One of the most important aspects of owning a vehicle is making sure you keep a regular maintenance schedule, and that’s no different with Fords. Not only does it help prolong the lifespan of your vehicle, but it also ensures you save money on bigger mechanical problems down the road. We’ve listed some of the most important things to get maintained on your Ford model.
Oil & Filter Change
Almost every car owner should be familiar with getting their oil changed every few months. Oil is used to lubricate the engine and ensure it’s functioning, while oil filters keep harmful abrasives from damaging parts and the overall performance of your engine. Additionally, regularly replacing either also helps keep the optimum fuel efficiency of your vehicle. According to the Ford maintenance guide, you should be changing your oil every 10,000 km for normal commuting/highway driving, 8,000 km for moderate loads, towing, and off-road driving, or 4,000 km if you do a lot of towing or driving in extreme temperatures. Meanwhile, you should be changing the oil filter every 8,000 km.
Replace Engine Air Filter
Much in the same vein as the oil filter, replacing your Ford’s engine air filter helps with the optimal performance and fuel efficiency of your engine by cleaning the air and fuel of your engine, while protecting it from dust and dirt. With that in mind, make sure you get your engine air filter replaced every 25,000 km or 3 years.
Tire Inspection, Rotation, and Alignment
Most people don’t know it right away, but maintaining your vehicle’s tires is just as important as your engine. That’s because having properly functioning tires not only optimizes your vehicle’s performance, but also ensures you stay safe while driving on any terrain. Get your tires inspected every 10,000 km or every year to make sure there’s no damage that can compromise your safety. For tire rotations and alignment, make sure you get it done every 8,000 km or 6 months, so your tires don’t wear down prematurely or unevenly.
For a more complete list of things you should get maintained on your Ford, you can take a look at the official Ford maintenance guide.