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Ford Voice Recognition Can Make Driving the 2018 EcoSport Easier

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is a well-built and stocked compact SUV. The EcoSport includes a number of features that are designed to make your driving life easier. One such helpful feature is the Ford voice-recognition system.

Once upon a time, drivers had to stretch and strain just to turn up their radio volumes or change stations. The 2018 EcoSport does away with driver strain by providing you with a voice-recognition system. This feature allows you to control a surprisingly large number of functions with a word.

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Motor Oil Myth: Black Motor Oil Needs to Be Changed

There are more motor oil myths out there now than ever before. Some are caused by recent changes in automotive technologies, and some have endured for decades.

One common myth is that black motor oil means the oil needs to be changed. It's true that a new car's oil will remain amber in color for years if it's oil is changed often enough.

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How to Get Your Spare Tire On

You don’t need to be a five-star mechanic in order to put the spare tire on your vehicle. It’s an easy process that only takes a few minutes.

Inside your vehicle, get the spare tire, the wrench, as well as the jack. If it’s at night, grab a flashlight or use the one on your phone. 

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Why Should You Consider Buying a New Ford SUV?

If you're thinking about buying an SUV, there are a few good reasons why it makes sense. People love off-roading, and many of today's SUVs are built for it. While off-roading may not be a major part of your life, the urge will eventually hit. An abundance of passenger seating is also available in modern SUV models, especially the new Ford Expedition and Explorer range.

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a boat or motorhome, your new SUV could be the perfect solution. Most SUVs can tow 2,500 pounds or more. It's also nice…

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Maintain Your Tire Tread for Optimal Control

Tires have treads that vary depending on the vehicle type and life usage. These differences affect their performance while on the roads of North Jackson, MS. In some cases, worn out tires are responsible for accidents. Regular checks on them by professionals will keep your vehicle safer. In the case of worn tires, it's advisable to visit the car dealership for a replacement to avoid accidents.

Low tread results in a much longer stopping distance on wet roads, which increases your overall risk of hydroplaning. 

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Car Research Guide

  

A new car is a serious investment, and it takes some research to pinpoint just the right ride. Don't make the rookie mistake of falling for the first shiny new car you see. Instead, follow these guidelines to be sure you are making a smart investment in personal transportation.

Listing Your Criteria

A good approach to car shopping is to start by listing your criteria, such as:

  • Size
  • Price range
  • Fuel economy
  • Number of seats
  • Amount of cargo space
  • Engine size
  • Front, rear or four-wheel drive
  • Tech features

Doing Your Research

Keep your criteria in mind when researching your…

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Vehicle Spotlight: The New Ford Edge ST

When Ford decided to revamp their Edge SUV for 2019, it turned to the pros on its performance team to punch it up. The result is the all-new Edge ST, an impressive muscle machine with fine-tuned handling and tech assists that kick in as needed. If you have eyed Ford's mid-sized SUV in the past but are still on the fence, this may be the model year you've been waiting for.

 

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What You Should Know About Timing Belts

An important part of your engine is the timing belt. But what exactly does a timing belt do, and how should you keep it maintained? The Watson Quality Ford service team here in Jackson, MS can help.

Your engine has both a camshaft that works the engine's valves and a crankshaft that operates the pistons. These two components must work in synchronization in order for your engine to run. This is the purpose of the timing belt. It keeps the camshaft and crankshaft working smoothly together. If the timing belt breaks, your engine will not run at all. 

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What Does the Alternator in Your Ford do?

The alternator in your vehicle acts like a generator. It carries on charging the car’s electrical system after the battery has provided the initial jolt to get everything going. Connected to the engine by a belt, the alternator even charges the battery while the car’s running.

You can expect a long life out of an alternator without need of regular servicing. They typically last at least eight years, and sometimes much longer. When they do begin to fail, however, it’s apparent very quickly because your electrical systems will fail. 

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