It’s spring cleaning season, and if you are a truck owner, it’s time to give your vehicle some much-needed attention. Spring is the perfect time to do a thorough wash and wax on your truck and take care of easy maintenance tasks that you may have forgotten about during the fall and winter. If you own a Ford F-150 truck, you’ll get more life out of your vehicle if you invest your time into yearly spring maintenance, such as an auto battery check. Here are the most important things that should be on your Ford F-150 spring maintenance checklist.
Get a Brand New Auto Battery
The first thing to do with your car for yearly spring maintenance is to check your battery. During the hot weather, batteries may become more depleted and struggle to hold a charge. If your Ford F-150 battery is a few years old, it may need to be replaced. Check your battery’s manufacturer’s guidelines to see if it has a warranty or other details regarding the replacement timeline.
Your vehicle may also need a new set of windshield wiper blades. During the fall and winter, snow, ice and salt may have damaged your wiper blades, making it more difficult to wipe away rain and harder to see when you drive. Consider replacing the front and rear wiper blades for better visibility during spring and summer thunderstorms.
The next thing you should do is change your car’s oil and oil filter. Your vehicle can go without an oil change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, depending on the type of oil you choose. The oil filter doesn’t need to be swapped out each time. For every other oil change, you should replace the filter to give your vehicle a performance boost. Additionally, be sure to top off your fluids under the hood, such as windshield wiper, power steering, brake, coolant and transmission fluids.
It’s also a good idea to take advantage of the nice weather and wash and wax your truck. While there are plenty of car wash businesses around that you could try, it’s cheaper and more effective to do your own truck wash. You’ll just need a few supplies to get your vehicle looking sparkling new. To make washing your car easier and more fun, get a five-gallon bucket, a special car wash nozzle, soap, a washing sponge, microfiber drying towels and finishing wax.
How to Replace a Ford F-150 Battery
Taking on some of these car maintenance jobs yourself will help you save money and make your car perform better over the years. One task that is easy to learn is installing a car battery. First, look online or in a physical store to find the matching car battery for your vehicle’s make, model and year, such as the 2016 Ford F-150 battery.
Pop the hood and remove the old battery by detaching the negative or black cable first, then the positive or red cable. Remove any debris or grime and then place the new battery. Attach the positive cable first and the negative cable second. Tighten the connections to make sure it’s secure.
This spring, dedicate some time to a maintenance checklist for your Ford F-150. Teach yourself to do easy maintenance tasks for your car to save money and time.
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