Extend the Life of Your Vehicle and Keeping You Safe

We’re always looking for tips that can extend the life of your car AND keep you safe! My Ford Magazine is a great resource and they’ve posted an excellent article about your shocks and struts – and why this is important to you!

Below are great tips to protect your car in winter and spring driving conditions and what to look for if your shocks and struts are not the best they can be and you need to be ready for those summer road trips!

1. REDUCED BRAKING ABILITY
When your shocks or struts become worn down, your vehicle “jounces” more over bumps, which means it bounces up and down. This makes braking more difficult and could significantly increase your stopping distance. So take note: If your vehicle is taking longer than usual to stop, or if it is nose-diving when you do so (another sign of decreased traction), have your vehicle checked at any of our four service locations. A suspension check is part of the multi-point inspection included; during the inspection our technicians will ensure that all possible pothole-related damage is assessed, and you’ll have less to worry about.

2. LESS CONTROL ON CORNERS
Watch out for an exaggerated “body roll” when you turn corners—this is when you feel yourself and your vehicle tilting a bit more than normal, which can be a sign of damaged shocks or struts. If that’s happening to you, take your vehicle in for a suspension check right away, because excessive body roll can affect your ability to safely steer around obstructions in the road.

3. ROUGHER RIDE
Getting jostled on your journey is not only uncomfortable, it can affect your ability to safely control your vehicle. Try a quick bounce test at home by pushing down firmly on the front and rear of your vehicle. If the car moves up and down more than once or twice, have your shocks and struts checked at any of our four service centers.

4. TIRE WEAR
When struts or shocks are worn out, your tires wear out faster. A damaged strut or shock can also contribute to quicker wear on the other steering components of the vehicle, like rods and wheel bearings. If you notice a rumbling or increased vibrations at higher speeds, have a Ford auto technician look for “cupping” on your tires, which is a type of scalloped wear pattern associated with struts and shocks. Cupping happens when your car jounces up and down, leaving indented scuff marks on the tires, and is a big red flag that your suspension needs repairing.

5. MORE HYDROPLANING & SKIDDING
Worn shocks and struts can affect the way your wheels engage with the road, especially when roads are slick. If your vehicle is sliding or hydroplaning frequently, get your suspension checked out now—before more April showers arrive.

Our Ford and Acura service centers are located at 1899 Highway 99 N in Ashland and can be reached at 541-482-2521. Our Kia dealership is located at 4950 Crater Lake Avenue, 541-776-3088 while our Hyundai dealership is located at 5000 Crater Lake Avenue, 541-245-5335. Call for an appointment today if you notice any of these issues with your vehicle.

Spring Car Cleaning

Image courtesy:  autoblog.com / Time for a bath?

Image courtesy: autoblog.com / Time for a bath?

We’re taking Punxatawney Phil at his word that Spring will be arriving early this year. Which means we’re already thinking about Spring cleaning. Here’s a list of some of our favorite tips for sprucing up your vehicle for the season of renewal.

Interior:

1. Remove all unnecessary stuff, like the 14 pens under the passenger seat and the (hopefully) empty travel mugs rolling around on the floor.

2. Stow anything you want to keep in the car. If there’s not enough room in the console or glove box for your maps (yes, some of us do still use them), first aid kits, and travel supplies invest in a plastic or rubber storage bin to slide under a seat or keep in the trunk.

3. Clean. Start with the vaccuum. Follow up with cleaners appropriate for the surface you’re scrubbing (leather, plastic, glass and carpet). Diluted laundry soap works great on seatbelts. There’s even chewing gum cleaner, although you may have to search for it online or ask your local detailer where to find it. Always apply cleaners to a sponge or cloth and never directly on the surface. For tiny spots (heater vents, cup holders) use a toothbrush, paintbrush or Q-Tip.

Exterior:

1. Park in the shade.

2. Pre-soak the entire vehicle.

3. Use a soap designed for washing cars and a clean rag, sponge or lamb’s wool mitt (swap it out for another one to clean wheels and tires). Follow directions on the soap’s packaging.

4. Soak, wash, and rinse one section at a time, starting at the top and working your way down.

5. Wax. You can choose between three types: liquid, paste and spray. There are pros and cons to all three. Consumer Reports can help you pick one.

6. Check tires for tread wear and proper inflation (check your owner’s manual for appropriate psi).

Now, you’re set to roll into Spring in style! And don’t forget, if you don’t have the time or energy to do the work but still want to spruce up your vehicle for Spring, Butler’s Service Centers will be happy to do it for you!

Sources:  www.consumerreports.org, www.kia-buzz.com, www.cartalk.com

 

 

5 Ways to Ruin Your Ride

broken-down-carWe’ve told you what you need to do to extend the life of your vehicle but some may find that list overwhelming. So, let’s come at it from the other direction and discuss the easiest ways to destroy your ride. We culled this list from a variety of internet sources as well as the guys in the Butler Service Center so, if you’re looking to help your vehicle along to an early demise, this is the list to follow.

