Maintenance Tips for When Your Car Sits Idle

If you don’t intend to drive your vehicle for several weeks or more, it’s important that you take the steps to properly care for your vehicle. Follow these tips to keep up on maintenance while your car sits idle.

Check your tire pressure

After your vehicle has been sitting for some time, its tires can develop flat spots, especially if they have low tire pressure. Be sure to regularly check the tire pressure and inflate your tires to the recommended pressure as needed.

Watch for pests

Pests, such as rats, may get into your vehicle while it sits idle. Before driving your vehicle again, look under the hood for any signs that an animal has chewed on the belts or wire, and make sure there are no animals living in your wheel wells or engine compartment. If anything seems awry, you may need to make a trip to the service department.

Take a drive

If possible, drive your vehicle at least every two weeks for a minimum of 20 minutes. Driving can help prevent flat spots, return a bit of charge to the battery, and keep components lubricated.

In order to keep your vehicle in good condition, you need to maintain it, whether you drive every day or let your vehicle sit for a while. If you believe your vehicle is in need of service, give us a call at Midwest Ford to learn about our service offerings.

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

The summer weather is rolling in, which means it’s time for another round of seasonal maintenance. Here are a few ways to prepare your Ford for summer.

Change the oil

Changing the oil in your car is one of the most important routine maintenance tasks. Old oil can’t lubricate, cool, or protect vital engine components as well as fresh oil can. Check your vehicle’s owner manual to determine how often you need to visit Midwest Ford for an oil change. Thanks to advances in engine oil technology, the 3,000-mile rule is irrelevant. Most vehicles can go anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 miles between oil changes.

Check the battery

Checking your battery is a great way to start off summer. After all, you don’t want to end up stranded because of a dead battery. Inspecting your battery doesn’t involve a lot of labor and can be done in a few minutes

Start by inspecting the battery for any bulges, bumps, or other deformities. Remove any corrosion from the posts and tighten the connections. If your Ford’s battery is more than three years old, it’s time to consider replacing it.

Inspect the tires

Inspecting your car’s tires for damage helps improve your safety on the road. Keep an eye out for any bumps, bulges, or uneven tread wear. It pays to check each tire’s pressure every week too. As warmer weather rolls in, the tire pressure is likely to increase. If left unchecked, that could lead to a blowout!

To get your Ford ready for the summer season, visit the Midwest Ford service team today!

Warning Signs That It’s Time to Change Your Brakes

Brakes are among your vehicle’s most important components, but there are few reliable guides (like mileage or vehicle age) for knowing when to change them. That’s because brakes wear differently depending on environmental conditions and driving habits. Instead, you should pay attention to a few key signs that will let you know it’s time for new brakes.

First, listen for strange sounds. Most brake pads come with wear indicators, which are essentially a thin strip of metal that begins to rub on the rotor once the pad gets low. If you hear squeaking or squealing, it’s a sign you may need new brakes. Also listen for grinding, as this could be a caliper hitting the rotor.

Next, pay attention to how your car is driving. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you hit the brakes, you may have a caliper that’s stuck. Even if your foot isn’t on the brake pedal, pulling is likely caused by a bad brake component.

Finally, be alert for tactile signs. For instance, you may notice vibrations, thuds, or pulsing when you step on the brakes. These are other signs that your rotors might be warped, as you shouldn’t really feel anything through the pedal if the brakes are normal.

If you think it’s about time to change your brakes, or if you need our certified service team to check for you, schedule your service appointment at Midwest Ford today!