We know that you adore your pickup truck, and we don’t blame you — a Ford pickup is a hard-working thing of beauty. If you want to keep your truck working hard and looking beautiful for as long as you possibly can, we have some basic truck care tips that just might help:
Don’t skip oil changes
This may seem simple, but simple maintenance tasks are critical for your truck’s performance. Neglecting your truck’s oil can cause permanent damage and will shorten your truck’s lifespan. Oil changes are particularly important for vehicles that are driven intensely and frequently, so your workhorse should receive regular maintenance so it can keep jobs running smoothly.
Rotate your truck’s tires
When you change the oil, rotate your tires. This is a great habit to get into if you want to extend the shelf life of your pick-up. Tire rotation makes the tires last longer and gives you a smoother ride, which means you’re minimizing the strain on the suspension system. This could potentially help you avoid alignment issues down the road.
Balance your truck’s tires
Balancing tires is different from rotating them. Balancing tires ensures that weight is equally distributed around the axle. Unbalanced tires can lead to excess vibrations, which leads to excess strain on your truck’s suspension system.
Keep an eye on lights
Dim or burnt-out lights can be indicators of larger electrical problems, which can easily compound to become engine issues. On top of that, driving with a burnt-out light can earn you an expensive fine and decrease your visibility, thereby raising your chances of having an accident.
Replenish the fluids
Your truck is drinking more than just oil and gas. Make sure it doesn’t go thirsty by always checking up on the levels of these critical fluids: engine coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield-washing fluid.
Let your engine breathe easy by regularly replacing its air filters. You should change your filters every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. This will maximize your car’s performance, potentially increasing your day-to-day acceleration and efficiency.
Need help with repair and maintenance? Bring your vehicle to our service center at Tropical Ford.