5. Use dishwashing detergents (or other cleansers not designed for automotive care) to wash your vehicle… in the sun

4. Keep driving when the vehicle overheats

3. Ignore the check engine light

2. Postpone regularly scheduled maintenance (including oil, oil filter, and fuel filter changes)

1. And the number one thing you can do to ruin your ride is ignore regularly scheduled/recommended maintenance, especially oil changes

Sources:  www.finance.yahoo.com, www.ridelust.com, www.carcarepeople.com, www.coolcarautoair.com

Butler’s Service Center Teams With Videographer to Build ’67 Shelby Tribute Car

Shawn and his Shelby

Shawn and his Shelby

What do dangling out of a helicopter with a camera and a building a tribute car have in common? Both require intense focus, knowledge, and skill. That’s why videographer and pilot Shawn Adams turned to the body shop at Butler Automotive Group to transform his stock 1967 Ford Mustang convertible into a 1967 Shelby Mustang Tribute car.

Only one authentic ’67 Shelby convertible exists. Widely acknowledged as the rarest race car in the world, the original belonged to legendary racecar driver, racing team owner, engineer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby who died in Spring of 2012 at the age of 89. While Shelby manufactured a 1968 convertible, the ’67 drop top never went into production. But that couldn’t keep it from becoming the object of many a teenager’s obsession, including Shawn’s. So, what’s the appeal? “That you never see them around,” he says. “I’ve always liked the look of the ’67 but that model didn’t come in a convertible. It all comes down to the hood and nose. The front end defines that car.”

So, in Fall of 2011 Shawn turned to Butler Automotive Group for help making a Shelby out of his stock 1967 Ford Mustang convertible. He knew Butler, under the watchful eye and skilled hand of Body Shop Manager Guy Fowler, had restored three classic cars already and that Guy, having been part owner in a Camaro building shop in San Jose, had years of experience under his belt. In his spare time Guy, along with body shop technician Thad Grogan, and painters George Dunphy and Rob Scott, dismantled Shawn’s car and began the painstaking process of rebuilding it while adding reproduction Shelby parts. The vehicle was then painted a shade closely matching the original’s candy-apple red. “It was really important to do it right,” Guy says. “The whole car is functional. It’s tight. It was a quality build.” The Tribute car is now fully intact and on display at Butler Ford in Ashland.

A videographer who regularly hangs out of a helicopter to shoot video for such clients as National Geographic and Discovery, Shawn’s been documenting the build and will be assembling a full-length video detailing the process. The plan is to incorporate the Tribute car into a Butler Ford television commercial in Spring of 2013. We don’t want to give too much away but feel safe in saying the spot will include more than one Mustang and at least one helicopter. In the meantime, Shawn’s crossing his fingers for good weather so he can take his sweet ‘Stang on the road, top down, of course. But even if he has to wait until next year, he’s content to just look, for now. “I think it’s the coolest material object I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says. “And that is the truth.”

To see the build process visit http://butlersservicecenters.wordpress.com/the-67-shelby-project/.

before and after

Butler Service Tech Embraces “Movember” for Cancer Awareness

Iman in full "Movember" mode

Iman in full “Movember” mode

He is one of the most photogenic and frequently photographed of Butler employees. The camera does love him but, that’s not the only reason Butler Ford Service Technician Iman Pirasteh is happy to smile at the lens; It is also because he is always willing to throw himself behind a cause… which, coincidentally, explains the current, considerably hairier version of Iman, the “Movember” version.

“Clean cut” Iman

His friends say he looks like a grizzly bear. His relatives want their fresh faced young man back. But Iman welcomes the comments because they allow him to talk about his reason for relinquishing the razor: “Movember”, a movement born in 2004 that urges the growing of a mustache to raise awareness of prostate and other cancers typically associated with men. “You hear about breast cancers in October,” he says. “But how are you going to show support for men?” He doesn’t even know anyone afflicted with any of the highlighted diseases; He just wanted to help, as the movement says, “change the face of men’s health”. He even went above and beyond the movement’s guidelines. “Movember”* is a hybrid word mashing “mustache” and “November” but Iman says he think he looks less silly with a full beard. “You go through stages of your beard getting really itchy but then, after that, you don’t think about it… you just cruise,” he says.

Frankly, this reporter is stunned by the sheer amount of facial hair the normally clean-cut Iman has sprouted in just the past 19 days (he stopped shaving on November 10th). But along with raising awareness Iman says there’s another benefit. “It does help keep you warm. It’s awesome,” he gushes. And somewhere, under all that fur, he cracks a photogenic smile.

For more information visit http://us.movember.com/?home.

*There is also a “No Shave November” movement whose only purpose is to promote laziness and indifference.

Butler’s Service Center Improvements

The less-than-glamorous fact of automobile ownership is that sooner or later your car, truck, or SUV will need to visit the shop for service or repair work. Whether your visit is to take care of something as simple and inexpensive as an oil change or as complicated and spendy as a turbocharger replacement, we want to make your time with us as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. So we’ve upgraded our service areas inside and out. Both Service Departments at Butler Kia and Butler Hyundai have been enclosed so you can show us what’s going on with your vehicle away from wind, rain, or harsh sunlight. And the waiting room at Butler Ford and Acura’s Service Department is now more comfortable, complete with complimentary Kuerig beverage choices and bottled water, cozy chairs, magazines, TV, and free Wi-Fi. We hope you see and feel the difference! And if you have any ideas to help us better your experience while you’re waiting for your service work to be completed, we want to hear ’em! Send us an email at customersfirst@butlerman.com. Thanks!

Customer Lobby at Butler Ford and Acura Service Center

Service Bay at Butler Kia

Service Bay at Butler Hyundai