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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.