A truck is more than just a machine to get you where you need to go. If that’s all you needed, you would have invested in any old car. You need a vehicle that can power through a hard day on the job site, haul the equipment and materials you need for your latest project and tow the toys you need for a fun-filled getaway. Since the Ford F-150 is capable of all that and more (such a comfy, well-connected cabin), you want it to run for as long as possible. The following tips will have you behind the wheel of your F-150 for years to come. The technicians at Titus-Will Ford in Tacoma, WA are ready to check your Ford F-150; schedule a service appointment today.
Stick to a schedule
Regular maintenance checks such as oil changes are imperative to your truck’s longevity. Check your owner’s manual for when oil changes are recommended.
Adjust your tires
While you’re in the shop for an oil change, ask the technician to rotate and balance the tires. These routine maintenance checks will help prevent uneven wear and tear on your truck’s most important safety feature — tires. Tires that wear out unevenly or are not balanced properly put extra stress on your truck’s suspension. Plus, freshly rotated tires can make your drive a smoother experience.
Get in line
Is your F-150 pulling to one side like an unwieldy grocery cart? If so, take your truck in for a wheel alignment. And, always keep your tires properly inflated according to your manual’s recommended psi.
Driving with a burned out headlight, taillight or brake light is dangerous. It decreases your visibility to other drivers, diminishes how well you can see the road at night or in bad weather and puts you at risk for a ticket. Make sure your F-150 shines as brightly as it should with a light check to confirm every bulb, inside and out, is working correctly.
Clear the air
Your air filter’s job is to prevent debris, dust and grime from gunking up the engine. That means it needs to be replaced regularly — approximately every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. If your favorite and frequented terrain is covered in dirt, you might need to change it more often.