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Save $$$ with Two Ford Canada Programs!

Ford Canada has recently extended two of their popular programs, the First Time Buyer Program and the Graduate Rebate, until the beginning of next year! And we’re offering them at our dealership to help save you money.

For more information about these programs and to apply, click on the following images:

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Grand Re-Opening Celebration

InviteWe have exciting news! This Thursday we’re hosting our Grand Re-Opening Gala from 5-9pm to celebrate the completion of our renovations, our new dealership and our wonderful team. We would love to see you there!

Please RSVP to rsvp@advantageford.ca or call 403-225-3627.

 

WE Scare Hunger

1170x500_webslider_AdvantageAdvantage Ford is teaming up with Ford Canada and WE this month to help combat hunger in our community!

1 in 8 Canadian families struggle to pay for food every day and 41% of the Calgary Food Bank’s clients are children (Calgary Food Bank, 2015 Report). For a child struggling with hunger, one meal could make all the difference in their academics, recreational activities and social life. We want to lower this number in any way we can and we need your help.

From October 1st-31st, we will be accepting non-perishable donations at our dealership. Lets help the children in our community succeed!

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What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 6}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Parts 1, 2, 34 and 5.

 

 

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This light refers to automatic lights and/or rain sensing wipers. It may be illuminated if either function has been manually shut off or if there is an issue with the system.


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Some vehicles come equipped with power retractable spoilers. This light usually indicates the spoiler is currently deployed. It may also flash when the spoiler is rising or retracting.


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This is the seat belt light. It illuminates if the car is in motion and the driver’s seat belt is not fastened. Most modern cars also come equipped with a sensor in the front passenger seat and if a passenger is detected without a seat belt fastened, the light will illuminate.


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These are the service vehicle lights. They are similar to the check engine lights, but refer to the vehicle as a whole and not just the engine. They may indicate a fault in the wheels, brakes, suspension, etc. The lights can be amber, orange or red.


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This light refers to the stability control system. It can be illuminated if the stability control has been manually disabled by the driver. Some vehicles will flash this symbol when the stability control is actively working. It may also stay lit up if there is an issue with the system.


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This light can be related to the automatic start or start/stop system. With an automatic starter, the light may be illuminated until the car is manually started using the key. In a vehicle with start/stop, the light will illuminate if the system is turned off by the driver or if there is a fault.


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This light indicates the steering is locked. Many vehicles will lock the steering in place when the ignition is not in the “run” position. Others can lock the steering if the programmed chip in the key is not present.


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A light referring to a trailer hitch lock system some vehicles are equipped with, it will turn on if the vehicle detects the trailer hitch is currently unlocked or if there is a fault with the system.


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The left and right arrows are the turn signal indicators. Usually green in colour, the left signal will flash when the left turn indicator is selected and the right will flash when the right indicator is selected. A lot of vehicles will flash both together when the hazard lights are switched on.


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This refers to parking sensors. A lot of modern vehicles are equipped with parking sensors that help aid in parking in tight spaces. This light will illuminate when the system has been manually turned off or if there is an issue with the sensors.


 

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This pair of sideways pointed lights refers to a vehicle’s exterior indicator lights, often referred to as parking lights. When the vehicles full lighting system is on, this light will illuminate.

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 5}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

 

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Similar to the lane departure warning system, this light refers to the active lane keep system. This light will illuminate if the system has been manually disabled or there is a fault with it.


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These lights simply refer to the fact that the vehicle is low on fuel and needs a fill-up soon. Every vehicle is different and the amount of fuel range left when the light first comes on can vary.


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A vehicle will perform optimally when properly warmed up. These lights, which are usually blue in colour, indicate the engine temperature is still low and is warning you not to drive too hard until the vehicle reaches proper operating temperatures.


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Vehicles come with tire pressure monitoring systems that keep track of how much pressure is left in all of the tires. If this light is illuminated, one or more of the tire’s pressure is low and needs to be attended to.


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This light could be lit in a multitude of colours. It means the windshield washer fluid is low and needs to filled. The washer fluid may also be used for the rear window and HID headlight lenses.


