How To Prepare Your Ford F-150 For Winter

How To Prepare Your Ford F-150 For Winter | Guthrie's Auto Service

With the swift arrival of winter, the landscapes transform into frosty wonderlands, which means it's time to turn our attention to a steadfast companion - your F-150. Despite being one of the most reliable trucks, renowned for its resilience, it deserves tailored care to navigate the challenges that winter brings. Let's take a look at what we have to say.

The Importance of Tire Tread

The foundation of winter preparedness begins where the rubber meets the road—your tires. Equip your F-150 with winter-ready tires boasting deep treads to enhance traction on snow-covered roads. Consider investing in snow tires for optimum grip, as they are designed to tackle slippery terrain with confidence. Also, take into account the tread pattern, since it also impacts the tire's ability to grip correctly.

Fluid Maintenance 

Winter demands special attention to keep fluid flowing smoothly. Start with an oil change, opting for a winter-grade oil that withstands lower temperatures. Ensure that the transmission, brake, and power steering fluids are at the recommended levels, guaranteeing optimal performance even in the coldest conditions. Antifreeze, the hero of winter, should also be checked and topped up to prevent engine freeze-ups. Also, keep in mind that there are certain additives that you can take advantage of

Battery Challenges

The winter chill can be taxing on your F-150's battery, often revealing its age and wear. A thorough battery inspection, including checking for corrosion on terminals, is crucial. If it is more than three years old, consider replacing it preemptively to avoid unwarranted breakdowns in freezing temperatures. Cold weather demands peak battery performance, and a proactive approach ensures your F-150 starts reliably, even on the coldest mornings. And while we are on the top of chilly mornings, make sure to start your car a few minutes before driving it so it can warm up -trust us, it really makes a big difference!

Heating and HVAC System

Winter journeys demand a cozy cabin, making the heating system a focal point of preparation. Test your F-150's heating system well before the winter sets in, ensuring it functions efficiently. If you notice any issues, address them promptly. Especially check the window heating because there is nothing worse than driving with a foggy windshield on a busy afternoon.

Wipe Everything Away!

Visibility is non-negotiable, especially in winter's unpredictable weather. Invest in high-quality winter wiper blades to combat snow and ice build-up. Fill the windshield washer reservoir with a winter-grade fluid containing antifreeze components to prevent freezing. 

Take advantage of the expertise of the techs at Guthrie's Auto Service and prepare your vehicle for winter in Alabama! Visit us, and you won't regret it.