How to Kill Your Ford Truck

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Most of us are aware that in order to get the most of our Ford trucks, we have to maintain them properly, but the truth is that automotive repair or maintenance isn’t always at the top of our priority list.

If you were expecting to open this article and find exact ways on how to actually kill your truck, sorry to disappoint. Instead, I’ve listed six things that if not done, could little-by-little kill your engine, and eventually your truck.

Ignoring the check engine light – This could be as benign as a fuel-filler door open, an oil change, or a vital sensor not working. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. Take this for what it is—an alert. Don’t ignore it!

Failing to change fluids and filters – Common sense. Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.

Neglecting your tires – You could have the latest and greatest Ford truck, but it all comes down to the tires. Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.

Not following a service schedule – Things don’t last forever! Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally.

Not washing your car – Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt, and it makes it harder to identify a potential leak/problem.

Being a severe driver – Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

Remember, a long-lasting and dependable Ford truck, is only as good as you service it. While manufacturer problems do arise from time-to-time, it’s up to us to keep our vehicles in tip-top shape.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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