The Ford Mustang is a classic vehicle. Introduced during the heyday of 1960s car culture, the Mustang has continued to shine in its legacy as one of the fastest, prettiest cars on the market. Owning one shows that you value your ride and have a desire for speed. Still, it takes work to protect a Mustang from excess wear. Here are some of the best ways to maintain your Ford Mustang and keep it running efficiently.
Change the Fluids
As with any vehicle, Mustangs have a number of fluids that allow them to function properly. Motor or engine oil, transmission fluid, braking fluid, coolant, and windshield wiper fluid are all necessary for optimal car function. Check the owner’s manual to see when to replace each of these fluids. Engine oil needs replacing about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles; transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles; brake fluid every four to five years or when braking issues occur; and coolant every 30,000 miles or so.
Touch Up Paint Scratches
Scratches can happen anytime at any place, so it’s important to touch up small paint jobs to hide unwanted exterior defects. With Ford Mustang touch-up paint, simply choose the year and color of your Mustang and purchase an appropriate applicator. You’ll likely need an applicator pen for small scratches, but consider spray cans for larger projects. This does not mean you need an entirely new paint job either. Touch-up paint jobs are a simple way to maintain your Ford Mustang without putting a large dent in your wallet or taking too much time in the process.
It’s equally important to rotate or even replace tires throughout your Mustang’s life. Over time, tires lose their tread, especially during high acceleration and performance. Since the Mustang is a racing vehicle, it’s only natural to rotate or replace the tires to optimize its functionality. Be consistent about it. It helps to rotate your tires during oil changes, so you kill two birds with one stone. If necessary, replace the tires with high-performance tires for faster speeds and greater handling on paved surfaces.
Wax the Outside
Maintenance is not inherently focused on performance either. Keep your Mustang spotless with regular washes and waxes. Owning a Mustang is a great achievement for enthusiasts, so do your best to keep it spotless. This is especially true if you own a classic or vintage Mustang and want to show it off at a car show. Apply a light layer of wax every so often to keep it shiny and provide a brand-new look to the exterior.
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