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Check Out the Top Technology Features of the Ford F-150

Side View of Ford F-150

When you are in search of a full-size truck, the Ford F-150 is a natural choice. This popular truck has a lot of helpful technology features to keep you safer and more comfortable on the road. One of those features is the FordPass app, which helps you find parking spaces and compare the cost per gallon of fuel at stops along your planned route.

When you need to access items in the truck’s bed, make use of the remote tailgate release. This button on your key fob opens the tailgate. It can also deploy steps, making it easier for you to climb into the bed of the truck and gain access to your stored items.

Stop by to see us at Ernest McCarty Ford in Alabaster, AL today, and enjoy a test drive of the Ford F-150.

Meet the New Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion Hybrid Driving in City

The Ford Fusion remains popular for vehicle owners desiring fuel economy. However, the design features are also impressive. The head and tail lights come equipped with economical LED lighting. The exterior side view mirrors match the body color and feature electronic control. You also get blind spot views to keep you and your occupants safe. The Fusion also provides the option of adding heating technology to the side mirrors, which is convenient during winter.

Choose automatic high-beam technology. Optional fog lights and a rear spoiler provide a sportier look. Go a few steps further with a metallic-colored clearcoat and tinted windows. The chrome grille comes standard and exudes a touch of class. The body lines and curves represent classic styling. See the new Ford Fusions at Ernest McCarty Ford. Choose between the elegant or sporty designs, and go for a drive.


Steer Clear of Preventable Accidents by Heeding Dashboard Warnings

Inside View of Ford Dashboard

When a light illuminates on your dashboard, it’s important to get to the bottom of the issue for your safety and the safety of others on the road. Here are a few common warning indicators that may be a sign of something more serious. Remember: all cars are different and so are their warning lights. Consult your vehicle manual for a complete list of warning lights and what they mean.

Airbag Warning Light

Often appearing in red with the word, “airbag,” or a symbol showing a stick person sitting in the seat with a large circle hovering above their lap, the airbag warning light comes on when there’s a problem with your airbag. Take this light very seriously, as it could mean your airbag won’t deploy in the event of an accident or could inflate without warning while driving along.Brake System Light

Also typically illuminating in red, the brake system light looks like an exclamation point with a circle around it. While it may indicate that the parking brake has been left on, it could also mean that there’s a larger problem with the brake system. From lack of brake fluid to worn-out brake pads, this light means serious trouble. Take it to your auto shop as soon as possible.Check Engine Light

There are countless reasons why a check engine light may come on. Usually appearing as a symbol in the shape of an engine, this light indicates that your car has detected something wrong, whether it’s something as simple as a loose gas cap or something more serious, like a misfiring engine. When the check engine light comes on, you’ll need to take your vehicle to a professional for diagnosis right away to rule out more serious issues.TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) Light

If the TPMS detects one or more tires with low air pressure, the TPMS light, which looks like an exclamation point within a horseshoe, will appear. Check the air pressure in all four of your tires, as well as your spare (when applicable). If each tire’s pressure is within the acceptable range indicated by your owner’s manual, there could be a faulty sensor. Otherwise, fill your tires up and reset the TPMS.Have Your Car Checked Out

Is there a warning light on in your Ford? Take it to the Service Center at Ernest McCarty Ford to help get your vehicle back to top condition.

How to Pack the Ford Explorer for a Camping Trip

Your family’s camping trip is booked. Now, you just need the right vehicle to transport all your gear to and from the campsite. Refreshed for 2018, the Ford Explorer SUV gives you the room and the features you need to make your next camping vacation the best one yet.

Load It Up

From pots and pans to fishing rods, you have a lot of camping gear to bring along to the campground. Fortunately, the 2018 Ford Explorer was designed with adventurers like you in mind. With the available hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, you can easily access the cargo area – even when your hands are full. Simply swipe your foot under the rear bumper with the available Intelligent Access key fob on you, and the liftgate will open up.If it’s just you and your better half, you can fold down the 2nd-row and optional 3rd-row split-folding seats to utilize up to 81.7 cu. ft. of cargo room. When both the 2nd and 3rdrows are occupied, you’ll still be able to pack in an impressive 21 cu. ft. of gear. And if you’re only bringing along four or fewer passengers, you can fold down the available 3rdrow for 43.9 cu. ft. of space. Don’t forget to pack your road-trip drinks in Explorer’s ten cupholders and secure your kayak, bicycle and other must-haves on the standard roof racks.

Tow It Along

Once you have your tent, cooler, sleeping bags, pillows, cutlery, plates, clothes and everything else you need packed in Explorer’s cargo area, you can hitch up your camper, boat or personal watercraft. With the available Ti-VCT V6 or EcoBoost V6 engine, the 2018 Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lb. Use the standard rearview camera to easily hook up your trailer. When you’re out on the open road and on the way to your destination, standard trailer sway control will keep your trailer in check by reducing engine speed and selectively applying the brakes.Get Ready to Go

The 2018 Ford Explorer is the ultimate camper’s dream. Test-drive this full-size SUV at Ernest McCarty Ford in Alabaster, AL, and prepare for your next great camping adventure.