How to Prep Your Ford for a New Year

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Each year presents a new journey in your life, so it is best to give your road companion the proper car care it demands to perform at its highest level year-round. Here are some tips to prep your Ford for a new year.

 

Upgrade with Accessories

You often hear, “New year, new you.” Your Ford car, truck, or SUV can feel new, too, when you upgrade and personalize your vehicle with add-ons. Ford offers all kinds of Ford accessories ― from roof racks to interior accents to technology features. Find the Ford auto parts for your car that will align with your 2019 goals.   

 

Make Resolutions for Your Ford

As you set objectives for 2019, you can make goals related to your Ford. Whether you are accelerating less to maximize fuel efficiency or paying closer attention to your miles for proper timely car care, there are several resolutions you can make to benefit your car, truck, or SUV.

 

Get Your Ford Serviced

Your Ford vehicle needs regular service in order to stay in excellent condition. Start 2019 by getting your Ford car checked by Packey Webb Ford to ensure that all parts are in good shape and that everything is running as normal. Get an oil change and a tire rotation, and vow to stick to the recommended service schedule for your Ford to keep it in fantastic form.

 

No scheduled appointment is necessary when you use our Express Service Lane. Visit Packey Webb Ford for your next routine service check.

Choosing the Right Battery for Your Ford

Ford Car Battery

Winter is officially here, which means we’re ready for some cold conditions here in Illinois. Especially frigid conditions are notorious for killing car batteries, so if you know that your Ford’s is getting on in years it might be a good time to replace it before your car won’t start. To make sure you choose the right battery, consider these factors and consult your Ford owner’s manual.

  • Group Size: Instead of having you take out a tape measure to determine the size of your specific unit, batteries are sorted into size groups. Your Ford can probably accommodate several different sizes of battery, so take a look at your owner’s manual to know what you need to shop for.
  • Reserve Capacity: If you use equipment connected to your car with the engine off, the RC number will be important for your Ford. The number indicates how long (in minutes) a certain battery can operate before it dies. Generally, the higher RC number a new battery has, the better.
  • Cold Cranking Amps: The CCA of a battery is a way to measure its performance and refers to how it supplies the power required for 30 seconds at zero degrees Fahrenheit. While higher numbers mean better performance, your new battery’s CCA needs to match either the original battery or the number in the owner’s manual. Talk to a Ford service expert if you’re considering a different CCA to see how it will affect your vehicle.

If you’re ready for a new battery, the team at Packey Webb Ford can help you find the perfect match. Contact our service department today for more information.

Tips for Transporting Food during the Holidays

If you’re planning to bring your famous green bean casserole to your family’s next holiday party, you want to be sure it will make it there in one piece. These tips for transporting food will help you get all of your dishes to their destinations safely.

Tips for Transporting Food

Cardboard boxes

A cardboard box is one of the best tools for transporting food in the car. They provide a safe, sturdy container that will keep dishes from sliding around the backseat or trunk.

Towels for warmth

Hot dishes can be kept at the right temperature when they’re wrapped in towels. Once you’ve wrapped the dish in towels or old (clean) rags, place it in a cardboard box for extra warmth and security.

Innovative insulation

If you find yourself frequently bringing food to holiday parties each year, it might be worth investing in an insulation pack. These are perfect for keeping dishes at their appropriate temperatures, whether they are hot or cold.

Pie lids

To transport a pie safely, you’ll need to cover it completely. For most pies, you can use an extra pie tin as a lid. Cover the pie with the additional tin and wrap the entire thing in foil. Place in a box surrounded by newspaper or towels to keep it from moving around while driving.

With these tips from our team at Packey Webb Ford, you’ll definitely be able to protect the backseat or trunk of your vehicle from becoming a pie filled mess this holiday season.

2018 Ford F-150

Ford Wins Two Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards

2018 Ford F-150

In this year’s Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, two Ford vehicles took home the top prize in their segments. The top performing vehicles are the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition and the 2018 Ford F-150, which has now earned this award for four years in a row.

To earn this award, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) editors analyze numerous new vehicles, and judge them based on consumer reviews, five-year cost to own data, and sales information. The vehicle that represents the best overall value for consumers wins its segment. This year, Kelley Blue Book awarded 12 Best Buy Awards.

