Get Your Car Summer Ready

Ford Service Maintenance

Winter is over and it’s time to get ready for summer. The Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Center at Westland Ford provides thorough inspection and maintenance to keep you safe and prepared for all those summer trips. No appointment is required, just stop on by when most convenient to get your car summer ready.

Tires

Tires can wear down and sometimes wear unevenly. A tire rotation can ensure even wear and extend your tires’ lifetimes. Your car may only need some simple maintenance tips, but if you do need new tires, Quick Lane® offers 13 brand-name tire choices like Goodyear and Michelin.

Oil

Regular oil changes can improve gas mileage and extend the life of your car. An oil change ensures a healthy engine, and Quick Lane® provides three different packages that can include tire rotations and battery tests.

Brakes

Brakes are vital to a safe drive for both you and those around you. Winter snow and salt can take their toll, so have your brakes tested for peak performance. If you hear squealing, it’s time to come in.

Cooling System

Warm weather can do a number on an already hot engine. Have the experts at Quick Lane® look over the cooling system and hoses so that your engine stays cool during the hot months ahead.

Windshield Wipers

Often overlooked, a worn-down pair of wipers can seriously impair driving when the weather is dangerous. Replace your wipers to make sure no storm can block your view.

For assistance in preparing you car for the summer season, feel free to reach out to our service team at Westland Ford.

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Ford Expands Medical Transportation Service Nationwide

2019 Ford Transit Van

Last year, Ford created a transportation service called GoRide Health that utilizes Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans for non-emergency medical transport for public use. After a year perfecting the system in the southeast Michigan area, Ford now plans to expand its services nationwide. They are currently operating in Toledo, Ohio, and plan to move services into Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

Many people, especially those with disabilities or in wheelchairs, need reliable transportation for regular medical visits. The GoRide service has been gaining attention from large-managed care organizations for its usefulness, safety, and 95% on-time rate.

Minyang Jiang, CEO of GoRide Health said, “By the end of the year we expect to have over 130 vans. By the end of next year over 200.” The plans are to launch in Miami and other Florida cities in 2019 and North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and California in 2020.

As of yet, urban markets have been the focus, but the service is looking to provide medical transport in rural areas that lack public transit. GoRide has been using data analytics to help identify transportation gaps so that they can better target where services are most needed, to better assist their connected medical organizations.

Here at Westland Ford, we are always happy to hear about another way to Ford is working to better the community.

2019 Ford Ranger Now Available with Black Appearance Package

2019 Ford Ranger Black

The 2019 Ford Ranger reached dealerships just a few months back, but already this off-road ready pickup is dominating in sales. Previously, the Ranger had been offered with two package options—the Sport Appearance Package and the Chrome Appearance Package. The former offers Magnetic Gray-painted accents and distinct wheels while the latter adds chrome body accents and wheels.

These two packages have been incredibly popular. According to Ford, more than 67% of all new Ford Rangers have been purchased with one of these two packages. Building on this success, Ford is throwing a third package option into the mix: the Black Appearance Package.

The Black Appearance Package is available on any Ford Ranger color and adds body-color bumpers and a number of black details to the exterior. This includes a black bash plate on the FX4 Off-Road Package, black running boards, black mirrors, a black lower valence, a black sill plate, a black fender vent surround, a black spray-in bed liner, a black-painted grille, and high-gloss black-painted 18-inch aluminum wheels with—you guessed it—black center caps.

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best fits their adventures,” remarked Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

You can get the 2019 Ford Ranger with the Black Appearance Package this summer for just $1,995. For more information, speak with our staff at Westland Ford.

Here’s How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Summer

Cleaning Inside Of The Car

It’s April at long last, which means you’ve made it through another harsh winter and need to start thinking about how to get your vehicle ready for summer. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Wash your car: Road salt does not wash off with rain. If you haven’t washed your car, truck, or SUV all winter, wash it now to prevent rusting. Keeping it clean and waxing it regularly will also help you retain value.
  • Get an oil change: Never put off an oil change, as it is essential for your vehicle’s engine health. If you’re cutting it close, schedule an appointment now at Westland Ford. Have your vehicle’s tires rotated while you’re here.
  • Test out your AC: Before the summer heat takes over, make sure your air conditioning system is working properly. If something seems to be amiss, have our technicians find and fix the problem before the heat becomes unbearable.
  • Replace your wiper blades: Even the best wiper blades don’t last forever. After a wet winter and an already wet spring, prioritize replacing your wiper blades for perfect visibility during summer driving.
  • Check your lights: Speaking of visibility, walk around the exterior of your vehicle to ensure all of the lights are working. Summer days are longer, which means we stay out longer and will likely be doing more night driving. Replace any bulbs that have burnt out.

