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For car owners, few things are as important as a healthy transmission. A transmission is what converts your car’s gasoline into forward motion. Transmission service is among the most expensive repairs to have done on your vehicle, especially if it is a full transmission replacement. One of the ways you can prevent the need for transmission service is by properly using transmission fluid in your car. In today’s blog post, Crossroads Ford Lincoln looks at how often you should change the transmission fluid in your vehicle. 

What Does Transmission Fluid Do?

Transmission fluid is the primary lubricant for your vehicle’s gearbox. As the gears are at work, they can begin to grind on each other and wear down. Transmission fluid prevents them from rubbing against each other and keeps your gearbox working smoothly. Transmission fluid also keeps the gearbox cool and prevents overheating. There are several types of transmission fluid, designed specifically for automatic and manual transmissions. There are also traditional and synthetic transmission fluids, similar to motor oil. Choosing which transmission fluid to use depends on the type of vehicle you have. 

Why Is Transmission Fluid Important?

Your transmission is absolutely vital to the health of your vehicle. For this reason, you shouldn’t limit changing transmission fluid to the regularly scheduled date. There aren’t many clear warning signs that there is a problem with your transmission, so being proactive with transmission fluid is the best preventative measure you can take to mitigate a more expensive transmission service. And because a transmission replacement is so costly, transmission fluid is crucial. 

How Often Should You Change Transmission Fluid?

This question all depends on the type of vehicle you have and the condition of the transmission. For manual transmissions, most manufacturers suggest a change every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. However, automatic transmissions operate at a higher heat level, produce more carbon, and contaminate the fluid quicker. Most manufacturers suggest a change at 30,000 miles. Some vehicles come with a lifetime guarantee on transmission fluid, but it’s still essential to check and make sure that the fluid level isn’t low because a leak could develop without you knowing about it.

Contact Crossroads Ford for Transmission Services 

If you are looking for transmission services, Crossroads Ford Lincoln can help. To get a better idea of what we have to offer, give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today.

Car oil changes are some of the most basic maintenance tasks for your vehicle, but they’re also among the most important. Car oil changes help to keep your engine running at a high level and may prevent trips to the repair shop in the long term. One of the most important decisions you can make with car oil changes is what oil you use. Many people use conventional oil, but synthetic oil is becoming more and more common. In today’s blog post, Crossroads Ford Lincoln will take a look at what you should know about synthetic oil.

Synthetic Oil Can Keep Your Engine Cleaner

As oil works its way through your engine, debris will naturally mix in with the oil. While this is inherently negative, it is also a natural function of the engine and isn’t something that you can prevent. With conventional oil, debris build-up results in sludgy oil as time passes. This increases the need for regular oil changes. Synthetic oil contains fewer impurities than conventional oil, which helps prevent sludge build-up while keeping your engine cleaner over time. More importantly, a pure oil creating a cleaner engine helps your car run more smoothly. 

Synthetic Oil Functions Well in Extreme Temperatures

Cars often struggle to function at a high level in extreme temperatures for a variety of reasons. In the cold, oil struggles to flow through your engine because it becomes thicker. In the heat, oil can break down and even evaporate, which can damage your engine once the oil supply is worn thin. More so than conventional oil, synthetic oil protects engines well in extreme temperatures. Synthetic oils are designed to flow well in low temperatures while also resisting high temperatures and continuing to safeguard engines despite the heat. 

Synthetic Oil Lasts Longer

Arguably the most significant benefit of synthetic oil is that it lasts longer than conventional oils. Synthetic oils resist breaking down, specifically in harsh conditions. They’re also purer compared to conventional oils. This allows your oil to stay clean and retain its physical properties longer than conventional oils. Synthetic oils are more viable over time. Having oil that lasts longer reduces the number of car oil changes you need.

Contact Crossroads Ford for Car Oil Change Information

If you are in need of a car oil change, Crossroads Ford Lincoln can help. For more information on what we can do for your vehicle, give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today.

