Replacing the Air Filter: Proper Vehicle Maintenance

Replacing the air filter in your car is one of the best things you can do when it comes to performance and efficiency. Internal combustion engines, like those used in your car, rely on smooth airflow and premium fuel in order to maintain power and great gas mileage. Make sure to check and replace your air filter when necessary.

According to Angie’s List, you should try to change your air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles—which is about once a year for most drivers. However, this number can vary depending on your location and driving habits. If air quality is especially low, you may need to replace the filter more than once a year in order to assure a proper air-fuel mixture.

A how-to on replacing the air filter28Why change the filter? Keeping a clean air filter will improve performance and efficiency. The engine requires a very specific air-fuel mixture in order to operate. If there is not enough air, that means the mixture will be fuel-rich—a situation that decreases power and limits fuel economy. It can also lead to issues with emissions.

Think you might need a new air filter? Be sure to check your owner’s manual to make sure you get the right one. On the other hand, you can also bring it to the service center at Webb Ford. We can easily replace your air filter, helping you to maintain proper performance and gas mileage.

F-150 Raptor Baja 1000: A Special Design for a World-Renowned Race

Ford recently developed the new F-150 Raptor Baja 1000 for a special annual race. This is the 49th year in a row for the Baja 1000, one of the toughest off-road races in the world. The Raptor race truck premiered at the 2016 SEMA, and since then it’s been breaking records on the racetrack left and right. The new Raptor is perfect for the world-renowned Baja 1000.

According to Ford, the special Baja version is built on the same frame as the F-150 Raptor, with tough design and impressive performance, adding some innovative touches. The Baja 1000 race is a whopping 631-mile race that takes roughly 25 hours to complete. Therefore, this race is about more than just pure power—efficiency is also important. The Raptor comes with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 to deliver up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

Some upgrades make the new F-150 better than ever for the race: “There are an extra two inches of wheel travel, plus the all-new 10-speed transmission never has to hunt for the right gear,” said Greg Foutz, driver for the race. “The new Baja mode keeps the turbo spooled up – it’s miles better than the previous off-road mode.”

The F-150 also has military-grade alloys for the frame and a Terrain Management System for the stark off-road terrain. Nothing compares to the new F-150 Raptor Baja 1000.

While you can’t buy a Baja 1000, you can find the perfect F-150 for you at Webb Ford!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

November is almost here, which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The holiday for food, family, and fun also brings one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. Do you know everything you need to know about making it to your destination? Here at Webb Ford, we have some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips to make your life much easier this holiday season!

  • Think Ahead – Sign up to receive emails from your favorite airlines. Doing so ensures that you’ll see special deals, holiday discounts, and more before they head to the public. That alone can save you a good chunk of change this holiday season. Make plans well ahead of when you want to leave so there’s no issue when the day finally arrives.
  • Drive Smart – Those who plan to hit the roadways are bound to run into traffic jams and congestion. That’s why you should use your smartphone or a navigation system to avoid those common obstacles and arrive at your destination safe and sound.
  • Pack Wisely – Flying or driving, luggage is a big deal. Don’t take more than you need and consider shipping some of your extra clothes to your destination instead of taking it along for the ride. Doing so can save both time and money.Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Highland Fall Festival Celebrates Indiana’s 200th Birthday

Today marks a special occasion for Highland. The Highland Fall Festival happens to fall on Indiana’s 200th birthday! Come celebrate family-friendly events, games, food, and music at the annual fall fest while also honoring the history of the state in which our hometown lies. Whether you’re looking for something to do, want to listen to great live entertainment, do crafts with the little ones, or try out some new brews at the beer tent, the Highland Fall Festival has something for everyone.

The festival last all weekend from October 21st until October 23rd. The festivities begin at 5pm Friday and last until 10pm, but be sure to stop by early on Saturday and Sunday, when the festival opens to the public at 1pm. A lineup of the entertainers who will be playing is available online, and in addition, visitors will be able to check out tons of local vendors who will set up shop on festival grounds.

Going to the Highland Fall Festival  is a good excuse to go for a driveThe Highland Fall Festival is sure to be a great time for everyone in the area. Back in the day, when the area was founded on farming, the fall season represented the time of the harvest, and that tradition continues today with hearty food, hot drinks, craft beer, and plenty of fun activities for all ages.

Ford Explorer Sport Generation X’s Favorite SUV

A recent study by MaritzCX surveyed vehicle customers to understand the demographics of people buying different kinds of cars. The study found that Generation Xers in particular are flocking to the Ford Explorer Sport, Ford’s mid-size SUV. The Explorer is the most popular mid-size SUV in American among Gen Xers, and in fact is more popular with them than every other car in the segment combined.

There are a few reasons for the Explorer Sport/Generation X correlation. The study also found that the Ford Explorer Sport is most commonly bought by customers with an average household income of $175,000, while most mid-size SUV buyers have household incomes of around $112,000. This reflects the exclusivity and high quality of the Explorer Sport and may indicate that Gen Xers, the generation born from 1965 to 1978, tend to earn more than other age brackets.

Ford Explorer Sport Generation XThe Explorer Sport only debuted in 2014, but since then it’s pulled an impressive 15% of total nameplate sales. According to the study, only 23% of SUV buyers are Gen Xers, but 40% of those SUV buyers go for the Explorer Sport.

Furthermore, only 17% of non-luxury mid-size SUV buyers classify themselves as “specialty professionals,” but around 25% of Explorer Sport buyers do. Explorer Sport seems to be earning itself a reputation for being a higher quality vehicle than others in the segment.

