Congratulations Dave Moore on being in 1st Place!
2nd Place - Dave Smith
Congratulations Dave Smith on being in 2nd Place!
3rd Place - Josh "Corn Fed" Johnson
Congratulations Josh Johnson on being in 3rd Place!
MAR 20, 2014 | DEARBORN, MICH.
For the fifth consecutive year, Ford Motor Company has been recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere Institute, a leading think tank dedicated to the advancement of best practices in business ethics, social responsibility, anticorruption and sustainability. Ford is among 144 companies selected from thousands around the world. It is the only automaker to receive the honor for 2014, and one of just a few companies to earn the recognition five times. Ford was selected for its corporate responsibility efforts, governance and business practices. More information about the award and the full list of the world’s most ethical companies can be found here.
Towing a Helicopter with a Ford Super Duty
Transmission repairs and replacements can be inconvenient, expensive and quite stressful. But it beats the alternative. Here are five signs of transmission trouble.
Slippage. Although replacing a transmission can be expensive, you're putting much more at risk than money by driving a car with a transmission that allows slippage. Slippage occurs when your vehicle switches gears without you manually shifting or the car's computer automatically shifting. This is easily recognized when driving a manual shift vehicle. If you're driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission, be alert to a change in engine noise pitch or a seeming lack of power, such as poor acceleration. If you suspect slippage, get your car's transmission inspected immediately.
Delayed engagement. When it comes to your car's transmission, a delayed engagement is much more serious than the plot of a romantic comedy. It means your car isn't going into the proper gear when you shift. If, for example, you shift your vehicle from park to drive, followed by a long pause as you rev the engine to give it gas, you may have a problem with the transmission. It may also be a problem with the vehicle's computer system, so make sure to get it checked out immediately.
Grinding or shaking. Your car's not supposed to make a grinding noise when you shift gears. It's not supposed to shake either, nor is it supposed to make a thud or clunking noise. If it's doing any of these things, there's a good chance you have a problem with the transmission or the clutch. Once again, if your car is experiencing these noises while shifting gears, do not ignore it. Get it inspected and repaired before it leads to bigger problems. A noisy transmission while in neutral is normally not as serious and can sometimes be corrected by adding or changing transmission fluid.
Leaks. Speaking of fluids, your transmission fluid should remain in the transmission. A leaky transmission should be looked at and repaired immediately. It's a much less expensive option than replacing the entire unit, but if left untreated, it can lead to having to replace the entire transmission. If the leaking fluid is bright red in color and somewhat clear with a sweet smell, the fluid's fine and you probably just need to fix the leak. If it's dark red or has a burnt smell, it's time to get the transmission flushed as well.
Check Engine light. The "Check Engine" light on your dashboard could be just about anything associated with the engine and it may just mean you're due for an oil change or tune up. If, however, the "Check Engine" light comes on when you're experiencing any of the above symptoms of a faulty transmission, you should get it diagnosed immediately. Your dealer's shop will have all the diagnostic tools necessary to figure out the problem, and the wherewithal to fix it.
Perhaps you’re a woman who doesn’t particularly relish the prospect of visiting a car dealership. If so, you’re not alone. In what is still a very male-dominated environment, women are often put off by the idea of being patronized, or not understanding some of the more technical details about buying a used or new car. However, there's no reason for any woman to feel nervous about visiting a car dealership. Calm those first-time nerves with this simple guide to your first visit.
Do some homework first
It's seldom a good idea to walk straight into a dealership without doing any type of homework, and that goes for any gender. It's no different than visiting the supermarket, for instance. You need a clear reason for your visit, with a basic shopping list in mind. Do some research online to find out what sort of car you would like to buy. Try to narrow down your choices to a few options, so the dealer doesn't have to start from scratch. If you have a basic idea of what you want, the dealer will be able to give you more specific advice.
Ask the right questions
Dealers may wrongly assume that, because you are a woman, you are only interested in specific things about the car. Make sure that the dealer knows you mean business by asking questions about the power, reliability, fuel efficiency and any other practical/technical issues that concern you. Like any other buyer, you want to know that you are getting value for money, and that the car is going to be a sensible investment. Set the scene correctly from the beginning, and ask the right questions.