“A decade is a long time to wait for a major model makeover, but Ford’s efforts have earned the Expedition its first Best Buy Award right out of the gate,” said KBB editors. “From powertrain and driving dynamics to technology and practicality, the 2018 Ford Expedition is the new class leader.”

With updated exterior styling, new engines, a new automatic transmission, best-in-class towing, payload, and fuel economy, the Ford F-150 continues to impress KBB editors for the fourth consecutive year.

If you are ready to give either of these award-winning vehicles a closer look, stop by Packey Webb Ford to take the Ford Expedition and Ford F-150 out for a test drive.

Merry Christmas

How to Spend Christmas in Downers Grove

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year here in Downers Grove. Every week is filled with special events to spread holiday cheer throughout the community. Here are a few events to add to your calendar for the best Christmas celebration in Downers Grove.

  • Gingerbread Festival. This fun-filled festival is held the weekend after Thanksgiving and features a gingerbread man hunt, carriage rides, and gingerbread house building contests.
  • Gingerbread Hunt. Through Dec. 23, there will be gingerbread men scattered through local shops downtown. Print out a sheet and when you find one, get a stop from the vendor. Collect at least 14 stamps and bring your sheet to the Downers Grove library for a prize.
  • Breakfast with Santa. On Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, local restaurants will be hosting breakfast with Santa. Call the restaurant you want to attend to make your reservation.
  • Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas. On Dec. 9, visit the Downers Grove Museum to learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, visit with Santa Claus, see some live reindeer, and enjoy holiday refreshments. The event is free, but the food is available for purchase.

Which of the holiday events are you planning to attend this year? From all of us here at Packey Webb Ford, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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Getting Ready for Winter: Survival Preparedness Kit

Car window cleaning

Whether you’re on a road trip or commuting to work, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency survival preparedness kit. There are a range of emergency and survival supplies any driver should have, from basics like jumper cables and a spare to some lesser-known items that might just save your life. At Packey Webb Ford, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important things to include in your kit.

Winter is right around the corner, making an emergency kit essential for any driver. According to Popular Mechanics, you should carry fresh water and stable food supplies. Most people can’t go more than three days without water, so it’s necessary to have a gallon of clean water or some chlorine-based tablets so you can make water. For food, aim for high-energy food bars—some of which are specially made to give you up to 3,600 calories per bar.

A first-aid kit is also important. Include things like gauze, aspirin or Tylenol, antiseptic, and a sewing kit. Scissors or a seatbelt cutter is also handy to have in the event of an accident. Duct can fix things in a pinch, and sunscreen is a good idea if you have any space left in your kit.

Finally, pick up some emergency equipment such as a fire extinguisher and flares. The extinguisher is self-explanatory, but flares can be used for both fire-starting and signaling. Hazard triangles work great for fixing a flat on the side of the road, but a flare can be seen from long distances—exactly what you need in a pinch. These are just the essential things to include in your kit. Naturally, you should restock when necessary, and don’t be afraid to modify your kit based on your environment.

Charity work

Volunteer in Downers Grove this Holiday Season

Charity work

Volunteering is a great way to give back during the holiday season. That’s why at Packey Webb Ford, we have created a list of opportunities to volunteer in Downers Grove, IL this Thanksgiving. From visiting hospice patients to hosting international students, there’s something for everyone.

According to Volunteer Match, one of the best opportunities to volunteer is to visit hospice patients in your community. Friendly visitors are needed to comfort and support hospice patients in the area, providing a helping hand to those in need. Many hospice patients have a prognosis of six months or less, which means visiting is especially important during the holidays. There is no hospice experience necessary; however, there is an orientation and training.

Next, you can volunteer at the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital at the Daisey Basket Gift Shop. Volunteers provide customer service, help with purchasing, deliver flowers, and answer telephones, among other things. You can join the hospital team to help at virtually any time during the holidays.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is looking for volunteers to help slow the effects of climate change. You can write letters and op-ed pieces, meet with Congressional leaders and the local media, and help educate the community about climate change.

The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association is also looking for people to make a difference in the lives of children. These volunteers help to provide support for children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

Finally, you can also host an international high school exchange student to help promote intercultural relations. Students age 15-18 from Europe, Japan, South America, and Asia need host families to provide support and to help them learn English.

