How to Care for Your Idle Electrified Vehicle

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With many people staying at home at the moment, there are quite a few cars parked in the garages, driveways, and streets of Toronto. If your EV, hybrid, or plug-in vehicle is one of those that is sitting idle, then you need to know how to take care of it while it remains unused. Here are some tips from Downtown Ford to care for your electrified Ford vehicle and help it run like new once you start driving more frequently.

 

Keep your battery charged. The most important thing you can do is make sure your 12-volt battery stays charged – or your car might not start. In addition to this, your high-voltage battery should have at least a 10 percent charge to prevent it from draining. If you have driven or plugged in your vehicle for at least eight hours in the past month, you should be okay.

 

Disconnect your 12-volt battery if you don’t plan on driving. If you won’t be using your electrified vehicle for at least 30 days, then disconnect the negative terminal of your 12-volt battery. You can also leave your plug-in hybrid on plug if you’re not comfortable doing that, or connect your 12-volt battery to a standard 12-volt battery charger.

 

Park in the shade. While we don’t typically experience extreme heat in Toronto, you should still take the necessary precautions to try and park your electrified car in the shade or a garage. This will help preserve battery capacity.

 

If you need any additional help caring for your vehicle during these uncertain times, give our service department a call here at Downtown Ford.

3 Tips for Safely Sanitizing Your Car

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With everything that’s happening in the world right now, there’s no better time to ensure that your car is free of germs. Follow these three tips to thoroughly sanitize your car and improve your peace of mind.

 

Put on disposable gloves. As you start sanitizing your car, make sure you put on disposable gloves. These gloves will not only protect your hands from any harsh chemicals, but they will also help prevent you from spreading germs throughout your car and possibly bringing them into your house. When you wear gloves, remember that you should only touch your car and cleaning supplies — avoid touching your face, phone, or any other surfaces.

 

Scrub everything down. From your dashboard and steering wheel to your shift knob and radio, there are a lot of hard surfaces in your car that can collect germs. Clean these surfaces either with disinfectant wipes or warm, soapy water, and pay particular attention to any hot spots for germs — especially places that you may have sneezed or coughed on.

 

Clean your soft surfaces. Your car’s upholstery and other soft surfaces can absorb a lot of dirt and grime, so make sure they get special attention when you’re sanitizing your car. Use upholstery cleaner on your seats and carpet cleaner on your floor mats to make sure that your car is as good as new.

 

Have more questions about best practices for sanitizing your car? Contact our service department here at Downtown Ford in Toronto.

Say Goodbye to Winter with These Spring Maintenance Tips

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As winter weather melts away and the flowers begin to bloom, make sure that your vehicle is ready to take on the new season. Follow these spring maintenance tips and your vehicle will soon be ready for warmer weather. 

 

Change your winter tires out. Warmer weather means you won’t have to worry about battling snow on your daily commute. Make sure you bring your vehicle in to Downtown Ford to switch out winter tires for all-season options.

 

Consider a spring cleaning for your car. The salty roads of winter can really do a number on your car’s exterior and undercarriage. That’s why you should give your car a spring cleaning, both inside and out. This will ensure that road salt won’t cause damage like rusting over the course of your car’s life.

 

Top off your fluids. Routine maintenance is important, so make sure your car’s fluids are topped off as winter turns to spring. In particular, you’ll want to check the vehicle’s oil level, coolant, and windshield-wiper fluid.

 

Check your brakes. Road conditions during the winter can cause damage to your brakes. Get them looked over during the spring to ensure you can stop when you need to, even on slick roads.

 

If you need assistance with any of your spring maintenance tasks, stop in at Downtown Ford and our expert service staff will be happy to help.