Keeping Your Car Clean in the Winter

Keeping Your Car Clean in the Winter | Mike Raisor Ford

The last thing anyone wants to do in cold weather is clean their car, but it’s more important during the winter than any other time of year. Keeping your car clean in the winter will make it more comfortable and help it stay healthy, so follow these easy tips to get your Ford through to spring.

1: Protect the floors

Lay down thick rubber mats and even towels to prevent mud and slush from sinking into your carpet, leaving a mess that’s hard to clean and can even stink up your car. Rubber mats are easier to clean and dry faster, leaving a cleaner cabin.

2: Wash and wax the exterior

Washing your car regularly in the winter is essential, especially washing the undercarriage, so you can keep salt and grime from building up. Follow up with a wax job to protect your Ford’s paint job!

3: Vacuum

Use a shop vac to clean dried dirt, rocks, salt, and more out of your Ford, which will keep it from ruining your carpet and upholstery. If you drive a Ford Escape or any of Ford’s rugged utility vehicles, you’re probably the adventurous type who tracks all kinds of earth into your car, so don’t skip this step!

4: Wipe down the interior

Clean your Ford’s windshield and windows with glass cleaner and use wet wipes to clean the dashboard, steering wheel, and console. This will improve visibility and help avoid sticky buildup you don’t want to touch.

5: Park in covered areas

This factor isn’t always under your control, but if you can help it, stay out of the snow and away from slush-covered roads and park in a garage or carport.

Of course, if you are looking for a clean, shiny new vehicle this winter, be sure to stop by our Mike Raisor Ford dealership.

How to Prep Your Ford for the Winter

Get Your Ford Ready for Winter | Mike Raisor Ford

Indiana’s winter season can take a toll on both you and your car. To help lessen the blow of freezing temperatures, we’re here with some tips on how to prep your Ford vehicle for the season.

Check Fluid Levels

Keeping proper fluid levels in your vehicle is essential. Two of the most important fluid levels to check are your antifreeze and engine coolant, which ensure that your Ford starts and will keep you going. You should also check motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, washer fluid and power steering fluid.

Monitor Tire Pressure

You’ll want to check your vehicle’s tire pressure both before and throughout winter. In order to gain traction on the road, your Ford’s tires must have proper tire pressure. Tires with improper pressure could cause slipping and sliding on the road.

Swap out Tires

Alternatively, instead of keeping your Ford’s all-season tires on, you can swap them out for winter tires. They have improved traction and specialized rubber to help you take on tough winter roads.

Test Battery

Your Ford’s battery will be challenged in the winter when cold temperatures hit. To help ensure that your battery will start your car, test its charge before the weather gets too chilly. If you find that your battery has a weak charge, take it down to our service department and we’ll get you ready to go.

For more winter weather driving tips, be sure to speak with our staff at Mike Raisor Ford.