Spring Cleaning Starts with Your Ford Vehicle

Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle After Winter

Winters can be rough. They are cold, icy and the roads are riddled with salt. This can have a real effect on your new or used Ford model vehicle and if left unchecked can cause permanent damage.

Although, there are numerous things that you can do in the spring to help avoid the wear and tear of winter. These quick and easy maintenance tips work for any popular Ford sedan, truck or SUV. Whether you own a Ford Mustang or a Ford Explorer, utilizing our vehicle spring cleaning tips help you keep your vehicle running longer.

Five Spring Service Tips

It’s inevitable that a long and harsh winter will have an effect on your vehicle. It doesn’t matter if you do these things at home or have them done at our Ford dealership, they can help you maintain the value of your vehicle. Check them out below and let us know which one is your favorite!

  1. Open the hood and check for any leaves, acorns, pine needles that may be clogging any vents or any other aspects of your engine. Remove these to help keep your vehicle clean.
  2. When the snow has melted and the black ice has disappeared, it’s time to switch out your winter tires. Tires are expensive and you don’t want to wear out your winter tires by driving them in spring and summer weathers.
  3. Washing your vehicle is an easy way to maintain the value of your Ford sedan, SUV or truck. This is because, during the winter, the road is covered in salt and brine. This can stick to your vehicle, erode it, and rust it. This shortens the lifespan of your vehicle and translates into costly repairs.
  4. When you have to pull your door open because your vehicle is frozen closed, this can ruin the integrity of your door seals. Carefully inspect your door seals and lubricate door hinges to prevent stripping. Lubricating hinges will also help avoid rust and corrosion from building up.
  5. With fluctuating temperatures and inconsistent road conditions, your tires can take a beating. If you are not switching out your tires and decided to use all season tires then it is best to test your tires for proper air pressure and wear. Some folks prefer the “penny test” to measure the tread depth on your tires. Be sure to inspect each tire to avoid any additional wear. Also, consult with a professional to see if you need a tire rotation.
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