Warning Signs That It’s Time to Change Your Brakes

Brakes are among your vehicle’s most important components, but there are few reliable guides (like mileage or vehicle age) for knowing when to change them. That’s because brakes wear differently depending on environmental conditions and driving habits. Instead, you should pay attention to a few key signs that will let you know it’s time for new brakes.

First, listen for strange sounds. Most brake pads come with wear indicators, which are essentially a thin strip of metal that begins to rub on the rotor once the pad gets low. If you hear squeaking or squealing, it’s a sign you may need new brakes. Also listen for grinding, as this could be a caliper hitting the rotor.

Next, pay attention to how your car is driving. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you hit the brakes, you may have a caliper that’s stuck. Even if your foot isn’t on the brake pedal, pulling is likely caused by a bad brake component.

Finally, be alert for tactile signs. For instance, you may notice vibrations, thuds, or pulsing when you step on the brakes. These are other signs that your rotors might be warped, as you shouldn’t really feel anything through the pedal if the brakes are normal.

If you think it’s about time to change your brakes, or if you need our certified service team to check for you, schedule your service appointment at Midwest Ford today!

An All-Electric Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Is Happening

Unparalleled power and eco-friendly efficiency are at odds no more. This January, Ford’s president revealed that a battery-electric Ford F-150 is in the automaker’s future plans, joining the elite group of automakers (like Tesla and Rivian) that have promised upcoming fully-electric pickup trucks. Although there is no set release date yet for the all-electric Ford F-150, we think it’d be fitting if America’s best-selling truck lineup was the first one to make it to market with an all-electric, cutting-edge pickup truck.

Ford’s president, Jim Farley, revealed that the automaker is going to “be electrifying the F-Series — both battery-electric and hybrid” over the next few years. A hybrid F-150 is set to debut in 2020, which means that the F-series will likely enter its next generation for the 2021 model year. If this is the case, the electric and hybrid powertrains will accompany a fully redesigned Ford truck that boasts cutting-edge tech and design.

No specifics on the upcoming Ford F-150 hybrid or EV (electric vehicle) have been released yet. However, Ford has been pivoting to offer more electric powertrains across its lineup, including in its new electric crossover that is inspired by the Mustang’s iconic design.

To test drive the 2019 Ford F-150, stop by Midwest Ford!

What Is FordPass?

In 2016, Ford debuted its very own mobile app, known as FordPass. With this tool, you can access features for your Ford vehicle that will enhance your lifestyle and make everyday driving easier. A membership to FordPass is now free and available to anyone. Here’s some of what you can expect from this innovative system.

Remote Control

When you download FordPass and connect it to your Ford vehicle with SYNC® Connect, you can use the app to maintain and monitor your Ford. FordPass with SYNC® Connect offers remote start and stop functions, as well as remote locking and unlocking. You can even schedule when your Ford vehicle will start so it’s ready to go when you need it.

Vehicle Information

In addition to controlling a connected Ford vehicle with FordPass, you can also use it to access relevant information, including tire pressure, fuel and fluid levels, and even the vehicle’s service history.

Fuel Finder

It’s often tempting to drive around looking for the lowest gas prices. With FordPass, you can skip this step and use your phone to search for gas by brand or grade and compare prices at stations near you.

FordPay

The FordPay feature lets you make payments virtually from within your FordPass app, adding extra convenience to your daily routine.

For more information on FordPass and how you can stay connected with you Ford, contact us at Midwest Ford!

Fun Activities in Hutchinson, Kansas

It may be winter here in Kansas, but that does not mean you have to stay at home or even indoors. If you want to add some fun to your family’s life, here are some great activities in Hutchinson.

Strataca

Head 650 feet into the ground and visit an active salt mine. The underground temperatures stay cool and constant year-round, so it is great to visit no matter what the weather is like. There are additional add-on tour packages available for a more immersive experience.

Cosmosphere

Instead of going underground, look to the skies with a visit to the Cosmosphere. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum lets you experience the thrill of space exploration with hands-on exhibits and activities. The museum is open seven days a week.

Hutchinson Zoo

If you are looking for a free family activity, head to the zoo. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The zoo has a wide range of animals including deer, bobcats, porcupines, reptiles, and a variety of birds.

Dillon Nature Center

Spend some time outdoors at the Dillon Nature Center. Here you can walk along a variety of trails, spend some time fishing, or even rent a canoe (only available seasonally). The Nature Center frequently offers programs for children and families.

