While we don’t get the same amount of snow as other parts of Canada, we do experience our fair share of winter in the Lower Mainland, B.C. And while driving on icy or snow-covered roads can be difficult, you’ll have a better chance of staying safe if you winterize your Ford before the temperature starts to drop.
Not sure how best to get your vehicle winter-ready? Here are some must-do maintenance items to complete this November:
1. Install winter tires:
As soon as the temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius, you will benefit from the enhanced traction and grip that winter tires provide. Be sure to also check the air pressure, as cold air can cause the pressure in your tires to drop, which can affect your Ford’s ability to grip ice and snow.
2. Check, change and top up fluids:
This includes everything from engine coolant and oil to windshield washer fluid and gas. Over the winter, always try to keep your gas topped up to avoid condensation in the tank.
3. Inspect wiper blades, battery, brakes and belts:
If any of these parts or components are showing wear, are in need of replacement or have passed their life expectancy, be sure to replace them now to avoid an unexpected breakdown on a cold, snowy night.
4. Check your air conditioning and block heater:
You’re a/c is responsible for defrosting and de-humidifying the inside of your car, so you want to make sure it’s functioning even in the winter months. The same goes for your Ford’s block heater.
5. Inspect your exhaust systems:
Look for leaks in exhaust pipes or the muffler, as this can cause carbon monoxide poisoning and decreased fuel efficiency.
6. Pack an emergency kit:
This should include some cold-weather supplies for you and your passengers, like a blanket, extra hats and mitts, ice scraper, shovel, road salt, first aid kit, bottled water, snacks, etc. Should an unexpected breakdown occur, you want to be prepared.
For more information, please contact our Service Department at Key West Ford in New Westminster, B.C.