Whether you're the proud owner of a Ford F-150 or hauling in a Super Duty&#;xae;, you know the importance of winterization, especially for the Springfield, IL area. But it's just as crucial to get your pickup ready for the other seasons. What are the best maintenance practices for spring and summer, you may ask?

That depends, for one, on your mileage and the kind of driving you do, whether you tow, frequently idle, go off-road, or just cruise the highway. The best time for truck service, regardless of season, is about every 10,000 to 20,000 miles or so, depending on how far you've traveled, and that serves as a good place to start when it comes to figuring out what you might need and when. Otherwise, it's a good idea to have your truck serviced when the built-in sensors monitoring many of its systems illuminate service lights on your dash. Some work, however, you should have taken care of regardless. Here are just a few things to keep an eye on.

  • Tire pressure. Cold air contracts, but warm air expands, and when either happens, uneven tire pressure results. Incorrect inflation can cause long-term damage to both your wheels and suspension, not to mention that it can negatively affect fuel economy -- much needed for that day job out in Chatham, IL or nearby. Other problems might cause low pressure, too, such as tread wear and tear. If that trusty penny test fails, it might be time for a new set of tires. Either way, check yours and maintain their pressures regularly.
  • Your brakes. Keep an eye on your brake lines, your system's fluid levels, its discs or rotors, calipers, wheel bearings, and cylinders, plus its hoses, valves, and seals. If you already hear that telltale scrape, squeak, or crunch, you might need a brake repair or replacement.
  • Your battery and electrical system. Cold starts in an Auburn, IL driveway or parking lot can be hard on both. Be sure to check all wiring, plugs, and terminals for damage or corrosion, and test your battery's strength. You'll want to get the former fixed and replace the latter if the charge it once had just isn't there.
  • Hoses and belts. Do you see any signs of degradation? Are rubber components older than five years? It'll be a good idea to make any necessary replacements.
  • Your engine air filter. If you spend inordinate time driving through cities like Riverton, IL and navigating the congested highways around Sherman, this needs more frequent replacement, as a dependable supply of fresh air is necessary to keep your engine running at optimal efficiency.
  • Shocks and struts. Icy, obstacle-ridden roads can lead to long-term damage, so it's important to have these components, as well as the rest of your suspension system, checked. It could mean the difference between the safety of both you and your cargo on the road, and otherwise.

Of course, conditions can be pretty subjective, and just about any other need can arise, from that for AC repair or a tire rotation and balance to a coolant and transmission flush or oil and filter change. No matter what they are, however, you can count on the auto service center here at Landmark Ford Trucks East to take care of them for you. We're home to a staff of expert truck repair technicians with the knowledge, expertise, and full complement of genuine Ford auto parts to get the job done right the first time. That's quality assurance you may not get at another local mechanic or body shop.

Making a service appointment is easy, too. You can do so right here on the Web, give us a call, or stop by our showroom at 3401 Clearlake Avenue. We look forward to helping you get back on the road in no time!

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