How should I prepare the battery of my Ford Mainline for winter driving? Any tip for battery care and maintenance?
The cold temperature has an effect on the car battery performance. The battery capacity can be reduced around this time by up to 50 percent. When you drive in snow and cold, dark nights, you tend to use more lights and turn on the heater and wipers all at once, using more power from the battery. Don't let the car battery die all of a sudden. Check the battery charge or even have this tested. Inspect the battery cables for cracks and the terminals to see if there's any loose connection. You shouldn't only clean the battery contacts but should also check the water/electrolyte level. Refill it with distilled water if needed.
What would you suggest to maintain the Ford wheels' good condition and quality? What should I do aside from checking the alignment and adjusting this accordingly?
When you wash the vehicle, make sure that you clean off the brake dust that's caked on the wheels when left for too long. Get rid of road grime and moisture as well. You can remove the brake dust using some damp sponge and cold water. Also wash the wheels using mild soap or car cleaner that's gentle to the clear coat or the painted finish. You must avoid the use of harsh chemical cleaners. If you'll wash the wheels, see to it they're already cool. Cleaning them while they're still hot is bad. It will be more difficult for you to clean them. You also run the risk of getting rotors warped. The wheels can be waxed about 3 to 4 times a year. To keep the wheels in good condition, also take time to check the bearings and nuts. It'll also help if you'll try to drive more carefully into the curb, using your rear and side mirrors. Make sure that the wheels won't hit the gutter.
The heater of my vehicle is malfunctioning. I'm not satisfied with the heat in the cabin. When I checked the vents, there seems to be good airflow. However, I noticed that there's still not enough heat. What should I do to fix this?
It's most likely that the thermostat of your Ford isn't working properly. Check if it's stuck open. If the thermostat is stuck, coolant won't circulate around the engine properly. It doesn't reach the required temperature. It may flow through the heater core but may fail to generate enough heat to keep the cabin warm enough. To solve this heating problem, you may also want to see if the engine is running low on coolant. If it is, then this will create air pockets that will result in heat loss. A coolant flush may be done to fix it. Another possible issue here is a clogged heater core or a defective heater control valve. Inspect these heating system components to identify the real problem and find the best solution for this.