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Winter Weather Car Care – Survival Tips

Disclaimer:  For the best tips about your car, for the winter or anytime of the year, your best source is your dealership’s Service Advisor. They are knowledgeable about your make and model and will always give you the best advice and suggestions to keep your car running smoothly and your family safe.

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Winter is here! We all know it comes after fall every year but every year it seems to take us by surprise.  This year is no different.  The calm mild weather had been here for so long that when we got snow over last weekend we were totally caught off-guard.  At least I know my family and I were.  So let’s take a look at some of the things that you can still do to prepare your vehicles and yourself for the harsh winter months.

With winter here, these are 5 basic winter car care tips to keep your vehicle intact during the worst weather of the year. These may seem like no-brainers, but the truth is many forget about these simple tasks – that slip can end up costing you big time and no one wants that!

Tip #5: Be prepared It’s almost December, now is the time to make sure your car(s) are prepared for the winter. Ideally, this should be done mid-Fall so you give yourself time to make sure everything is ready – before it is too late.

Tip #4: Check your wipers and wiper fluid levels Working windshield wipers and a solid supply of wiper fluid will ensure that you have visibility in the worst of snowstorms. Wiper blades only last a year. If you don’t remember the last time you replaced them, it likely is time for them to be replace. Depending on how bad your winters are, you may want to equip your vehicle(s) with winter specialized wipers. Lastly, make sure your car(s) have wiper fluid with a low freezing point and maybe even a de-icing agent.

Tip #3: Change your oil and find the proper viscosity – For this tip it’s best to talk to your service advisor.  He/She can be your best source of information.   The cold weather negatively effects oil’s effectiveness. The cold climates will make your oil thicker, reducing engine circulation. This can be avoided by purchasing oil that is thinner than normal, most vehicles provide a winter oil viscosity (thickness) in the owner’s manual – along with other proper oil viscosity for the changing seasons.

Tip #2: Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. However, most motorists can perform routine care. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. A word of caution: Removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles, so always check your owner’s manual first. A great suggestion would be to have a professional inspect the battery.  This would avoid any danger, or car issues, that can come from inspecting a battery.

Tips #1:  Consider getting snow tires. Yes, you read that right…Snow Tires.  (Especially, if where you live is below 45 degrees all winter.)  Snow tires are made of a softer rubber than all-season tires which allows them to retain flexibility, even in the coldest of cold. Tread patterns on these tires also allow for exceptional grip in the snow and ice. However, snow tires aren’t an instant-fix. They won’t remove the chance of slipping and sliding in your car, but they do provide more traction than standard tires.

Now that we have some car care tips covered, let’s talk about what you should have in your car in case you become stranded or stuck in the snow.  There are a few key items that you should round up and put in a box or basket in your trunk. Hopefully, you will never need them but if you do, they are there.  If you regularly travel with more people than yourself please make sure you pack accordingly.

Essential items to include in a winter survival kit, according to a combination of recommendations by Wisconsin Emergency Management’s Ready Wisconsin initiative and survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt’s OutdoorSafe website, include:

  • Bottled water (at least four quarts)
  • Snack foods, particularly nutritious energy bars
  • Raisins, dried fruit, nuts, candy bars
  • Strike-anywhere, waterproof matches and small candles
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Folding knife and multi-tool
  • Emergency flares
  • An extra winter coat, mittens and a wool cap
  • Winter boots
  • Toilet paper
  • Cellphone and charger
  • A space blanket
  • A spare blanket or sleeping bag (again pack accordingly to the number of people normally in your vehicle.)
  • A portable radio with spare batteries
  • Tow rope
  • Nylon cord
  • Flagging tape
  • Chemical hand and body warmer packets

Don’t forget the kitty litter to use as a traction agent, jumper cables and maybe even a small shovel to dig out if necessary.

It’s always a good idea to let someone know when you are leaving and what route you are taking if you have to travel in a snowstorm. Of course, the safest thing would be to stay home until it stops and roads are clear.  Make sure you have plenty of gas!  If you do get stuck, call for help.  Don’t over exert yourself and never ever leave your car and walk for help.

Most of all don’t panic!  The calmer you are, the calmer your passengers will be and the less stressful it will be on all of you.

