How to Care for Your Lincoln
Maintain Instead of Repair
Those lights on your dashboard aren’t for decoration. And generic “service required” warnings are not a scam. Maintaining your vehicle costs money, sure, but it costs less money than repairing. Investing money in routine oil changes, tire service, and decreases the likelihood you’ll incur greater costs down the road. Plus, per Consumer Reports, Lincoln owners have the lowest repair and maintenance costs in the industry.
The Importance of Oil Changes
Arguably, the most important part of routine maintenance is motor oil. Motor oil has three primary functions: lubricating, cooling, and cleaning. The first is easily the most important. When you have pieces of steel flying up and down thousands of times per minute, you need to keep them lubricated otherwise your engine will literally destroy itself. But how often should you have your oil and filter replaced?
You will find a recommended change interval in your Lincoln owner’s manual. However, cold starts, short trips, and aggressive acceleration all shorten the life of your oil. Considering that many of those things are difficult to avoid for Canadian drivers, you should probably replace your oil more often than the minimum recommended interval. But don’t worry. When you have your oil changed at Capital Lincoln, we’ll tell you the optimal time to return for an oil change based on your vehicle and driving habits. And that’s not the only benefit of choosing Capital Lincoln Service.
When you choose certified Lincoln service, you’re entitled to a wide range of exclusive benefits. For example, when your vehicle is in the shop, you get a loaner vehicle from our inventory, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a complimentary car wash to brighten your day – not to mention available parts warranties.
Wash Your Lincoln
Believe it or not, washing your Lincoln properly is also an important part of maintenance. But many people do not wash their vehicles properly. Just look at the paint of any nearby car in the sunlight and you’ll notice spiderweb scratches across the entire surface. From a distance those scratches make the paint appear tired and dull. They’re clear evidence of someone who’s been washing their car carelessly. But how can avoid them?
If you’re washing your vehicle yourself, there are a few rules you must follow. Always use two wash buckets, one for soapy water and one for rinsing. After every few passes with your microfibre cloth or wash mitt, rinse it in your rinse bucket. This clears the dust and debris that you just removed from the surface of your car. If you only use one bucket, you take the abrasive dirt particles and scrape them against the surface of your paint creating thousands of small scratches.
Second, you should never wash your vehicle in direct sunlight. Water and soap dries much more quickly in the sun, meaning you’re likely to end up with swirl marks. But that’s actually the least of your concerns. So only wash your vehicle indoors, beneath shade, or on a cloudy day.
Finally, if you’re going to use an automatic car wash, try to use a touchless or wand wash. Or, find an automatic system that uses microfibre cloths instead of coarse brushes. Of course, if you’re not washing, the best option is a professional detailing. Financially, it’s not a service that can become habitual, but it does provide the greatest level of care and thoroughness.
Especially in Winter
In winter, your Lincoln is subjected to snow, ice, dirt, sand, and road salt. All of those contribute to dirtiness, but the last is worst of all. Road salt is highly corrosive and accelerates the formation of rust. As your wheels spray it upward, it coats even your Lincoln’s undercarriage. Even though washing in winter is unpleasant (no one wants frozen locks and a skeleton track a driveway), it’s vital.