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Understanding what kind of truck tires are right for you and your vehicle is an important part of owning a truck. Different tires can completely change the characteristics, performance, and limitations of your truck. Crossroads Ford Lincoln talks about the different kinds of truck tires available to help you decide what’s right for you!

Truck Tires

Truck tires are good for drivers who tend to stay on paved roads. These tires work well in most climates and offer improved handling, ride, and noise capabilities over other types of truck tires. Truck tires also work in adverse weather, such as rain and snow. 

Off-Road Tires

Off-road tires offer a large, deep tread that easily grips uneven surfaces. These tires are great for trucks that frequent rocky terrain, but don’t do so well on pavement and can be very noisy on the highway. 

All-Terrain Tires

All-terrain tires are ideal for drivers who need both highway and off-road capabilities. They are smooth on highways and good at handling wet, rocky, or muddy terrain. All-terrain tires combine the performance of mud tires while also achieving some measure of fuel economy on the highway.

Mud-Terrain Tires

Mud-terrain tires offer wide, deep tread blocks that are perfect for muddy and uneven surfaces. They are designed to squeeze and release mud and debris, so the debris doesn’t cling to the tread unlike all-terrain or off-road tires. These tires are perfect for drivers who frequent muddy, uneven terrain. Mud-terrain tires don’t perform well on paved roads. 

Heavy-Duty Tires

Heavy-duty tires work well for truck owners who frequently haul trailers that max out their payload. They offer reliability and durability that is good for commercial, every day, and highway driving. 

Get Your Tires at Crossroads Ford Lincoln

Crossroads Ford Lincoln offers a full line-up tires from 14 quality name brands to help you get the most out of your car’s performance and your money. If you’re looking for the perfect tires, visit us online or call us at (502) 695-1990, and check out our tire offers for a good deal.

Tire alignment is an important factor in the maintenance of your car or truck, and it’s not that hard to knock your vehicle out of alignment with potholes, curbs, or regular wear and tear. In today’s blog, Crossroads Ford Lincoln explains everything you need to know about tire alignment and why it’s important.

What Is Tire Alignment?

Tire alignment refers to the adjustment of your vehicle’s suspension rather than the actual wheels or tires. A tire alignment adjusts the angles of a vehicle’s wheels on its suspension and should be part of regular car maintenance to make sure your vehicle rides straight and to reduce tire wear.

Why Is It Important?

Tire alignment greatly affects the performance of your vehicle in the following ways:

Tire Life

If your vehicle’s suspension is out of alignment, it can cause uneven wear and tear on your tires that can greatly shorten their lifespan. Regular tire alignment service will help save you money by helping your tires last longer.

Safety and Comfort

Uneven alignment can cause your vehicle to pull to the left or right while you are driving, making handling and control difficult. An aligned suspension will not only make it safer to drive, but it also makes driving easier and more comfortable if you don’t have to overcompensate or constantly correct the pulling.

How To Determine if You Need Tire Alignment

These are the most common signs that your vehicle needs an alignment:

  • Your vehicle pulls to one side.
  • Your vehicle shakes side to side after you hit a bump.
  • Your steering wheel does not line up.
  • Your front tires show uneven wear and tear.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, take your vehicle to a certified technician who can properly align your vehicle’s suspension according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Tire Alignment at Crossroads Ford Lincoln

If you think your vehicle needs a tire alignment or it’s time for regular maintenance, bring it to Crossroads Ford Lincoln. Our world-class service department is certified to give your vehicle an exact alignment that will keep it running as smooth as possible. Call us at (502) 695-1990 or Contact Us online today to schedule an appointment.

Buying used trucks is not as simple as buying used cars. There’s a lot more than choosing the make, model, and color that goes into it. With a long list of specific features and size options for tires, cab size, and bed size, depending on what your truck is used for you may find yourself with a long list of options. Crossroads Ford Lincoln is here today to give a few tips for buying used trucks, so you know what to look for.

What’s Available?

Most used trucks found for resale today are full-size models, but you can still find smaller midsize and compact models on the market. Before you shop, consider what you need in terms of size, hauling capabilities, and use.

