Maintenance Tips

quick and easy suggestions to keep your car running like new

How to Get Better Gas Mileage

Proper vehicle maintenance doesn’t just help extend the life of your vehicle – it can help you achieve better fuel efficiency. While fuel prices have been lower for a while, experts don’t predict this trend to continue. Garnet Ford and our Quick Lane team want you to be aware of things to help boost your mpg and fuel economy.

  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Making sure your tire pressure isn’t too low – or too high – can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 3.3 percent*
  • Get the recommended grade of motor oil. Quick Lane® offers high-quality oil and filter products from Motorcraft.® Using the one that’s right for your vehicle can help improve fuel efficiency by up to 2 percent
  • Get an engine tune-up. Making sure all systems are running right can help improve fuel efficiency by up to 4 percent

Tips that can help boost your gas mileage

  • Avoid aggressive driving. Constant speed changes and quick stops and starts waste a lot of fuel. Taking it easy behind the wheel can improve your gas mileage by as much as 33 percent
  • Remove excess weight. You can improve fuel efficiency by about 2 percent for every 100 lbs. of weight you remove from your vehicle
  • Use cruise control. It’s almost always more fuel-efficient to travel at a constant speed
  • Avoid idling. It’s more fuel-efficient to turn off your engine when you’re waiting in your vehicle
  • Don’t speed. Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph

*Source available by clicking here
Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.

Wiper Blades

Our Quick Lane Team members are ready to inspect and replace your vehicle’s belts and hoses, when necessary.

Quick tip: Don’t overlook some of the most common causes of disabled vehicles – worn-out or broken belts. Visit our nearby Quick Lane, and our factory-trained experts can inspect all your belts for wear and your hoses for leaks. We have a wide variety of quality replacement belts and hoses in stock.

What our experts will do:qlservicetechwipers

  • Inspect belts for wear and cracks
  • Test for correct belt tension
  • Check hoses for leaks and cracks
  • Pinch-test hoses

Windshield wiper blade inspection and replacement

On the road, visibility is essential when it’s raining or snowing. That’s when the performance of your wiper blades becomes critical. Starting to see streaks or smears on your windshield when you turn on your wipers? Are they cracked, peeling or brittle? It’s time to replace them. Visit Quick lane at Garnet Ford and have our experts inspect your blades. If you need a new set, we have quality replacements in stock. We will be glad to top off your washer fluid.

When did we start seeing clearly?

Wiper blades became a standard feature on all North American cars in 1916.

Lamps and Bulbs

Replacing headlamp and taillamp bulbs

You want to clearly see what’s ahead of you. And be able to communicate with drivers behind you. That’s why it’s so important to replace a burned-out lamp or bulb ASAP. Our experts can quickly replace your headlamp, taillamp or any of your interior cabin bulbs. We have the replacements on hand that are right for your vehicle. You can also get a vehicle checkup report while you’re there to help you monitor all your vehicle maintenance needs.

Air and Cabin Air Filterscabinairfilter

The combustion air filter prevents abrasive particulate matter from entering the engine’s cylinders, where it would cause mechanical wear and oil contamination.
The cabin air filter is typically a pleated-paper filter that is placed in the outside-air intake for the vehicle’s passenger compartment. Being a relatively recent addition to automobile equipment, this filter is often overlooked, and can greatly reduce the effectiveness of the vehicle’s air conditioning and heating performance. Clogged or dirty cabin air filters can significantly reduce airflow from the cabin vents, as well as introduce allergens into the cabin air stream.
Our Team suggests having both filters inspected during your service visit and replacing every 15000 miles.

