to be at Detroit’s Auto Show next year, you may want to get in there to see all that is in store for the Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco. There are even rumors that the Bronco version may even make a cameo in the new Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson film called Rampage coming out next spring. Of course, that Hollywood version will probably differ, but it may be entertaining.

So now that a new Ford Ranger and Bronco are a go, you can stop hoping and wishing for it to finally be a reality. TSC Ford Specialist is confident you will like the ride and the new features as much as we are anticipating. While everything at this point isn’t set in stone, it definitely keeps our interest peaked, and we’ll be sure to provide updates as we get them.

Caring for Your Ford Powerstroke Diesel Engine

Caring for Your Ford Powerstroke Diesel Engine TSC Ford Specialist DenverIf you have been properly caring for your Ford Powerstroke Diesel engine, then the TSC Ford Specialist team gives you a big thumbs up. It doesn’t take a ton of effort to ensure that your Ford remains a reliable and well-functioning truck. In fact, TSC Ford Specialist can help you out in that equation by offering exceptional customer service by Ford trained technicians that know their stuff. Read on for some interesting tips.

Routine Services

This is probably the most important aspect of caring for your Ford Powerstroke diesel engine to get the most out of it. Diesel engines are susceptible to neglect, and just adding additives or aftermarket products won’t cut it. Be sure to visit TSC Ford Specialist on all routine maintenance dates, especially if you are towing heavy items often, idling often or in heavy traffic.

Synthetic Oil

Make the switch to synthetic motor oil;  it is superior to conventional oil in many ways, other than price, which is often higher. Synthetic oil is resilient to breakdown, helping to maximize engine protection between oil changes.

Oil Additive for Stiction

Stiction is the result of oil break-down and the build-up of carbon deposits within an HEUI injector; it also causes misfires and hard starts. Remember, don’t use just any oil additive; popular additives specifically designed to combat stiction are best.

Change Fuel Filters

Caring for your Ford Powerstroke Diesel engine means that fuel filters and water separators need to be changed and drained every 15,000 miles.

Use Quality Fuel Additives

It is recommended to use a fuel additive that increases the cetane rating of diesel and provides lubrication to the fuel system; there are many quality, affordable brands on the market as well.

Drive it Fast

Occasionally it is a good idea to use your variable geometry turbocharger that is in most Ford Powerstroke diesels. Over time, soot accumulates on the vanes, restricting their movement. Get the engine warm, drive it wide open for a few short bursts and everything should loosen up.

Excessive Idling

This is not a good thing, as it contributes to fuel dilution. Excessive fuel dilution is cause for concern as it modifies the properties of the engine oil. If it is cold, it may be necessary to let the motor idle for up to 10 minutes before driving, warmer conditions you can get away with 2 to 3 minutes. Never put a load on a cold engine.

Service the EGR Valve

Every other oil change should suffice. When the EGR valve clogs, fuel economy and performance suffer and can cause an engine to run hotter than normal, this could lead to head gasket issues.

Cool It Down

It is important to idle for at least 30 seconds before shutting off the engine, which will give the turbocharger an opportunity to cool, preventing oil from cooking once the engine is shut down and oil stops circulating through the turbocharger.

It is good to know some of these helpful tips when caring for your Ford Powerstroke diesel engine, and having a great company like TSC Ford Specialist to help with all your services will make the longevity of your truck worthwhile. Call us today to schedule your next maintenance service, repair, or just some good old fashioned advice from experts who love what they do.

Happy 100th Birthday to the Ford Pickup Truck

Happy 100th Birthday to the Ford Pickup TruckTSC Ford Specialist loves a great celebration, and we are proud to say Happy 100th Birthday to the Ford pickup truck which has been America’s top selling truck. Most people know just how great these trucks are, but in honor of turning 100, we want to remind people why the Ford pickup truck is hands down, one of the best!

In 1917, the first Model TT truck was rolled out, compliments of Henry Ford. This rugged truck was meant to assist farmers mostly, but he would have never predicted how everyday Americans would fall in love with this style of vehicle, and the love affair continues today. It’s hard to believe that this truck cost only $600 back then.

The Ford F series truck has been a best seller for over 35 years and is still climbing.

The F-series pickup truck emerged in 1948, arriving at a crucial time as Ford introduced the first all-new vehicles developed after the war. This vehicle was modern and stylish, and this is also where the F-series name was born, including the F1 and F-100 that would remain in use for decades. In 1975, the F-150 arrived. In 1999, the Super Duty truck made its way into the hearts of Americans, and although intended for heavy jobs around the farm or work site, people started using them for pleasure use as well, and they account for about 1/3 of the F-series truck sales.

Throughout this period, Ford trucks started looking less utilitarian, it had two-tone paint, automatic transmissions, and improved on the heater and radio options. The F-11 in 1953 debuted new standard features including armrests, dome lights, and sun visors. The shape was longer with a wider cab, and the new truck featured integrated front fenders with a more aerodynamic design.

Fords innovation is unbeatable without a doubt, and let’s not forget about the Twin I-beam front suspension, which began in 1961, followed by the SuperCab in 1974, and the well-loved F-150 a year later. Ford trucks come with all sorts of extras like EcoBoost engines, 10-speed automatic, Drive Mode selector and so much more. And remember the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ranger Wildtrak? These were considered the biggest and baddest trucks on our roads today.

As the sayings go, “Ford is responsible for putting the world on wheels,” “built Ford tough,” “helped build America,” “keep on truckin,” and that is why people love their Ford trucks. These vehicles have moved more people, families, loads, and equipment than we will ever know!

So, what does the future hold for these trucks? Well, there is no doubt we will probably see some hybrid technology coming our way soon. And Fords unique cutting edge innovative designs are always brewing up something even more sleek, powerful and sexy for all who adore the Ford truck… we just have to wait and see!

From TSC Ford Specialist and all the happy Ford families out there, Happy 100th Birthday to the Ford pickup truck, may you have even more longevity and happy customers in the next 100 years. And be sure to visit us at TSC Ford Specialist for all your repair and maintenance needs when you purchase one of these trucks because as our name states, we are the specialists in everything Ford.