Technology is an amazing thing, so it seems like it was only a matter of time before car manufacturers began experimenting with 3D printing.
About 3D Printing
Ford OEM has recently honed in on a process in which it tries out making various vehicle parts on a 3D printer. These parts are being compared to their metal versions, which are heavier and more expensive to make. If the parts become successful, they could change the way Ford designs. According to Ford, they are the first manufacturer to play with making production parts with a 3D printer.
The 3D printer that Ford OEM has been using is about the size of a small room. The printer works by printing one layer of plastic at a time. Depending on how large a given piece is, the printing can take anywhere from hours to days. 3D printers have been around for a while, and Ford has even experimented with them in the past. However, only now are they intelligent enough to perhaps be used for OEM parts.
As always, the parts would have to meet a high standard to be approved of by Ford OEM and if we ever carry these parts at Jimmy Michel Motors, we’ll stand behind them as we do all Ford products.
Having good tires, driving slow, and checking your antifreeze are all ways to ensure you drive safely this winter.
Pretty much anyone who’s lived in Missouri has had his or her fair share of winter weather driving. After all, the area gets around 13 inches of snow each year. Missourians know the precipitation well. But, it doesn’t hurt to get a refresher each winter on a few of the best tips for safe driving in snow and ice.
Prioritize the Tires
One of the best things you can do for safe winter driving is to give your tires a little attention. Make sure all four of your tires are in good shape and have plenty of tread. Check the tread by placing a penny in it to see how deep it goes. If Lincoln’s head sticks up, you need new tires.
Keeping your tires properly inflated is important, too. As many Missourians have figured out the hard way, cold weather lowers a tire’s air pressure. Yet, good air pressure is key to a tire’s ability to grip the road in poor conditions. Keep an eye on your tire pressure all winter long.
Take it Slow
Veteran drivers are sure to have learned this lesson long ago, but newer drivers might need the reminder. As a general rule when handling your car in snow or ice, do everything more slowly. Accelerate slowly, turn slowly and brake slowly. In fact, don’t brake at all if you can help it. Using regular brakes on ice often leads to sliding out of control. It’s better to gently let off the accelerator to come to a gradual stop.
While there’s a lot of craziness going on during Black Friday sales, it’s often the first time to see the season’s holiday decorations.
It’s the biggest shopping day of the year and it’s right around the corner. How can you avoid too much bustle and traffic and cash in on the deals? Follow this advice for a successful Black Friday.
For the best Black Friday results, you’ll want to do your research ahead of time. Learn what sales are where and during what time. Then, prioritize. Much to many a shopper’s dismay, no one can be two places at once, so you may have to choose. Unless, of course, you can rely on teamwork and follow the next bit of advice.
Half of the fun of Black Friday shopping can be going with a group. However, desperate times call for desperate measures, and if there are two bargains you don’t want to miss, split up to make both sales. Afterwards, you can rejoin over a relaxing coffee break and celebrate your successfully efficient plan.
Make the Bad Parts Fun
No one is particularly fond of waiting in long lines or driving in chaotic traffic. Keep the spirits high by coming prepared for these conditions. Bring a fun playlist to listen to in the car and some magazines or game books to look at while waiting in line. Pack a few snacks, as well. No one likes a “hangry” shopper!
Make the most of Halloween by not only dressing yourself in costume, but also dressing up your car.
Decorating your car is a fun way to celebrate Halloween and show off your creative side. Whatever kind of car you drive, we’ve got Halloween car decorations’ ideas for you.
Decorating Trucks and SUVs
SUVs and trucks offer a lot of versatility when it comes to car decorations, because these are the cars you can make whole scenes within the trunk or bed. You can turn your truck bed into a graveyard with headstones and skeletons, for instance, or go a little more cheerful and create a seascape or pumpkin patch. There are all kinds of options, so check out some of these cool ideas!
Decorating a Car
If you drive a sedan or something smaller, you can still set up something in your trunk, or you could decorate the outside of the car. Some people get car-safe paint to spill over their hood in imitation of blood, with fake arms and chunks of flesh to really set the scene.
And since Pokemon is so hot right now, think about attaching ears or tails to your car to represent your favorite, like many do with reindeer horns during the holidays! A flaming tale on your red car for Charmander or a shell strapped to your blue car’s roof for Squirtle would definitely impress the neighborhood kids when they come by for trick or treat.
Ford is donating 10,000 books to the Detroit Public Schools to help promote literacy.
Ford Motor Company is teaming up with the nonprofit organization First Book to donate 10,000 books to Detroit Public Schools in order to promote literacy from an early age. Organized by the Ford Driving Dreams initiative, the Ford book donations will go to classrooms for kindergarten through elementary school.
Ford celebrated the donation with 65 third graders from Amelia Earhart Elementary School earlier this month with a reading party at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center. Oscar De La Hoya, a former pro boxer, and several Ford representatives read to the children.
De La Hoya has been an active voice in promoting education for underprivileged youth and said that he was:
“excited to be part of an initiative that educates and inspires the kids of Detroit to get excited about reading books every day.”
Ford Driving Dreams has similar goals. As part of Ford’s overall mission to improve education in Detroit, Driving Dreams is focused on keeping students in school. Together with First Book, Ford hopes to improve the poor access to reading materials and low rates of literacy in low-income communities like Detroit.
Ford Driving Dreams was launched in 2012 and has since helped 75,000 students around the country and will have delivered 50,000 new books to students in Michigan, Texas, and Florida by the end of 2016. To learn more about Ford’s charitable giving and to stay up to date on the latest Ford models, check back in with our blog soon!
Ford is branching out in transportation options with the new Ford GoBike!
Ford Smart Mobility LLC recently acquired Chariot, a crowd-sourced shuttle service based in San Francisco that Ford plans to use to help grow its shuttle services around the world. Ford hopes to extend its shuttle services to five more markets within a year and a half.
Also in the Bay Area and around San Francisco, Ford is rolling out the new Ford GoBike, a bike sharing service where bikes are provided and riders borrow them for a few hours and then drop them off at another GoBike stop.
Ford hopes to get this project underway by next year and wants to increase the number of cyclists using GoBikes to 7,000 in that area by the end of 2018. GoBikes will be able to be accessed using FordPass. Eventually, Ford wants to develop an interconnected mobility network connected through data collection from the GoBikes to include real-time data on weather and traffic, among others.
Ford is putting together a team called City Solutions that will help continue its efforts to expand mobility services around the world. These are just some of the initiatives to increase new Ford transportation in global cities. Ford will continue to expand in its role as a leader in the global mobility market.
For more information on Ford news and vehicles feel free to contact our experts at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.
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.
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.
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.
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 & Show – Branson, 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 Theatre – Branson, 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 Twist – Bentonville, 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.