Winterize Your Car to Stay Prepared

Cold weather can be particularly rough on your vehicle, one reason why it’s important to winterize your car. From routine maintenance to packing an emergency kit, there are a number of things you can do to prepare for the cold. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we’ve listed some of the best ways to winterize.

According to the DMV, one of the first things you should do is replace or top off fluids. It’s especially important to check your antifreeze/coolant to ensure that it’s at least a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. You can find a tester at your local auto parts store. You’ll also want to top off wiper fluid with deicer to help you keep your windshield clear.

Next, check your tires. Cold temperatures decrease air pressure, which means you may need to refill your tires this winter. You’ll also want to check tread with the penny test. Place an upside-down penny in the center of your tire tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires.

Finally, pack a roadside emergency kit. You should include basics like jumper cables and a spare tire kit. You’ll also want a first aid kit, blankets, water, kitty litter or sand (for traction on ice), and an ice scraper. You may also want to spring for a collapsible shovel. These are just some of the things you should do to winterize your car to prepare for winter’s worst.

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Ford Honors Arcelormittal as a Top Steel Supplier

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are proud that Ford uses quality material for all their vehicles. This is shown in every final product. Of course, the final quality is highly dependent upon the suppliers’ products used to create the vehicles. That is why Ford works hard to choose a supplier of trust and quality.

This year, Ford honors Arcelormittal as a top steel supplier. This Luxembourg-based steelmaker has received Ford’s highest rating in its annual Business Unit Review for five straight years.

These awards clearly demonstrate ArcelorMittal’s solid contribution and commitment to providing the best vehicle material and services in the industry.

The steelmaker employs many people in several US locations and areas around the world. “Maintaining the highest level of products, solutions and service for GM, and for all of our automotive customers, is what drives us every day,” said Greg Wells, director of automotive sales for ArcelorMittal North America.

ArcelorMittal plants include mills in Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, the New Carlisle I/N Tek and I/N Kote, as well as mills in Alabama and Ontario. These locations make steel for all aspects of every Ford vehicle, especially the Edge, Transit, and Fusion.

ArcelorMittal states that they appreciate Ford’s business and could not accomplish their solid production without all of the team members who work for ArcelorMittal throughout the variety of plants that manufacture, sell, service, or deliver steel to Ford.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford love to see the positive business relationships producing quality products for Ford consumers.

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Ford Police Interceptors Achieve Best Police Car Acceleration

Ford vehicles have long been a favorite among law enforcement agencies. For example, you probably think of a police car any time you see a Crown Victoria. Now, agencies all over the country are falling in love with the latest Ford vehicle, the Police Interceptor.

Ford offers two versions—a sedan based on the Taurus and a utility based on the Explorer.

Recently, in an independent test done by both the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police, the Ford EcoBoost Police Sedan achieved the best police car acceleration and fastest lap times.

“We are proud to maintain our performance advantages, and these validate Ford Police Interceptor leadership,” said Arie Groeneveld, Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer, in a statement. “We love the bragging rights, but for these officers, best-in-class performance is a huge safety attribute. Pursuits that end quickly are more likely pursuits that end safely. This team is obsessed with officer safety.”

Despite having a smaller engine, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost-equipped Interceptor was faster than the 5.7-liter Charger and 6.0-liter Chevrolet Caprice. The Ford Interceptor clocked in a 0-to-60 mph time of only 5.8 seconds.

Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we are proud to know that so many law enforcement agencies trust Ford to provide the best equipment they need to protect and serve all of us.

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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

If you haven’t already, you are probably planning on putting up your Christmas tree soon. If you and your family are stuck in the real vs. fake Christmas trees debate, we’ll help you put that to rest.

According to the American Christmas Tree Association, “There is no debate. Consumers should feel free to choose either type of tree, or better yet, choose one or more of each! Both types of Christmas trees have very distinctive characteristics and a recent Life Cycle Analysis concluded that neither tree has a significant negative impact on the environment. It really comes down to which kind of tree, or trees, best fits your lifestyle.”

So, there you have it. Discuss with your family and decide if you want to go with a real tree and water it every day and enjoy the natural pine scent, or just put up an artificial one and let it be. With an artificial tree, you have more flexibility with when you put up your tree, since there is no risk of it drying out. You can also use it year after year if you take good care of it. Another reason to choose an artificial tree is if you are allergic to mold and other allergens produced by live trees.

Which type of Christmas tree does your family prefer?

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Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gears: The Future of Ford

As the old adage you may be familiar with goes, “The past is the key to the future.”

Well, if that’s so, we think that the future of Ford looks pretty bright – and, no, it’s not just because of the LED headlights! Henry Ford revolutionized the car-making business with his moveable assembly plant over a century ago. Get ready, because the Ford auto company of today is once again gearing-up to make some huge strides when it comes to mobility.