Vehicle Checkup Reportreport

Our factory-trained experts will thoroughly inspect your vehicle’s key components and systems from top to bottom. Next, they’ll provide an in-depth vehicle checkup report that will help you monitor your vehicle’s maintenance needs. And remember, no appointment is necessary. Even weeknights and weekends.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Tire inspection
  • Brake inspection
  • Coolant check
  • Oil level check
  • Belts and hoses inspection

Suspension and Steering

Replacing worn shocks and struts

Steering repair and maintenance

Beyond providing a comfortable and enjoyable ride, these components help make sure your vehicle’s handling is secure. A properly maintained steering wheel and suspension system keep you in control of your vehicle. The suspension system, including your shock absorbers or struts, coil springs and linkage, helps support your vehicle’s weight and helps keep your tires in contact with the road. Pot Holes can greatly affect suspension components and cause pre-mature wear. Any consumer that drives in the tri-county area has surely experienced hitting their fair share of them. Why not let our factory-trained experts make sure your vehicle’s systems are functioning properly?

Maintenance includes:

  • Inspection of all system components
  • Check and top-off of power steering fluid
  • Ball joint lubrication

Can you spot the symptoms of a worn suspension system?

If you notice any of the following things while driving, it’s a sign you may need maintenance soon:

  • Excessive bouncing
  • Loss of tire contact with the road
  • Excessive or uneven tire wear
  • A decrease in your vehicle’s handling or braking
  • Vibration or noise
  • Fluid leaks in your vehicle’s shocks
  • Dents, holes or damage to any of your vehicle’s shock components


An old battery can stop you cold. Not sure if your battery has the power you need? Stop by Quick Lane at Garnet Ford for a battery inspection no charge. No appointment necessary. We’ll make sure it’s ready for another season. If your vehicle needs a new one, we stock quality batteries that are right for your vehicle.

Battery Fact

Cold cranking amps are the industry standard for measuring how long a battery can supply power at 0°F.

Jump-Starting a Batterybattery4

If you have to jump start your battery, it’s an inconvenience, but all you need is a little help from your friends. If you’d rather not call a tow truck and you have a willing helper, here’s how to get some life back into your battery. Pay close attention to the connection order. It’s one of the most common and overlooked causes for unsuccessful jump starts.

Step-by-step guide

You’ll need jumper cables. If you don’t have any in your vehicle, make sure your helper brings them. Have your helper park close enough to your vehicle, allowing you to connect the jumper cables to the batteries with plenty of slack. Most cables are about six feet long. Check your owner’s manual for your vehicle battery location and terminal placement.

  1. Open both vehicle hoods and locate the batteries.
  2. Remove any terminal covers and corrosion.
  3. Attach the positive (red) jumper cable to the positive (red) terminal of the dead battery. Make sure both metal clamps are firmly in contact with the terminal.
  4.  Attach the other end of the positive (red) jumper cable to the positive (red) terminal of the assisting battery.
  5.  Attach the negative (black) jumper cable to the negative (black) terminal of the assisting battery.
  6. Attach the other end of the negative (black) jumper cable to an exposed metal part of the disabled vehicle’s engine, away from the battery and the carburetor/fuel-injection system.
  7. Start the assisting vehicle’s engine.
  8. Start the disabled vehicle’s engine.
  9. Allow both vehicles to run connected for about three minutes.
  10. Leave the jump-started vehicle running and disconnect the cables in the reverse order that they were attached and close the hoods.
  11. Keep the jump-started vehicle’s engine running for about a half hour to allow the battery to fully charge.
  12. Visit your local Quick Lane® to get the jump-started battery tested or replaced as soon as you can.

Spotting battery problems before a jump startbattery2

A smart way to avoid jump starting a dead battery? Learn the warning signs of an aging or worn battery. Stop by Quick Lane at Garnet Ford if you notice any of the following battery symptoms:

  • Excessive corrosion around the battery terminals or cables
  • Bulging or deformity of the battery casing
  • Difficulty starting your engine
  • Consistent electrical system problems

Quick Lane at Garnet Ford recommends having your battery checked regularly and replaced once the battery is 3 or more years older.
Call 484-785-8180 for Quick Lane at Garnet Ford today to schedule an appointment or just stop on in. Our expert advisors are here to help.