Ford Truck Winter Maintenance Checklist

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For truck enthusiasts, we know all too well the importance of regular maintenance and giving your pickup the TLC it deserves so that it can keep running its best for years to come. And while lower temperatures and the first sign of snow remind us it’s time to switch out of our all-seasons and into a set of winter tires, many of us neglect other important aspects of preparing a truck for the harsh season ahead.

The fact is that subzero temperatures are much harder on the engine and various components than in the summer months. For this reason, any parts that have not been properly maintained will inevitably take on more wear than normal by the added stress of winter driving. Thankfully, the team here at Hillsboro Ford is no stranger to the brisk New Hampshire winters we’ve come to expect. We’ve put together a comprehensive winter maintenance checklist to help you keep your pickup truck performing its best all winter long!

Essential Winter Maintenance For Your Truck

 Maintaining a truck during winter is crucial for safety and optimal performance in harsh weather conditions. Here’s a comprehensive winter maintenance checklist for trucks:


  • Check the Battery: Cold temperatures can strain the battery. Test its charge and terminals’ condition. Consider replacing an old or weak battery before winter.
  • Inspect the Antifreeze/Coolant: Ensure the coolant mixture is appropriate for winter. It should prevent freezing and protect the engine from overheating.
  • Evaluate Tire Tread and Pressure: Replace worn-out tires and ensure proper tire pressure. Consider switching to winter tires for enhanced traction on snow and ice.
  • Examine Brakes: Check the braking system, including pads, rotors, and brake fluid. Properly functioning brakes are essential for safe driving in slippery conditions.
  • Inspect Lights: Test all lights, including headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and fog lights. Replace any bulbs that are dim or not working to ensure visibility.
  • Check Wiper Blades and Fluid: Replace worn wiper blades and ensure the windshield washer fluid is suitable for freezing temperatures.
  • Evaluate Heating and Defrosting Systems: Test the heater and defroster to ensure they work correctly. A functional defroster is essential for clear visibility.
  • Check the Oil: Use the recommended winter-grade oil for better engine performance in colder weather.
  • Inspect the Exhaust System: Ensure the exhaust system is in good condition to prevent carbon monoxide leaks, especially when running the engine to warm up in cold weather.
  • Test Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) System: If your truck has 4WD capability, test it to ensure it engages and disengages properly.
  • Maintain Fuel Levels: Keep the fuel tank at least half full to prevent fuel line freezing and ensure you have enough fuel in case of unexpected delays.
  • Carry Winter Emergency Kit: Equip the truck with essential items like a shovel, ice scraper, blankets, extra clothing, non-perishable food, water, a flashlight, and a portable phone charger.
  • Inspect Belts and Hoses: Look for signs of wear or cracks in belts and hoses. Replace if necessary to prevent breakdowns due to cold weather stress.
  • Underbody Protection: Apply a rust inhibitor or underbody coating to protect against salt and road chemicals used for snow and ice control.

Book A Winter Maintenance Appointment At Hillsboro Ford

Regular maintenance and preparation are vital to keeping your truck running smoothly and safely during winter. Following this checklist will help ensure your truck is ready to handle the challenges of winter driving conditions.

For expert winter services for your Ford truck, trust the professionals at Hillsboro Ford. Whether you own an F-150 or a Ford Maverick, our factory-trained technicians are highly skilled at prepping pickups for winter weather. Schedule a service appointment with us today! 


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