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Ford Fiesta: Driving Hints - Ford Fiesta 2009-2019 Owners Manual

Ford Fiesta: Driving Hints

Ford Fiesta 2009-2019 Owners Manual

Breaking-In

Tires

WARNING

New tires need to be run-in for approximately 300 miles (500 kilometers). During this time, you may experience different driving characteristics.

Brakes and Clutch

WARNING

Avoid heavy use of the brakes and clutch if possible for the first 100 miles (150 kilometers) in town and for the first 1000 miles (1500 kilometers) on freeways.

Engine

WARNING

Avoid driving too fast during the first 1000 miles (1500 kilometers). Vary your speed frequently and change up through the gears early. Do not labor the engine.

Cold Weather Precautions

The functional operation of some components and systems can be affected at temperatures below -13ºF (-25ºC).

Driving Through Water

Note: Driving through deep water above the recommended levels can cause vehicle damage.

If driving through deep or standing water is unavoidable, proceed very slowly. Never drive through water that is higher than the bottom of the wheel rims (for cars) or the bottom of the hubs (for trucks).

Ford Fiesta. Driving Through Water

When driving through water, traction or brake capability may be limited. Also, water may enter your engine's air intake and severely damage your engine or your vehicle may stall.

Once through the water, always dry the brakes by moving your vehicle slowly while applying light pressure on the brake pedal.

Wet brakes do not stop the vehicle as quickly as dry brakes.

Economical Driving

Fuel economy is affected by several things such as how you drive, the conditions you drive under and how you maintain your vehicle.

There are some things to keep in mind that may improve your fuel economy:

  • Accelerate and slow down in a smooth, moderate fashion.
  • Drive at steady speeds.
  • Anticipate stops; slowing down may eliminate the need to stop.
  • Combine errands and minimize stop-and-go driving.
    • When running errands, go to the furthest destination first and then work your way back home.
  • Close the windows for high-speed driving.
  • Drive at reasonable speeds. (Traveling at 65 mph/105 kph uses about 15% less fuel than traveling at 75 mph/121 kph).
  • Keep the tires properly inflated and use only the recommended size.
  • Use the recommended engine oil.
  • Perform all regularly scheduled maintenance.

There are also some things you may want to avoid doing because they reduce your fuel economy:

  • Avoid sudden or hard accelerations.
  • Avoid revving the engine before turning off the car.
  • Avoid long idle periods.
  • Do not warm up your vehicle on cold mornings.
  • Reduce the use of air conditioning and heat.
  • Avoid using speed control in hilly terrain.
  • Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal while driving.
  • Avoid carrying unnecessary weight (approximately 1 mpg [0.4 kilometers/liter] is lost for every 400 lbs [180 kilograms] of weight carried).
  • Avoid adding particular accessories to your vehicle (e.g. bug deflectors, rollbars/light bars, running boards, ski racks).
  • Avoid driving with the wheels out of alignment.

Floor Mats

Ford Fiesta. Floor Mats

WARNINGS

Always use floor mats that are designed to fit the foot well of your vehicle, leaving the pedal area unobstructed, and which can be firmly secured to retention posts so that they cannot slip out of position and interfere with the pedals or impair safe operation of your vehicle in other ways.

Incorrectly fitted floor mats can cause the accelerator pedal to become stuck in the open position.

This can cause loss of vehicle control.

Always correctly install the floor mats to the retention posts so that they cannot slip out of position or obstruct pedal operation.

Do not place unsecured floor mats or any other covering in the foot well.

Do not place additional floor mats or any other covering on top of the original floor mats. This will reduce the pedal clearance and interfere with the pedal operation.

Do not allow objects to fall or become trapped under the pedals of your vehicle. This can cause loss of vehicle control.

Carry out regular inspections to make sure the floor mats are secure.

To install the floor mats, position the floor mat eyelet over the retention post and press down to lock in position.

Remove in reverse order.

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