Staying Awake on Road Trips

Staying awake on road trips is one of the trickiest parts of taking long trips. It’s hard to get enough sleep and eat the right foods, so here are some tips to help you have a safer, more awake trip.

Get a good night’s sleep the night before you leave, and try to drive during hours you would normally be awake. Don’t leave at 4 in the morning if you usually wake up at 8. If your trip will be more than one day, try to stay in a hotel at night so you aren’t driving constantly. If that isn’t an option, pull over and catch a quick nap.

Staying awake on road tripsAvoid taking such a long trip without a companion if you can help it. With someone else in the car, you can switch off and get some sleep while they drive part of the way. Having another person around also helps to keep you awake because it gives you someone to talk to, play games with, and hand you food when you’re getting sleepy.

Get caffeinated, but avoid heavy drinks that are super sugary. You want to be awake, but you don’t want your stomach to be upset on a road trip. That’s just uncomfortable. Bring fresh fruit and nuts and seeds—things that give you an energy boost but are light on your stomach.

Play loud music, listen to audio books, sing—do something that will keep you engaged so that you don’t drift off. Be safe and if you need a good family car to take, check out the Ford lineup here at Webb Ford!

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty’s Capabilities Raises the Bar

If you though the Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup was impressive, just wait until you see the all-new Super Duty’s capabilities. With a complete redesign, the Super Duty lineup delivers more towing and hauling capabilities than ever before.

With the 2017 F-450, gooseneck towing capacity has been raised to a breathtaking 32,500 pounds. In addition, fifth-wheel towing capacity has been boosted to a best-in-class 27,500 pounds and conventional towing to a class-leading 21,000 pounds. Finally, maximum payload abilities are now rated at 7,630 pounds, another best-in-class statistic.

Not only will the all-new Super Duty deliver class-leading capabilities, but class-leading power as well. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel puts out an impressive 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque. This engine and power figures apply to all Super Duty models, from the F-250 to the F-450.

Finally, the new Super Duty models come with a host of class-exclusive technology features to make towing easier and drivers more confident. These features include BLIS with trailer tow, adaptive cruise control that continues to work even with the heaviest trailers, and Trailer Reverse Guidance to help back up with a trailer attached.

The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty lineup will be coming to Webb Ford later this fall.

Ford’s Best Used Back to School Cars

Now that August is here, your kids will be heading back to school soon. If you have any kids of driving age going to high school or college, having a car can be a big help with all of their activities. Here are some of the best used back to school cars to fit in any budget.The Ford Fiesta is one of the best used back to school cars

  • Ford Fiesta. This subcompact hatchback is a great choice for students. It combines features of both a sporty car and a sensible city car. It is responsive and delivers excellent fuel efficiency. It also has no shortage of technology and comes with a wide range of features. And, the Fiesta is always affordable, even when brand new.
  • Ford C-MAX. Hybrid cars are a great choice for frequent short trips, which is common for students. Your scholar will be able to save money on fuel and the C-MAX delivers great efficiency with tons of technology.
  • Ford Escape. If you have a college student, moving to and from apartments will be an annual event. A crossover with lots of interior space like the Ford Escape will be a boon for any college lifestyle.

If you’re in the market for an excellent used car for your student, come visit us at Webb Ford.

The Best Way to Use Your Car’s A/C

If you had to pick your absolute favorite feature in your car, one that you would hate driving without, what would it be? If you said your air conditioning, we are right there with you. Just like anything there is a right way and wrong way to use your A/C, so here are a few tips on the best way to use your car’s A/C.What are the best way to use your car’s A/C

  • Park in the shade. To help keep your car from reaching triple digit temperatures, try finding a shady spot to park. Your car will definitely still be hot, but it might just take off a bit of the burn.
  • Open the windows. Don’t immediately turn on your A/C. Open all the windows and drive around for a minute or two to let the hot air out.
  • Start low and slow. Turning your air conditioning to full blast right away could just overwork the system. Instead, gradually decrease the temperature setting and increase the fan speed until you find the perfect combination.
  • Use the recirculation mode. Once you start feeling cold air, press the recirculation button. This makes the system use the already cool air from the car instead of pulling in hot air from outside.
  • Turn off the air before you stop. Finally, before you stop your car, turn off the air conditioning, but keep the fan blowing for a minute or two before you reach your destination. This will help clear out any condensation from the evaporator and keep the system fresh.

Use these tips to keep you comfortable and your air conditioning in prime working order. If you need an A/C check, come visit us at Webb Ford.

Ford and Escape the Room Team Up for an Unforgettable Experience

One of the most popular trends among millennials is a real-life, interactive gaming experience called Escape the Room. In this game, participants are usually trapped in a room and must use the available clues to solve a puzzle and find their way out.

Ford and Escape the Room teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind experience for gamers in New York City. The Escape NYC: An Escape the Room Driving Experience was held June 23rd through the 26th. Using the aptly named 2017 Ford Escape, players had to work their way through multiple rooms at Moynihan Station—one of New York’s most iconic buildings.

Ford Smart Mobility“Ford asked if I’d be up for integrating the new Escape into an Escape the Room game, and the end result is unlike anything I’ve created before,” says Victor Blake, creator of the Escape the Room phenomenon, in a statement. “The SUV is packed with tons of advanced technology, and it was an entertaining exercise to integrate things like ultrasonic parking sensors into the puzzles and clues that are iconic to the game.”

Players were able to use many of the Escape’s features during the game, including digital music streaming from iHeartRadio, enhanced active park assist, seven-color ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control, and more.

The game had early online pre-registration and sold out more than 1,000 spots in less than 24 hours.

This sounds like it would have been a blast to participate in. Would you ever join an Escape the Room challenge?