Tips to Winterize Your Vehicle

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When you pick up your new vehicle from Links Auto Supercenter, you’ll want to winterize it as soon as possible. Some of the things will already be in place from the dealership, but some things you’ll have to add yourself. If you have a vehicle that is just a couple years old and are not ready for a new car just yet, you’ll still need to winterize it; and you’ll need to check everything on the list.

Tires

If you prefer to use summer and winter tires, changing them out at the season changes, check your vehicle’s winter tires for dry rot and low tread. If they look great, it’s time to dig them out and put them on. If not, you’ll need to get another set or switch to all-season tires.

If your vehicle has all-season tires on it, check to ensure that the tires have enough tread to get through the winter, are balanced properly and that your suspension is properly aligned.

Mechanical

Have your vehicle checked over carefully before the first snow falls. Even if it’s not time for regular maintenance, you should bring the vehicle in to have our technicians check the tires, brakes, belts, hoses, battery, alternator and other mechanical aspects. Also, if your owner’s manual recommends a different weight oil for the winter, you’ll need to get an oil change.

Emergency Supplies

Emergency supplies are often overlooked, especially with those that rarely travel outside the city. However, even in the city, they could save your life. In a bad snowstorm, you may not be rescued from your situation for hours. Those extra blankets and warm clothes, and the food and water could come in handy.

If you often travel on less populated roads, you should definitely have an emergency supply cache, including the blankets, extra clothing, first aid kit, matches, flashlight, extra batteries, extra water and plenty of non-perishable, high-energy food to last everyone in the vehicle for at least two days.

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Stop by Links Auto Supercenter to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to set up an appointment to winterize your vehicle.

Top Tailgate Picks

Sometimes you need a new vehicle because yours has gotten a bit old. Sometimes you need a new vehicle because you need something with better fuel economy for that new job that’s a bit out of the way. Sometimes you get a new vehicle because you want to throw epic tailgate parties from the back of a truck or SUV.

Hey, all valid reasons. With that last one in mind, check out these great buys currently available at Jack Link’s Auto Supercenter.

The 2016 Ford Explorer XLT

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This handsome 2016 Ford Explorer XLT is full of convenient amenities that will pair perfectly with game day. The Bluetooth audio system and Wifi capability, paired with the ample 3rd row seating and storage space, means that you’ll have no issue transporting both the crew and the gear to the stadium.

Outside of tailgating, this Explorer comes equipped with all wheel drive, a V-6 engine, navigation system, reverse camera, keyless entry, and flex fuel ability (gas or ethanol).

It has only 20,558 miles on the odometer and is available at the low price of $28,675 (that’s $14,320 of its retail value!).

The 2014 Toyota Tundra

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Looking to tailgate in the more traditional truck? How about this 2014 Toyota Tundra? The truck bed is convenient and versatile on game day and equally so doing your day to day errands.

The extended cab means that you’re not sacrificing passenger space. The truck comes equipped with 4 wheel drive, a V-8 engine, and is flex fuel capable as well, working off either gas or ethanol.

It has only 10,749 miles on the odometer and is available at the bargain price of $33,630 (that’s $6,365 of its retail value!).

Head to the Next Packer’s Game in Your New Vehicle

Once you have one of the above vehicles in your driveway (or any other great tailgating vehicle on our lot) take it out for its inaugural game. Better yet, be the tailgate party-throwing hero to your friends and family!

Seeing as how you bought a vehicle in Wisconsin, chances are better than not that you’re supporting the Packers. Here are the Green Bay Packers games for the rest of the season. Home games are highlighted in bold.

  • November 6 vs Colts
  • November 13 at Titans
  • November 20 at Redskins
  • November 28 at Eagles
  • December 4 vs Texans
  • December 11 vs Seahawks
  • December 18 at Bears
  • December 24 vs Vikings
  • January 1 at Lions

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Didn’t manage to grab one of the featured vehicles before they sold? No problem, we’ve got plenty of others! Come in and test drive any vehicle at Jack Link’s Auto Supercenter. From tailgate-ready trucks and SUVs to economical sedans, Jack Link’s Auto Supercenter has a vehicle to fit your needs and budget.

The Perfect Halloween Candy to Handout

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On your way home from Link Ford Minong, whether you just had your Ford serviced or just picked up your new vehicle, be sure to stop by the store to pick up some Halloween candy. Make sure you have enough so that you don’t run out. You can always freeze extra candy if you don’t think you’ll eat it fast enough.

