Helpful Tips for Spring Truck Maintenance

Spring truck maintenance | Brownsville, TX

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!

Car Maintenance Mistakes That Could Be Hurting Your Vehicle

Car Maintenance Mistakes | Tipton Ford Blog

For many drivers, car maintenance only comes to mind when something is seriously wrong with their vehicles. Realistically, routine car maintenance is an ongoing and necessary part of car ownership, without which, no car will last as long as it should. Here are some car maintenance mistakes drivers make that unnecessarily harm their vehicles.

Forgetting about your tires

Your car’s tires affect virtually every aspect of your car’s overall performance and health. Because of this, it’s important to make a habit of monitoring your car’s tires for proper inflation, alignment, and tread. With a little bit of care, modern tires should last for a long time.

Neglecting oil changes

If everything seems to be running well, it’s easy to skip an oil change. But, regularly changing your vehicle’s motor oil is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to keep everything running smoothly under the hood, so don’t skip this basic part of car maintenance.

Driving with old wipers

Wipers don’t last forever. Yet, some drivers continue to drive with old wiper blades even after they stop offering optimal visibility. If your car’s wiper blades are damaged in any way, it’s always a good idea to replace them right away before it’s too late.

The trained service technicians at Tipton Ford can help maintain your car’s optimal performance. Schedule a maintenance check today.