Thursday, December 12, 2013

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Winter Car Maintenance Tips
FLUSHING, Mich - The first of many frosts, snows, and freezing rain has begun in Michigan. Although many try to avoid going outside all together, we still have to remember the importance of proper maintenance on your vehicles (aside from scraping of the windshield). The winter weather is rough on our cars and many forget to have certain services done. Here is a list of winter car maintenance tips to keep your vehicle running its very best this season:

1. Keep the appropriate air pressure in your tires.
Be cautious of your tire pressure during the winter months. When temperatures are especially cold, tires lose a pound of pressure with every drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Under-inflated tires won't grip down to the pavement as well as tires with proper pressure levels. A similar effect would be if you were to hydroplane in water.

2. Antifreeze
If you follow you vehicle's regular maintenance schedule, you should be just fine with engine coolant for the winter months. Most new cars have been fitted with coolants that can last as long as five years or 150,000 miles. If you are unsure about the coolant in your vehicle, one of our service technicians can easily assist you.

3. Keep your battery juiced.
Winter puts more stress on the battery, even more so if you park outdoors. If you find that your battery seems to be acting funny, come and see us right away at Delehanty Ford. Don't take the chance of being stranded in the cold!

4. Check your wiper blades.
Be sure that your wiper blades are in good condition. Most wiper blades only have the lifespan of about a year or so. When snow or any other freezing precipitation occur, be sure to turn off your wipers when you park. If wipers are frozen while in motion it can burn out the wiper blade motor.

5. Wax your lights.
A minor detail, but an important one at that. Utilizing the most light out of your head and taillights during these winter months is extremely important for the safety of you and your vehicle.

Delehanty Ford is happy to help you with any winter car maintenance tips or service. We can also provide you with a great selection of Ford vehicles! Whether you live in Grand Blanc or a surrounding area, we are glad to help you with all of your vehicle needs, including Auto Loans. Stop by Delehanty Ford today where our customers are our number one priority!

We're located at 1510 E. Pierson Road, Flushing, MI 48433. Feel free to give us a call at (810) 659-5688 with any questions you may have. Family-owned and operated, Delehanty Ford has been serving the Greater Genesee County area for over 65 years with customer satisfaction as our top priority. Our sales and service departments are dedicated to providing the best experience for every customer.

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1 comment:

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