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Flat Tire Changing Tips

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Image of a flat tire, a lug wrench and a jack

How to change a flat tire in your Ford?

Learn how to change the tires in your Ford in eight easy DIY steps by Brandon Ford that will ensure that you are never again left stranded on the roadside with a flat tire. Continue reading to learn how to change a flat tire in your Ford.


How to tell when clutch needs to be replaced

Friday, August 27th, 2021
Mechanic working under car

The clutch is one of the key components of a manual vehicle. It is responsible for transferring power from the engine to transmission and wheels. The driver engages the clutch as they switch from one gear to the next and it allows for a smooth transition. Like most components of a vehicle, the clutch does not last forever. The lifespan of a clutch depends on how the driver uses it. Are you interested in learning how to tell when a clutch is nearing the end of its life? Check out 5 signs that a clutch is going bad below.


Why do I need a coolant flush?

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
Mechanic working on engine with socket wrench

Have you had the coolant flushed in your vehicle yet? Coolant flush service is one of many very important forms of automotive maintenance that all vehicles need at some time or another. Coolant flushes are important for keeping the vehicle from overheating and are essential to keeping a vehicle in the best shape possible over an extended period of time. Are you wondering why you need a coolant flush? Continue reading below on our Brandon Ford blog.


Schedule a Tire Rotation near Tampa, FL

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Mechanic giving a thumbs up next to a tire

How long has it been since you had the tires rotated on your vehicle? Tire rotations are sometimes overlooked by drivers, but the service is essential for keeping tread wear even across a set of tires. Each vehicle has a manufacturer-recommended service interval that lays out when services should take place, and it includes the recommended interval for tire rotations. Most car manufacturers suggest that tires are rotated between 5,000 and 10,000 miles. Is your vehicle due for a tire rotation in the Tampa, FL area? Schedule a service appointment at Brandon Ford!                              


Brandon Ford in Tampa FL Shows You How to Use Your New Ford to Get Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Learn How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree

The holiday season is upon us, which means many people will soon be bringing Christmas trees home to decorate and put presents under. It’s a wonderful tradition, one that’s very dear to our hearts here at Brandon Ford in Tampa, FL. But anyone who’s ever had to tie a tree to the top of their vehicle – even a vehicle as powerful and capable as the new Ford trucks and SUVs here at Brandon Ford – knows it’s not always the easiest thing. That’s why we decided to shard this video with you, as it contains all the tips you need to know to safely transport your Christmas tree. (more…)

Explaining the Dashboard Warning Lights of Your New Ford Car, Truck or SUV

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Ford dashboard warning lights written in white against a steering wheel background

What Do My Ford’s Dashboard Warning Lights Mean?

There’s no worse feeling in the world than driving down the road in your new Ford car, truck or SUV and having a warning light pop up on your dashboard – especially if you don’t know what that warning light means. Thankfully, many of the warning lights that may pop up on your Ford’s dashboard are pretty easy to figure out, but some of them will pop up and make you think – what the heck does that mean? With that in mind, here’s what all the Ford dashboard warning lights mean. (more…)

Learn How to Upgrade the Connectivity Features of Your Older Ford Right Here from Brandon Ford in Tampa FL

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
close up of the FordPass SmartLink device

FordPass SmartLink Allows You to Upgrade Your Old Ford

There are many reasons why Ford always adds so many new features and capabilities to their models each and every new model year. But one of the big reasons for that is that Ford needs to give people a reason to trade in their older Ford models for something new, otherwise people would just keep driving their older Ford models year after year after year – because those older Ford models are just so capable, dependable and fun to drive. But this year, Ford has decided to help out those who have stayed loyal to their older Ford models for so many years, now allowing those models to be upgraded to include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, enhanced smartphone control of existing key fob features, easy access to vehicle health and security reports, and upgraded vehicle location tracking capabilities. So, read on it you’ve got a non-modem-equipped 2010-2017 Ford model to find out how FordPass SmartLink allows you to upgrade your old Ford. (more…)

Learn How to Be a Better Driver with the Ford Driving Skills for Life Online Course

Friday, March 16th, 2018
side view of a black Ford Driving Skills for Life training car

Ford Driving Skills for Life Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free in-person and online driving skills program, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year by significantly updated and upgrading its course to better teach beginning drivers – and anyone who wants a refresher course – how to be a safer driver. Ford Driving Skills for Life is best known as a hands-on, in-person safe driving academy that tours the country, but it also features an online component to help those who don’t live near one of the program’s cross-country stops. And since the in-person Ford Driving Skills for Life program isn’t coming near Tampa, FL, this year, we decided to take a closer look at the online offerings of the program. (more…)

Waze Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App Coming to SYNC 3-Equipped Ford Models

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
close up of a SYNC 3 infotainment system featuring the Waze Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App

Waze SYNC 3 Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App Features

Anyone who’s got a new Ford car, truck or SUV that’s equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system knows just how helpful it is while you’re out on the road. And just when you thought the SYNC 3 infotainment system couldn’t get any more functional and convenient, Ford went and announced that the Waze Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App will soon be coming to SYNC 3-equipped Ford models thanks to new integration capabilities through Ford SYNC AppLink. Now, some of you may be unfamiliar with this app, which is why we’re going to take this time to tell you all about the features of the Waze Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App. (more…)

Should I Choose a Manual Transmission or an Automatic Transmission?

Friday, August 25th, 2017
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Manual Transmission vs Automatic Transmission

It’s a question for the ages – should you choose a manual transmission or an automatic transmission? To tell you the truth, the answer changes depending on who you’re talking to. Some people live to grab ahold of that stick shift as they cruise down the open road. Others are perfectly happy without ever having to learn how to operate a manual transmission for as long as they live. Honestly, when it’s all said and done, it all comes down to personal choice. With that in mind, we’re here to give you some help in making that choice as we take a look at manual transmissions versus automatic transmissions. (more…)