To make sure your car is ready for all your Hutchinson-area activities, schedule a service appointment at Midwest Ford.

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Winter has arrived. If you haven’t prepared your car for the change of season, it’s time to get on it! Here are some easy tips for getting your car ready for winter that will help keep you safe and warm on the road.

Follow your maintenance schedule

Check your owner’s manual — it has a complete yearly schedule for you to follow so you can keep your car in the best shape possible. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference regular maintenance has on your vehicle’s performance.

Have car problems looked at

If you’re noticing any issues right now, like trouble starting your car or stalling, get it looked at right away, because it’s only going to get worse as the weather gets colder. It’ll be a much bigger inconvenience to get stranded with a dead battery than to have it replaced now.

Replace your wipers and refill washer fluid

Winter driving means dirty, salty, icy windshields, without much or any rain to clean them. Make sure your washer fluid is filled up and your wiper blades are fresh so you can see through your windshield.

Put an emergency kit together

This is vital year-round but especially important during the winter. You should keep water and dry foods in the car, as well as an extra set of warm clothes and blankets, a flashlight, and flares. You should also have a shovel and a bag of ice or cat litter in your car’s trunk; if your car gets stuck in the snow, these items will help you clear a path and gain more traction.

Schedule a maintenance check at Midwest Ford to make sure your car is ready for the demands of winter driving.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving travel tips

Fall is flying by, and the holidays are almost upon us. The holiday season is a busy travel time for all, as many Americans travel home to visit loved ones and take part in festive celebrations. To make holiday travel as painless and stress-free as possible, there are various things you can do to prepare beforehand to help make travel plans go smoothly. Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips.

  • Plan ahead: This is the simplest and one of the most important travel tips for the holiday season. Rather than scrambling at the last minute to decide when you’re going to drive or fly home, make plans as far in advance as possible. When you have time to plan in advance, you can plan out the most effective driving route, find the cheapest airfare, or avoid particularly busy airports.
  • Avoid the heaviest travel days: The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Saturday after will be among the busiest travel days of the year. If possible, avoid these days entirely. If you have to travel on these days and you’re driving, aim to leave early in the morning — such as at 6 a.m. —

to avoid the busiest road times.

  • Factor in extra travel time: Whether you’re stuck in traffic or stuck in line at the airport, you know that holiday travel typically comes with longer wait times. Arrive extra early to the airport to check in and make it through security, and factor in extra driving time so you don’t feel stressed.

Make sure your car is ready for the holidays, too by scheduling a maintenance check with our trained technicians at Midwest Ford.

Ford Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Driving Skills for Life

Driving Skills for Life

Fifteen years ago, Ford founded the Driving Skills for Life program, which is dedicated to spreading awareness for safer driving habits in order to reduce fatal and life-altering traffic accidents. The company has not only changed lives, but also reached out and collaborated with countless individuals, organizations, and communities working to increase awareness about the dangers of inexperienced and unsafe driving habits.

 

Part of the celebration of the anniversary involves honoring what Ford is referring to as the “Unsung Heroes of Highway Safety.” These six candidates were honored for their commitment to keeping America’s roads safe.

  • Martha Tessmer lost her son to distracted driving and decided to use her 38 years of teaching experience to design lesson plans around the perils of distracted driving.
  • Jacob Smith came perilously close to death in a collision and travels the country speaking to young people about vehicle safety.
  • From 2005-2006, Tazewell County of Illinois lost 15 young people in accidents, and award winner John Shallenberger, a sheriff’s deputy, formed Operation Teen Safe Driving that helped cut fatalities by 50 percent.
  • Purnima Uni created the “Be in the Zone” teen motor vehicle safety initiative at a children’s hospital in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Andy Pilgrim of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a race car driver that uses his time off of the track to talk to parents about how their driving habits influence their children.
  • Sandy Spavone founded National Youth Traffic Safety Month and has worked with youth peer education programs for 16 years.

 

At the event, Ford also unveiled WheelSwap, a driving simulation geared towards teaching inexperienced drivers better habits.

 

In coming years, Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program will continue its work in community outreach and promoting a healthier, safer life for all drivers on the road. Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund, said, “We thank each of our honorees for their important work, and for representing the countless safety advocates… who help keep our families safe everyday.”

 

If you need a new vehicle for the young driver in your life, visit us at Midwest Ford.

