How to Drive Safely in Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather conditions can make driving a scary experience, but here are some tips for making it through slippery roads and snowy weather.

Stay Home

Sometimes the best winter driving tip is simply not to drive. Nature just can’t be stopped, and even if you’re experienced at driving in the snow, other drivers may not be.

Know Your Tires

Opt for winter tires for increased traction. But even if you use all-season tires, check the tread depth to make sure you’re good to go.

Be Cautious, Even With AWD

All-wheel drive helps your vehicle keep going even in deep snow, but it won’t keep you from sliding around corners or sliding at all, for that matter. AWD keeps you moving, but does nothing to help you stop.

Visibility is Key

Make sure to have your headlights on in low visibility so other drivers can see you and you can see other drivers. Your defroster and wipers should be working too, so make sure to have those inspected before you head into the winter months.

Slow and Steady

When all else fails, don’t rush. It’s better to be late for work by a few minutes because you were going 20 below the speed limit than to get in an accident or get stranded on the side of the road.

Be aware of winter weather conditions and the ways in which you can drive safely. Remember that safety is the priority no matter what!

Winter Car Service Tips

Believe it or not, winter is right around the corner. This long, cold season can wreak havoc on a poorly maintained vehicle. If you want to beat the cold this year, here are a few tips for winter car service.

  • Resolve performance issues. If you are experiencing any performance issues, such as rough idling, stalling, or difficult starts, get these issues taken care of before the winter weather sets in.
  • Keep up your maintenance. Be sure to continue following the recommended maintenance schedule laid out in your owner’s manual. If you’ve fallen behind, get caught up.
  • Check your wiper blades. If your wiper blades are cracked, leaving streaks, or stuttering, they likely need to be replaced. As winter gets closer, consider switching to rubber-clad winter blades. In addition, use winter windshield washer fluid to help prevent freezing.
  • Make sure your heater and defroster work. You don’t want to get stuck in a freezing cold car or be unable to clear the fog from your windshield. Have your HVAC system checked to make sure everything is in good working order.

If you want to make sure your car is winter ready, schedule a service appointment with us here today at Mangold Ford.

Get Your Car Ready for Summer With These Simple Tips

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The summer season is almost upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time to give your vehicle a solid inspection, searching for any damage done by the cooler months and prepping for any hazards of the upcoming warmer months.

Here’s a short checklist of things you should do to get your car ready for summer this year:

  • If you’ve still been using winter tires, remove them, and make sure the tires you plan to use this summer have an adequate amount of tire pressure and tread.
  • Before it gets too hot outside, make sure that your air conditioning is working. You won’t want to find out on the season’s first scorcher!
  • Make sure that your windshield wipers are working properly and that you have more than enough windshield wiper fluid for the coming months.
  • And lastly, prep your vehicle with sunny essentials such as sunscreen, sunglasses, floppy hats, fresh water, and perhaps even an umbrella.

Or, if you’d like to start the season with a new vehicle all together, visit us at Mangold Ford!

DIY Maintenance: How to Do a Coolant Flush

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After a while, coolant starts to accumulate foreign debris, in which case it can no longer do its job right. Coolant is one of the most important parts of the car, so you have to make sure your coolant is working at full capacity and that you know how to do a coolant flush.

Coolant should be drained completely and replaced about once every two years. Make sure you buy the right kind of coolant and properly dilute it with water to about 50/50 or at most 70 antifreeze/30 water. The car should be cool.

To flush the coolant system, just climb under your car, find the drain plug, slide a pan underneath it, and pull out the plug. Then, take the cap off the coolant under the hood so the fluid drains faster. Rinse with water to make sure any debris has been removed.

Once the system is totally drained, put the plug back in the bottom and pour the diluted coolant mixture into the reservoir so it’s about an inch below the neck. Turn the car on and let the coolant heat up, then add fluid until it meets the fill line. Put the radiator cap back on.

Winter Service Tips

 

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Winter is here and that means it’s time to prep your car, if you haven’t already, that is. The proper preparation can allow you to make through another winter without an expensive repair or any major problems. Take it from us here at Mangold Ford! Here are some winter service tips to keep your car in pristine condition during the coldest time of the year.

  • Replace Filters. Keeping your engine in tip top shape requires good ventilation. Clogged, dirty filters simply won’t work. Be sure to replace the air, fuel, and PCV filters at least twice a year. Doing so will result in an overall better running engine and better fuel economy as well.
  • Check Your Battery. Unless you want to risk getting caught with a dead battery, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a professional. Routine battery care is relatively easy. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection in case of leaks. Clean the surfaces, remove corrosion, check the fluid level if possible, and retighten the connections. If you spot problems, don’t risk it. Just replace the battery.
  • Take Care of Routine Maintenance. Be sure you’re keeping up to date with routine maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. Missing the routine stuff will hurt you and your wallet in the end!