Find Ford Maintenance and Repair at Ben Davis Ford in Auburn, near Fort Wayne, IN

Regular maintenance timely repairs are essential to your Ford's reliability, comfort, and safety-and nobody knows your Ford vehicle like the experts. At Ben Davis Ford, we want your vehicle to deliver many years and miles of driving enjoyment. And our highly-trained Ford technicians have the experience, know-how, specialized equipment, and Ford-certified parts necessary to ensure your ride runs like new for as long as possible. So, whether you need a regular checkup or an unexpected repair, be sure to schedule your next service appointment with Ben Davis Ford in Auburn. We're looking forward to serving you.

Ford Oil Changes near Kendallville

An oil change is the most basic component of a routine maintenance schedule. It's also the most vital. Driving too long on the same oil can reduce efficiency, increase harmful emissions, and cause damage to the engine.

Your Ford's engine contains several metal parts that need to rub against each other thousands of times per minute. However, due to metal's high friction coefficient, these parts resist sliding without adequate lubrication, causing immense heat build-up and potential catastrophic engine failure. Engine oil reduces friction, absorbs excess heat energy, and keeps things clean by transporting contaminants to the filter. The filter catches most of the soot and metal particulates, but its capacity is limited. After a while, these contaminants will build up in the oil, reducing its effectiveness. An oil change removes the dirty oil and filter, giving the engine a fresh start.

When Should You Change Your Oil?

While older vehicles need new oil more often, advances in oil chemistry and engine design have significantly increased the distance modern vehicles can go between changes. Ford Motor Company "generally recommends getting an oil change every 7,500 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. If you drive your vehicle under tougher conditions, you should change your oil and filter more frequently."

Ford Brake Service near Garrett, IN

While the primary function of your Ford is to "go," its ability to stop is equally important, if not more so. Inadequate stopping power can be dangerous to you and others on the road, making brake service a vital component of routine maintenance. However, since brakes are out of sight, it's easy to take them for granted until an issue arises. Regular brake inspections can help identify potential problems before they become hazardous.

How Often Should You Inspect Your Brakes?

Brake pads are the fastest wearing component of your Ford's braking system, and their lifespan depends largely on operating conditions and driving style. The median lifespan of brake pads is around 50,000 miles; however, there's no pre-determined interval for changing them. Whenever you visit Ben Davis Ford for service, our technicians will visually inspect your pads for uneven or premature wear. Ford recommends a more thorough brake system inspection every 15,000 miles or every other oil change. The inspection evaluates pad thickness and wear patterns, caliper integrity, rotor alignment, and brake fluid condition.

What are Signs You Need New Brakes?

The most obvious signs that something is wrong with your brakes are tell-tale sounds like grinding or squeaking. However, it's important to recognize certain vehicle behaviors that indicate poor brake function without an audible cue. Examples include:

  • ABS warning light in the dash
  • An abnormally stiff or spongy brake pedal
  • Acrid or burning odor
  • Excessive steering wheel vibrations
  • Vehicle pulling to one side

Ford Tire Service near Hamilton, IN

While car tires may seem like a simple concept at first, they're a major component of your Ford's performance, efficiency, safety, and ride quality. Their pneumatic design allows your vehicle to roll smoothly, helping absorb bumps and road imperfections. And their trade provides necessary traction for confident handling and control, especially in wet conditions. As the only point of contact between you and the road, tires are a critical part of vehicle maintenance.

When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Tires are continually losing minuscule amounts of rubber to friction as you travel. However, front tires experience more friction due to turning the vehicle and supporting the engine's extra weight, causing them to wear faster. Rotating your tires every 7,500 miles (or every oil change) allows the tires to spend equal time upfront, ensuring they wear evenly and last as long as possible.

When Should You Change Your Tires?

Quality all-purpose tires are durable and can last from 30,000 to 50,000 miles or more, depending on factors like age, operating conditions, and driving habits. However, like brake pads, there's no pre-determined interval for changing them, so it's important to look for visual cues. Most tires have wear bars at the base of the tread. When the tread height is even with the wear bar, the tire should be changed as soon as possible. Another method is to insert an American quarter headfirst into the tread at various points around the tire. If you can see the top of Washington's head, the tire is unsafe and should be changed.

Ford Battery Service near Hicksville, OH

Car batteries have a tough job. In addition to generating enough power to start the engine, they're also responsible for running the lights, accessories, infotainment system, airflow, driver aids, and more. Even still, car batteries are pretty durable and can last up to five years or more, depending on driving conditions. Since they normally just work as expected, it's easy to forget about them until there's a problem. And the consequences of a dead battery can range from the mild inconvenience of asking for a parking lot jumpstart to the danger of being caught out in the cold. So, it's important to know the signs of a strained battery and when to have your battery tested or swapped out.

 

What Are the Signs of a Bad Car Battery?

Fortunately, you don't have to wait until your car doesn't start to recognize the symptoms of a strained battery. Some indications to watch out for include:

  • Strained engine turnover
  • Battery light or check engine light illumination
  • Battery leakage or terminal corrosion
  • A swollen battery case
  • Dimming headlights
  • Dimming cabin and accessory lights, especially in combination with A/C operation

While a car battery can last several years, it's suggested to have its condition and capacity tested twice annually after the three-year mark.

Schedule Ford Service at Ben Davis Ford in Auburn, near Fort Wayne, IN

If you have any questions about recommended Ford maintenance or the latest Ford service and parts specials, please feel free to reach out to Ben Davis Ford at your convenience. And if it's time for a maintenance visit, we've made it easy to schedule Ford service online here on our website. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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Ben Davis Ford Inc.

400 S Grandstaff Drive
Directions Auburn, IN 46706

  • Sales: (260) 925-3100
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Service Hours

  • Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed