Winterizing Your Ford

The winter months can take a toll on your car or truck if you do not take the proper precautions. At Star Ford Lincoln we have tips to help protect your Ford from extreme cold weather, rain, ice and snow. Follow our simple rules to winterize your Ford.

Antifreeze. Make sure your Ford has adequate Antifreeze. Your Ford engine relies on it to function properly. Antifreeze prevents the water in your Ford's radiator from, you guessed it, from turning into ice in harsh conditions. It will also prevent rust from building within your Ford's cooling system.

Batteries. Make sure your Battery has adequate power. Extreme cold can increase your Ford's battery discharge. Ensure your battery cables are clean, in working order and attached tightly. Stop by our service center and we will be happy to check the voltage on your battery.

Tires. Inspect your tires for adequate pressure and defects. Tire pressure during the winter months should be around 30 and 35 PSI. You want to also look out for worn tire treads. Cold temperatures cause lower tire pressure. Lower Tire pressure can affect the handling of your car or truck so having the proper tire pressure is key during the winter months.

Windshield. Ensure that you are using a solution that will not freeze during extreme cold weather. Additionally, if you combine three parts vinegar with one-part water and apply to your windshield you can prevent your windshield from icing over. Make sure you have effective wiper blades. We recommend replacing wiper blades every six months.

OiL. During the winter months it's important that you use the correct oil. Oil is thinner during warmer temperatures. Check your owner's manual for the recommended oil for your Ford. If you are unsure, stop by our service center and we will gladly help find the right oil.

4-WD. When dealing with heavy snow it is important that you know how to properly operate a 4WD system. For safety reasons we also encourage you to engage your 4WD option regularly to keep it lubricated and in good condition.

Headlights. The winter months can bring extreme snow and rain. Visibility during these times is important for you and other driver's safety. Ensure your headlights operating correctly. Replace bulbs as needed. Applying a little car wax to the headlights can help protect them from dirt and grime.

Exterior.It is important for your Ford's exterior that you keep it clean as often as you can. During the winter months the salt grind used on roads could accumulate on your vehicle and cause damage to the exterior.

Now that you know how to winterize your Ford truck, you can take additional steps to ensure your safety during the winter months including essentials such as:

-A winter roadside emergency kit (flash light, blanket, batteries, first aid etc.)

-Toolbox, jumper cable, tire inflator, such as Fix-a-Flat

-Extra fluid, oil and gas. 

-Ice Scrapper. Rock Salt.

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