Getting Your Ford Ready For Spring: A Seasonal Maintenance Guide

Spring is here! As the winter fades away, it's essential to give your Ford the attention it needs after weathering the journeys of the previous season. Transitioning from winter to spring isn't just a time for a change of wardrobe; it's also the ideal time to prep your vehicle for the coming months of hot sunshine and road trips. This is a great time to check out our South Bay Ford "Road Trip Package."

Let’s talk about top tips for ensuring your Ford is ready for the spring season. From detailed cleaning to critical checks, let’s see how to maintain your vehicle properly to prevent potential issues so you can enjoy a smooth ride all spring.

Make a Clean Sweep: Exterior and Interior Cleaning

One of the best ways to start the new season is by thoroughly cleaning your Ford inside and out. Winter splatters your vehicle with road salt, grime, and other remnants that can lead to rust if left unattended. An exterior wash and wax make your car sparkle and protect the paint from the elements.

Exterior Cleaning Tips for Your Ford

  • Use a pressure washer to remove heavy dirt and salt.
  • Thoroughly clean the undercarriage to prevent rust.
  • Consider getting a rust-inhibitor treatment for added protection, especially if you travel in our snowy mountains or on the sandy beaches of the ocean.
  • Wax your car to give it a glossy finish and to repel water and debris.

Interior Cleaning Tips for Your Ford

  • Vacuum the carpets and seats to remove dirt and salt that can cause wear.
  • Wipe down all surfaces to clean off dust and grime.
  • Condition any leather areas to prevent drying and cracking.
  • Remember to clean the windows both inside and out for maximum visibility.

These simple cleaning steps will improve your driving experience and help maintain your Ford's value.

Energize Your Ride: Battery and Electrical System Checks

Lower temperatures can strain your Ford's battery and electrical system. Now is the perfect time to ensure they're in top shape for the warmer months. Just a reminder that South Bay Ford offers a free battery inspection every day.

Battery Inspection and Maintenance

  • Check the battery for signs of wear, including leaks and corrosion.
  • Test the battery's charge, especially if it's older than three years.
  • Clean any corrosion on the terminals with baking soda and water.
  • Consider replacing your battery if it's nearing the end of its lifespan.

Electrical System Checks

  • Inspect the lights to ensure they are all functioning correctly.
  • Test the horn, wipers, and other electric systems for proper operation.
  • If you notice any issues, have them repaired as soon as possible to avoid complications on the road.

By conducting these checks, you'll avoid the frustration of a dead battery or malfunctioning electricals when you least expect it.

Tread Lightly: Tire Inspection and Rotation

Your tires take a beating during winter, and it's vital to ensure they're correctly maintained. Good tires provide better grip, improved fuel economy, and a safer driving experience. Come in for your South Bay Ford Free inspection by our Ford Certified Technicians to make sure your brakes are in top shape.

Tire Inspection Steps

  • Check the tire pressure and adjust it to the manufacturer's recommended levels.
  • Inspect the tires for any visible damage or uneven wear.
  • Use the penny test to determine if the treads are still in good condition.
  • Look for any bulges or cracks on the sidewalls which indicate a need for replacement.

Tire Rotation and Alignment

  • If the tires show uneven wear, rotate them to extend their life.
  • Consider getting a professional tire alignment to ensure even wearing and improved handling.

Maintaining your tires improves your vehicle's performance, safety, and longevity.

Fluids and Filters: Vital Spring Maintenance

Your Ford relies on various fluids and filters to operate efficiently. After a tough winter, checking and replacing these components is a good idea as part of your spring maintenance routine.

Fluid Checks and Replacements

  • Inspect the oil level and color; it's time for an oil change if it's dark and dirty.
  • Check the transmission, brake, power steering, and windshield wiper fluids for proper levels and condition.
  • Coolant is especially crucial in the transition to warmer weather. Ensure the reservoir is filled to the recommended level with the correct mixture.

Filter Replacements

  • Replace the engine air filter to ensure your Ford gets enough clean air for combustion.
  • Check the cabin air filter and clean or replace it if it's dirty. This improves the air quality inside your car.

By attending to these often-forgotten components, you're taking a proactive step toward a well-oiled and reliable vehicle.

The Balancing Act: Suspension and Brake Checks

Wet or frosty winter roads can strain your Ford's suspension and brakes. Inspecting and maintaining these key systems is crucial for safety and comfort.

Suspension Inspection

  • Look for signs of damage to the shocks and struts, such as leaking fluid, dents, or a bumpy ride.
  • If your Ford's suspension is not in top shape, you may experience poor handling and increased stopping distances.
  • Coolant is especially crucial in the transition to warmer weather. Ensure the reservoir is filled to the recommended level with the correct mixture.

Brake System Check

  • Inspect the brake pads and rotors for wear. If they are less than 1/8 inch thick, it's time to replace the pads.
  • Check for any brake fluid leaks around the wheels and master cylinder.
  • Examine the brake lines for any damage or corrosion.

Your suspension and brakes are two areas you also want to maintain. Any issues should be addressed immediately for your safety and peace of mind on the road.

Advanced Preparations for a Blissful Spring Drive

Beyond these basic maintenance tips, you can clean or replace windshield wiper blades, check belts and hoses, update your emergency kit and plan for regular detailing.

Investing this time and effort into your Ford's care will reward you with a reliable and enjoyable vehicle ready for all your spring adventures.

Remember, a well-maintained car ensures your safety on the road and can save you money in the long run by preventing costly repairs and improving fuel economy.

South Bay Ford Cares

We always hope for the best, but we recommend being prepared, too. Whether you’ll be in areas prone to excessive potholes or heat, there are measures you can take to ensure you are properly prepared on the road.

We care about you, and your safety is our top priority. Please see our servicingspecials to ensure you have a smooth spring.

Contact our team or visit us today at South Bay Ford in Hawthorne, right off the 405. We proudly serve the greater Southern California area.