Service Tips From Lincoln Experts

The Lincoln Motor Company is reminding motorists of its recommendation to replace tires, even unused tires, after six years regardless of tread wear  

Many crashes can be prevented through proper tire maintenance

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Are you experiencing a change in your fuel economy?

As early as late September, our government mandated the release of a large quantity of the U.S. fuel reserves. The reserved fuel was formulated as a "winter blend" which has much higher evaporative properties than that which we are normally burning during the fall and early winter months.  With our mild fall and winter, where some days are reaching comfortable levels, this blend of fuel will provide a diminished economy as opposed to the summer blends.  I have also provided a more "technical" overview of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) strategy for your information.

Cars using summer-blend gasoline spew fewer harmful emissions and get slightly better fuel economy than those using winter-blend gas during the summer months.

The difference between conventional summer- and winter-blend gasoline has to do with the Reid Vapor Pressure of the fuel. RVP relates to the volatility of a gasoline. The more volatile a gasoline, the more likely it will evaporate as the temperature rises; evaporated gasoline contributes to unhealthy ozone and smog levels. Summer gasoline has a low RVP and is less likely to evaporate when compared to the high RVP winter grade. The Environmental Protection Agency says conventional summer-blend gasoline contains 1.7 percent more energy than winter-blend gas, which contributes to the summer blend's slightly better gas mileage.

The Energy Information Administration says the switch between the two fuels happens twice a year, once in the fall (winter blend) and again in the spring (summer blend). Summer-blend gasoline is typically more expensive to produce than the winter blend, and it won't affect vehicle performance or the durability of the engine and fuel system, according to the EPA.

In many large cities as well as California and New England, the EPA requires the use of reformulated summer- and winter-blend gasolines. These RFGs contain oxygenates that lower RVP and other toxic chemicals even further than conventional gasoline.

Protecting your investment

The purchase of a new vehicle is one of the single, largest investments the American public ever makes. The care for such an investment is important to protect the equity you have in the vehicle.

Many things can impact the value or equity in a vehicle. Proper maintenance, when performed at a dealership, impacts the value much in the same way a pedigree affects the value of a pet, or thoroughbred.

  1. Servicing your vehicle with parts designed specifically for your vehicle is an important part of maintaining its original value.
  2. The care for the finish and interior are also highly visible signs of the care a vehicle has received over its ownership cycle.
  3. The use of proper fit and finish collision parts is extremely important in the event of an accident. Diminished value is an area of dispute amongst both the insurance industry and consumers who are aware of such value adjustments as a result of a collision repair.
  4. The use of Original Equipment base coat paints with the proper millage of clear coat, best replicates the finish provided at the factory. Many independent Body Shops utilize discounted, sub-par paints and materials in an effort to provide enough latitude to waive deductibles. The greater percentage of the time, the only thing being waived is the quality, fit or finish.
  5. Tire replacements are a tell-tale indicator as to the posture of the vehicle owner. Replacing tires with the same Brand, size and line will ensure the same ride quality as the original tires provided on the vehicle when it was new. There are many "imposters" out there when it comes to tires. The visual impact a "down-graded" tire has on the esthetic value is tremendous. The original equipment replacement tire illustrates the concern of the owner as to the upkeep of his or her investment.

When it does come time to trade, following these guidelines will provide the right indicators of proper care that are rewarded in the trade value.

Of course, Bob-Boyd Lincoln is always interested in providing you with the best ownership experience in the industry. We look forward to providing the kind of care your vehicle, and you, deserve!

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