What is the Perfect Halloween Candy?

The perfect Halloween candy depends on your tastes. Since you want to make sure you don’t run out, you’ll want to buy a bunch, so the perfect candy is something you like to eat, just in case you have leftovers. Since it will most likely be cool, you don’t have to worry about the candy melting, so grab all the chocolate you want.

Big Bars or Small Bars

The best thing you can get is the smaller bars. This allows you to buy several different kinds so you can offer a good mix by just grabbing two or three for each child. And, this gives you a variety for yourself if you have candy left over.

Sealed Candy

Don’t choose something like a large bag of M&Ms that are not individually wrapped. It might be tempting to make something with unwrapped candy, but it will just get thrown away by parents since they won’t be able to tell whether it’s been tampered with. Make sure any candy you get for Halloween is sealed. You can pick up large bags of assorted candy at most drug stores and many grocery stores. Each piece is individually wrapped and won’t be wasted.

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If you are taking your kids out for Halloween and are driving to a trunk or treat event or are driving the kids around the neighborhood because it’s cold, you’ll want to make sure your car is working properly, especially the heater. Call Link Ford Minong to make an appointment for maintenance and to have your vehicle’s HVAC system checked before Halloween.

What the Dashboard Icons Mean

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The dash has warning lights for a reason – they tell you that something is wrong with your vehicle. Depending on which light comes on, you should tow or drive your vehicle to Link Ford in Minong to have it checked by our service department.

“Dummy” Lights

Most vehicles have gauges for the oil and water, but some, especially older vehicles, have dummy lights for the oil and water. When these lights come on, it’s usually too late. The oil light lights up when there is next to no oil pressure or no oil pressure. You should shut the vehicle off immediately. The water light means that the vehicle is overheating. The problem with overheating is that even when you shut the vehicle off, it has heat sink and could still damage the engine.

If you don’t have gauges for the oil and water, you should have aftermarket gauges installed. You could check the oil and water every week, but that is not a guarantee that you will catch a problem before the lights come on.

Service Engine Soon Light

The service engine soon light means that something is wrong with the vehicle’s fuel management system. The sensors communicate with the computer to tell it how much gas and air to dump into the engine to make it run. When you press on the gas, the throttle position sensor tells the computer you want to go faster, and in turn, the computer instructs the injectors to dump more fuel and the air intake to allow more air to keep the proper mixture.

If the service engine soon light comes on, it means that one or more of the sensors are not working. If the light is giving a soft oxygen sensor code, that usually means that the mixture of gas and air is incorrect. If the dealership pulls the codes and finds erroneous codes or several codes that don’t make sense, you could have a bad powertrain control module.

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While you may be able to scan the codes and erase them yourself, you should bring your vehicle in to Link Ford in Minong to have it scanned and properly diagnosed so you are not throwing parts at the vehicle. Everything on the engine affects something else, so a bad plug, wire or anything else could be affecting the sensor’s communication with the powertrain module.

How to Get that New Car Smell Again

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Love that new car smell and want to keep it around longer? Lost it and want it back? There are ways to do it.

If you didn’t know, that new car smell actually comes from the chemicals that are used in the materials of the interior. These chemicals are a varied number of adhesives and sealers along with plastic softening chemicals that evaporate over time, which makes the car lose that new car smell. Knowing this, how do you get it back?

Keeping the different interior types in good shape, such as the leather and carpet, are key factors in keeping your Ford smelling like new. Stick to a weekly schedule for cleaning your carpets and any other cloth upholstery. This doesn’t take a lot of time when done regularly. Vacuuming will pick up the dust, dirt and other build-up that can make your vehicle smell stale and unpleasant.

This also includes shaking out the mats regularly, which get dirty fastest. Shake them out every other day. If you have a leather interior, you can purchase leather or vinyl cleaners and conditioners that remove grime and smells while replacing moisture. They also keep leather from cracking and drying out over time.

Be aware of the smells you bring into your new car. If you bring in other smells, you can take away from the new car scent. For example, if you smoke or eat in your car, it can easily begin smelling of ash, smoke, or food items. Keeping a vehicle smelling like new is a lot like cleaning your house. After you clean, you will have a house that is fresh and clean with a great scent for a while in your home. But if you make a pot of coffee, smoke a cigarette, and cook dinner, there goes the clean scent again.

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If it’s been a while since you’ve enjoyed that new car smell, come check out a new Ford at Link Ford Minong. Providing auto sales, service, parts, and accessories in Minong, Link Ford is your go to dealership for a new car and that new car smell.

