Summer in Indiana is usually associated with humidity, high temperatures, and a surge in traffic. That’s why it’s important to perform vehicle maintenance to keep your ride in great shape. While Jordan Ford can help with any regular service and repairs, there are also some simple things you can do to keep your car healthy. Here are some helpful DIY car care tips to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape this season.
First, check and top off fluid levels at least once a month. Check the coolant, oil, transmission fluid (which often needs to be checked while the engine is warm), the brake fluid, and power-steering fluid. Make sure the car is on a flat surface when checking levels. If you notice that your vehicle seems to be leaking fluid, call Jordan Ford to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible.
Next, check tire pressure. When seasons change, the air pressure in the tires will fluctuate due to changes in temperature. Check the pressure by looking on the dashboard’s tire pressure indicator or by using a tire pressure gauge to assess the pressure of each tire.
It’s also important to cleanse the exterior of your car. Washing the exterior will remove any grime and apply a coating of wax to it once a month to help keep it clean for longer. If you park outside, consider getting a cover to prevent UV damage.
Winter and spring can take a toll on the windshield wipers as well, which means that summer is a great time to inspect them for signs of wear and tear. If it’s been a while since you replaced the wipers, swap them out for a fresh pair to ensure proper visibility on warm-weather drives.
Finally, check the battery. Summer heat can take a toll on your battery. Clean corrosion off the terminals, ensure the connections are secure, and check the charge to help prevent getting stranded due to battery malfunctions.
Save yourself time and effort when you let Jordan Ford service your vehicle for you. Call us or fill out an online form today to schedule a maintenance appointment.
Here at Jordan Ford, we’re committed to helping you find a simple, easy, and stress-free experience when car shopping. Now, we’d like to help you find this inner sense of calm while you’re working from home. We’ve rounded up some relaxation techniques to help you stay focused and balanced in your life as you enjoy the benefits and overcome the challenges of remote work.
Pactice deep breathing exercises. While it might sound simple, deep-breathing techniques can stimulate the vagus nerve, reduce your heart rate, and lower blood pressure. Start by sitting with your back straight, deeply inhaling through your nose and letting your stomach rise. Exhale through the mouth, pushing out as much air as possible while counting slowing. Aim to breathe from the abdomen, not the chest.
You can also try mindfulness and rhythmic movement exercises. Though an intense workout may not be soothing, basic exercise such as walking, swimming, and biking create a flow of repetitive movement that can gently stimulate your body and trigger a relaxation response. Don’t focus on burning calories; instead, pay attention to the repetition of the movements.
Progressive muscle relaxation is another technique to practice. This two-step process requires you to tense a muscle and then completely relax that same muscle. Try starting with your toes, then working your way up through the muscle groups, finishing with your neck and head. The key is to focus your attention and take it slow. You can also combine muscle relaxation with deep breathing for added stress relief.
Though Independence Day will likely look a little different this year, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday from the comfort of home. We’ve put together a few options for you and your family to celebrate the birth of our great nation right here in South Bend.
Watch Fireworks Online: Each year, the spectacular fireworks show held on the West Lawn in Washington D.C. is broadcasted on PBS. The special, “A Capitol Fourth”,usually includes a concert featuring a medley of patriot tunes from famous musicians. This year’s special is still on the schedule, but past years’ displays are available to stream on the PBS website, if the 2020 event does end up being canceled.
Cookout: While hosting a huge shin-dig is off the table this year, you can still have a fun cookout in your South Bend backyard for your family. Grab some hot dogs and hamburgers for the grill, then task your littlest helpers with creating side dishes. Cooking dinner as a family is an excellent bonding experience.
Crafts: In the days leading up to Independence Day, you and your family can collaborate on some fun crafts to keep you entertained and to decorate your home patriotically. From pinwheel hair ties to red, white, and blue slime, there is no end to the opportunities for crafty creativity in honor of America.
Spending more time at home with your kids this season can be rewarding and challenging. If you’re looking for new activities to freshen up your routine, here are a few of our favorite family-friendly games to play at home.
Lawn Tic-Tac-Toe: For families with young children at home, playing an easy-to-understand game of lawn tic-tac-toe can help little ones learn about strategy and help improve motor skills. The game can be easily assembled using materials you already have at home like Popsicle sticks, string, and circular objects.
Bean Bag Bowl Toss: Using large mixing bowls, bean bags, tape, and spare paper, you can create a homemade skee ball game in no time. Simply tape a point value on each bowl, line them up, and toss your bean bag into the container. To help reinforce arithmetic skills for older kids, have them keep track of their own scores.
Water Cup Races: Though you might not be able to visit the fair this year, you can recreate a fun carnival favorite in your backyard. Poke a hole in a plastic cup and thread a string through the hole before tying both ends to opposing trees or fence posts. Repeat this step for each cup “racer,” then grab your squirt gun and see whose cup crosses the finish line first.
Enjoy making memories with your family this summer. And remember to call us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka if you have any questions about bringing home a new Ford model or maintaining your current one.