If you’re looking to volunteer and give back this holiday season, consider one of these local opportunities in the area. At Packey Webb Ford, we are proud to serve the Downers Grove community.

Halloween

Halloween In Chicago

Halloween

To some, it is Halloween that is the most wonderful time of the year. And there is good enough reason for this line of thinking, after all: there are so many different ways to celebrate the spookiest season, particularly if you live in Chicago.

If you love Halloween (or are trying to get into the spirit), then consider adding these events to your list of things to do this month.

Basement of the Dead Haunted House

Basement of the Dead Haunted House has the distinction of having topped Buzzfeed’s list of “Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You Out,” which is well worth the visit alone if you have a strong enough constitution. Because freaking you out is an ever-evolving process, Basement of the Dead this year has added a zombie laser tag experience—“Zombie Containment”—and the XCAPE Z-51 competitive mobile escape game. If you’re not too frightened, visit Basement of the Dead at https://basementofthedead.com.

Richardson Adventure Farm

Since 1840, Richardson Adventure Farm has been the place for families to spend an autumn afternoon together. Come for the chance to pick out a great gourd in the pumpkin patch and traipse through the world’s largest corn maze, stay for the 700-foot zipline and live pig races. You can plan out your trip ahead of time by visiting http://richardsonadventurefarm.com/#adventurefarm.

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour

Called “One of the Top Ten Ghost Tours in America” by Haunted America Tours, Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour is an all-ages appropriate event that has been featured everywhere from A&E to The Travel Channel. Join Ursula Bielski and her team as they walk you through allegedly haunted spots like the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the Hull House over a fun, informative, and frightening 2.5-hour tour. Learn more about Chicago Hauntings by visiting https://www.chicagohauntings.com.

There is plenty more to do in and around Chicago this Halloween season, so don’t waste any time. Just make sure that whatever you do, if you are looking to scare up savings on a new car, truck, or SUV, that you reach out to the boils and ghouls at Packey Webb Ford.

How to Spend Labor Day in Chicago

Labor Day in Chicago

Here’s What You Can Do For Labor Day!

Labor Day is often considered the last hurrah before summer ends. It was created as a day to honor the American worker and his or her daily efforts. Staying home and sleeping in is always a great option, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous for your long weekend, here are some fun ways to spend Labor Day in Chicago.

Chicago Jazz Festival

This annual musical event is entering its 39th year and presents free live music from August 31st through September 3rd.

Great American Lobster Fest

Fill your Labor Day with all the lobster you can eat. This food-filled festival runs September 1st through 3rd at the Navy Pier.

Chicago SummerDance

Come show off your best dance moves or learn a few new steps at this fun festival held in Grant Park September 1st through 4th.

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

Catch the last firework show of the summer on September 2nd at the Navy Pier. The show will begin at 10:15. Come early and grab some delicious food and have some fun.

Chicago Cubs

Nothing says summer quite like baseball. Head to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves.

Here at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL, we hope you and your family have a great Labor Day weekend.

Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

All of us here at Packey Webb Ford know that we can see some pretty hot days in the greater Chicago area. So how do you keep your car cool in this heat? We’ve got some great tips and tricks on how to keep your car cool this summer!

  1. Keep Your Car Cool This SummerPut Blankets On Your Seats – When you’re not driving placing blankets on the seats will help protect your seats from the direct sunlight. The blankets will soak up all the sunlight and heat and you’ll be left with a cool seat!
  2. Park in the Garage – If you’re able to park in a parking garage, do so! This will significantly help with the temperature of your vehicle on those hot summer days!
  3. Use a Sunshade or Window Visor – Using a sunshade or window visor helps keep the interior of the car cool. If you can’t park in the shade we recommend this method to help combat that heat!
  4. Keep Your Windows Cracked Slightly – We don’t recommend you leaving your windows all the way down, but it is a good idea to leave them slightly cracked. Check to be sure that you can’t fit your arm through the crack, we don’t want anyone braking into your vehicle! Even a small crack can help ventilation which will keep the interior of the car cooler!

These are just some of our favorite tips to help keep you cool this summer! Stop by and see us before you head out on your summer road trips and keep these great tips in mind!

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