Taking care of your car is pertinent if you intend on driving it for years to come. Without proper service, the car will suffer and face problems that could leave to expensive repairs. If you aren’t sure when your car is in need of service, have no fear! Here at Bob Sight Ford, we know how to tell if you’re due for car service before you end up on the side of the road.
As a general rule, you should be taking your car in for service at least once a year or every 12,000 miles, whatever comes first. While that’s just a guideline, there are other signs that you need to take your car in for service more often than once a year.
Drivers who want to take the best possible care of their vehicle should start with the owner’s manual provided by the manufacturer. In it, you’ll find manufacturer recommendations on when to take care of common maintenance items, like changing the oil, spark plugs, and fluids.
Your dashboard is your friend. If a warning light pops up on the dashboard, stop into the dealership as soon as possible, especially if you don’t know what the problem could be.
If you hear any strange sounds, the car rides rough, or there’s a sudden change in how the car feels or acts, stop into a dealership service departmentright away.
So What Does Torque Mean, Exactly? We’re Happy to Answer
There are so many different terms and abilities associated with the automotive industry that sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Even if you consider yourself well-versed in cars, there is one term that many of us struggle with: torque.
What does torque mean, and what does it do?
Torque loosely refers to the car’s turning power, which causes your car to accelerate. And when you are look at a vehicle’s specifications and it tells you the maximum amount of torque, it is referring to the maximum torque of the internal combustion engine.
To put it even simpler, torque should be important to you because it refers to how quickly your car can drive really, really fast. If a vehicle can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about four seconds, then it has amazing torque abilities.
Lastly, torque is not the same thing as horsepower. In fact, horsepower is a combination of torque and engine ability, letting you know in one simple number just how generally powerful a vehicle is. For many, this number is easier to keep in mind than torque.
Still confused? For more information on torque–or to check out our many available vehicles with exceptional torque–contact us or visit us at Bob Sight Ford.
For years, the Ford Explorer SUV has been one of Ford’s most popular vehicle models. So it is no surprise that the 2017 model of the Explorer has been one of the most anticipated vehicles in the automotive world. All kinds of drivers have come to rely upon the reliability and capabilities of the Ford Explorer. To best meet all of the different needs of those drivers, Ford has developed the different trims of the 2017 Ford Explorer.
2017 Ford Explorer Sport
An SUV really wouldn’t be a Sports Utility Vehicle without the “Sport.” This is the area where the 2017 Ford Explorer Sport truly excels. The Explorer Sport focuses on the performance aspects of the vehicle, with features like Ford’s Intelligent 4-Wheel Drive.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT
The XLT trim of the Ford Explorer is “all about that space”! You’ll have no trouble fitting in this spacious version. This Ford Explorer model is able to provide ample elbow room for passengers with three-row seating for up to seven.
2017 Ford Explorer Platinum
For the Ford Explorer that is built to pamper, drivers should select the 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum. The Platinum trim comes equipped with 500-watt Sound from Sony® with Clear Phase and Live Acoustics™ to create a truly entertaining environment.
Our employee spotlight this month shines on our parts manager, Adam Link! A little background on Adam: He’s originally from these “parts” and has resided in the greater Kansas City area his entire life. He grew up in Lake Lotawana and Blue Springs, MO, and has worked at Bob Sight Ford for pretty much his entire adult life. He started out as a parts driver before becoming a parts counterperson, and then on to his current position as parts manager. As a parts manager, his responsibilities encompass all things parts related. He is responsible for ordering, shipping, receiving, selling, and returning parts.
Adam’s goals as parts manager are very simple – he strives to provide the best service to his customers and help them with their automotive needs. Adam says, “being able to have some fun while also helping customers at the same time” is what makes him so passionate about his job and why he enjoys his line of work.
When asked what he would consider to be his dream car, Adam proves he’s also got great taste. “There’s too many to pick just one, but right now I’m in love with the 1967 Toyota 2000 GT.” It may not be a Ford, but we can’t argue with that classic!
Some other interesting facts about Adam is that he has a self-described obsession with watching blacksmithing and lockpicking videos (it’s a thing – check it out!). He’s also a sucker for Ethiopian pour-over coffees.
When asked who he would want to play him in a movie about his life, he said Paul Sheer because of his signature teeth gap.
Next time you’re in need of a part, come over to Bob Sight Ford and say hello to Adam Link!
Going Green: How Ford Accelerated Action Day Is Making a Difference
Ford volunteers recently rolled up their sleeves to make the world a little greener during Ford Accelerated Action Day. Every year, Ford takes some time off to give back to various communities around the country, specifically working on eco-friendly projects. In addition to volunteering, Ford also gave more than $55,000 in grants to help fund various projects.
Ford put together a massive list of projects for Accelerated Action Day, ranging from a Lake Erie cleanup to landscaping and education programs. Over 20 different non-profit organizations participated in the events, and more than 700 Ford employees volunteered. In total, 49 projects were completed.
