Keeping Your Vehicle Looking New

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When you first by a car it has a brand new smell to it and it’s perfectly clean. However, if you travel a lot, you’ll find that it starts to look a little messy, especially on rainy or snowy days when you track mud or sand into the vehicle. Most people let it go until they have time to clean it or take it to get it detailed, but this is usually not a good idea if you want to reduce wear and tear on the vehicle’s interior. You should also pay attention to the exterior of your vehicle.

Tip #1

Vacuum your vehicle with a heavy-duty shop vac. It has more power to suck dirt and sand out of the carpets. Be sure you remove the floor mats, bang them out and vacuum them and the carpet under the mats. This helps keep your car smelling clean, plus it gets all of the dirt out so it doesn’t rub into the carpet.

Tip #2

Use the appropriate cleaners on your vehicle. To avoid streaked windows, which are difficult to see out of at night when you have headlights coming at you in the opposite direction, use a good window cleaner. Using newspaper with the window cleaner helps reduce streaking, too.

If you have leather, use a quality leather cleaner. If you have vinyl, use the appropriate vinyl cleaner. You can vacuum cloth seats, then if you have a rug cleaning machine with a furniture hose on it, wash the seats. Be sure to suck out all of the water. Also, test the cleaning product on an inconspicuous part of the seat before you clean the seats — you don’t want to clean them only to find out the cleaner discolored your seats.

Tip #3

Be sure you pay as much attention to the outside of your vehicle as you do to the inside. Washing and waxing often keeps the paint looking shiny and new. Use the appropriate cleaners for your wheels. Check the container to make sure you can use the cleaner safely on aluminum, alloy or steel — whichever wheels you have.

Tire black cleans tires and makes them look new again. Be sure you don’t get tire black on any other part of the vehicle, including the rims.

If you have any questions regarding detailing your vehicle, which cleaners are the best to use or any other service, warranty or sales questions, please give Link Ford of Rice Lake a call or stop by!

Stay Safe, Healthy and Happy This Summer

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From the sun’s harmful rays to high temperatures and pesky bugs, the remaining days of summer can be more harmful than you may think. But you don’t have to let summer’s down sides ruin your fun. Follow these simple safety tips to help you and your family stay healthy and happy this summer.

Beat the Heat

If you and your family are not accustomed to hot weather, heatstroke or other heat-related illnesses can ruin your summer fun. Don’t perform difficult physical activities in high temperatures, and always drink plenty of liquids whenever you’re outside in the heat.

Swim Safely

Swimming in rivers, lakes, pools or the ocean can be some of the best summer fun, but it’s often dangerous too. Always watch your children closely when they’re swimming and choose beaches, pools and other swimming spots with lifeguards on duty. Don’t forget to ensure your entire family is outfitted with the proper flotation devices when you’re spending time out on the water too.

Keep Bugs at Bay

No one wants to be itching and scratching from morning until night. Use insect repellents with 10 to 30-percent DEET on kids and adults older than 2 months. Repellents with DEET can help save you and your family from insect-related illnesses like Lyme Disease and the West Nile Virus.

Bike Carefully

Bike rides and summertime go hand-in-hand, but busy roads can cause some serious threats to your family’s safety. Always ensure your children are wearing helmets that fit properly, and never rush them into riding a two-wheeled bike (or bike that’s too big for them) before they’re ready. If you’re headed out biking with your kids this summer, wear a helmet to help them establish good biking habits.

Travel Safely

Road trips are one of our favorite summer activities, but it’s important to travel in a vehicle that will keep your entire family safe. If you’re in need of a new vehicle this summer, come browse our huge selection of new and used cars, trucks and SUVs here at Link Ford Minong.

The ‘Need To Know’ About Oil Changes

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Most people bring their vehicles to the dealerships like Jack Link’s Auto to have oil done since it’s a messy job; and then you have to find a place to dispose of the oil in a proper manner. It’s just easier to pay someone else to do it. However, when you do that, you could get into the frame of mind that oil changes aren’t that important since you don’t see how dirty the oil is when it comes out of your engine.

What Happens if You Ignore Oil Changes

When you ignore the recommended time frames for the oil change, you have a good chance of damaging your vehicle’s engine. The oil gets dirty, which means that it has less lubrication for the engine. The clearances between the moving metal parts are tight, which means that it’s important to have oil and to have that oil function properly.

If you let the oil go long enough, it turns to “pudding” and clogs the oil passage tubes and even the oil filter pickup; and that means that oil isn’t going to get distributed throughout the engine where it’s needed. Once that happens, the engine will seize up and the only repair is to rebuild it or replace it.

Oil and Filter Choices

When you change the oil, you should always change the filter. And, use the oil and filter that the manufacturer of your vehicle recommends. If you are doing your own oil change, make sure you know how much oil your vehicle uses; and be sure that the gasket for the old filter is removed from the filter housing before you put the new filter on.

Prolonging the Life of the Engine

Check your owner’s manual for the proper oil viscosity for the season. Because oil’s thickness changes with the outside temperature, changing the viscosity to one appropriate for the season in important in prolonging the length of your vehicle’s engine. Also, having the oil changed at the recommended mileage for your type of driving lengthens the life of your engine.

Visit Jack Link’s Auto

Stop by Jack Link’s Auto to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for an oil change and other maintenance.

August Events

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Stop by Jack Link’s Auto to test drive a new or pre-owned vehicle and then head out to August events in the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls area. Enjoy a hunting expo, get your concealed carry, check out a big rig truck show or enjoy a festival.

Scheels Hunting Expo

On August 26, 2016 starting at noon, head over to 4710 Golf Road in Eau Claire for the Scheels Hunting Expo. The expo is sponsored by Federal Ammunition and you’ll be able to visit with archery and hunting vendors that are offering special pricing for the expo only. Learn about the newest tips and tricks, enjoy a dock dog jumping competition sponsored by Garmin and let your kids learn how to safely shoot at the Tippmann Paintball Range and the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun Range. When you register, you’ll be eligible to win prizes from several places including Under Armour, Absolute Outdoors and more.

Wisconsin Concealed Carry Class

On August 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., head over to American Inn, 6200 Texaco Drive in Eau Claire for the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Class. The class runs until 1:00 p.m. The class gives you everything you need to qualify for a Wisconsin concealed carry permit. The class is $99 and range time is not required. You’ll need to bring your pre-registration ticket or receipt, a state-issued photo ID and something to take notes with. Do not bring your weapon. You’ll learn how to load, unload, store and carry a concealed weapon, the current laws for self defense and use of deadly force, how to transport and conceal your weapon, pistol operation and more. You must be 21 years old to attend the class.

Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show

From August 19 through August 21, 2016, head over to the Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire for the Big Rig Truck Show. Enjoy looking at the trucks, vendors and more at this automotive industry premier event. If you need to book a stall, visit login.10times.com/stall-book/180593.

Eaux Claires

On August 12 and 13, 2016, head over to Eaux Claires Festival Grounds at Foster Farms, 535 Balcom Street in Eau Claire for this festival. Enjoy live music on multiple stages, visual art, performance art, food and more. All ages are welcome and children under age 10 get in free. Fore more information, visit eauxclaires.com.

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Stop by Jack Link’s Auto in Eau Claire to test drive a new or pre-owned vehicle and to learn more about your favorite model.