As January wears on, many fans of sports cars, muscle cars, and pony cars are faced with a difficult question: do they pack their favourite car into the garage and store it until the weather improves, or do they keep driving through the snowy season and risk the damage that icy winter roads might cause?
Many Mustang fans who don’t own convertibles will want to keep driving their car through the winter, and while Mustangs are rugged, well-built vehicles, keeping a Mustang on the road through January and February does require some extra care. Here are a few things you can do to winterize your Mustang and ensure that it continues to offer excellent performance for years to come.
Keep it Clean
The past two years have been exciting ones for Mustang fans; the new Mustangs are truly impressive and many industry experts believe the current generation to represent a high water mark in the fifty-year history of the legendary pony car. This is all the more reason to make sure that your current Mustang is kept in the best possible condition, for as long as possible.
The most important rule of Mustang maintenance is simply to make sure that your car is regularly cleaned, inside and out, and it is doubly important in the winter. Salt and sand are both extremely corrosive and can do tremendous amounts of damage to your Mustang’s chassis and body.
Bring it into Your Local Dealership For a General Tune-Up
Giving your car a tune-up every autumn and every spring is a great way to ensure that it stays in shape, and if you missed your appointment this fall, make sure to bring your Mustang into the shop to guarantee it is ready for winter.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you should visit the repair center at Colony Ford in Brampton. Not only do they have a reputation for offering great service, but they also specialize in Mustang customization and repair, and can make sure your ‘Stang is running at its best.
Check the Breaks
If you’ve been driving your Mustang hard through the summer, there’s a good chance your brake pads are wearing down. Because of their amped-up speed and drag-strip attitude, Mustangs tend to be harder on the breaks than other cars, and the last thing you want to worry about this winter is whether or not you’re going it is going to be able to stop when you need it to.
Evaluate your Tires
As any Mustang owner knows, a Mustang is nothing without a good set of tires. You don’t necessarily need to change your tires over (unless you’re planning on taking your car down snowed-out back roads), but because rapid changes in temperature will wreak havoc with your tire pressure you should regularly check to make sure your tires are within the right range for psi.
For drivers in Canada and the northern U.S., packing up a pony car for winter can mean only getting six months of driving time with it a year. The good news is, you don’t need to keep your Mustang in the garage for the winter to ensure it stays in good working condition.
If you make sure your Mustang is properly winterized, you can enjoy the heart-stopping pleasure of driving your favorite car year-round without worrying that this will shorten its life-span.