Spring is nearly here in Mishawaka, Indiana, and we’re looking forward to enjoying warm weather again. Unfortunately, that means a lot of rainstorms are on the way, so it’s important that your car’s wipers are ready — especially after how brutal this winter was! To determine if your car needs new windshield wiper blades, look for these factors.
Streaks on the glass
If the old wipers leave excessive streaks on the windshield, it’s probably time for new wipers. You can try wiping off the rubber to see if that solves the problem, but if it doesn’t, then the wipers are damaged enough to need replaced.
Squeaking or skipping
If you activate the wipers during the spring rain and hear loud squealing or see the arms bumping across the glass, something is wrong. The rubber isn’t as soft and smooth as it once was, which means it’s been worn down to the point of replacing.
The rubber blade on the wipers can deteriorate after brutal seasons of cold and heat, as well as years of constant use, and you sometimes can see that deterioration if you look close enough. If you notice cracks, chunks missing, peeling, or warping, it’s time for new wipers.
Spring weather in Mishawaka can get a bit wet — but don’t let that put a damper on your seasonal adventures with your Ford vehicle. Here are some helpful pointers for driving safely in the rain this spring.
Ditch cruise control
If your Ford has cruise control, it’s best to avoid using it when it’s raining. That’s because when you turn it on, this mode prevents you from being able to ease off the accelerator — a driving technique that’s essential for maintaining traction on slick roads.
Go slow and give space
Plan for longer travel times when the weather is wet so you can travel as slowly as you need to stay in control. You’ll also want to give extra room to other cars on the road to ensure that you have sufficient time to bring your vehicle to a halt even in the rainiest of conditions.
Steer clear of flood zones
Familiarize yourself with the flood zones in your area. If your commute includes roads that are prone to flooding, figure out a detour that you could take.
Know how to respond to a skid
Educate yourself on how to properly handle a skid if your Ford does happen to hydroplane on a wet spring day. First, refrain from harsh braking. You’ll also want to continue steering the vehicle in the direction you want to go to help regain control.
Every car should have a set of emergency supplies should an emergency arise, whether on your daily commute to work or on a road trip out of state. Here at Jordan Ford, we recommended that you keep an emergency supply kit in the trunk of your vehicle and restock any used items every six months. Here are some essential items to include in your car’s emergency kit.
The right tools
In case your vehicle runs into maintenance issues, you should have a tool kit or multipurpose utility tool. You’ll also want to have jumper cables, as well as a spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack. These tools can help you with car care on the road. Also include a first-aid kit.
Food and clothes
Be sure to keep some water bottles in your car at all times, as well as nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as dried fruits or nuts. For the cold winters in South Bend, have a stash of winter accessories, such as warm clothing and blankets. It’s also a good idea to keep a snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, and cat litter on hand.
Some useful accessories
Keep a car charger for your cell phone to make sure your devices don’t die when you most need them. A flashlight and extra batteries will also come in handy.
For more tips on making your travels safer, contact us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka. And make sure to schedule a seasonal service appointment for your vehicle to help minimize the chance of breakdowns.
Whether you’re running late for work or you’re slow getting out the door for a road trip, there are some ways to get on the road faster in winter. Here are some tips to de-ice your windshield quickly so you can get to where you need to more rapidly.
Use Magic: Alright, it isn’t magic, but this combination of your car’s existing defrost settings works so well you’ll think it is. Simply turn your heater on all the way, ensure your A/C setting is activated, turn off air circulation, and crack your windows. This defrosts in half the time – you’re welcome.
Raid the Pantry: You probably already have the necessary ingredients to make this solution at home in your pantry or medicine cabinet. Mix two parts water with one part alcohol or vinegar inside a spray bottle, then spray your windshield. Ice will be a thing of the past.
Homemade solutions: If you want to defeat Indiana winters and de-ice your windshield faster without compromising your integrity as a non-conformist, we get it. You can also rub your windshield with an onion or keep a sock filled with cat litter nearby to avoid the ice.
Call us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN, if your vehicle is due for a service appointment this winter. Or stop by to browse our new vehicles, if it’s time to say goodbye to your current ride and drive home a new one.
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.