“Protecting our natural resources is a critical part of creating a better world,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. “We’re building and planting in sustainable ways and the e-waste recycling drive goes a step further to keep potentially hazardous electronics out of landfills.”
Ford also put together a massive e-waste cleanup project, collecting more than 75,000 pounds of materials from old computers, cell phones, and printers. Ford is also putting together a Ford Global Caring Month in September, cleaning up the environment and starting a long month of events. In fact, more than 30,000 volunteers are set to participate in over 1,700 projects across six continents.
Ford Motor Company Fund and Drake White Team Up for a Good Cause
Many people might not know that Henry Ford himself was a big country music fan. That’s according to Yisel Cabrera, community relations manager of the Ford Motor Company Fund. Cabrera said that the pioneering founder was also a “believer in making the world a better place.”
White is a responsible for such hits as “It Feels Good” and “Livin’ The Dream.” It’s the hope of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Derek White that his artistic prowess will help to draw people out for various good causes across the country.
On June 4th in Los Angeles, Drake White will be performing to benefit the American Red Cross. On July 2nd, he’ll be in Detroit helping bring in funds for Habitat For Humanity. Drake will also be putting on shows in Dallas and Boston.
The Ford F-150 Is Officially the Safest Pickup Truck for 2016
Most pickup shoppers are looking for capabilities, performance, and efficiency. These things will all lead you to the 2016 Ford F-150. But, did you know it is also the safest pickup truck of 2016?
Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2016 F-150 a Top Safety Pick for both the SuperCrew and SuperCab body styles. The F-150 is the only full-size pickup to earn this recognition.
“From the moment our team set out to design and build the new F-150, we knew it had to be best-in-class,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer, in a statement. “This Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick is another example of Ford’s commitment to building the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever.”
To make the F-150 safer than ever, engineers works for thousands of hours to make it more durable and incorporated 31 safety-related innovations into the truck, including new structures that manage crash forces.
In addition to the recognition from the IIHS, the F-150 is also the only full-size truck to earn a five-star overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ford has established a new subsidiary called Ford Smart Mobility LLC to focus on developing and investing in mobility services. Ford Smart Mobility will operate out of locations in Palo Alto, California, as well as Dearborn, Michigan, and will be headed by Jim Hackett, a member of the Ford Board of Directors.
The purpose of Ford Smart Mobility is to pursue opportunities to enter the mobility market and further Ford’s position and reputation as both an auto company and a mobility company. Ford hopes to be a leader in the mobility and autonomous vehicle markets.
Pulling from Ford’s existing body of mobility technologies, Ford Smart Mobility will work with data analytics teams from Ford Motor Company to develop mobility services that are ready to sell as well as invest in other companies’ mobility projects. Ford Smart Mobility will develop these new services independently from Ford and consult with other start-ups.
The executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford, says Ford Smart Mobility isn’t just about addressing today’s mobility issues, but rather “interpret[ing] what mobility will mean to future generations” and will “address the rapidly changing transportation challenges of an increasingly crowded world.”
We at Bob Sight Ford are excited to see what innovative breakthroughs Ford makes in mobility in the coming years.
Ford F-150 is PickupTrucks.com’s Best Light-Duty Truck for MPG 2016
Though “MPG” is in the title of the challenge, PickupTrucks.com took more than just fuel efficiency into consideration for this competition, which pitted the Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra, Ram 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 against each other.
When equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the Ford F-150 simply outshined every other truck in the head-to-head challenge. It provided the best combination of power and fuel economy, and every editor had nothing but compliments for it.
“In the end, we were impressed with the F-150 for its capability, fuel efficiency and composure when pushed hard,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor. “For a small V6 engine, it’s very impressive how well it almost eliminates the typical compromises half-ton customers have become accustomed to.”
Thanks to standard Auto Start-Stop technology, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 also offers best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. Schedule a test drive today and see for yourself just how good it feels to drive at Bob Sight Ford!
Industry-First Gorilla Glass Launched on 2017 Ford GT Supercar
According to the automaker, the windshield—which was developed in partnership with Corning Inc.—is about 12 pounds (or 30%) lighter than traditional glass.
Despite being 25%-50% thinner than conventional glass panels, it’s also much tougher, and even scratch-resistant. It’ll be used on the Ford GT’s windshield, rear engine cover, and bulkhead. Eventually, Ford hopes to add the glass to mainstream vehicles like those you can find at Bob Sight Ford, which will help improve fuel economy, reduce break-ins, and mitigate damage in accidents.
Gorilla Glass has been used for years in smartphones, but the Ford GT features an industry-first three-layered hybrid version that has undergone four months of grueling rollover and impact tests. It won’t break when shot at close range with a golf ball-sized hail at 55 mph, unlike traditional glass.
While it’s less likely to break in an accident, rescue teams will still be able to get into a car equipped with Gorilla Glass if needed.