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The 2020 Trade-In Tax Law

If you’ve been considering trading in your car for something newer and better, now is the time to do so. A new trade-in tax law will be implemented starting January 1, 2020. This law essentially eliminates the tax benefit of trading in your vehicle, so you’ll want to visit our used car dealer in West Chicago before the new year if you’re planning on trading in. Here’s what you should know about the new law. (more…)

Should You Invest in Winter Tires?

There are few things as frightening as the feeling of losing control of your car. In many circumstances, this occurs when a vehicle is in need of a tire change. (more…)

Preparing Your Car for Winter Temperatures

At Hawk Ford of St. Charles, we believe winterizing your vehicle is extremely important. We are a Ford dealer catering to Wayne, Elgin, and other towns and cities in Illinois, and we want to make sure our customers stay safe this winter season.

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Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

Every motorist dreads it, but sooner or later you’re going to have a flat tire. Just in case you haven’t already faced this problem, here are a few tips on changing a flat from your friends at your Ford dealer in Wayne, Hawk Ford.

Prepare in Advance

Always have a lug wrench, a jack in good working order and a flashlight or headlamp for working in the dark. Check the air pressure in your spare from time to time to make sure it’s ready for use when needed.

Changing the Tire

1) Find a safe place to park away from traffic. Avoid grass or dirt because your jack might become unstable.

2) Secure your vehicle. Turn off the engine, turn on your emergency flashers and engage the emergency brake.

3) Get the tire ready. Remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts slightly.

4) Raise the car. Check the owner’s manual for the best place to secure the jack, and jack up your car until the tire clears the ground.

5) Remove the flat. Completely unscrew the lug nuts and remove the tire.

6) Put on the spare. Once it’s in place, tighten the lug nuts and lower your car to the ground.

7) Remove the jack. Then tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.

Finally, the spare is probably a small, “donut” tire, so drive slowly to the nearest shop where the flat tire can be repaired or replaced.