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Winter is here, and that means cold and icy conditions out on the road. No matter how much time you plan to spend behind the wheel, it is important to keep your Ford vehicle in top condition. Regular maintenance can prevent problems from occurring when you least expect it. Our service team at your local Ford dealership can make sure that your car, truck or SUV is ready for winter driving. Here are some tips for taking care of your vehicle during the coldest time of the year:

Replace your filters. Replacing dirty filters is important all year long, but cold weather is especially tough on your engine. Replace dirty air, fuel, and PCV filters to keep your engine efficient all winter long. Don’t forget your oil filter and oil change as well. This simple maintenance service is often neglected, yet it is one of the most important ways to keep your engine running smoothly in cold conditions. 

Protect your visibility. There is nothing worse than not being able to see out of your windshield during heavy rain or snow. Make sure that your wiper blades are in top condition before the harsh weather arrives. Consider switching to rubber blades to prevent ice build-up. For those frosty mornings when your windshield is covered in ice, keep a sturdy ice scraper in your car and make sure the defroster is in good working condition. 

Pay attention to your tires. Bald tires are extremely dangerous in icy conditions. Examine your tires for tread life, uneven wear, and cuts and nicks. Have them inspected and rotated before the winter season. Under-inflated tires can decrease your fuel economy, and tires that are not aligned can cause problems on icy roads. It’s also a smart time to make sure your spare tire is in good condition, and be sure to carry a jack. 

These tips can help you stay safe and prepared all winter long. The best way to prepare for winter driving is to have an experienced technician look over your vehicle. Stop by the service center at Route 23 Auto Mall, and we will make sure that your Ford vehicle is ready for the cold.

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