Spring Vehicle Preparation - Tips to Assure your Car or Truck is Ready

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Spring Vehicle Preparation - Tips to Assure your Car or Truck is Ready

Goodbye winter! It's about time that we can stop thinking snow scrapers and shovels. Your vehicle definitely dealt with enough this winter, so it's time to have it ready for the warmer days ahead. Here are some tips to assure your vehicle is ready, doesn't matter if it's a Ford or Lincoln, these tips are well suited for any vehicle driving in the Greater Toronto Area or in Ontario in general.

Tires
If you managed just fine with all-season tires, great! Make sure your tire pressures are up to spec so that they last for plenty more seasons. If you're still running on winter tires, it's time to switch back to your spring/summer set (be sure they have sufficient tire tread to prevent hydro-planing on rainy days). Winter tires are made of a softer more flexible compound, so as the asphalt heats up, the rubber of winter tires will wear out significantly quicker. As well, because winter tires have more of a knobby tread, they create a louder road noise and aren't the best for fuel mileage... They are certainly not great for handling either since there is less of a tire contact patch that touches the road. An alignment and 4-wheel balance might also be necessary since the uneven terrain of snow/ice covered roads could have knocked your vehicle's alignment out of spec along with the wheel weights.

Engine Oil
Considered the "blood" of an engine, it is important that oil type changes depending on the climate. The oil viscosity (ability to flow) varies on different engines, but the most common is 5w30 and 10w30. The 5 and 10 is the oil's ability to flow when cold, 5 meaning it has an easier time flowing when cold. The 30 is the oil's ability to flow when hot. With that said, in the winter time a 5w30 oil is best suited, where 10w30 is used as the climate rises over 10 degrees Celsius. Either way, if you service your vehicle at the dealership, you do not have to request the proper oil to be used. We take care of that for you.

Brakes

With all the road salt that we unfortunately have to deal with in Ontario, it's very important to keep your vehicle free of this since it's the main cause of corrosion to most metal components on your vehicle. A brake service at the beginning of spring can certainly improve the life of your brake pads and rotors. Corrosion builds up on the rotors as well as on the carriers of the brake pads, this combination can cause excessive noise when braking and also will prevent the brake pads from releasing properly, meaning that your brakes will wear out even when you're not applying the pedal (or wear unevenly). A brake service allows for proper cleaning of the wearable brake components to assure that they are corrosion free and functioning smoothly.

Cleaning
The most important thing to keep in mind when cleaning your vehicle in the spring, is to remove any signs of salt especially where corrosion is potential (such as between body panels and their mounting points). Spend the time to wash under the vehicle and spray water between the bumpers/fenders/rockers, if you're using a pressure washer, keep a good distance as today's pressure washers can blast paint away. Apply a wax to the car to protect the paint from fading and sun damage.
On the interior, remove all the floor mats and clean the factory carpet of all salt that may have built up... This is VERY important because if the salt just sits there, it will soak into the metal and start rotting at the floor.

At Colony Ford Lincoln, our in-house Colony Auto Spa can treat your vehicle to a proper in-and-out cleaning to save you the hassle. We do all makes and models, book an appointment for a spring cleaning!
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Happy and safe motoring this spring!

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