October Events in Wisconsin

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If you think that October is all about spooky events, then Wisconsin is the place for you. Here are some of the spookiest happenings in Wisconsin this October.

Haunted Hearthstone Tours – October 7 (recurring) in Appleton, WI

Haunted Hearthstone explores the Victorian customs with death, the supernatural, and mysticism. Glimpses of Hearthstone’s ghostly past will be revealed. Tours will be held every Friday night in October (the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th) from 6-8pm with a special even on the 28th from 8:30-10:30pm.

5K Zombie Run – October 8 in Spooner, WI

Head to Spooner for a creepy fall evening 5K Zombie Run that will take runners through the haunted woods of Spooner!  5K Zombie Run participants are encouraged (but not required) to dress up in their scariest zombie attire. While registration is on an individual basis, racers are encouraged to run with friends (you may need a hand to hold!). Water stations will be located at the approximate half-way point and at the finish line. Course will be clearly marked. The course terrain will contain paved trail and road/sidewalk. Cash prizes awarded for 1st place finishers (men’s and women’s divisions). Prizes also awarded for 2nd & 3rd place for both men’s and women’s divisions and Best Zombie Costume. Rain or shine. Once registered, look for an email detailing more race specifics closer to race day. Register online now! All racers will be required to sign and turn in a waiver before participating.

Gothic History Tours 2016 – October 21 (recurring) in Cedarburg, WI

The 90-minute docent-led walking tours begin and end at the Cedarburg Cultural Center with stops at mysterious sites in downtown Cedarburg’s National Historic District and the Zur Ruhe Cemetery. Tours also scheduled for the 23rd and 28th.

Ghosts of Galloway: Family Vintage Halloween – October 23 in Fond Du Lac, WI

Don your favorite costume and head to the Galloway House & Village for a vintage trick-or-treating adventure bursting with fun. Join in the Halloween Parade from one Treat Building to the next to collect goodies. Classic Halloween games and activities to include bobbing for apples, pumpkin decorating, crafts, three-legged sack races, and hoop rolling contest are just part of the fun. Activities included with admission. Suitable for ages Toddler to 12. Takes place from 1-4pm.

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Drop by Link Ford in Rice Lake this October to view our inventory of new and used vehicles. Link Ford in Rice Lake offers auto sales, service, parts, and accessories in Wisconsin.

Tips for Driving With Your Pet in the Car

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When you pick up a new vehicle from Link Ford in Minong, you will probably pick up something while keeping your pet in mind. Some vehicles are better for taking your pet with you than others. Whether you choose a sedan or SUV, there are ways to keep your pet safe.

Crating

When possible, keep your pets crated in the vehicle. If you should get into an accident, the crate will hopefully hold together so that your pet doesn’t get loose on the highway. It would be a shame for your pet to survive a bad accident only to get hit on the highway. Also, a crate keeps your pet from being thrown into the front seat or into the windshield should you have to come to fast stop or should you hit something.

Seat Belts and Harnesses

Sometimes, it’s just not possible to create your pet. Have fun trying to fit a Great Dane-sized crate in a vehicle, even an SUV. Your best option is to get a harness for your pet. This keeps the pet from sliding around the seat, trying to jump in the front, distracting the driver and keeps your pet safe in the event of an accident. Most harnesses attach to the seat belt.

Look for a harness that has been crash tested, that has a broad padded chest plate, that is compatible with your vehicle’s seat belts, that is adjustable to your dog’s size and that has all metal hardware. Other attributes should include the ability to function as a walking harness and that it has a good seat belt loop.

Car Sickness

If your dog gets car sick, you can still take it with you. Check with your vet about the proper dosages of Dramamine. You just have to remember to give it to the dog about a half hour before you leave. This will keep you from having to clean up any messes in your vehicle.

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Visit Link Ford in Minong for auto sales, service, and accessories. Our salespeople will help you find something that suits every member of your family, including your pets.

A Good Car Wash

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Nearly every car or truck owner wants their vehicle to look as nice and clean as possible. While you could take your vehicle to an automated car wash, there’s no beating a well done hand wash, especially when it’s done by you. No one is going to take more care in cleaning your car then you yourself, after all.

If you’d like to give your car a good wash, but aren’t certain what the appropriate steps are, just read on and you’ll be on your way to having a gleaming car, truck, or SUV.