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Not that common anymore, this light indicates a vehicle’s overdrive system is currently disabled. It will light up if overdrive has been manually disabled or if there is a problem with the transmission.


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These two lights signify the parking and/or emergency brake is currently applied. They illuminate any time the vehicle’s mechanical or electrical brake is on. If the brake has been released but the light remains on, there may be an issue with the system.


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This light refers to a fault in the power steering system. It can be displayed in a multitude of colours, but usually red or amber. If illuminated, the vehicle should be taken to a mechanic as soon as possible.


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This light means “please depress the brake pedal.” It can be illuminated when trying to start the vehicle and/or when attempting to put the vehicle into gear.


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If you happened to buy a vehicle with a manual transmission, you have seen this warning light. It signifies the clutch needs to be depressed, usually when starting the ignition. It differs from the above depress brake pedal image by lacking the extra crescents on the sides of the circle.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 6 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 4}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.

 

 

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A modern safety feature offered on a lot of new cars, all of these lights refer to forward collision warnings. The red bar of lights illuminates at the base of a vehicle’s windshield when a crash appears imminent, while the other lights illuminate when the system is manually turned off or if there is a fault with the system.


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A true off-road vehicle will be offered with a two-speed transfer case that includes a four-wheel low system. This light illuminates when the four-wheel low system is engaged. If the light is on when the vehicle is not in four-wheel low, there may be an issue with the system.


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An icon depicting a vehicle and a gas cap, this warning light simply means that the gas cap is either missing or loose. A gas cap needs to be in place for a vehicle to properly pass emission standards.


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Another diesel-specific warning light, this is not a pig’s tail, but rather an icon that refers to glow plugs. A diesel vehicle needs the glow plugs to warm up before it can be started. This light will remain illuminated when a key is first put in the ignition until the plugs are ready.


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An indicator for the hazard lights, this light should only be illuminated when the hazard lights are active. The light may flash along with the four-way flashers when active.


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This light refers to hill descent control. Some vehicles have a low-speed cruise control system that helps a vehicle creep slowly down a steep hill by using the brakes and engine management. If the light is illuminated when not in use, there may be an issue with hill descent control.


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A simple light, this one indicates the vehicle’s hood is open. An easy way to distinguish this from the trunk open light below is by looking at the picture of the car. The front features a longer, more sloped hood.


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Similar to the light above, this one refers to the trunk being open. An easy way to distinguish this from the hood open light is by looking at the picture of the car. The back features a shorter, squared off trunk.


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These lights refer to a vehicle’s security and may mean a few different things. It could indicate the key is not in the car, the vehicle’s active security system is on or there is a fault with the ignition key.


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Another modern safety feature in many vehicles is a lane departure warning system. This light will illuminate if the system has been manually disabled or there is a fault with it.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 5 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 3}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Part 1 and Part 2.

 

 

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Unlike the “change engine oil” light in our previous blog post, this light doesn’t refer to an impending oil change. It instead indicates that the engine oil level is low and requires a top-up immediately. If flashing, the oil level may be empty or at critical levels.


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The most common warning, the check engine light (CEL), is a catch-all light that may refer to an engine issue, loose gasoline cap or faulty sensor. If illuminated in yellow or amber, take your car to a mechanic at your earliest convenience. If it’s glowing red, take your car in immediately.


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This light refers to a convertible’s power retractable top. The light will most likely be illuminated when the roof is opening and closing. If it remains lit at all times, chances are there is an issue with the roof.


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These lights signify that the vehicle’s engine coolant level is low. The first light on the far left may refer to any coolant-related issue.


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These two lights indicate the vehicle’s coolant is too hot and overheating. If either of these lights come on, pull over as soon as possible before any more damage occurs.


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These lights mean the cruise control is turned on. It may not actually be active, but it is ready for use. The light can be any colour, but usually illuminates in green, yellow or orange. If the light is on even when the system is turned off, there might be an issue that needs to be looked at.


