FAQs—Ford Transit Connect
I'm hearing some unusual sounds inside my Ford Transit Connect when driving on the freeway recently. The sound seems to be like a whistle, like that of air entering the car. It's not causing any real damage, but it can get distracting and annoying at times. What could be causing the problem, and how do I fix it?
If you think the sound is caused by air entering your cabin, it might be due to some air leaks caused by panels not fitting very well together, panels that are coming a bit loose due to age, or because of unsealed spaces somewhere in your vehicle. You can find where the leaks are and seal them—there are various types of rubber weatherstripping that you can use to get the job done. You can also get sound deadeners, thin strips of material that you simply attach to strategic panels in your ride such as the floor and door. These are designed to absorb vibrations, and therefore noise.
I'm looking for new wheels to match my tires for winter use. I understand winter is a condition that requires extra toughness, so I would like a set of tires that would last me through without getting damaged. What are my options?
The most common types of wheels for winter use are steel and aluminum. Steel is a good choice budget-wise, but it is susceptible to rusting. Aluminum is more expensive, although it is offered in a wider range of styles compared to steel wheels. One thing to remember when it comes to winter tires is to go for silver or black finish as these are better to use in winter compared to chrome, which might not be able to stand harsh winter conditions. Another reminder is to do away with wheels featuring machined lips. The lips often attract road salt that's difficult to remove, so you'll be better off without them. Another thing to remember is to wash the wheels more frequently during winter to ensure that road salt won't have a chance of causing damage in your ride.
I heard that the paint color of my Ford Transit Connect will determine the kind and amount of maintenance that I need to give my vehicle during winter. Is this true? What are some guidelines to remember when it comes to paint color in relation to maintenance during winter?
Yes, that is true. Generally, vehicles need more frequent and more intense cleaning cycles during winter because of the presence of damaging road salt on the road. It is also advised that you give your car a thorough scrubbing and wax before winter in order to give it some protection. However, while this kind of preparation and maintenance will suffice for most cars, some vehicles are advised to get another wax halfway through winter (vs. all the rest, which are simply advised to have their car cleaned and waxed again come spring). These automobiles include those with red, black, and white paint. This is because the said colors are more sensitive to elements such as the sun's rays and acid rain. Therefore, they have to receive double protection.