For more extensive summer repairs, bring your vehicle into Westland Ford for service.

All-new Ford Explorer Wants You to Say Goodbye to Flat Tires

2019 Ford Explorer in the Mud

Getting a flat tire is never convenient. That is why Ford has partnered with Michelin® to equip the all-new Ford Explorer with available Selfseal® tires. These proprietary tires will come with a unique rubber sealant that will be able to fill about 90% of tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter.

These tires will come standard on the Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models and will be available on Explorer Limited two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.

“The all-new Explorer is designed to help our customers feel unstoppable and worry-free,” said Craig Patterson, Explorer marketing manager. “The availability of these new Michelin® Selfseal® tires is another great example of that.” 

With these tires, they slow the loss of air pressure with a puncture to less than 15 pounds per square inch per week. This could give you time to finish your family vacation or at least make it to your preferred tire store to buy a replacement. For even more security, all Explorer models come standard with a spare tire.

The sealant inside the Selfseal® tires surrounds any puncturing object to seal the hole. If the object falls out, the sealant should fill the tread puncture to slow air loss.

If you do need to switch out damaged tires for new ones, we here at Westland Ford are happy to help.

Must-Have Snacks for the Best Game-Watching Party

Summer Game Party

No matter the season, there are always sporting events to watch and cheer for. A great way to do this is by hosting a game-watching party. This lets you cheer on your favorite teams with your best friends all while eating some delicious food. If you need some snack inspiration, check out this list of mouth-watering temptations.

Nachos

One of the great things about nachos is they don’t require any dipping. Pile all your favorite toppings on beforehand and let everyone enjoy the perfect topping-to-chip ratio. For a new idea, try Guy Fieri’s Italian-inspired recipe.

Pigs in a Blanket

Hot dogs wrapped in flaky pastry will always be delicious. Add a tangy dipping sauce alongside the standard ketchup for some variety.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

For something sweet and delicious try whipping up these homemade ice cream sandwiches. Roll the sandwiches in mini M&M’s or chocolate chips to finish them off.

Chicken Wings

You can never go wrong with chicken wings while watching sports. Make plenty so they don’t all disappear before halftime. Try recipes like this honey mustard version of even chicken parmesan.

Pizza

Relive your college days while cheering on your alma mater with a delicious pizza. Make the dough ahead of time and then let everyone choose their own ingredients.

Here at Westland Ford, we hope you and your entire crew enjoy cheering for your favorite team.

Best Skiing in Utah

Skiing in the mountains

The skiing on offer in the state of Utah is some of best in the U.S.A. and it’s only natural that many amazing resorts have sprung up around the state to accommodate the locals and visitors alike who come from across the country to enjoy the fresh Utah powder. Some of the best areas, however, can be a bit remote so having a full-size Ford truck can really come in handy when you just have to hit the slopes.

Powder Mountain

Powder Mountain has made a name for itself through exclusivity. The resort only allows 1,500 ticket sales per day ensuring that there is never a crowd where you want to put down your tracks. Due to this exclusivity, Powder Mountain requires a bit of pre-planning. During that pre-planning you may want to consider packing an extra cooler in the truck bed as dining options in the immediate area are somewhat limited.

Park City

Park City is the largest ski resort in the country and gathers crowds to match. Skiing Park City is almost considered a rite of passage for Utah snow sport enthusiasts. Park City is well situated to benefit from all the lake-effect snow that makes Utah such a skier’s paradise. The Park City town at the base is itself a quaint attraction and worth some time to explore. Home to the world-famous Sundance film festival, this location has plenty to see and do but the town is large enough it could be worth driving from destination to destination in a Ford with heated seats when the temperatures get low.

