Winter Service Tips

Winter is a tough time to be a car, but we at Ron HopkinsĀ Ford would like to make it easier on your vehicle with these simple cold-weather care tips:

  • First things first, if you haven't had your car serviced in a while, take it in as soon as you can at Ron Hopkins Ford's service department. The winter will be tough on your car, and small internal problems can become big, wallet-busting complications once you add in the frigid weather.
  • Keep an eye on your tire pressure. Cold temperatures increase the amount of fluctuation you'll see as you drive, and improper PSI is not only a killer at the pump, but it is dangerous to boot. Pick up an air pressure gauge from any auto parts store or at most gas stations. Your tires' correct pressure should be listed in your owner's manual.
  • While we're on the topic of tires, make sure their tread depth is correct. You can do this easily by placing a penny headfirst into the tread. If any of Abe's head is hidden, you're depth is good-to-go. Proper tread will increase your traction and let you grip the road better in icy or snowy conditions.
  • Consider getting an oil change with a winter weight motor oil. Winter oil is thinner and functions better in the cold temperatures.
  • Always keep your gas tank at least half full. In frigid weather, low gas tanks can lead to freezing and fracturing in the fuel line.
  • Flush your coolant system and input new antifreeze.
  • Get new wiper blades. You don't want to discover your wipers are smudgy when you're in the middle of a blizzard!
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