Seasonal Maintenance Tips for Spring & WinterNov 9th, 2023
At Brown Bros Ford, we understand the importance of maintaining your Ford throughout the changing seasons. Each season presents its unique challenges and requirements for your vehicle. Whether it’s spring showers, summer heat, autumn leaves, or winter’s chill, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll explore maintenance tips for spring and winter to ensure your Ford stays in peak condition.
Spring Maintenance Tips
1. Suspension and Wheel Alignment
Spring is the ideal time to pay attention to your suspension and wheel alignment. Winter’s harsh conditions can take a toll on your vehicle’s shocks and struts. Having an inspection to identify wear or leaks, and getting your wheels properly aligned after challenging weather conditions, can help you drive safely.
2. Air Filters
Your Ford relies on several air filters, especially during allergy season. Check your engine air filter, cabin air filter (also known as the pollen filter), and fuel filter for damage or clogging. Replace them as necessary, typically every 24,000 kilometers.
3. Vehicle Fluids
When changing your filters, don’t forget to check essential fluids. Ensure your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids, windshield washer fluid, and coolant are at the right levels. Top them up and follow the recommended flush or replacement intervals in your Owner’s Manual.
4. Windshield Wiper Blades
Proper visibility is crucial, especially during spring showers. Inspect your windshield wiper blades for tears or cracks, and replace them if needed.
5. Interior and Exterior Lighting
Check all exterior and interior lighting to ensure they’re functioning correctly. Proper lighting is essential for communicating your intentions to other motorists.
6. Oil and Oil Filter
Regular oil and filter changes, following your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual recommendations, are vital for engine health, fuel efficiency, and preventing engine damage.
7. Tire Quality
Maintain proper tire pressure, including the spare, to avoid uneven wear. Rotate your tires with every oil and filter change and replace them if they are worn or damaged.
8. Brake System
After a winter season, it’s essential to inspect the entire brake system, including lines, hoses, parking brake, and brake fluid levels. Brake safety is paramount, so address any issues promptly.
Winter Maintenance Tips
1. Avoid Spinning Your Tires
If you’re stuck in the snow, avoid spinning your tires. Use a shovel or ice scraper to clear the snow or ice from underneath the tires. For better traction, sprinkle sand, gravel, or salt under the drive-wheel tires. Turn off your vehicle’s Traction Control™ (if equipped) and try gentle acceleration forward and backward. If none of these techniques work, call Ford Roadside Assistance.
2. Know What To Do if You Start Skidding
In case your vehicle starts to skid, take your foot off the accelerator, steer in the direction of the skid, and gently apply steady pressure to the brakes. Do not pump the brakes, as it may lead to losing control.
3. Measure Tires for Optimal Pressure
Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop, so maintain proper inflation and measure tire pressure regularly for optimal performance.
4. Keep Your Gas Tank Half Full
A half-full gas tank adds weight to your vehicle and helps prevent ice crystals from forming in your fuel line during frigid weather.
5. Winterproof the Windshields
Check your wiper blades for cracks that could result in streaks. Ensure your windshield washer fluid is topped off, and keep a jug designed for cold weather in your vehicle.
6. Keep Your Cellphone Charged
Keep your cell phone charged and have a charger on hand in case you need assistance.
7. Be Prepared to Jumpstart Your Vehicle
Always have booster cables in your vehicle in case you or another driver needs a boost. Review instructions in your Owner’s Manual or online on how to jumpstart your vehicle.
8. Keep Your Car Emergency Kit Handy
Keep a first-aid kit and warning devices, such as road flares, in your vehicle. Replace items as needed, and refer to your Owner’s Manual for more specific information about your vehicle.
Maintaining your Ford throughout the seasons is crucial for your safety and the longevity of your vehicle. By following these seasonal maintenance tips, you can ensure that your Ford remains in top-notch condition all year round. If you have any questions or need assistance with your Ford’s maintenance, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Ford Dealer or refer to your Owner’s Manual for more specific guidance. Stay safe on the road!