Expert Ford Service in East Hanover – Visit Performance Ford of East Hanover for Your Ford Service Needs

No matter where you live, keeping up with routine maintenance is the best way to extend the life of your vehicle and avoid major headaches. This is especially true in New Jersey, where our unique weather conditions can lead to more issues more quickly than other parts of the country. If you’re looking for expert Ford Service that can keep your vehicle on the road for years to come, turn to Performance Ford of East Hanover today.

 

Why is Routine Maintenance So Important?

As with anything mechanical, the moving parts of your vehicle must all work together to keep you moving forward. With the potholes, road salt, summer heat, and icy winters of East Hanover, NJ, keeping all of those components in good shape is more difficult than in other areas. Because of this, it is especially important that you keep up with your regularly scheduled maintenance to ensure that your vehicle can stay on the road for years to come.

The services at Performance Ford East Hanover include:

  • Oil Changes
  • General Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  • Alignment Services
  • Battery Testing and Replacement
  • Brake Service and Repair
  • Tire Services
  • State Inspection
  • And more!

Brake Service and Replacement FAQ

It goes without saying that proper brake function is essential to ensure safe arrival at your destination. Being able to stop is just as important, if not more so, than being able to go. As such, brake service is an integral part of a proper routine maintenance schedule. Brakes that are improperly cared for pose a hazard not only to the driver, but everyone else on the road as well. However, because they are out of sight, it's easy to forget about them until problems arise. Preventative maintenance can help catch a problem before it starts to affect performance. At Performance Ford of East Hanover, our highly trained and experienced service technicians know what to look for and can examine brake components whenever you bring your Ford in for service. If any part of the braking system needs replacing, our team can complete the work quickly and safely with genuine OEM Ford factory parts.

What are Signs that Brakes Need Service?

An obvious symptom of improper brake function is disconcerting noises, like grinding or squealing. Other indications include:

  • Vibrations in the steering wheel
  • Unusually stiff brake pedal feel
  • Unusually spongy brake pedal feel
  • Illumination of the (ABS) warning light
  • Car pulling to one side
  • Strong burning odor

When Should You Have Your Brakes Inspected or Serviced?

The lifespan of your brake pads can vary widely (between 30,000 and 70,000 miles) depending on driving conditions and your driving style. Therefore, regular inspections are essential. Brake fluid should be checked and topped off at every appointment, and a thorough brake inspection should be performed every 15,000 miles. Having them inspected at every or every-other oil change is the most convenient. Rotors last a lot longer (around 70,000 miles), but should be regularly checked to ensure even wear.

What Does a Brake Inspection Entail?

Common brake examination items include:

  • Checking pad thickness and wear pattern
  • Checking levels and condition of brake fluid
  • Examining the integrity of the calipers
  • Looking for hot spots, grooves or misalignment of the rotors
  • Testing the ABS sensors

  • If you have any questions about brakes or brake service near East Hanover and Parsippany, contact Performance Ford, and we'll be happy to assist you.

    Oil and Filter Changes FAQ

    Why are Regular Oil Changes Important?

    Oil changes are the most common and most critical component of an effective maintenance schedule. Your vehicle's engine houses metal parts that rub against each other thousands of times every minute. Oil's primary function is to provide lubrication, without which heat from friction will accumulate very quickly, causing catastrophic engine failure in minutes.

    Apart from lubrication, oil collects contaminants like dirt, soot, and tiny metal particles and takes them to the filter. The filter removes most of the particles, but the residual accumulates over time, eventually rendering the oil and filter ineffective. Refreshing the oil and filter at regular intervals ensures clean, smooth, and cool (relatively) operation.

    When Should You Change Your Oil?

    Thanks to advances in both engine technology and oil refinement, the old "every 3,000 miles" rule is obsolete for modern vehicles, especially with synthetic oil. Ford recommends that all vehicles manufactured after 2008 have their oil changed every 7,500 miles. Many Ford models come with an Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor that tracks how the vehicle is used and determines when an oil change is necessary. Ford notes that under no circumstances should the interval between changes exceed 10,000 miles.

    Having your oil change, tire rotations, and brake service completed during the same appointment is convenient and easy to remember. For more information about your specific model, click here or contact Performance Ford at your convenience.

    Battery Checks and Replacement FAQ

    It seems simple enough, but your car's battery is subjected to a lot of stress throughout its life. It's responsible for turning over the engine and powering the exterior lights. It also powers accessories like the A/C and heat, infotainment systems, cabin lights, and more.

    What are Signs that Your Battery Needs Replacing?

    Like brakes, the battery is out of sight. So, it's common to ignore it until there's an issue. However, you don't have to wait until you're stranded in the grocery store parking lot to know something's wrong. Indications of poor battery function include:

    • Battery or Check Engine light illumination
    • Lethargic engine turnover
    • Battery leakage
    • Corrosion of battery terminals
    • Swollen battery case
    • Dimming headlights
    • Dimming cabin/accessory lights, especially when operating the A/C

    When Should You Test Your Battery?

    Car batteries can last for five or more years, depending on driving style and conditions. After three years, annual or semiannual inspections are recommended. If your battery shows signs of fatigue, bring your vehicle to Performance Ford in East Hanover, where our technicians can test it and advise you on the best course of action. We have a full inventory of model-specific Ford OEM batteries to guarantee a perfect fit. Be sure to check out our Service Specials page for the latest deals or visit us near Livingston to learn more.

    Tire Rotations and Alignment Service FAQ

    Why are Tire Rotations Necessary?

    Your vehicle's front tires work harder than the rear tires. Because they are responsible for turning, front tires pivot side to side under the weight of the engine, generating more friction. Rear tires roll straight and aren't subjected to the same forces. Moving the front tires to the rear gives them a break and ensures that the tires wear at an even rate. Leaving tires on the front causes them to wear faster, which can cause handling and traction issues and require premature replacement.

    Why is Alignment Necessary?

    Although we refer to the process as "wheel alignment" or "tire alignment," the service is actually an adjustment of your vehicle's suspension. Alignment service ensures optimum angles for aspects like:

    • Camber: how far the tire slants (or tips) side to side away from vertical

    • Caster: the angle between the steering and vertical axis

    • Toe: The direction in which the tires point

    Proper alignment ensures that tires make full contact with the road and that the vehicle tracks straight instead of pulling to the side. Poor tire alignment has far-reaching effects. Tires may be working against each other, causing uneven and premature tire wear and severely hampering fuel efficiency. Vibrations from poor tire alignment can cause excess wear to the steering column.

    Signs of Poor Tire Alignment

    • Tire tread is worn on one side and sharp on the other.
    • The tire has more wear on the inside or outside of the tread than in the center.
    • The car pulls to one side.
    • The steering wheel vibrates.
    • The steering wheel holds off-center even when driving straight.

    Contact Performance Ford

    If you have questions about the recommended services and intervals for your specific model, feel free to contact Performance Ford for assistance. If your Ford model is due for a checkup, schedule an appointment with us today. Whether you need simple maintenance or an unexpected repair, we'll have you back on the road quickly and safely.

    1. Performance Ford of East Hanover

      189 Route 10
      East Hanover, NJ 07936

      • Sales: 973-386-1771
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    Performance Ford of East Hanover

    189 Route 10
    Directions East Hanover, NJ 07936

    • Sales: 973-386-1771
    • Service: 973-386-1771
    • Parts: 973-386-1761

    Hours

    • Monday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Please Call
    • Tuesday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Please Call
    • Wednesday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Please Call
    • Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Please Call
    • Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm, Please Call
    • Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm, Please Call
    • Sunday Closed