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What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

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Knowing what to do when your car won’t start can save you a lot of time and money!

 

If your car won’t start, there are a few things you can do to test what the problem is and see if it’s something you can fix. If it is, you’ll save money on a tow truck.

If you can’t turn the key and the engine seems to be stuck, you may just have a problem with your wheels being turned too far from when you parked. Turn the wheel back to a straighter position and try again. If it still doesn’t work, try a spare key if you have one.

If you turn the key but nothing happens at all, this is usually a sign of a bad battery. Your battery life may be running out or your connection may be weak. Try to turn on the lights. If they seem dim, this is a sign of a dead battery. Call your roadside assistance or a good friend with jumper cables and ask them to come out and help you jump your battery. Then take it right to a parts store to get tested.

If the car cranks but doesn’t turn over when you try to start it, this is a harder problem to figure out on your own and it’s time to call for a tow or roadside assistance. Often the problem is a frozen fuel line, and it’s something you need to take in and have looked at.

Official Ford Mountune Power Upgrade Kit Makes Focus RS Crazy Powerful

Ford Mountune Power Upgrade

The Ford Focus RS is about to get a huge power upgrade!

 

The 2016 Ford Focus RS was already a powerful, popular model, but now, thanks to British tuning company Mountune, your Focus RS can be even stronger, with the Ford Mountune Power Upgrade kit.

 

In fact, the kit improves the horsepower output of the Focus RS by 25 horsepower, bringing the total from 350 to 375 horsepower. This much of a jump is a huge difference, especially for a vehicle already known for its performance abilities.

 

Plus, with the Mountune upgrade in effect, the 2016 Ford Focus RS can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. It’s essentially a racecar!

 

Mountune worked with Ford Performance on the kit, so if you are interested in upgrading your vehicle, it will not affect your warranty. For more information on the Ford Focus RS Mountune upgrade or to take the Focus RS out on a test drive, visit us anytime at Jimmy Michel Motors.

Back to School Car Maintenance

Back to School Car Maintenance to Complete Before the Semester Starts

Back to School Car Maintenance

Get your car in tip-top shape before you go back to school!

 

It’s that time of year again: back to school season. And as you know, with back to school season comes back to school car maintenance. So, before you start the school year, you will want your car to be in top shape.

Here is a list of some routine maintenance to keep in mind:

  • If your car is due for an oil change, now is the time to make an appointment.
  • Consult your owner’s manual to discover the optimal tire pressure, and see to it that your tires match that amount.
  • Make sure that both your air conditioning and heating are working properly, especially if you haven’t used one in a while.
  • Fill up your windshield wiper fluid reservoir with fresh fluid.
  • And lastly, consider stocking your vehicle with a first-aid kit if you haven’t already, as well as some fresh water.

To meet with someone in our service department or, of course, to take a new vehicle out for a spin, contact us anytime at Jimmy Michel Motors.

Best date nights

Best Date Night Destinations Near Aurora, Missouri

Best date nights

Treat you and your loved one to a special night out!

 

In this day and age, we all seem to be running around like crazy. That’s why we have to remember to take a breath every now and then to appreciate the people in our life. That’s why we’ve got some great ideas for the best date nights near Aurora.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & ShowBranson, Missouri

If you want a fun, crazy, over-the-top night out, you’ve got it! You’ll get a full show and delicious country-style dinner. And you can stop by the stables on the property to see all of the gorgeous quarter horses.

Sight & Sound TheatreBranson, Missouri

This theatre is different than most. All of its shows are centered on the Bible, but you don’t even have to be religious to enjoy them. There are stunning visual representations of stories almost everyone knows, from Moses to Noah’s Ark. Live animals are featured for an extra “wow.”

Painting with a TwistBentonville, Arkansas

Not an artist? It doesn’t matter! These paint nights let you sip on wine while an instructor walks you step-by-step through a featured painting. The best part is comparing your paintings afterwards.

The New Ford Escape Becomes ‘The Runner’

New Ford Escape

“The Runner” has an extra special star and it’s the new Ford Escape!

 

Ford loves its collaborations, and that’s what it did for the new Ford Escape. A new collaboration with Verizon’s Go90 mobile app puts the 2017 Ford Escape in the starring role of “The Runner,” a new kind of reality show.

“The Runner” will run on the Go90 app, AOL.com, and Xbox. This reality show pits five teams of contestants against a character called “The Runner.” All teams will chase The Runner, who’s trying to make it across the United States.

It’s innovative because of the way the public can interact with this show. Viewers can choose their favorite chase team and help them out by giving them clues to The Runner’s location.

And of course, the chasing teams all get help from the Ford Escape. Contestants will use SYNC 3 technology, voice-activated features, and a foot-activated liftgate, as well as text message capability in the new Escape to make their journey.

“The Runner” will have three new episodes a day throughout the month, meaning that viewers can keep track of each contestant’s progress. You can pick your favorite players and help them along their way. Plus, you’ll be able to preview the best features of the all-new Ford Escape!

Ford Escape’s Interior Updated for 2017

2017 Ford Escape

The Ford designers have come up with another innovative way to give you more storage space!

 

When you are traveling on the road, you definitely want all of your equipment by your side. The best place for that equipment is around your vehicle’s center console. However, this area is usually limited on space. Always looking to improve the vehicle experience, Ford has found a way to address that issue.

