What Steps Should You Take to Prepare Your Car for Winter?

September 7th, 2018 by

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Is there anything worse than getting stranded because of a dead battery or a flat tire when you’re on the Granger roads in the middle of winter? The team at Jordan Ford has prepared a list of steps to help you prepare your car for winter.

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7 Steps to Winterize Your Car

1. Pack an emergency kit: The goal is to avoid getting stuck, but if you do end up stranded, it’s important to have an emergency kit prepared. This can include changes of clothes, warm blankets, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, road flares, a phone charger, a portable radio, extra gloves and hats, an ice scraper, and a bag of cat litter or sand for limited traction issues.

2. Change wiper blades and wiper fluid: Winter weather makes visibility much more challenging when there’s snow, ice, and sludge to contend with, so you should change your wiper blades if they’re old. You should also replace your wiper fluid with one made for winter, which doesn’t freeze and helps loosen ice and snow.

3. Check your battery: When you winterize your car, you’ll want to check your battery, since the cold weather makes it work harder. Have technician your local service department run a battery test to see if it needs to be replaced.

4. Check tires: Your tires need to be checked before winter. Tires should be properly inflated at all times, and you should also make sure your tire treads aren’t too worn down. Insert a penny in the tire tread with the top of Lincoln’s head facing in toward the tire. If you can see the President’s whole head, your tires need to be replaced.

5. Check coolant and antifreeze levels: To avoid engine issues, you need to keep your coolant and antifreeze at the proper levels. This is something you can do yourself, or you can have a professional do it.

6. Get an oil change: As the cold weather approaches, you might want to schedule an oil change and use an oil that’s made for the winter months. Oil gets thicker when it’s cold, which makes it harder for the oil to do its job. Winter-specific oil helps counteract that issue.

7. Check your heat: Another important step as you prepare your car for winter is to have your heating system checked. You want to make sure all the parts are in proper working order and that’s it’s blowing hot air.

8. Wax your car: Road salt can lead to paint damage and corrosion if it isn’t removed from your vehicle quickly, and a solid layer of wax is one of the best defenses against this ubiquitous but dangerous substance. Frequent hand car washes can also help to prevent damage.

Need Help Preparing Your Car for Winter?

To ensure your vehicle is fully prepared for winter in Osceola, schedule a service appointment at Jordan Ford, and we’ll take care of many of the above steps for you.

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Buy 4 select tires, get a $70 rebate by mail. Plus, get another $60 when you use the ford service credit card

On these name brands: Goodyear, Michelin,® Hankook, Continental, Pirelli,® Bridgestone, Firestone, Yokohama,® Toyo,® Nitto®

*Dealer-installed retail purchases only. $70 tire rebate and $60 credit card rebate by prepaid debit cards. Subject to credit approval. Not valid on prior purchases. Complete purchase must be made on the Ford Service Credit Card for $130 maximum rebate. Offer valid 4/01/19 to 6/30/19. Submit rebate by 7/31/19 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Limit one rebate per account. Cannot be combined with any other tire manufacturer-sponsored or Ford Service Credit Card rebate/offer. Ford Service Credit Card is issued by Citibank, N.A. See participating U.S. dealership for vehicle applications and rebate details through 6/30/19.

EXPIRES: 06/30/2019
Buy four select tires, get up to an $70 rebate by mail.*

On these name brands: Goodyear, Michelin,® Hankook, Continental, Pirelli,® Bridgestone, Firestone, Yokohama,® Toyo,® Nitto®

*Dealer-installed retail purchases only. Limit one redemption per customer. Offer valid 4/01/19 to 6/30/19. Submit rebate by 7/31/19 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Tire rebate by prepaid debit card. Cannot be combined with any other tire manufacturer-sponsored rebate/offer. See participating U.S. dealership for vehicle applications and rebate details through 6/30/19.

