Winter can be especially harsh on your Ford Ranger, F-150, or Super Duty. This makes it especially important to perform some simple spring truck maintenance. Not only does spring auto care decrease the likelihood of future breakdowns, but it also improves resale value and increases the long-term life of your vehicle. From basic cleaning to checking under the hood, here are a few things you can do to get your truck ready for spring.
While washing your car, it’s especially important to clean the undercarriage. Using your car jack, you can easily lift your truck to spray underneath, getting rid of any dirt, grit, and sand that’s accumulated over the winter. While you’re cleaning, you can also wipe off residue from the battery using a toothbrush, baking soda, and water — just be sure to be careful around electrical equipment. Removing battery corrosion will get your truck ready for warmer temperatures.
Next, replace the wipers and check your tire pressure. Air pressure increases with warmer weather, which means your truck tires will likely be underinflated when the spring arrives. While you’re down there, look for any bulging, cracking, or bald spots on the tires, signs that the tires may need to be replaced.
Finally, top off fluids and check belts and hoses. Change the oil if necessary, but also be sure to pay attention to coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid levels. If you’re low on coolant, oil, or transmission fluid, you might have a leak. If the brake fluid is low, it may be time to replace the brake pads.
For more information on getting your truck ready for spring, contact Tipton Ford’s Service Team today!