We know from experience living in Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Silverdale, or Poulsbo, WA, that seasons and driving conditions change as summer turns into winter. Ford engineers know that summer’s heat causes several essential components to experience faster depreciation, and colder weather poses reliability risks. Fall maintenance is a recommended auto maintenance best practice, ensuring peak reliability, comfort, and safety as driving conditions change after summer and before winter. Continue reading the fall maintenance best practices and schedule service that we can assist you with at Port Orchard Ford.
We recommend a thorough tire inspection to ensure maximum traction and safety in colder, slippery road conditions. A certified Ford tire inspection includes checking for irregular tread wear and sidewall damage, measuring the tread depth, and adjusting inflation pressures as needed. Fall is often the preferred time for drivers to replace old tires or switch to a winter tread.
Batteries are susceptible to extreme heat, with sub-zero temperatures causing poor performance. Fall maintenance should always include a battery inspection with diagnostic testing. Check for case deformities, such as a bloated case, corrosion, and leaking fluid; Also, be sure to measure the reserve capacity and cold cranking amperes. Batteries with the physical defects mentioned or failed the electrical test should be replaced immediately given the imminent failure risk.
Windshield wiper blades are often in bad shape after working hard through spring and fall with heavy rain and extreme heat. Be sure to check the wiper blades for fall maintenance, and replace them if they have rubber damage, leave excessive streaking, or are over 1 year old.
With colder weather in the fall forecast, we recommend checking the HVAC system. Be sure to check that the heater, defroster, seat warmers, and steering wheel warmers are functioning properly.
Ford owners can schedule fall maintenance services online or by phone. The online service scheduler is super convenient and always available to book your appointments with an internet connection and is completed within two to three minutes. We also have friendly staff available by phone to book your service appointments during regular hours. Services at Port Orchard Ford include complimentary multi-point inspections.
Port Orchard Ford, Bay Street, Port Orchard, WA, USA