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.

Visit Jack Link’s Auto

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.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Whether you just picked up a new vehicle from Link Ford Minong or you just had your current Ford serviced, you’re ready to head out to a vacation at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. You’ll enjoy cliffs, beaches, water and land. The area is comprised of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland. Be sure to bring your camera for some great shots of nature and the lighthouses.

Camping

The area offers camping on 19 of the islands plus a campsite on the mainland. You will need to make reservations and a $10 reservation fee is charged. You can reserve camping sites in advance. Individual sites are $15 per night and group sites for eight or more are $30 per night. If you prefer primitive camping, choose one of the zones on 16 of the islands. Make reservations by visiting recreation.gov or by calling (715) 779-3397 and selecting option 1.

Reaching the Islands

You have several options to reach the islands. You can take your own boat, your kayak or ride the excursion boat. The excursion boat holds up to 140 passengers.

Tours

Take a narrated sightseeing tour, an island shuttle or a charter boat. Island tours offer nonstop excursions and the shuttle features stops at several islands. Cruises leave from Bayfield and reservations are recommended. For more information on the tours or shuttles, visit apostleisland.com or call (800) 323-7619.

Take the most popular tour is the 55-mile “Grand Tour.” This tour travels throughout the islands and is available from late May through the middle of October. When you take a cruise, you’ll have some great views of most of the islands and you’ll get a close look at the historic lighthouses and the sandstone cliffs.

When you visit the island via a shuttle, you have the option to visit the a lighthouse, go birding, hiking, have a picnic and more.

Car Ferry

Your other option is to take a car ferry to Madeline Island. This is the only island that is accessible by vehicle and it’s not within the National Lakeshore. The island features Big Bay State Park and the Madeline Island Historical Museum.

Visit Link Ford Minong

Stop by Link Ford Minong to test drive a new Ford or give our Ford service department a call to schedule and appointment for service.

Remember to Fasten that Seat Belt!

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The roads will be filled with car this summer. After all, summer means day trips, vacations, and fun. There are a lot of things to do before planning a trip. There is one particular thing we want you to do before heading out. That is to remember to fasten your seat belt.

You may understand that fastening your seat belt can save your life. But did you realize that having your passengers fastening their seatbelts it may also save your life? A story from ABC News made the claim, sharing information from a University of Tokyo study.

The survey looked at 100,000 front seat occupants involved in car-to-car crashes in Japan. In each of these cases there were also at least two rear seat passengers. In head on crashes in particular, the results were astounding.

In these accidents where the rear seat passengers were not wearing seat belts, it increased the chances of dying for the driver by over 600%. If that’s not disturbing enough, it increased the chances of death for the front seat passenger by over 700%. The reason? When rear seat passengers are not wearing restraints and a head on near head on accident occurs, many times they are catapulted into the front seat. The force of even just a 30mph collision can send the rear passenger traveling at a force of 2.5 tons into the front seat occupants.

The study suggests that total number of deaths could be reduced by just about 80% in these cases if the rear seat passengers were wearing seat belts. This is really important to consider before your family heads out on the highways this summer.

Look, you know the patrols will be out and a traffic ticket can be costly. We want you to buckle up for a much more important reason: the safety of you and your family. Especially now that you know your risk of serious injury as a driver or front seat passenger are greater when your rear seat passengers aren’t fastened in. We hope you will make it a point to make sure all are secure.

Come see us at Link Ford of Rice Lake

Have an enjoyable summer, but remember to have everyone fasten their seat belts. Before you hit the road this summer, come visit us at Link Ford of Rice Lake. We can set you up with a new or used vehicle. Be sure to ask us which ones have excellent safety ratings.

How Often Should You Get an Oil Change?

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Have you ever brought your vehicle into an oil lube place for an oil change when you didn’t need it? If you have an older vehicle without an oil monitor, you may have. And, if you are the type who goes by the window sticker, you have most likely changed the oil long before it was due. These places often put 3,000 miles on the sticker even if you use synthetic oil. Instead of playing guessing games, you can check to see if you really need an oil change by stopping by Link Ford Minong or by checking your owner’s manual.

Oil Monitors

Many of the new vehicles have oil monitors. Instead of guessing, pay attention to the monitor. It looks at how you drive and where you drive to determine whether you should change the oil sooner rather than later. The monitor takes into consideration the type of driving you typically do, whether normal or severe, and will light up when the oil has just a little life left in it.

Owner’s Manual

If your vehicle doesn’t have a monitor, check your owner’s manual. Add the oil change date to your calendar. If the manual states a certain mileage or a time frame, it’s whichever comes first. If you know you’re not going to put the requisite miles on the vehicle before the time frame, a calendar reminder is a great way. Otherwise, change the mileage on the window sticker to show the proper mileage.

