Mustang Maintenance Made Easy– Service Your Ford in Evanston

Nothing quite compares to the throaty roar of a Ford Mustang coming to life. From the first rumble as you turn your key, to the wind rushing through your hair as you cruise down the highway, the Mustang epitomizes freedom and the thrill of the open road.

But without proper preventative care, your Mustang can quickly become an expensive paperweight. Paying attention to routine maintenance is crucial for keeping these iconic muscle cars running strong for years.

Our HEART Auto Care specialists in Evanston have seen every Mustang issue under the sun. As huge fans of the car ourselves, we’re eager to share insider tips to save you headaches and help your pony gallop for many miles ahead.

The Basics: Fluids, Filters, Battery

Like any machine, the mechanical systems in the Ford Mustang need regular upkeep to operate at peak efficiency. Skipping something simple like an oil change can cause serious damage surprisingly fast. Along with fresh conventional or synthetic oil every 5,000 miles or so.

We stress the importance of proactively replacing filters as well. This includes the engine air filter, cabin air filter for the interior ventilation system, fuel filter to remove contaminants in gas before combustion, and transmission filter if your Mustang has an automatic gearbox. Replacing worn filters helps prevent decreased performance, poor gas mileage, and unnecessary strain on related components.

Fluid flushes are another vital area many owners overlook between trips to the pump. Over time, moisture builds up in brake fluid, antifreeze loses its ability to control engine temperature extremes, transmission fluid gets dirty and depleted, and so forth.

It is recommended to flush the brakes every two years, coolant flush every 50,000 miles or five years, and transmission service every 30,000 miles on older Mustangs. Newer models with sealed transmissions can go 100,000 miles between changes.

One more fundamental item that causes its fair share of woes is the 12-volt battery: high-output audio systems, power seats, air conditioning, and other electronics in modern Mustangs put extra strain on the charging system. Cold winter temperatures further zap battery strength. Prevent getting stranded with a dead battery by having yours tested annually. Most only last around five years, so plan on proactive replacement once you hit that mark no matter how well it’s held up so far.

Seasonal Considerations

Depending on the climate and driving conditions in your area, paying attention to season-specific maintenance can make a dramatic difference in Mustang happiness.

As summer approaches, blast away dust buildup by replacing the engine air filter. Hot weather also means it’s time to inspect belts, radiator hoses, and air conditioning components. If the AC blowers are weak or the interior just can’t get cool enough, schedule a recharger service to restore efficient operation. Late summer before temperatures drop is the ideal time for this AC system to work.

Prepping your Mustang for winter involves a whole separate checklist. First, check antifreeze levels and confirm the concentration provides adequate freeze protection for the lowest anticipated temperatures. Remember, coolant degrades over time so older fluid won’t safeguard against overheating or cracks in cold weather the same way fresh antifreeze does. Next, assess your battery’s current cranking power and capacity to handle heavier electrical loads that come with running lights, seat warmers, and the like constantly.

Cold saps batteries exponentially faster. Replace it proactively if needed to avoid getting stuck on a frozen morning. Install winter or all-season tires for enhanced snow/ice traction. And of course, undercoating vulnerable metal parts with protective film prevents corrosion from salty slush.

Common repairs

From spirited weekend drives to daily community duties. Ford Mustang rack up quite a few miles. Certain items succumb to wear and tear faster than the rest.

One example most owners deal with at some point is brake service. Mustang brake pads, rotors, and calipers take a beating thanks to this car’s performance potential. As these foundation components degrade, you’ll experience gradual signs like brake fade, pulsing pedal sensations, screeching, and extended stopping distances long before total failure.

Pay attention and don’t delay repairs once symptoms appear. Otherwise, you risk damaging the more expensive master cylinder and ABS module.

The suspension and steering systems endure punishing forces as well. Over years of changing camber angles during hard concerning components like lower control arms, strut mounts, ball joints, and tie rods, they loosen and wear out. If handling feels sloppy, alignment seems off, or steering wanders, get inspected right away. A few reasonably priced repairs now prevent having to replace entire suspension assemblies down the road.

The ignition tune-up is another aging item often overlooked until misfiring, rough idle, and eventual performance losses prompt action. Mustangs need new spark plugs around every 30,000 miles along with distributor cap, rotor, and wire by 60,000 miles.

Lastly, in the common repair category, emissions and exhaust issues tend to crop up on higher-mileage Mustangs. Rubber hoses and gaskets deteriorate over the years, 02 sensors lose calibration accuracy and catalytic converters get clogged by engine gunk. Beyond hurting environment-friendliness and inspection readiness, these problems reduce pony power.

We at HEART Auto Care suggest a full inspection anytime performance seems lackluster. Replacing a few small exhaust pieces often does the trick.

Finding a Reliable Shop

Entrusting your Mustang to a qualified mechanic is vital, yet easier said than done with so many general repair shops around. For the best Ford service, you want technicians specially trained on these vehicles. The ideal Mustang shop also stocks plenty of specialty OEM and aftermarket parts to handle repairs promptly.

As North Shore Chicago’s leading auto service shop, whether you need a classic restoration or just routine maintenance on a late model Mustang, HEART Auto Care in Evanston has you covered.

Keep on Galloping

Driving a Ford Mustang makes you feel alive and free. But like any incredible machine, this freedom requires responsibility. Giving your pony proper care through fluid changes, system flushes, filter swaps, tune-ups, and season-specific preparation prevents so many avoidable pitfalls. Pair that diligent upkeep with trusted Mustang specialists like HEART Auto Care, and you’ll enjoy all the gutsy growls and open road glory these icons deliver for years on end.

What are you waiting for? Give HEART Auto Care a call today to schedule your Mustang’s next maintenance visit.

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