Snow Basin

Snow Basin is a lesser-known spot that still has a lot to offer. With a number of amenities and food options built for the Olympics, there’s plenty to do on the mountain even between skiing the numerous slopes and terrain types. The only downside is that there is no slope-side accommodation, but with a Ford truck the short 10-minute drive over shouldn’t be much of an issue.

If you need a vehicle that can get you to the slopes, check out our lineup at Westland Ford.

Ford Reworks Repair Network

Ford Collision Center Repair Shop

With the recent changeover from the Ford National Body Shop Network to the Ford Certified Collision Network in the United States, several auto body shops and mechanics must reapply for certification in order to take advantage of the new program. Luckily, with several local, certified shops in the vicinity, drivers can get exactly what they need from quality, trusted Ford-certified mechanics.

For example: If your prized F-150 is involved in a\ fender bender on the interstate and you are in desperate need of an original equipment manufacturer, you can call your nearest Ford-certified expert and be on your way in no time with repairs you can trust.

According to the official press release, The Ford Certified Collision Network offers repair instructions, what you need to know about vehicle inspections, and certification. Other features include “performance metrics and proper repair verification.” Another exciting feature of the Ford Certified Collision Network is a collision repair hotline available to certified shops in the network. There are additional certification options for mechanics and auto pros who are looking for something more as you can choose to level up on advanced driver assistance systems and electric vehicles.

Ford Certified Collision Network shops and additional resources can be found at collision.ford.com. Ford is currently accepting applications for certification. Here at Westland Ford, we are ready to align our service department with these new guidelines to provide the best service to our customers.

2020 Ford Explorer Introduces New Hybrid Trim

New Ford Explorer
2019 Ford Explorer Pictured

The 2020 Ford Explorer was revealed in early January at the Ford Field in Detroit, where Ford announced two exciting new options for its seven-passenger mid-size SUV: the performance-driven ST, and a powerfully efficient Hybrid.

The 2020 Explorer has been fully redesigned for the new decade, and the updates go much deeper than the surface. The Explorer ST will come with a new 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, which Ford has claimed produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.

The ST will reportedly be able to go up to 143 mph, and paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with standard four-wheel drive and selectable traction control, this SUV is designed to deliver more driving fun than any other vehicle in its class.

The Explorer Hybrid is another exciting addition to Ford’s lineup. This efficiency-focused model produces all the power you need in an SUV at 318 horsepower, and though towing and hauling figures haven’t been announced yet, electrified vehicles historically have exceptional torque.

The Hybrid model will let you travel an incredible 500 miles between stops at the pump, so you can stay on the road longer and spend less money on gas. While many hybrids and other electric cars have bulky batteries taking up cargo space, the Explorer’s battery is located under the second-row seat, so your cargo space is unaffected.

Here at Westland Ford, we can’t wait for the arrival of this new iteration of the Ford Explorer.

Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

Family Winter Activites

Kids love playing in the snow in the winter, but when the temperature is below zero, you have to bring them in from the cold sometime. When you do, having a range of indoor winter activities for kids will keep them busy and let you stay in where it’s warm!

Crafts they’ll have fun putting together

Kids love making crafts, so get your supplies out and get started on some winter-themed crafts. Toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and foam cups make great materials for cardboard polar bears and penguins, printable winter wonderland scenes, snowmen, and more.

Treats and snacks they can help make

It’s a great learning experience for kids to help out in the kitchen, and they’ll have even more fun when they’re making candy or a favorite snack.

Experiment with icy blue rock candy, stir up some hot chocolate with whipped cream made into snowflake shapes, or cut a tortilla into a snowflake and dust it with cinnamon and sugar. You can even just add decorations to premade snacks like string cheese.

Homemade toys they’ll play with for hours

These crafts might make a mess, but is there anything more kids love than messes? From homemade slime to play-based clay, there are tons of squishy substances you can easily make at home.

One of these is play snow, perfect for when there’s no snow on the ground and your kids still want to build a snowman. Baking soda and shampoo or shaving cream will form fake snow that kids will be putting their hands in for hours.

Of course, you can always chart a course to a nearby indoor destination when you purchase a new Ford vehicle from Westland Ford.