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What Does My Transfer Case Do?

A transfer case is the difference between a two-wheel and four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle. Located behind the transmission, it allows you to adjust the gear ratio from two-wheel to 4WD. The transfer case gears work with the help of the driveshaft to transfer power from the transmission to the front and rear axles.

By creating that balance of power between the axles, the 4WD is set in motion, the wheels’ rotational speed is reduced, and they are synchronized to turn at the same speed. This provides the traction needed to get through rugged terrain.

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Stay out of Harm's Way with the 2018 Ford Escape

Drifting puts a crossover in the path of other cars. Still, it happens more often than Redford, MI drivers would like. To help, the Ford Escape offers a multi-faceted lane keeping system.

The Ford system uses cameras to watch lane lines. You can choose how you want the system to respond. If the Escape drifts out of its marked path, the steering wheel vibrates to warn the driver to straighten the crossover's trajectory. To assist, the system may apply torque to the appropriate wheels, giving the vehicle a gentle push back into its lane.

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Do You Need to Check Your Car's Differential?

If you have been going to the dealership for regular tune-ups and oil changes, then you probably think everything is good with your car. However, are you checking your car's differential? Ever car's front or rear axle has a differential, which must be lubricated. The differential helps turn the wheels with your engine so that your car can move properly.

However, if your differential is not lubricated properly, then your car might start running roughly or be unable to move forward in extreme cases. This is because a differential has gears which help turn your wheels as fast…

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Check Your Brake Fluid

Here at Pat Milliken Ford Inc., we have qualified service technicians who can check your fluids and take care of any maintenance that your vehicle may need. Brake fluid is one of the fluids that should be monitored periodically.

What does brake fluid do for your car? Automotive brakes are designed to stop your vehicle at a moment's notice, so you and your passengers stay safe. The amount of force required to do this is more than what you use to step on the brake pedal. Your brakes use brake fluid to pneumatically clamp a brake pad against each…

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Pre-Road Trip Checklist to Help You Before Heading on Vacation

When the time comes that you are ready to take a vacation, planning on your destination can be difficult if you want to drive to where you are going. If you are traveling a good distance from home, you will want to check the following items at Pat Milliken Ford Inc. before you leave for your trip.

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Pre-Qualify Your Auto Financing and Take the Unknown Out of The Equation

You can gain a real advantage by pre-qualifying your auto financing affairs and come out on top when it comes to buying a new or used car. Just go to the finance center here at Pat Milliken Ford Inc. and fill out the form online. You will have a reply in a very short time, and then you will be set to know your boundary for a new car deal.

Once you know that your financing is intact, your buying activity takes on a brand-new approach. Now you will not be nervous or anxious, and you can concentrate on the…

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Buy Used Over New

Buying your car used from our team here at Pat Milliken Ford Inc. has so many benefits and makes total sense. Not only will buying used be easier on the budget, but you will not be losing out due to the same depreciation rates as a new car. Used cars also provide quality transportation at a more affordable rate. Plus, used cars are priced lower than new ones.

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Keeping Your Oil Fresh Keeps Your Vehicle Strong

Routine maintenance gives you the peace of mind in knowing that your vehicle is running at its best, while also knowing that you will catch anything that might go wrong down the line. Oil changes are something that no driver should neglect because doing so may interrupt your car's regular performance, cause it to overheat or any other issue that could damage your vehicle. This may result in more costly repairs.

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