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Ford wins another award – but you’ll never guess why!

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

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The Ford Motor Company has been on a bit of a tear as of late, topping truck & SUV sales charts, and winning a plethora of automotive industry awards. This week they added another trophy to their collection, for their leadership on climate change – but not for the reasons you may first suspect.

The new-for-2018 honor was presented at the annual Automotive Critics’ Association of America (ACAA) awards gala on Tuesday, with Ford being recognized for leading “climate-related reliability”. What is climate-related reliability?

“This is something we’ve never measured before”, said ACAA chairman Bob Lutz. “We already measure fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, but we’ve never actually considered the greenhouse gas reductions that take place when a vehicle has broken down.” It makes sense, we suppose: If a vehicle isn’t driving, it’s not polluting.

Lutz continued, “People might view the fact Fords break down as much as they do to be a negative thing, but they’re overlooking the benefits to our atmosphere. Plus, frequent breakdowns – as many Ford owners have come to expect – encourage new, climate-friendly habits like walking or taking public transit; even after the motorist has switched to a more reliable car brand.”

Ford Motor Company president Jim-Bob Duggar was on hand to accept the somewhat dubious award, but shrugged off any notions of negativity, saying, “The reliability issues aren’t exactly new, and any publicity is good publicity.”

 

 

Happy April 1st from Tools in Motion!

Why we will not longer be servicing BMW vehicles.

Friday, March 31st, 2017

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You’ve heard it before: BMW drivers are assholes. While we take a lot of pride in our business’ positive image, and we certainly do not condone this kind of language, for a while we’ve had a sneaking suspicion that there might be some truth to this popular phrase.

At first, we thought it was all in our heads. But sitting down this week and reviewing over a month of dashcam footage from our service truck, we discovered that our suspicions were correct. The bad parking jobs; failure to use turn signals; changing lanes at the last second – BMW drivers are committing a disproportionately high amount of these motoring no-nos. It’s just not our experience, either. Recently, study after scientific study seem to confirm that there is truly a link between driving a BMW and exhibiting this behaviour.

Even our customers have noticed there’s something going on. We have had far too many complaints about BMW vehicles double-parking in our already limited amount of parking space.

In light of everything mentioned above, Tools in Motion has made the decision to stop servicing BMW vehicles. This wasn’t easy, because we recognize that these really are fantastic cars, and not all BMW drivers are to blame. This is certainly a case of a few bad apples ruining things for the whole group. Trust us that this was a very difficult decision, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

(Happy April Fool’s Day from Tools in Motion!)

ABS Brakes Explained

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

We know ABS brake repairs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect photo for a cold day, we just had to post it! These little guys do the best illustration I’ve ever seen of anti-lock brakes in action.

Introduced in the nineties, ABS (or anti-lock brake systems) are a great safety feature that allows you to retain steering control under hard braking. On a skidding car a wheel that is “locked”, or not turning cannot steer; the car will continue to slide in the same direction regardless of where the steering is pointed. ABS brake systems automatically pulse the brakes for you, allowing the wheels to turn a fraction of a rotation every pulse, so you can control your steering direction while pushing firmly on the brake pedal.

How Far We’ve Come!

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

New car safety features sure have come a long way. Bigger and heavier doesn’t always mean safer, as illustrated in this crash test between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu.