Tire Changing Basics


The best way to change a tire is to have it done at Link Ford Minong, but that isn’t always feasible. Flats out on the road force you to call a tow truck for help or to do it yourself. Changing a tire isn’t all that difficult if you have the proper tools.

Checking Everything

First, check the spare to ensure it has air and isn’t dry rotted. This is something you should do every couple months so that you aren’t forced to call a tow truck if you know how to change a tire yourself. Also, always make sure you have the appropriate tools to change the tire. While tools come with the vehicle, a ¾-inch breaker bar and the appropriate socket makes this job a lot easier, especially if you don’t have a lot of muscles. You should also have a bottle jack in the vehicle.

Tire Changing Basics

Using the tire iron or the breaker bar and socket, loosen the lug nuts on the tire. You just want to break them free. Don’t remove them. Locate the jack point for your vehicle. Jack the vehicle up high enough to get the spare on. If you are on soft ground, you may need to use a board or a flat rock so the jack doesn’t sink into the ground.

Remove the lug nuts, taking care that none of them roll away where you can’t find them. Remove the tire. Place the new tire on the studs. Thread the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can. This ensures that you don’t cross thread them and strip them out.

Lower the jack so the tire rests on the ground. Tighten the lug nuts but don’t torque them. Remove the jack. Now, you can apply torque to the lug nuts in a star pattern. This means that you apply torque to the breaker bar or tire iron at 2 o’clock, then 8 o’clock, then 10 o’clock and then 4 o’clock. Repeat one more time, getting the lug nuts as tight as you can get them. Unless you have some serious muscles, you most likely cannot over tighten the lug nuts.

Visit Link Ford Minong

If you are in the market for a new vehicle stop by our showroom at Link Ford Minong to test drive your favorite model. If you need maintenance or service, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment. And, if you replaced a tire with a donut tire or if you need a new spare, make an appointment for a new tire.

Brunet Island State Park


After you pick up your new Ford at Jack Link’s Auto of Rice Lake, head out to Brunet Island State Park to enjoy a day of nature, hiking and more. The park is comprised of a 169-acre island and 1,225 acres on the east bank of the Chippewa River. The park entrance is located at 23125 255th Street, Cornell, Wisconsin, 54732.

You will need an admission sticker to stop in the park, the recreation area, the forest and the trail parking areas. You can purchase a sticker when you arrive at the park; or you can purchase one ahead of time. Annual sticker prices range from $13 for residents aged 65 and older through $38 for those from out of state. Daily rates range from $3 for those aged 65 and older through $11 for those from out of state. You can also purchase a one-hour pass for $5.

Winter Outdoor Skills Crex Camp

This event runs from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Crex Meadows. The four-day event runs from March 21 through March 24. You’ll learn science and conservation through experiences such as winter camping, snowshoeing, challenge courses and tracking. Ages 8 to 15 and parents are welcome. Class size is limited to 20 students, so please pre-register.


From 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016, head over to the Richard Bong SRA to learn about animals that have eggs, and to try some experiments with eggs to learn why they are perfect for starting life. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt

Get a set of clues to solve nature riddles when you attend the Seasonal Scavenger Hunt from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Devil’s Lake SP on March 26, 2016. Families work as a team and hike the trails to complete the hunt. Don’t forget your camera and a GPS. You’ll get a small prize fro completing the challenge. Meet at the Nature Center.

Visit Jack Link’s Auto

Stop by Jack Link’s Auto to test drive a new Ford and to learn more about your favorite model. If you are not ready for a new vehicle just yet, be sure to have your current Ford serviced at our Ford service center.

The 2016 Ford F-250


Stop by our showroom at Link Ford Minong to test drive the new 2016 Ford F-250. This rear-wheel drive model features an engine that runs on up to E85 or unleaded fuel. It is loaded with features and is perfect if you need to haul an RV or a trailer with your toys.

Engine and Transmission

The 2016 F-250 Heavy Duty features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with a single overhead cam and variable valve timing. The engine is backed by a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This combination makes 385 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 405 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm.

Convenience Features

You’ll find many convenience features in the 2016 Ford F-250 including 40-20-40 split bench front seats, an external temperature display, tachometer, cup holders, door pockets, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power steering, a passenger vanity mirror, air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo, an auxiliary transmission fluid cooler, engine hour meter, 17-inch alloy wheels, cargo tie-downs, and a trailer hitch and wiring.

Safety and Security Features

The Ford F-250 features variably intermittent wipers, four-wheel ABS ventilated disc brakes, a post collision safety system, stability control, traction control, an engine immobilizer, child seat anchors, a tire pressure monitoring system, back up chime, front head airbags, dual front side mounted airbags, and a passenger airbag deactivation switch.

Trim Levels and Options

Choose from two-wheel or four-wheel drive options. Cab options include a regular cab, four-door extended cab and a four-door crew cab. The extended cab is often referred to as a SuperCab. The extended and crew cabs give you the option of a standard 6.8-foot box or the long 8-foot cargo bed. Only the long bed comes with the regular cab.

Trim levels include the XL, XLT and the Lariat. The Lariat gives you a choice of the King Ranch or the Platinum. You can get the Lariat on both four-door models; however, the King Ranch and Platinum packages are only available on the crew cab trucks.

Visit Link Ford

Stop by Link Ford Minong today to test drive the 2016 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty truck to learn more about each model’s standard features.

Truck Month at Link Ford of Rice Lake


It’s Truck Month at Link Ford of Rice Lake, and now is the time you can get a great deal on a new or used Ford truck including 2011 and 2012 F-150 models, 2015 F-150 XL and XLT models, F-250 Super Duty Lariat models, 2015 F-150 Lariat models and more.

The 2015 F-150 has been a best seller for many years. The 2015 models feature a lightweight aluminum body plus great payload ratings, tow ratings, crew capacity and bed size. Because of the lighter body and powertrain choices, the F-150 has better fuel economy. Add a high-strength steel ladder frame, and you have a light, yet durable truck. Because of the many updates, the F-150 was named the 2015 North American Truck of the Year.

Power Plants

The 2015 F-150 features a base 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 283 horsepower and a 2.7-liter turbo V-6 engine that makes 325 horsepower. For those that prefer luxury and more towing capacity, the 5.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 385 horsepower and the 3.5-liter V-6 twin turbo that make 365 horsepower are also available in certain trim levels. The V-6 twin turbo can tow up to 12,200 pounds.

All four of the engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. You can get four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive configurations. Also standard is the light and quick electric power steering.

The Body

When you choose an F-150, you can choose a regular cab, the SuperCab or the SuperCrew cab. The latter two have four doors and plenty of space in the rear for passengers. Additionally, you can choose from three bed lengths: 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet and 8 feet.

Bed options include a BoxLink system for cleats and brackets, loading ramps, LED lighting, a tailgate step that slides out and features a picket-style handrail, and even a deployable bed step.


The 2015 F-150 SuperCrew received a five-star rating from NHTSA; and for trim levels that feature forward collision warning, the truck could earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+award. The higher trim levels also feature a rearview camera.

Visit Link Ford of Rice Lake

Stop by Link Ford of Rice Lake to test drive a 2015 Ford F-150 or F-250 to learn more about the truck’s standard and available features.