For many people, leasing a car makes more sense than buying a car. There are a variety of reasons why, including driving your vehicle during its best years, being able to drive a better vehicle, and not worrying about selling when you want a new car. However, it’s easy to make mistakes when leasing a vehicle, and Crossroads Ford wants to help you avoid those mistakes. In today’s blog, Crossroads Ford examines five mistakes to avoid when leasing a car. 

Paying Too Much Up Front

It isn’t uncommon to see deals from car dealerships offering low monthly payments on leases for new vehicles. However, those deals often come with a significant upfront payment. While this seems to make sense in the short term, it puts you at risk if your car is wrecked or damaged in the first few months of the lease. Insurance will reimburse the leasing company for the damage to the vehicle if it’s totaled, but you are still on the hook for the money you paid in advance. 

Failing to Look at the Total Lease Cost

Everybody wants a low monthly payment on their lease, but some people fail to look at the total price of the lease. Knowing the total cost of the lease allows you to look at other offers. You can even negotiate with the leasing company you are working with. This is arguably the biggest mistake that you can make when leasing a car because it impacts both your up-front costs and your monthly costs. 

Not Doing the Necessary Research

Since you aren’t actually buying a vehicle, some people might not think it’s necessary to put in extensive research. Since you won’t need to sell the car at the end of the lease, drivers might not be concerned with what they perceive as small details about the car. However, not doing proper research can lead you to lease a vehicle that isn’t the best for your situation.

Leasing a Car for Too Long

Most car leases last no longer than three years. It can be tempting to lease for longer than that. However, drivers who lease cars longer than three years typically end up paying more money. You will want to make sure that, at the very least, the lease is shorter than the warranty on the car. 

Not Taking Care of the Vehicle

Because you don’t actually own the car, it’s easy to neglect maintenance. However, companies will charge a penalty for extensive damage, which can include damage sustained due to failed maintenance. 

Contact Crossroads Ford Lincoln for More Information

If you are looking for vehicle maintenance, Crossroads Ford Lincoln can help. We have one of the best service departments in the area. For more information on the services we offer, give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today.

Regular automotive repair and maintenance are crucial to keeping your vehicle on the road and out of the shop. Preventative care, which includes things like air filters, can go a long way to averting significant damage or repairs. It’s easy to forget about your air filters and neglect to change them, but they serve an essential function in your vehicle. In today’s blog post, Crossroads Ford Lincoln takes a look at the importance of air filters.  

Improves Gas Mileage

Studies have shown that a clean air filter can improve your gas mileage by as much as 10%. Not only do air filters improve your vehicle’s gas mileage, but statistics show a large number of cars need a new air filter. One in four cars needs a new air filter, which is a substantial number of cars on the road. A new air filter can give you over 20 extra miles per tank of gas — and it’s among the simplest of automotive repairs!

Improves Airflow 

Airflow is crucial for the performance of your vehicle. Your air filter’s primary role is to increase the airflow in your car. Specifically, a high-performance air filter compared to a standard paper filter can make a big difference to the airflow of your vehicle because they don’t accumulate dirt as quickly. A clean air filter functions best, and improved airflow is what ultimately leads to other benefits such as better gas mileage and enhanced spark plug health. 

Reduces Oil Consumption

High levels of oil consumption can often lead to problems with spark plugs and other major parts. The term most commonly used for this problem is “burning oil.” While all vehicles burn oil to an extent, the level to which they burn oil is critical. A new air filter helps keep your oil clean because air mixes properly with fuel in the engine. The more dirty air that gets into your engine, the more polluted your oil will become. This leads to quicker oil burning. 

Contact Crossroads Ford Lincoln for Automotive Repair

Changing your air filter is one of the easiest automotive repairs you can make, and it goes a long way to improving the health of your car. For more information on the automotive repair Crossroads Ford Lincoln offers, give us a call at (502) 695-1990 or contact us online today.