The automotive company recently debuted investigative and development projects at the new Ford Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, which included electric bicycles that fold to fit into Ford vehicles; wearable apps mated to cars that can track parking spots, provide driving score data, and give driving stats; and car sharing programs – think Airbnb only for automobiles.

“It can make a material difference in people’s lives by offering more choices and affordable and accessible mobility even if it is not a car,” said Ken Washington, Ford’s new head of research and advanced engineering.

The Ford Motor company – or shall we say Ford mobility company – currently has 25 global mobility projects underway. Stay tuned to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to learn more about future Ford mobility endeavors as they emerge.

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Safe Driving Tips: How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Perhaps one of the most dangerous driving situations for many drivers, hydroplaning can occur when you least expect it. That’s why we’ve put together a list on how to avoid hydroplaning.

According to Discovery, hydroplaning occurs when your tires slide across a wet surface. Essentially, the rubber encounters more water than it can scatter, and water pressure from the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire. This creates a layer, or plane, of water in which the driver loses steering, traction, braking, and, ultimately, handling.

Hydroplaning can occur whenever there is water on the road, but is most dangerous immediately after it rains, when pools of water can be found on the side of the road. The chances of an accident increase when traveling in excess of 35 mph and when weather conditions are poor, including fog, sleet, snow, and obviously rain.

How can you avoid hydroplaning? The best thing to do is reduce your speed when it’s wet outside. You should also avoid large puddles and standing water, and try to drive in the tracks left by cars in front of you. Other tips include: keeping tires properly inflated, avoiding outer lanes (where water accumulates), turning off cruise control, and avoiding hard braking.

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2016 Ford F-150 Alternative Gas Options to Include Propane and Natural Gas

Ever wondered what a V8 Ford F-150 that runs on propane would be like?

This year Ford plans to answer that question by offering a conversion package that would allow the full-size 2016 Ford F-150 alternative gas options. A mere $315 factory-installed package would allow the 5-liter V8 engine to burn compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane, making the F-150 the only half-ton pickup with that ability.

“We expect the gaseous-fuel prep package will be even more popular than it was on the 2014 F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine,” said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.

That’s because Ford surveyed likely propane users and overwhelmingly said they’d employ the cheap, clean gas system in fleet-truck applications. Ford said the towing capacity will remain the same as its regular gas counterpart and hauling would only be affected by the weight of the aftermarket tanks and fuel lines that can be installed at a cost of $7,000 to $9,500.

It’s an exciting time at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford with all the new options Ford has to offer. Make the trip in to see our selection of cutting-edge new Ford cars and trucks.

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Lincoln Eliminates its New Car Smell from China-bound Cars

Is there anything better than that new car smell? Well, according to Chinese consumers, there is – no smell at all. In an effort to appease its Chinese car customers, Lincoln eliminates its new car smell from vehicles bound for China.

According to representatives from Lincoln Motor Company, research indicates Chinese patrons are less than enthusiastic about the scent caused by new plastics, glue, and leather that most Americans find so appealing in new cars. “They don’t like it,” says Kumar Galhotra, Lincoln’s president. “We’ve gone through a very thorough process of understanding the materials that contribute to that smell.”

In an effective effort to remove the new car smell, some automakers are employing nose teams to inspect cars for odor and develop methods for its removal. Fortunately for the Chinese market, Lincoln workers simply put a container of carbon absorbent sheets into the Lincoln cabins before the vehicle is shipped to China – much like eliminating bad odors from the fridge with baking soda – and upon arrival, the smell has dissipated.

Come check out Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, where we promise you can enjoy that new car smell!

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Lincoln Black Label Experience to Create Ultimate Luxury

Lincoln is upping its luxury game with their new “Black Label” experience, which was revealed earlier this month. This upgrade will provide an even more premium feel to the interiors of Lincoln vehicles, making trips all the more comfortable.

Black Label is being described as “upscale, customized vehicle interiors and membership perks,” and the movement will hit 32 Lincoln dealerships in six different states next month, for vehicles such as the new MKC crossover and the MKZ sedan.

The upgrade option – which can be purchased for about $5,995 – puts Venetian leather in your car as well as a list of exclusive colors. Once the upgrade is purchased, owners are also eligible to join the Black Label club, for car washes and detailing among other perks.

“It is the ultimate expression of what the Lincoln brand will stand for,” said group marketing manager for Lincoln, Andrew Frick in USA Today.

Are you excited about the Lincoln Black Label experience? For more information or to check out our Lincoln models here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, stop by today for a test drive.

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