 

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Why The 2015 Ford Mustang GT Is Impossible Not To Like

Why The 2015 Ford Mustang GT Is Impossible Not To Like

 

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Article by:  Patrick George    All photos credit Kurt Bradley

1331936256948241224Surely you’ve done this countless times. You’ve been out driving, absent-mindedly checking out the other cars on the road, when you come across a 2015 Ford Mustang. They’re everywhere these days. And when you see one, your eyes immediately drift down to the front fender in search of the two numbers and a decimal point that make all the difference in the world: “5.0.” Five-point-oh. The thing that separates the V6 rental cars and the EcoBoost posers from the real Mustangs. That, and the GT badge on the trunk, means that Mustang has eight cylinders of American fury under the hood. That means it’s not messing around, that its driver is someone who cares about speed and not just looking good.

That’s the perception, anyway. With the smaller engines both offering at least 300 horsepower, as well as potent straight-line and backroad performance, you’re not exactly screwing yourself if you don’t go V8 with the Mustang these days. The 2.3-liter turbo four EcoBoost is faster than most V8 Mustangs have been through the years. But the GT remains the top dog of the current Mustang lineup, and that’s just how it’s going to be, no matter how much power its little brothers put out. So what’s it like to actually drive one? Does the 5.0 deserve that reputation or not?
(Full disclosure: The Ford Motor Company needed me to drive a 2015 Mustang GT so badly they dropped one off at my house with a full tank of gas for a week. I spent months asking for one because I really, really wanted to drive it.)
I have an unpopular confession to make: I am not, nor have I ever been, a Mustang Guy. Don’t get me wrong, the original is a classic that deserves every ounce of its iconic status, and the ’71-’73 Mach 1 is a car I’d rob banks to own. And then probably rob banks with.  1331936257042627912

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**8th Annual Car Show** Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Anderson Ford’s 8th Annual Car Show     (Printable Flyer)
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
1001 State Highway 10 West, Clinton IL
Time:  8:00am-3:00pm

Music & Food available

50/50 Raffle – Door Prizes – Dash Plaques for the first 50 Entries
Awards for Top 25 and Best of Show – Participant Voting!!
DynoJet Shootout!!  $50 Entry Fee – Paid back to 1st & 2nd Places

Special Guests this year include: John Clor from Ford SVT and Von Hot Rod -World renowned Pinstriper.

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JOHN CLOR

You’ve read his columns in Mustang magazines for years. You’ve seen him talk Mustangs on “The History Channel and “SpeedVision.” You may even own his limited-edition, sold-out hardcover history book “Mustang Dynasty.” Now – you can meet him in person! Noted auto journalist and author John Clor, a former SVT PR man who today manages the club outreach program and enthusiast website content for Ford Racing, is hosting a Ford Racing Meet-n-Greet at our carshow. Don’t miss this chance to meet one of Ford’s best-known Mustang spokesmen at the Ford Racing tent!

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VON HOT ROD

For the last 19 years Von Hot Rod has put on many Hotrod and Kustom shows. One in particular is the “Von Hot Rod’s Pinstriper Reunion”. Held in Pomona, Calif. The Stater Bro. Route 66 , Von puts on “Von Hot Rod’s Shindig” a 50’s style Hotrod & Kustom Rock-a-Billy show. On ESPN-2, Hot Rod TV airs His Pinstriping show. He has been feathered in numerous magazines, As well as books. At the Annual Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous Von was the Honored guess, He was the inductee for the 2007 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame representing Pinstriping. In 2008 Von organized the Silent auction for SEMA, In Las Vegas, Von Has now started “Von Hot Rod’s Pinstriping Circus”. A traveling Pinstriping show that attends Hotrod and bike shows around the country and helps raise money for charities. The TV show “Car Warriors” on SPEED used his Pinstriped shift knob, 6 of the winning cars have all had his shift knob. And what is the latest out of Von. at SEMA this year, Von has a new line of goodies making a appearance in the new product section. Stamped Steel small block Chevy Pinstriped Valve covers. A line of VHR Jewelry. And from MAC Tools 4 limited collectable Die cast Hotrod cars designed by Von.

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Plus, The Fairlane Club of America will be here showing their ’62-’76 Beauties!!

Check our website out for more info:  http://www.anderson-ford.com/anderson-car-show