Look, Team Ford gets it. Alberta winters feel like an eternity. Once the ultra-scientific process of the groundhog confirms winter is over, you want to break out the shorts and sandals, fill the inflatable pool in the backyard with water, then fill your belly with ice cold brewskis. Us too. But before you dig through your closet for your “Suns Out, Guns Out” tank top, before you grab a couple industrial size cans of lighter fluid for the grill, before you invest in tanning oil (SPF is for wimps), you need to get your vehicle summer ready.
We know we’ve espoused the importance of winter tires here before, but if you don’t swap them out for a set of summer tires once the roads start to dry, or at very least all-seasons, you’ll be riding on rubber balder than Howie Mandel come next winter. Plus, a nice set of sticky, grippy, summer ready tires makes for a more enjoyable driving experience. While you’re having your tires changed, get your brakes and fluids checked. An oil change, some summer weight fluids, and coolant all benefit from a swap once the mercury heads in the right direction. Remember, the extreme heat of the summer months have an impact on your vehicle -it isn’t just that lousy season winter out to kill you and your car- an impact that’s easily mitigated by swapping out fluids and checking some key components. Come down to the Team Ford Quick Lane service department — you don’t even need to make an appointment.
You may want to fix and replace a few other bits and pieces while you’re at it, with your windshield wiper blades being at the top of that list. I know we’re all a bit jaded, but changing out your wiper blades every six months isn’t just some Big Wiper Blade company conspiracy, it actually makes a difference. Any damage from winter wear-and-tear, or maybe a cracked front bumper from running into a snowbank doing an e-brake turn (asking for a friend), should be fixed as well. These type of fixes are just as easy to do as they are to put off, but could have unexpected consequences down the road. Add in an oil change and a little pre-summer tune-up, and you’ll feel like you’re driving a new car.
Speaking of new cars . . . you could just buy a new car! We’re definitely partial to a convertible Mustang for the summer months. Should this not fit into your budget, we’d definitely suggest the maintenance above to make your vehicle summer ready. We’d also suggest you give your car a big cleaning—and not just adding a new air freshener or taking a trip to the drive through car wash either. A proper cleaning. Between all the winter road salt, spilled french fries and coffee, and slush tracked in on your boots, your car is bound to be a mess both outside and in. Once it’s clean, you can take other steps as well. If your vehicle has leather, make sure to apply a vehicle-specific sunblock/moisturizer as well, to keep the leather and interior from cracking. A nice coat of wax also keeps the vehicle’s paint from fading in areas exposed to longer and more intense sunlight.
We hope these tips help you get your vehicle summer ready before you are out enjoying all of that sunshine. If you need a hand with any maintenance, or just want a few grilling tips, swing by Team Ford or give us a call.