Wash in Sunlight

Wash in direct sunlight during the day, preferably while the sun is still high and warm. This serves two purposes — 1) it prevents the car from drying prematurely and leaving streaks and splotches on the car and 2) it allows you to see what you’re doing better. A good car wash is in the details, so being able to better discern those details is a step towards a good wash.

Get Supplies Ready and Perform a Check of the Vehicle

You’re not going to want to stop and grab something you forgot once you begin, so lay all of your supplies out within easy reach. This may include a couple of buckets, a ready supply of water, rags, and cleaning solutions. Make sure that your vehicle is water tight before you begin. Ensure that all windows are fully rolled up.

Wash Methodically

With one bucket of soapy water and one of clean water, begin by gently hosing down the entire car, attempting to remove as much dirt and grit as possible. Using a soapy sponge that’s free of dirt, lather the car from top to bottom in small circular motions all over. Periodically rinse dirt off the sponge to keep it clean. Make sure to keep the entire car moist as you go — you don’t want any areas to air dry. Clean the wheels with a brush and rinse the undercarriage with the hose.

Dry and Wax

Dry the car with clean, fresh towels. Once the car is completely dry, you may apply wax to the car according to instructions.

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Child Seat Need To Know in Wisconsin

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September is National Car Seat Safety Month, so it’s the perfect time to address this important topic. No cargo is more precious than your children, so it’s vital that you know how to keep them as safe as possible when they’re in the car. Proper use of the child seat is of top priority, as it is designed to protect your child in the event of an accident. The more properly it is used, the higher likelihood it has of doing its job.

Rear Face as Long as Possible

Rear facing is the best direction for a car seat. Rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing and can be done up to 2 to 3 years old. This protects the legs better, avoids broken glass from the windshield, and, though the back seat is better, if they have to be in the front it prevents the airbag from impacting the child.

The Back, Center Seat is Safest

The center seat in the back is nearly 50% safer than the side seats. Since rear facing is safer than forward facing, if you have more than one child and one of those children is too old to rear face, put them in the center and your rear facing child on the side to maximize everyone’s chances of coming out of an accident unharmed.

Safety Harnesses Should be Snug and Properly Placed

Safety harnesses and belts should be tight on the body. They should also be placed properly. For your standard car seat, the harness should be up on the infant or toddler’s sternum, just below the collar bone. Make sure that it’s not up on the neck or down on the belly. For a standard seat belt for older children, the belt should go across the shoulder and onto the chest. If it’s on the neck, your child ought to be sitting in a booster seat.

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If you’re on the market for a new car, truck, or SUV, visit us at Link Ford Minong. Whether you need auto sales, service, parts, or accessories, Link Ford Minong has got you covered. If you’re interested in cars with good safety features for your little ones, just let us know and we’ll point out the top-rated models.

Recent Ford News

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Ford is always making new headlines as they strive to develop new and better products. Here are some of the recent highlights on some stuff you might have missed.

Consumers can Test Drive 2017 Ford Super Duty at Tour Stops Around the US

“Drive the Future of Tough” is a 29-city cross-country tour that’s been underway since earlier this year and will continue until November 13.

“The new Super Duty takes the heavy-duty truck segment to the next level,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Truck customers can learn how it provides best-in-class towing and hauling, and they’ll get to experience Super Duty’s class-exclusive features from the best place possible – the driver’s seat.”

Participants can enter a sweepstakes to win an all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty. Details are available at tour locations.

Upcoming stops:

 

  • Sept. 9-18, Puyallup, Washington
  • Sept. 9-25, Reno, Nevada
  • Sept. 13-15, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Sept. 15-18, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sept. 20-22, London, Ohio
  • Sept. 21-Oct. 9, Anaheim, California
  • Sept. 24-Oct. 1, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 11, Dallas
  • Oct. 6-8, Concord, North Carolina
  • Oct. 13-16, Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Oct. 18-20, Moultrie, Georgia
  • Nov. 1-5, Las Vegas
  • Nov. 8-13, Avondale, Arizona

Ford Sets Sights on Fully Autonomous Vehicle for Ride Sharing by 2021

Ford has announced that they intend to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle for commercial ride-hailing or ride-sharing service in 2021.

To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups (Velodyne, SAIPS, Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC, and Civil Maps) to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.

“The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles.”

 

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If you’re in the market for a new car, why not consider a Ford from Link Ford in Rice Lake? For Ford sales, service, and parts in Wisconsin, look no further than Link Ford Rice Lake.