According to a Ford press release, the interior center console of the 2017 Ford Escape will have more room for supplies.

In order to create more room throughout the center console, Ford’s designers created a smaller electronic parking brake.

Once the size of the parking brake was reduced, Ford could increase the remaining cargo room along the center console. The result is a 25% increase in front room storage for Escape passengers.

“That whole center console area is what we call ‘Manhattan real estate’ because it’s valuable,” said Zulf Ali, Ford senior interior designer. “It isn’t a lot of space to work with, but as a designer, those constraints are exciting. It’s a challenge that forces you to be more creative – to ask yourself, ‘OK, how can we get clever with this?’”

For a vehicle that has room for everything that you could ever want or need on the road, the 2017 Ford Escape has you covered!

How to Prepare for a Tornado

How to Prepare for a Tornado

How to Prepare for a Tornado

Tornados are extremely unpredictable so knowing what to do ahead of time is important.

 

Summertime weather is usually famous for sunny days and hot temperatures. However, the summer weather is also famous for being unpredictable. Warm and cold fronts often clash during the summer months. The consequences of this violent change in weather can often come in the form of a tornado! Tornados can cause a ton of damage, so it is important to know how to prepare for a tornado. Fortunately, there are several ways you can ensure you and your family are safe before a tornado touches down!

  • There is often a period of warning before severe summer storms strike! Take this time to ensure that any dead or damaged branches from the trees surrounding your property are removed to minimize damages.
  • Other outside objects that can damage your property during a storm include yard furniture. Move this furniture from the patio to the inside of your home!
  • You should have a certain room in your home selected as a designated safe room in case of a tornado. This room should be below the ground if at all possible and should preferably lack windows.

Tornados can happen at any time. That is why it is so important that you be prepared for them at all times! Make sure that you and your family take the necessary precautions to stay safe this summer.

Reach out to us at Jimmy Michel Motors or comment below for any extra tips on how to prepare for a tornado.

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Long-Range Electric Ford Planned, Few Details Released

long-range electric Ford

Ford has a long-ranged EV in the works. Hopefully to be released in the next few years!

 

Ford announced late last month that it has plans to soon release a long-range electric vehicle that will compete with the Tesla Model S as well as new electric vehicles coming from GM and Nissan.

No development schedule was mentioned for the long-range electric Ford, but the company will probably aim for a release date near the release of the new long-range Chevy Bolt, which Chevy claims will have a range of at least 200 miles, and the similarly ranged next-generation Nissan Leaf. Chevy is aiming for a fall 2016 release of the new Bolt.

Ford CEO Mark Fields said on the matter, “We want to make sure we’re either among the leaders or in a leadership position” in the electric vehicle market and that they are “clearly developing for” the same things their competitors are. With the recent announcement of a more affordable Tesla, the Model 3 priced at the average electric vehicle price of $35,000, the non-luxury EV market will be even more competitive.

Fields also mentioned Ford’s stated plan to invest $4.5 billion over the next several years in developing 13 new hybrid and electric vehicles.

If you have any questions about Ford’s plan for EVs leave a comment below or reach out to us at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.

Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

sharing the road with motorcyclists

Learning to share the road with cars and motorcycles is the best way to prevent accidents.

 

As the weather warms, we’ll be sharing the road with motorcyclists more and more often, and it’s important to know how to drive alongside them safely. More than half of motorcycle fatalities happen in an accident with another driver. Motorcyclists are often harder to see and their movements aren’t as clear from a car, so follow these tips and keep yourself and our two-wheeling friends safe.

First of all, let go of any anger you may feel and learn to accept motorcyclists’ presence on the road. They aren’t going anywhere, and they aren’t there to make you mad. They often change lanes to improve their own visibility to other drivers. Being angry at them makes you drive more recklessly.

Motorcycles often look farther away than they are and don’t appear to be going as fast, so don’t turn unless you’re sure the motorcycle is far from you—or just wait until it passes. Pay attention to a motorcycle’s turn signals—they aren’t self-canceling, so they might still be on when they aren’t supposed to be.

Put more distance between yourself and motorcycles than you would a car, especially in wet road conditions.

If you have anymore tips on sharing the road with motorcyclists please share below or visit us at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.

Three Tips For New Drivers

New teen driver Springfield MO

Keep the smile on your face and your mind on the road with these tips for new drivers.

If you just happened to get your license, remembering all of the rules and conventions of the road at all times can seem a bit daunting. To help you out, we’ve outlined some of the best tips for new drivers.

Right-of-way may be the most important thing you need to learn to stay safe on the road. Granted, “Yield” signs tell us that others have the right-of-way but many times, there aren’t any signs to tell you who has the right-of-way in a given traffic situation. To expect another to yield when it is your responsibility, and vice versa, can quickly lead to very dangerous situations. Here are a number of situations you should be aware of.

A lot of your education has focused on how to prevent mishaps, as it should. However, you should be fully prepared for a breakdown. You should know that if you cannot get onto the shoulder, or if you manage to get to the shoulder but do not feel safe getting out, do not get out of the your vehicle. Keep your seatbelt on and call for help. The bottom line is that you should make a plan, just in case. Car broken down? Our Service Department can help!

It’s also important to remember, as you begin you driving, that you should never stop learning. Learn from your mistakes! We all get lucky from time to time so use those experiences to be safer in the future.