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This light is found in modern diesel vehicles only. It indicates that the additive fluid used to help control diesel emissions is low and needs to be topped up. If it remains on after the top-up, there may be a larger issue.


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Another light that is found exclusively in diesel fueled vehicles, these ones also relate to emissions controls. The particle filter that’s part of the exhaust system is most likely clogged and requires attention.


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One of the more obvious dashboard lights, these refer to a door being left open. In some vehicles, this light may illuminate if the rear hatch or trunk is open as well.


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More of a gimmick light than anything else, a lot of newer vehicles come with eco-indicators like this that inform drivers how efficiently their current driving behaviour is. Whether it’s on or not, there is no real concern with this light.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 4 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 2}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Part 1 here.

 

 

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These light refers to an adjustable suspension setup. It may illuminate when the suspension is changing heights or even when a vehicle has entered into a sport mode. Most likely though, if illuminated, it refers to a fault with the suspension system.


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This is an air bag warning light. In most cars it illuminates when the vehicle first starts up. But if the light remains on, there is an issue with one of the vehicle’s airbags and the car needs to taken to a mechanic immediately.


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This is Mercedes-Benz’s attention assist feature. Many other manufacturers have similar setups that are designed to help ensure a driver does not become drowsy behind the wheel.


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If this light is illuminated, it refers to a fault with the automatic transmission system. It’s best to take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible if this light remains on.


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This is the battery light. If the ignition is on but the vehicle is not, the light will remain illuminated to indicate the car is current running all accessories on battery power only. If it remains on while the car is running, it may indicate a fault with the vehicle’s electrical system.


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This light indicates that one or more of the vehicle’s exterior brake lights are currently inoperable. Most likely it will just be a burnt out bulb, but it could refer to a larger problem.


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This is the brake pad light. It indicates that a vehicle’s brake pads are faulty, damaged or in need of replacement. If this light remains on, take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible.


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These lights indicate there is an issue with one of the exterior lights, not necessarily a brake light. It could be any one of the parking or indicator lights on the vehicle. They may be burnt out or there may be an electrical fault.


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No, this light does not mean the BBQ is warmed up and ready! (Unfortunately.) It refers to a vehicle’s emissions control catalytic converter being faulty and most likely in need of replacement.


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This is a fairly self explanatory light. A lot of new vehicles have an oil life monitor built on-board that tracks when exactly it’s time to change the oil. When illuminated, it’s time to head to the mechanic for some new oil.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 1}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

 

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These lights signify the all-wheel drive or 4X4 system is engaged. They can also mean there is a problem with the all-wheel-drive system if the light remains on even when the system is disengaged.


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The is the ABS light. On some vehicles, it may illuminate if the anti-lock braking system is active. If it remains illuminated, there is most likely a fault with the ABS system. Light can be yellow, orange or red.


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These signify adaptive cruise is engaged. If the light remains on when the system is disengaged, there may a problem with the adaptive cruise.


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This can relate to a self-levelling suspension system or height-adjustable suspension. It may flash when system is raising or lowering the vehicle. If it’s constantly illuminated, there may be an issue with the suspension.


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This icon represents self-levelling and/or active headlights. It relates to the high-intensity discharge headlights that self level. If the light stays illuminated, there may be an issue with the system.


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This indicates low-beam headlights are currently turned on. It could be illuminated in green, yellow or even red. Note: it will never be illuminated in blue, as that colour refers to high beam head lights.


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This signifies the high beam headlights are currently active. This warning light is always illuminated in a bright blue. If the light is always illuminated even when the high beams are not activated, there may be a fault with the lighting system.


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This light indicates the automatic high beam headlights are active. Automatic high beams turn on and off when other vehicles are detected on the road. The light may remain illuminated even during the day time.


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This illuminates when the front fog lights are on. This light differs from the rear fog light warning light by pointing towards the left with the horizontal lines angled slightly downward.


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This signifies the rear fog lights are currently on. A rear fog light is used in poor weather conditions like fog, rain or snow. It allows vehicles approaching from behind to see your car. It should not be used in good weather conditions.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”