Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter

The cold weather months can take a toll on your Ford vehicle. Freezing rain, heavy snowfall, salted roads, and the bitter cold temperatures all work against you vehicle performing at its best. Ever wonder what happens when a car has to make it through a tough winter:

  • Oil, antifreeze, and transmission fluids will thicken, reducing the ability to flow easily

  • The air pressure in tires will fluctuate causing uneven wear and a shortened lifespan

  • Your battery will work harder to start your car or can die due to cold temperatures

  • Salt sticks to your car's undercarriage - starting the corrosion and rust cycle

Ford's are some of the most dependable vehicles in the US, but there are ways to prepare your car or truck for winter weather and to get even more good mileage, reduced repair costs, and a longer lasting vehicle.

Checklist To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter

Carry a Winter Emergency Box

Okay, this suggestion is not for the car necessarily, but for the occupants just in case a heavy winter storm leaves you stranded on the road. A winter emergency car kit should include a shovel, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, tire change/inflation, first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable snacks, a blanket, and an extra set of gloves, boots, and warm clothing.

Check Antifreeze

To avoid the winter blues, make sure your radiator antifreeze levels are checked to prevent ice crystals from forming in your car's engine. A cooling system checkup is a good idea, where the coolant levels are checked and possibly flushed and replaced with a 50/50 mixture of approved antifreeze and distilled water.

Get An Oil Change

If your car is due for a regularly scheduled oil change, get it before the temperatures drop below freezing. If you've driven between 3,000 and 5,000 miles since your last oil change or if you drive an older model car, an oil and filter change will keep the oil flowing more smoothly and removes dirty oil that can add to corrosion of internal metal surface.

Check and Rotate Tires

Good tire traction is crucial to staying safe on cold and icy roadways. Worn tire tread or low tire pressure makes it difficult to stop your car quickly or to plow through snow covered roads. If you decide to swap out your regular tires for snow tires, make sure you replace all four - or else the difference in the tires can reduce your ability to maneuver the car on wet or icy roads.

Check Battery Capacity

A strong battery is necessary for cranking the engine in extremely cold weather. Visit our Ford service center to have the battery capacity, cables, and terminals checked. Corrosion on battery terminals are a common reason for causing cars to not start properly. You should also know how old your battery is, because they should be replaced on average every four years.

Don't Get Frozen Out

Finally, don't get frozen out of you car this winter. If you don't have access to warm water to unfreeze frozen locks or door handles, purchase a de-icing glycerin product that melts ice and lubricates locking mechanisms. for a complete winter prep for your Ford vehicle, visit Matt Bowers Ford for great service and a full winterization of your car.


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