Severe vs. Normal Driving

If you are not sure whether your driving is severe, you can get an oil analysis. This tells you the condition of the oil and it could let you know if your vehicle’s engine is having any problems. The samples of your vehicle’s oil will show traces of coolant or fuel – you may be able to avert being stranded if you know ahead of time that your engine has an issue.

Why Shouldn’t I Follow the 3,000-Mile Rule?

Oil companies are making extended-life oils that guarantee a specific mileage before the oil breaks down. Furthermore, engines are made better – they have closer tolerances – so it’s not necessary to change the oil quite so often.

You can save yourself quite a bit toward the cost of ownership of your vehicle by following the manufacturer’s recommendations rather than changing the oil every 3,000 miles. You’ll also save yourself money if you stop by Link Ford Minong as our techs tell you the correct mileage to change your oil and don’t assume that it has to be done every 3,000 miles.

July Events in Chippewa Falls

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After you pick up a vehicle from Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter, you’ll be ready for some trips to July events in and near Chippewa Falls.

Farmers Market in Downtown Chippewa Falls

The Farmers Market will be held every Thursday in July from noon to 6pm. They will be held in Allen Park across from the Chamber/Visitor Center on the corner of River and Bridge street. For more information please call 715-723-6661.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Starting July 13 and running until July 17, you can experience Midway rides, exhibits, great food and fun at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls. Enjoy family entertainment including top name stars, great food, animals, and over a mile of carnival rides and attractions.

US National Parks Photography Exhibit

Starting July 18 and running into August, the Heyde Center for the Arts/Chippewa Valley Cultural Association presents an exhibit featuring photographs of the United States National Parks by area photographers. There will be a speaker from the US National Park Service on the 29th of July at 7:00  p.m. The Park Service is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. No cost for admission to the exhibit. Photographer Rick Koziel will guest curate.

Visit Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter

Stop by Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter to test drive a new vehicle or to walk through an RV. If you are in the market for a fifth wheel and need to buy a new truck to go with it, we can help you with both.

Discover Your Ford

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You may have noticed that your new Ford is chock-full of helpful features, amazing technology, and convenient amenities. While this is obviously great, as we imagine you’d agree, it can be a bit daunting to find your way around the cabin of your Ford car, truck, or SUV.

Fortunately, Ford has got you covered. Ford has an entire website devoted to helping Ford owners learn about their vehicle and discover its nuances. This convenient web guide covers any topic, great or small, related to navigating your Ford’s convenience and safety features. Simply select your year and model and you’ll gain access to an online version of your owner’s manual in addition to how-to guides that cover a wide range of topics and procedures.

Visitors also have the option to troubleshoot and to find a solution by describing the issue they’re experiencing. While not every problem has a “DIY” solution, the tool is helpful in identifying what the issue is and how to resolve it. Some may need the expertise of a Ford technician, of course, but at least you’ll understand the nature of the issue and can take appropriate steps to have it fixed.

Visit Link Ford in Rice Lake

We’ve got you covered as well. If you’ve got questions about your Ford vehicle or want to learn more about Ford features, Link Ford in Rice Lake is happy to assist. Whether you need help from a knowledgeable associate while shopping or need the expert advice of a certified technician, Link Ford in Rice Lake can help.

Go Green with the 2017 Ford Fusion

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One of Ford’s newest eco-friendly vehicles is the hybrid 2017 Ford Fusion. How does it stack up to previous offerings from Ford? Read on to find out. It’s also available in a non-hybrid variant.

If you are in the market for an eco-friendly vehicle, stop by Link Ford of Minong to test drive one of the hybrid or electric vehicles that Ford currently has available. Even when the hybrids are using their gas engines, they are very efficient. And, if you have access to a 240-volt outlet, you can charge a plug-in hybrid in less than three hours.

Trim Levels and Available Features

Trim levels include the S, SE, Titanium, and Platinum, in order of luxury.

Available features include keyless start, cruise control, remote start, satellite radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, and more.

Engine, Transmission, and MPG

The engine is a Turbo 2.0L 14 and runs on regular unleaded. It puts out 254 horsepower.

The transmission is automatic and has forward wheel drive. An all wheel drive variant may be an option in the future.

MPG is estimated at 43* city and 41* highway. For the non-hybrid, MPG is estimated at 21* in the city and 32* on the highway.

Price

Fusion prices for the 2017 model starts at around $23,000 after the usual $875 destination charge. Higher trim levels and options could run you up to approximately $40,000.

Visit Link Ford of Minong

Stop by Link Ford of Minong to test drive an eco-friendly vehicle and to learn more about the 2017 Ford Fusion.

*MPG estimates only. Actual performance may vary.