Ford E-250 Super Duty: Four Basic Car Care That Could Prolong the Life of Your Van
If you are looking for a spacious vehicle with enough power in the engine and loading capacity, then the Ford E-250 Super Duty is for you. They are built to last too. But, if you want to prolong the life of your vehicle, you need to know how to properly take care of it. Basic car care should be enough to extend the life and durability of your van. The best thing about this is that most car maintenance is really simple and easy to understand. Below are some of the things that you need to understand about caring for your vehicle:
- Perform regular visual checks.
Taking care of your vehicle doesn't always mean you need to be armed with tools. Sometimes, you just need your eyes. Visual inspections are the first steps in making sure that your vehicle is in good condition. Start by inspecting the exteriors including the tires, body, bumper, and warning lights. You should also check for any leaking fluids under the vehicle and if there's smoke in the exhaust.
Your tires should be inspected at least every other week; make sure the treads are deep and that the tires are inflated properly. The body and bumper should be checked for any signs of damage; you need to do this for insurance purposes. Any warning lights that come on are indication that there is something wrong with your vehicle. Check for any warning light before any driving. When you see thick, white smoke coming from the exhaust, it means something is wrong. It could mean a blown head gasket. Any leaking fluid under the vehicle is a sign of problems—it could be a leak in the cooling system, the engine oil or the HVAC.
A good portion of your day-to-day maintenance should involve checks under the hood. You need to regularly check engine oil level and cleanliness, the coolant level, brake and power steering fluid levels, transmission fluid, and the engine belts. Checking these fluid levels should not be hard given that the engine bay have containers for each of them. The containers have fill-in levels so you can see how much fluid there is. Make sure that each fluid is filled above the minimum line and below the maximum line. You should also keep an eye on any damaged hoses and other tubes. These should be replaced immediately since they will cause fluid leaks. You should also check the engine for any loose electrical or tube connections as well as damaged belts. It is also advisable to check the condition of your vehicle's battery and take note of its age. It should be replaced every five years or so.
- Change the oil regularly.
One of the most important things in car maintenance is making sure that your engine oil is always at the right level and changed regularly. The engine oil acts as the lifeblood of your engine as it keeps the internal parts of the engine properly lubricated and keeps them from grinding against each other, causing damage. Depending on your driving conditions, mechanics recommend changing the oil every 2,000-3,000 miles. You can still safely drive further than these mileages but you should change it every 5,000 miles at the max; including the oil filter. There is a dipstick in your car that you can use to measure the level as well as check the color of the oil. Your vehicle's oil should still have a dark color once it runs through the engine but it should be relatively clean. Also, make sure to use the recommended type of oil for your vehicle. Your owner's manual should give you an idea what motor oil to buy.
- Don't forget about other replacements and maintenance.
There are other components in your Ford E-250 Super Duty that also need regular maintenance and replacement; though not as frequent as the others. These include the air filter, lights, spark plugs and cables, and the windshield wipers. Most engine tune-ups will include work in the spark plugs and replacements of cables and distributor cap, when necessary.