Summer Activities in Hutchinson, KS

As you plan your summer, you won’t have to look far to find fun warm-weather activities. Here at Midwest Ford, we’ve put together a list of our favorite adventures right here in Hutchinson.

Strataca

Cool down this summer with a visit to the Strataca. This salt mine museum take visitors 650 feet underground where temperatures are always cool. Multiple tour options are available, including a Salt Mine Express train ride and the Salt Blast Pass + Salt Safari, which includes all of the available tours.

RV Camping at Sand Hills State Park

Covering more than 1,000 acres, Sand Hills State Park is a popular destination for campers and fishers. The clean, pleasant campground offers hookups and a quiet space to enjoy a summer weekend away from everyday life.

Hutchinson Zoo

Summer is a great time of year to visit the Hutchinson Zoo. This small zoo offers free admission and free parking, so it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with limited time.

Kansas State Fair

Hutchinson is home to the Kansas State Fair, which is always a fun way to celebrate the final days of summer. This year, the Kansas State Fair runs from September 6-15. Join the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come through to enjoy rides, farm animals, live entertainment, and delicious fair food.

To learn more about all the awesome summer activities in Hutchinson, visit us 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.

Seasonal Car Maintenance Basics

As winter finally draws to an end, it’s the perfect time to perform some seasonal car maintenance. Spring is a great time for a checkup, as harsh winter weather can often worsen common vehicle problems. Here are a few ways you can take care of your vehicle this spring.

 seasonal car maintenance

Get a car wash

Keeping your car clean isn’t just a matter of looking good. In fact, routinely washing your car can prevent rust damage to your car’s exterior as well as help make it easier to identify any new damages. And let’s face it, driving a clean car feels better, too.

Replace your wiper blades

We tend to use our windshield wipers a lot in the winter. And between the cold temperatures, frost, road salt, and ice, winter driving can really do a number on them. If your wiper blades are cracked, bent, or in any way damaged, it’s time to replace them.

Keep an eye on your tires

Colder temperatures during the winter can cause the air pressure in your tires to fluctuate greatly, so be sure to check your tires for proper pressure and alignment as spring gets underway. Take a look at your tire tread, too, and invest in new tires if the tread is worn down.

For an inspection or any other routine maintenance needs, give us a call or stop by Midwest Ford’s service department.