Maybe you live in a part of the country where the seasons don’t really change. But for the rest of the U.S., the first really warm day of spring is invigorating. It’s an appetizer to all of the great things that more temperate weather allows us to do. And Memorial Day weekend is usually the official kick-off to the summer season!
But with better weather come different responsibilities and opportunities. The frozen dormancy of winter gives way to the excitement and possibility of spring and summer. Maybe you’re ready to tackle that backyard landscaping project. Perhaps it’s time to plan that summer trip with the family.
Is your Ford vehicle up to the task after the long winter?
Regardless of how you plan to use your vehicle in the coming months, this is an excellent time to make sure your car, truck or SUV is ready to handle everything you throw at it. Check out our tips for work and play:
- Shake Off the Salt – Just about everything that helps melt ice and snow on roadways is bad for your vehicle. Give your Ford a thorough wash, especially the undercarriage, to make sure the salts, sands and anything else that made traction on ice-covered streets possible is off of your car for good.
- Check and Recheck – Pop the hood and take some time to perform a thorough inspection. How are the hoses? Are your fluid levels good? Look for signs of loose nuts and bolts. The harsh winter and potholes may have taken a toll on your vehicle and all of those bangs and scrapes can jog stuff loose and require a trip to your local Ford service department.
- Air Time – Take this opportunity to clear the air; your air filter, that is. Do some spring cleaning in the engine bay and replace your air filter after the harsh winter. Tiny particulates could be choking off the air supply to your motor. Speaking of air, make sure your tires are properly inflated too.
- Ready for Road Trips – If you’re going to be spending time driving to and from those places you love, make sure to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning before you leave. Vacuum out all of the excess salt and debris, replace your air fresheners and wipe down the interior trim and glass. Spending hours in your vehicle during that upcoming family vacation won’t be so bad if your ride is looking and smelling fresh.
- Time to Tow – Whether you’re bringing supplies to the cottage or getting your boat into the water, make sure your vehicle is in tip-top towing condition. A spring safety walk around your vehicle and trailer is a great idea this time of the year. Before you load up your trailer, check the lights, connections and trailer tires to make sure everything is working properly. If you’re hauling something big and have a plus-sized trailer, make sure your side mirrors extend out far enough to see everything. If you’re heading across state lines, make sure your trailer and towing system are in compliance with the laws of the state you’re visiting. You don’t want to start off your weekend at the lake with a traffic citation. Also be sure to check out our handy hauling 101 guide!
It doesn’t take much time or effort to make sure your Ford vehicle is ready for a summer of fun. Do you have any vehicle preparation tips that you’d like to share with the rest of the Ford Social community?
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