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Get Your Car Ready for Winter Driving

Bob Peterson - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

 

Tending to car maintenance can feel a lot like going on a diet. It can feel tedious while you’re in the throes of it, but it sure feels good when you see the results.

Winter car maintenance is particularly important – and can be especially rewarding. After a long summer of running your air conditioner, you may have depleted your vehicle’s coolant or AC’s pressure levels. And with a long winter ahead, knowing your battery, brakes, tires and other components are in tip-top shape will imbue you with confidence every time you turn the key in the ignition.

You might decide to tackle some car maintenance issues on your own. Or you might choose to make your life easier and bring your vehicle to the service experts at Ford Country. Either way, if you’re keeping a car maintenance checklist, you’ll want to make sure it includes a check of the following (listed here in alphabetical order):

  • Air filter, which stops dirt, debris and other outdoor contaminants from entering the engine. A clogged filter affects the smooth operation of the engine and diminishes the effectiveness of the heating and cooling system.
  • Battery and charging system, which should be tested to ensure it’s strong enough to start the engine in cold weather. At Ford Country, we check the battery cables and terminals, too.
  • Brakes, on which your life could depend. The Ford Country service experts inspect the lines, pads, shoes, rotors and drums, too.
  • Drive belts, which deliver power to the engine’s various components. The alternator delivers power, the water pump cools the engine, the power steering pump eases driving and the air conditioner compressor cools the air. None of these components would function without a drive belt.
  • Engine hoses, where it’s common to find cracks or leaks after a long, hot summer.
  • Lights, which ensure your safety (and attract the attention of law enforcement when they’re burnt out). Your vehicle has many lights requiring maintenance, including the back-up lights, brake lights, emergency flashers, headlights, taillights and turn signals.
  • Tire tread, an issue often sneaking up on vehicle owners. Uneven wear can sometimes be remedied by rotating the tires. Other times, it signals an alignment, suspension or wheel balance problem. Tire tread is super important for safety in wet or snowy driving conditions.
  • Tire pressure, which directly affects handling and stability, gas mileage and the life of tires.
  • Transmission, brake and power steering fluids, which ensure those vital systems work steadily and efficiently.
  • Wiper blades and washer fluid, which many people understandably don’t fully appreciate until they perform poorly – or leave them in a blurry situation.

Leave Your Vehicle in the Care of the Service experts at Ford Country

With a list this long, you might well decide to leave winter car maintenance to the service experts at Ford Country, especially if you have several vehicles in the family. Besides, we go over your Ford vehicle so thoroughly we’re bound to find – and fix – minor problems before they develop into major and costlier problems potentially leaving you stranded at the side of the road.

If tending to car maintenance feels too much likegoing on a diet, plan to stop by our very own Mustang Sally’s Country Diner for All-American Breakfasts, great sandwiches, ½ burgers and more!

Posted 11/15/16 - http://www.fordcountrylv.com/blog/2016/11/15/get-your-car-ready-for-winter-driving/


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