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Month: September 2015

Choosing the Right Tires: Preparing for Colder Weather

Snow Tires

As cold weather approaches, now is the ideal time to think about replacing your tires. Although it depends on how often and how far you’ve driven, replacing your tires gives you better handling, better control, and even better fuel economy in some cases. Choosing the right tires doesn’t have to be difficult.

According to Edmunds, you should look for uneven wear patterns and bald spots as indicators of bad tires. The law usually requires that you replace tires when they’ve worn down to 2/32-inch of tread depth, but that’s fairly dangerous. Consider replacing tires when they’re down to 4/32-inch. A tread gauge is easy to find at any auto parts store.

Tire selection ranges from off-road tires, all-season tires, and winter tires among others. Each has an advantage, but unless you live in the snow belt or plan on tackling some tough trails, all-season tires are often the way to go.

How many tires should I get? When buying a complete set of tires, you have the most flexibility, and can basically get whatever you want. If you’re buying two tires (or one, in a rare circumstance), you should always match your other tires as much as possible so there is no uneven wear or lopsided traction.  If you have more questions about finding the right tire for you, stop by and see us in our Service Department!

New Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Gallops Off the Line

New Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

The all-new Shelby GT350R is fresh off the assembly line at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. This model is one of the brand’s most athletic builds yet, with a focus on pure muscle and performance. Made to tackle tracks around the world, there’s no stopping the new Ford Shelby Mustang.  The question is, does it hold up to our typical expectation of the a Ford Shelby Mustang?

According to Ford, the new Ford Shelby GT350R comes with a state-of-the-art 5.2-liter V8 engine with a flat-plane crank, generating up to 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Add that to a 3.73 TORSEN limited slip differential and MagneRide suspension and you’ve got one pure-performance machine.  I’d say that’s what we’ve come to expect from our Shelby Mustangs!

“This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company.  He further states, “We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance.  Today the legend continues.”

This model also comes with iconic racing stripes and features like Track Apps, which lets you see and set launch control, line-lock, and more. Best of all, this model comes with extremely lightweight carbon fiber wheels. What’s not to like about the GT350R?  Tell us at Highway Ford what you think of the new Ford Shelby GT350R!

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