New Ford GoRide Program Transports In-Need Patients to the Doctor

Ford GoRide progam

Ford is always looking for ways to give back to local communities, especially in its hometown of Detroit. Recently, the Ford brand partnered with the Detroit Medical Center to find an easy and efficient way to get more Detroit residents to the doctor. The Ford GoRide program offers non-emergency medical transportation, which is especially helpful for elderly patients or other individuals who might live far from the hospital.

The Ford GoRide program, according to Ford, is helping patients get top medical care at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Sinai-Grace hospital, and many more. The Ford Transit vans used for GoRide have special equipment and trained drivers to help those with mobility challenges.

“Helping patients with mobility issues or no access to transportation make it to their medical appointments on time and in a safe and comfortable manner is a key part of delivering on our DMC mission,” said DMC Chief Strategy Officer Joel Keiper. “This collaboration with Ford GoRide is one example of how we work to address the needs of our community members and collaborate to provide beneficial solutions that improve the patient experience.”

About 3.6 million American don’t get proper health care because of a lack of transportation, a problem Ford aims to address with the new GoRide program. So far, drivers have a 97-percent on-time pick-up and delivery average, which means patients can rest assured they’ll make it to the doctor for their next appointment.

If you need a new or used vehicle to get you to and from the doctor, contact us at Midwest Ford. We’ll be happy to help you find the ride that fits your needs.

 

2018 Ford Super Duty

2018 Ford Super Duty

The 2018 Ford Super Duty arrives with capability that leads the heavy-duty segment. The utility-driven truck features an intimidating stance and a work ethic that puts it a step ahead of the competition. The Ford Super Duty is available in three strong models: F-250, F-350, and F-450.

Powertrains and Performance

The Ford Super Duty features gasoline and diesel V8 engine options. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, regardless of engine choice.

The 6.2-liter gas V8 engine generates 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, making it a great choice for working around the house. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 engine produces an exhilarating 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque that makes it perfect for working on the jobsite.

2018 Ford Super Duty models equipped with the diesel powertrain can tow up to 21,000 lbs. The pickup also offers a best-in-class 34,000-lbs. gooseneck tow rating. The Ford Super Duty can haul up to 7,630 lbs.

Interior Design

The 2018 Ford Super Duty features seating for up to six passengers, all while retaining its capable aesthetic. The hefty model features noise-dampening technology that makes even the longest drives relaxing. Durable materials offer an impressive value on lower trim levels while higher models feature upscale upholstery.

Drivers who opt for the Lariat trim will enjoy access to some of the industry’s latest technologies. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility allow drivers to seamlessly connect their smartphone devices to the truck. The Platinum trim adds heated rear seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the capable pickup.

Exterior Features

The Ford Super Duty is a truck that delivers capability with a touch of convenience. All models come equipped with a tailgate-mounted rearview camera. Drivers who opt for the Limited trim will enjoy standard Trailer Reverse Guidance and Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera Systems.

This aggressive model rolls out on athletic 17-inch wheels. The Limited trim boasts up to 20-inch wheels, making it quite an intimidating sight to take in. Those wheels go well with quad dual-beam headlights and a large grille that screams intimidation.

To see which Super Duty truck is right for your needs, contact us at Midwest Ford. We’ll be happy you find a new ride for you!

Savor Summer with an In-State Road Trip Through Kansas

road trip through Kansas

Tell most Americans that you’re planning to take a road trip through Kansas, and you’ll probably get that canned, stereotypical response about cornfields. We can hear it now, that grating, enjoy the corn! But, we Kansans know there’s so much more to our state than cornfields (though do we not also have the finest, most shining cornfields in the nation)?

Fellow Jayhawkers, if you’re feeling like the summertime is flying by, pack up the family for a quick road trip through Kansas, and show some love to your favorite state.

Get Spooked in Kansas Ghost Towns

Kansas is chock-full of American pioneer history, much of which you can still see and touch. Take this route starting at Stull in the north and looping around down to Le Hunt in the south, and explore a few of our chilling ghost towns.

Drop Your Jaws at these Kansan Natural Wonders

From the Gypsum Hills to Castle Rock, Kansas is full of stunning natural wonders. Make a weekend of cruising between these gorgeous vistas and spend an afternoon hiking and picnicking — a great time for kids or for a romantic getaway.

Sample the Best Fried Chicken in Kansas

Nobody fries chicken like a Kansan. Take a drive to these eight delicious fried chicken establishments if you like a road trip you can sink your teeth into.

Before you head out to explore the great state of Kansas, make sure your car is up to the task and schedule a maintenance check at Midwest Ford.