Your Ford will endure some pretty rough treatment if the winter is harsh. Salt, grime, and mud are just a few of the things that will splash onto your car. When they land on the paint, they can dull the shine and, in some cases, start to erode metal that has been exposed due to paint being chipped away. They can also build up under your vehicle and begin to deteriorate rubber pieces and actually increase the wear and tear a vehicle must endure.
To safely help your vehicle transition from the cold, wintery mix of weather to warmer, summer-like temperatures and mild conditions, the following steps can make the move from one season to another smooth and effortless. A few simple steps can increase the life of your vehicle:
- As soon as the weather breaks, wash your vehicle. Take the extension and direct the spray of water up into the wheel wells to knock down dirt that may be hidden deep inside them. Washing the undercarriage of the vehicle prevents salt and chemicals used to clear the highways from sticking to hard-to-reach places. This can result in extensive rust and damage in areas where it will not be immediately noticeable.
- Check and rotate your tires. Make sure there is still an adequate amount of tread for the tire to connect with the road like it is supposed to. Carefully examine the tread and make sure there are no tears, bald spots, or bulges along the walls of the tire.
- When the weather has changed and warmer temperatures are more constant, schedule an oil change. It won’t hurt to have a complete tune-up at the same time. Most places that perform oil changes will check all of the fluids, as well as tires, hoses, and belts.
- If you didn’t have the radiator flushed and new fluid added before winter, now is the time to perform this procedure. Have the radiator fluid checked every time you change the oil. Make sure both the radiator and the reservoir have adequate amounts and are filled to the correct levels.
- Check your windshield wipers and make sure they fit firmly against the window. Replace your wipers if they are curved, torn, or just not sliding evenly along the window. Whenever you take the time to check your wipers, it’s also a good idea to examine the washer fluid reservoir. Make sure there is always enough fluid in the reservoir to clean the windows.
- Clean the interior of the vehicle as well as the trunk. Take out anything that has to do with the winter months. This could be salt or ice melt, cat litter for weight, or chains for the tires. Removing things that are not necessary will reduce excess weight and improve gas mileage.
If you have any questions about transitioning your Ford vehicle from winter to summer care, call the professionals at Cavalier Ford of Chesapeake Square. Visit them at 4021 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23321 to see what advice they can give you to get your Ford ready for the summer festivities or schedule a service appointment online.