How to Care for Your Ford During the Harsh Winter Months

 As winter has arrived, it’s essential that you focus on the maintenance of your Ford vehicle to get through the harsh months. Along with the cold and snow come hot tempers, slower traffic, hazardous driving conditions and a host of other dangers. As a Ford owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is winter ready so that these tough months don’t damage your car and other vehicles on the icy road. In this post, we’ll you show you how you can care for your Ford vehicle during winter.

Start with a Regular Service

It is essential to maintain your vehicle throughout the year and during the winter months it becomes absolutely necessary. You should have a tune-up performed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles to keep cost of maintenance low in the long-term. During the tune-up, service centers change oil, rotate the tires, check the battery and air filters and carry out a multi point inspection. These services, when performed by a professional, will help increase your Ford’s overall performance.

Tires 

When the temperature decreases, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of your Ford will likely illuminate the low tire pressure light indicating that one or more tires are under-inflated. Don’t panic when the tire pressure reduces during the winter season as air molecules fluctuate when the temperature decreases which is why you’ll see low tire pressure. If the warning light illuminates, inflate your tires to the right pressure. In addition to tire pressure, check the following:

· Screws or nails

· Bubble and bulges in side wall

· Uneven tread

· Cracks in the tire (they increase the risk of blowout at high speed)

Wipers

It is important for you to monitor the performance of your Ford’s wipers and replace them if required. If it is raining and you want to take your Ford out, run the wipers and check that they are clearing all the

rain from your windshield and aren’t making any screeching sounds. If the wipers of your Ford can’t pass these tests, replace them.

Battery

During the winter season, check the battery of your Ford to assure that is able to maintain a proper charge and won’t disappoint you when you have to start your Ford in the cold weather. Make sure the connections aren’t corroded; if you notice some corrosion, have it cleaned or checked.

Heat

During the cold winter months, you’ll need heat from your Ford’s vent to keep you warm. Especially, when you have to drive to work in the morning and the thermometer is showing -10°C. To ensure that your Ford is adequately able to heat the inside of the car, use the heating controls to turn on the system and check if hot air comes out from the vents. If hot air doesn’t come out, take your Ford to a service center to have the issue fixed.

Brakes

It’s extremely important that you regularly check the brakes of your Ford vehicle. Without properly functioning brakes, you won’t be able to drive safe during the winter months. Brakes can crack/warp during harsh weather conditions. Monitor the condition of the brakes more frequently during the winter season. If you sense that there is something wrong with your Ford’s brakes like noise coming from the tires when you apply brakes, take your vehicle to a service center. The earlier you get these issues address, the better. As brake pads are used regularly, they wear down. Once they are worn down completely, the brake rotors will receive the damage.

Hoses

Hoses tend to bubble or crack due to temperature changes in winter. These are essential to ensure that all the fluids reach the destination in the engine. During the service of your Ford, have your hoses checked to ensure that there isn’t anything wrong with them.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs, despite their small size, play a major role within your Ford’s engine. An electrical spark generated by your vehicle’s spark plug ignites the fuel in the engine cylinders. This results in combustion and the engine is powered to run your Ford vehicle. If the spark plug is not functioning properly, your

vehicle won’t be able to travel far.

Air Filters

It’s essential that you change your Ford’s air filter so that clean air can be pumped into the engine. Over time, debris and dirt gets accumulated in the filter and it can restrict air entering into the engine’s manifold. Clean air filter allows the engine to breathe easy and produce more power. Mostly filters in the Ford vehicle last 20,000 to 30,000 miles.

Radiators

As you go for long drives on your Ford vehicle, its engine becomes extremely hot. To allow the engine to cool down while the vehicle is running, engineers invented a radiator. There are several components of the engine that contribute to a radiator’s functionality; therefore, it is essential to have your Ford’s entire system checked periodically. If your radiator isn’t functioning properly, your Ford will overheat

even during the cold winter.

Anti-Freeze

It’s extremely important to ensure that the anti-freeze levels in your Ford are adequate. Anti-freeze is an important part of keeping the engine healthy. It’s especially vital during the winter months as it keeps the water in the radiator of your Ford from freezing in extreme temperatures. If you don’t have the right amount of anti-freeze, there’s a risk for engine failure.

That’s everything you need to do to keep your Ford in top running condition during the harsh winter months. If you wish to maintain your Ford’s interior during the cold season, get some all-weather floor mats that’ll keep the carpet dry.  For more interesting information about Ford vehicles and Ford parts, stay tuned to our Ford parts blog.