EXPIRES: 06/30/2019
MOTORCRAFT® TESTED TOUGH® PLUS BATTERIES, $99.95 MSRP*

84-month warranty

*With exchange. Taxes and installation extra. Warranty includes FREE towing on dealer-installed battery. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. See participating U.S. dealership for vehicle applications and limited-warranty details through 6/30/19.

EXPIRES: 06/30/2019
MOTORCRAFT® TESTED TOUGH® MAX BATTERIES STARTING AT $129.95 MSRP.*

With 100 month warranty

*With exchange. Taxes and installation extra. Warranty includes FREE towing on dealer-installed battery. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. See participating U.S. dealership for vehicle applications and limited-warranty details through 6/30/19.

EXPIRES: 06/30/2019
THE WORKS®* Synthetic Blend Oil Change and More

• Tire Rotation and Pressure Check
• Brake Inspection
• Vehicle Checkup
• Fluid Top-Off
• Battery Test
• Filter Check
• Belts and Hoses Check

*Up to five quarts of Motorcraft® oil and Motorcraft oil filter. See participating U.S. dealership for exclusions and details through 12/31/19.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
MOTORCRAFT® BRAKE PADS INSTALLED, $99.95 OR LESS*

*Per-axle price on pads or shoes on most vehicles. Exclusions apply. Taxes extra. See participating U.S. dealership for details through 6/30/19.

EXPIRES: 06/30/2019
MOTORCRAFT® COMPLETE BRAKE SERVICE, $179.95 OR LESS*

• Brake pads or shoes
• Machining rotors or drums
• Labor included

*Per-axle price on most vehicles. Exclusions apply. Taxes extra. See participating U.S. dealership for details through 3/31/19.

EXPIRES: 06/30/2019
LIFETIME BRAKE PAD GUARANTEE*

*Available for Motorcraft® brake pads purchased after 7/1/14 and Omnicraft™ brake pads purchased after 7/1/17. Nontransferable. Replacement requires copy of original repair order and completion of any other necessary brake service, such as brake rotor service. Motorcraft or Omnicraft brake pads must be installed by U.S. Ford or Lincoln Dealership or Quick Lane® technician to be covered. Pads only; labor costs not included. Restrictions and exclusions apply. See participating U.S. dealership for details through 12/31/19.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
MOTORCRAFT® PREMIUM CONVENTIONAL WIPER BLADES, $19.96 MSRP*

*Per pair. Taxes extra. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. See participating U.S. dealership for installation, vehicle applications and details through 6/30/19.

EXPIRES: 06/30/2019
MOTORCRAFT® WARRANTY: TWO YEARS. UNLIMITED MILEAGE. INCLUDES LABOR.*

Motorcraft parts are covered for a full two years with unlimited mileage. Even limited labor costs are included.*

*Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. See your U.S. dealer for a copy of the limited warranty through 12/31/19.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
FORD PARTS WARRANTY: TWO YEARS. UNLIMITED MILEAGE. INCLUDES LABOR.*

Ford parts are covered for a full two years with unlimited mileage. Even limited labor costs are included.*

*See your U.S. dealer for a copy of the limited warranty through 12/31/19.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019
Get a $5 rebate by mail on The Works® Synthetic Blend Oil Change and More.*

• Tire Rotation and Pressure Check
• Brake Inspection
• Vehicle Checkup
• Fluid Top-Off
• Battery Test
• Filter Check
• Belts and Hoses Check

*Up to six quarts of Motorcraft® oil and Motorcraft oil filter. $5 rebate on The Works by prepaid
debit card. Limit one redemption per customer. Offer valid 5/01/19 to 7/06/19. Submit rebate by
8/03/19 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Cannot be combined with any other
Ford Service rebate/offer. See Jordan Ford for exclusions and details through 7/06/19.

Low Tire Price Guarantee*

Jordan Ford offers a 30-day tire price guarantee.  All makes and models and many brands.

*Valid on Dealer-installed retail purchases only. Requires presentation of competitor's current price ad/offer on exact tire sold by dealership within 30 days after purchase. See Jordan Ford for details through 3/31/19.
Some exclusions apply.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2019