For many Lower Mainlanders, the months of July and August are road trip season. The kids are out of school, you have vacation time to burn and there are plenty of attractions and events to check out across B.C.
But, before you load your luggage into the trunk of your Ford, you’ll want to make sure that its components and safety systems are up for the trek.
Here’s what to check before you set out on your summer road trip:
Complete a 360-degree visual inspection
Look for worn tires and wipers, broken lights, chips or cracks in the windshield, and fluid leaks.
Check your Ford’s fluids
Check the oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, clutch fluid, power-steering fluid, engine coolant, and windshield washer fluid. If anything is low, dirty, or leaking, contact our Service Department for a maintenance appointment.
Inspect hoses and belts
Look for softness, cracks, nicks, bulges, blistering, or other damage on your engine’s hoses and belts. If you do spot these issues, it’s time for a replacement.
Examine your battery
There’s nothing worse than a dead battery while road tripping. Look for signs of wear and corrosion, or if your battery is getting on in the years, consider proactively replacing it to avoid disappointment.
Check your HVAC system
Stay cool behind the wheel and keep your family content by ensuring that your Ford’s HVAC system is in good working order. Before leaving on your trip, test the system for proper air flow and temperature.
Want to learn more about your vehicle's maintenance? Call us to schedule an appointment with our Service Department at Key West Ford in New Westminster, B.C. Our factory-trained Technicians will give your Ford the treatment it deserves by changing its oil, fixing a faulty hose or belt, and other important maintenance items.