Temperatures are cooling and winter will be here before we know it! That’s why now is the time to prepare your vehicle for the harsher weather ahead. In observance of National Car Care Month, the certified service technicians at Keith Hawthorne Ford of Belmont, NC have provided some helpful car maintenance tips!

We recommend the following:

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the hoses and belts for cracks and to make sure they are not brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of wear and tear.
  • Check the battery to ensure the connection is clean, tight and free of any corrosion.
  • Check the brake system to make sure they are not worn down or squeaking– so you can stop even on slippery winter roads!
  • Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken parts. Listen for strange noises too.
  • Check the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to guarantee cabin comfort in the months ahead.
  • Inspect the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts.
  • Check the tires’ air pressure, alignment, and tread depth to keep your vehicle safe and fuel efficient!
  • Check the windshield wipers to promote good visibility.

Schedule Auto Maintenance with Our Ford Service Center Today!

Time for a tune-up? Schedule service today! Our skilled service technicians can help keep your car running at peak performance by keeping each of its components in great shape – like brake pads, tires, car batteries, spark plugs, air filters, transmission fluid, wiper blades, brake fluid and more!

Whether you need a conventional oil change or more details about your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, we’re here to help! And remember, with colder weather on the way, now is the time to ensure your vehicle is ready to roll!

As the leading Ford Parts Center serving Gaston County area, the Keith Hawthorne Ford of Belmont team takes great pride in providing our customers with the highest quality, genuine Ford parts and accessories. If you’d like to order your own, just let us know!

Our Ford Service Center is conveniently located near Charlotte and Concord, so maintaining your vehicle has never been simpler! Plus, we’re just a short drive from Shelby, NC and Fort Mill, SC! Stop by for service today or to take a test drive!