When it comes to owning a vehicle, a little preventive maintenance goes a long way. In fact, it can save you precious time and money by circumventing unexpected repairs. But, with the busy lives we lead, it can be hard to know (and remember) what to keep a close eye on, right?
Well, not anymore! All you need to remember is this helpful acronym: LIFT BOW. Here’s what each letter stands for:
L is for Lights
When doing a walkaround your vehicle, make sure your headlamps, running lights and brake lights are working and clean. If a light is out, replace it right away to avoid an accident or ticket.
I is for Interior
Get into the habit of keeping your vehicle’s interior clean and vacuuming it regularly. This will help prevent any staining from spills and will ensure that the upholstery looks and smells fresh.
F is for Fluids
There are many fluids throughout your vehicle – not just oil. Be sure to check that your coolant, power-steering, transmission, windshield washer and brake fluids are at their recommended levels, as outlined in your Owner’s Guide.
T is for Tires
There are a few things to watch out for with your tires – mainly, correct tire pressure and signs of wear. Checking the pressure is easy – all you need is an inexpensive tire gauge and your Owner’s Guide, which lists the recommended psi for your make and model. To check for signs of wear, pay close attention to the wear bars on the tires or look for any damage on the treads or sidewalls.
B is for Brakes
Brakes are an important safety component on your vehicle. Be sure to have them inspected immediately if you notice a difference in pedal feel, if your brakes are making unusual noises or if you sense a change in stopping ability.
O is for Oil
Most Ford vehicles are equipped with an Intelligent Oil Life Monitoring (IOLM) System, which will notify you when your car or truck is due for an oil change. You can also check the dipstick on your vehicle to assess the level and quality of your oil.
W is for Windows
Your windows, especially your windshield, should always be free from cracks, pits and any debris that might impair your vision while driving. If you notice any damage, be sure to visit our Service Department for a repair. We can also recommend replacement wiper blades, which should be changed every six months.
Remember: if you are too busy and don’t have a chance to regularly check these preventative maintenance items yourself, our Service Experts at Key West Ford in New Westminster, B.C. can help. All you need to do is call us to book an appointment and we’ll handle the rest.