Give It a Good Inspection

It’s a good idea to give any used vehicle a good inspection before purchase. This includes taking it to a trusted mechanic to ensure it’s mechanically sound and to find out if anything will need to be replaced in the near future. If you can’t take it to a mechanic, make sure to check for any leaking fluids, cracked belts or hoses, and be aware of sounds or smells that don’t belong. Check the tires for tread, and look underneath the truck for any injured metal on the frame. Keep in mind that any damage to the frame is extremely costly and should be a deal breaker!

Consider Towing and Hauling

Depending on how much towing and hauling the truck has done in the past, it may have endured more than the normal wear and tear. The easiest way to find out it’s history is to ask the owner. But understand that you can’t count on getting the whole truth, so this is another good reason to have a mechanical inspection.

Consider Off-Road Use

Many trucks have been used for off-road use in fields, farms, or ranches which can cause a lot of extra wear on the truck’s suspension and other components. This is another good reason to take a good look underneath the truck for excessive scratches or bent parts or take it in for a mechanical inspection.

Test Drive

As with any vehicle you buy, take the used truck for a test drive. You’ll want to look for things like unwanted smells or sounds along with outward visibility, your ability to climb into the cab, and a comfortable seating position. Pay special attention to its ability to park and maneuver, the security of the breaks, and the ease of engine acceleration.

Used Trucks at Crossroads Ford Lincoln

If you’re looking for a used truck from a reliable source, you can count on Crossroads Ford and Lincoln for trustworthy sales and service! Check out our variety of Used Trucks online or call us at (502) 695-1990 with any questions about our inventory.

At Crossroads Ford, we pride ourselves on a top-notch service department. We take care of a car oil change, transmission service, and any car maintenance your Ford or Lincoln vehicle requires. When you bring your car in for service, we will ask you what brand of oil you want in your vehicle. Then we change your oil based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, your choices for different types of motor oil go deeper than just your favorite brand of motor oil. In today’s blog, Crossroads Ford discusses different grades and types of motor oil for a car oil change.

Numerical Coding System

The numerical coding system used on different grades of motor oils comes from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). You might see letters and numbers, such as “5W-30” or “10W-40” or something like that, on a bottle of motor oil. The “W” stands for winter. The number in front of it shows the lowest temperature the oil is rated for in degrees Fahrenheit. If you see “5W,” that means the motor oil is rated to maintain its viscosity, or thickness, at 5 degrees Fahrenheit. For a car oil change in a colder climate, a technician might recommend motor oil with a lower degree. There are 11 temperature grades of motor oil, from 0W up to 60W.

The larger number after the dash shows you the viscosity of the oil. The higher the number, the higher the thickness of the oil. Motor oil with a 5W-30 grade has less viscosity compared to 5W-40 oil. Thicker oil isn’t necessarily better, although oil that maintains its viscosity better is generally better for your vehicle when it comes to a car oil change.

Conventional Versus Synthetic

Most vehicles handle conventional motor oil just fine when it comes to a car oil change. Conventional oil means it comes from refined oil that was extracted from the ground using traditional drilling methods. Synthetic oil comes from a laboratory and typically works for high-tech engines in luxury vehicles. These oils go through stringent laboratory tests before they go on the market and provide superior, longer-lasting protection for engines.

Synthetic motor oil typically costs more compared to conventional oil, but it does offer some guarantee of higher performance. Some oils are a blend of conventional and synthetic while others are formulated specifically for higher-mileage engines to help protect parts from wear.

Oil Additives

Oil additives help prevent sludge build-up, varnish, and damage to engine parts. Additives may include detergents to help remove deposits, dispersants to help reduce sludge, and anti-wear agents to protect metal surfaces from wearing down when the oil gets thin. Ask your car oil change technician if any motor oils have extra additives to protect your vehicle’s engine and extend the life of your car.

Crossroads Ford and a Car Oil Change

At Crossroads Ford, we recommend an oil change every six months or 7,500 miles on Ford vehicles 2008 or newer. We recommend six months or every 5,000 miles on Ford miles from 2007 or older. Contact us if you have any questions about a car oil change, or make a service appointment so we can give your car a thorough check-up.