Make sure you are thorough
Don't let the dealer rush you into a decision. Make it clear that you want all the right information and that you want to take the car for a test drive, too. Don't feel embarrassed about taking notes, or telling the dealer that you may want to get a second opinion from somebody else.
Get ready to negotiate
Women are just as capable of striking a good deal as men, so make sure you get a good price. Don't give away your budget right away. Also, conduct a price check online to be well-informed prior to arriving at the dealership.
Just like your home, you can't avoid maintenance if you want to keep your car looking its best. Since you spend a lot of time in your car, it makes sense to not only wash the exterior but also keep the interior tidy. At least once a year, give your car a thorough spring cleaning.
Start with interior cleaning
Interior maintenance should include the following:
- Remove all trash. Look under the seats and other spots where you know you've been throwing "stuff."
- Vacuum. Always start at the top and work your way down because gravity pulls dirt and pollen towards the floor. You'll need hand attachments that can get into tiny spaces around the seats. Use a screwdriver or can of compressible air to dig dirt from hard to reach corners.
- Wash floor mats and carpet. Take out removable floor mats and wash them with soap, rinse and dry before replacing. If the carpeting and seats are dirty, use automotive carpet/upholstery cleaner and follow directions for application. Allergy sufferers will want to remove as much pollen as possible. Perform this task on a balmy day and keep the doors open to facilitate speedy drying.
- Clean the dashboard. Use a cleaner recommended for your car's dashboard surface. Leather, plastic or other synthetics each require the appropriate cleaning method to keep them looking their best.
Wash the exterior including the tires
Take the time to spring clean your car on the outside instead of just running it through an automatic car wash. Either pick a cloudy day or perform this job in a shady spot to avoid streaking that occurs when metal and glass are heated by the sun.
- Chassis underside and tires. Use a strong hose spray or a power wash attachment to get under your car and in the front and back of your tires to remove accumulated dirt and any lingering salt buildup after winter driving.
- Exterior bath. Wash the outside of your car using only products designed for this purpose. Hand dry using soft, preferably natural-fiber cloths that are absorbent and that won't scratch the paint. Wash and dry every nook and cranny including doorjambs and windows.
- Wash the tires. Tires also require special cleaners to protect the outer layer of rubber. This is also a good time to check the tread thickness and inflation levels on your tires.
- Wax for protection. The extra step of waxing not only gives your car a sparkling shine but also protects the finish that helps maintain resale value. Choose the type of wax that works best for you, either paste, liquid or spray. Though it's always a good idea to experiment with any new waxing product on an inconspicuous spot first.
Other spring cleaning tips
Check the level of your window wiper fluid and the wipers for damage and/or wear and tear. Do a little spring cleaning under the hood by checking the battery terminals and removing any white build-up. All you'll need is a damp cloth and toothbrush soaked in a little baking soda and water. (You should always wear eye protection when working inside the engine.)
Browse the aisle of any store that sells automotive products and you'll be surprised what's available to help you not only to maintenance your car but to also wash it from the inside out.
Sales Dept. Hours
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- F and S: 8:30am-8pm
- Sun: 10am-6pm
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- Sun: closed
These delicious, rich, peanut buttery cookies may just be the easiest cookies you’ve ever made, perfect for last-minute entertaining or a rainy-day project that even young kids will enjoy. Even better? They are made without any flour, making them great for people on gluten-free or low-carb diets.
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Active time: 10 minutes
Inactive time: 20 minutes
Yields: one dozen
1 cup creamy, all-natural peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cream the peanut butter and sugar together in a large bowl using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. Add the baking powder, egg, and vanilla and mix completely.
Measure out a tablespoon of the dough and roll the dough into a small ball. Place the ball on the prepared cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining dough, leaving an inch of space between each cookie.
Place the cookies in the oven to bake for ten minutes, until they are light-brown in color and a bit soft. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Let cool before serving.