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Winter Service FAQs Received at Our Ford Dealer near Johnstown, PA

We get it: when your car is on the fritz, you want answers. You're nervous about the sounds or sensations you notice in your vehicle, wary about the effects of weather on your car, curious about the repairs process at Laurel Ford and itching to get your ride back onto the road. At our Ford dealership near Elim, PA, we're ready to provide all the answers to your questions and help you feel informed as you start the process of fixing up your vehicle.

Here, you'll find Laurel Ford's most frequently asked questions, answered. This should serve as a good starting point for your more basic questions. Of course, if you have any inquiries that aren't listed here or you need more information about a specific subject, feel free to contact Laurel Ford! We'll have a specialist get back to you with more details as soon as possible. When you're ready to restore your Ford to tip-top shape, schedule a service appointment and leave it in hands you can trust!


serviceQ: Can My Coolant Be Checked to Be Sure It Won’t Freeze?
A: The outside temperatures in the Windber, PA area can drop to 0 degrees Fahrenheit and below. For that reason, coolant-freeze temperatures should be at -30 degrees or lower. A test of the coolant temperature and PH is fairly simple to do, can be performed in just a few minutes and comes at no charge.
serviceQ: I Have a 6.7-Liter Diesel Engine. Should I Add Anti-Gel to My Tanks?
A: Some fuel companies, mostly the larger ones, already put an anti-gel additive inside their fuel. To be safe, you can add anti-gel according to the product’s directions when temperatures are expected to fall below 10 degrees.
serviceQ: Why Does My Gas Mileage Go Down in the Winter?
A: Gas companies put an additive in their fuel to prevent icing. This additive will slightly reduce fuel efficiency. For your information, other additions like a bug shield, mud flaps, running boards or a cap can also lower your gas mileage.
serviceQ: Do You Recommend Just Driving Trucks in 4WD Mode All Winter?
A: No. Your truck should only be in 4WD when the roads are slippery. Driving on dry pavement in 4WD can lead to excessive wear on the drivetrain. Also, when the roads are slippery, you should not be in 2WD -- the rear can kick out and cause an accident.
serviceQ: I Want to Put Winter Tires on My Truck. Can I Use Bigger Tires than I Had Before?
A: The recommended tire size for your truck is printed on the VIN label, which is located on the edge of the door. It’s important to maintain the tire circumference if you change tire size. Transmission-shift points and speedometer calibration can be affected when the tire circumference is incorrect.
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