How do I maintain my gas or diesel Ford vehicle?

Carefully following the maintenance schedule in your Owner's Manual helps protect against major repair expenses resulting from neglect or inadequate maintenance, and may help to increase the value of your vehicle when you sell or trade it. Keep all receipts for completed maintenance with your vehicle.

It is important that you have have your vehicle serviced at the proper times. These intervals serve two purposes:

  • Maintain the reliability of your vehicle.
  • Keep the cost of owning your vehicle down.

Failure to perform scheduled maintenance and regularly inspect your vehicle may result in vehicle damage not covered by the New Vehicle Limited Warranty or Ford Protect Extended Service Plan.

Monthly Maintenance Checklist

Every month, check the following:

  • Function of all interior and exterior lights
  • Wear and tear on tires
  • Tire pressure
  • Engine oil fluid level
  • Windshield washer fluid level

Maintenance Basics

  • Change your oil. Many newer-model vehicles come equipped with an Intelligent Oil-LIfe Monitor that determines when you should change the engine oil based on how your vehicle is used. This means you do not have to remember to change the oil on a mileage-based schedule. Your vehicle lets you know when an oil change is due by displaying a message in the information display. Pay close attention to your Owner's Manual to ensure that oil changes are done before any damage can occur. An oil and filter change is one of the most important types of maintenance. 
  • Rotate your tires. Have your tires rotated every time you get your oil changed. This helps distribute wear evenly.
  • Have your tires balanced and wheels aligned. If you notice that your vehicle pulls to one side while you are driving, it may be a sign that you need an alignment.
  • Drive smart. Avoid fast stops, speeding, and weaving through traffic. 

Multi-Point Inspection

This service evaluates your vehicle’s fluid levels, key system, and component status, tire tread depth and wear patterns, brake pad thickness, and battery life. Inspecting your vehicle allows your technician to identify any problems and recommend the appropriate service. Contact your local Ford Dealer to schedule an appointment.

For more information about recommended maintenance, refer to your Owner's Manual under "Scheduled Maintenance."