Follow the Ford Maintenance Schedule to Care for Your New Car

December 14th, 2021 by

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Your Ford Dealer in Oklahoma Can Help You Determine What Your Vehicle Needs

When shopping for a vehicle at the Ford dealership near you, keep in mind that you’ll want to follow the Blue Oval’s maintenance schedule for whichever vehicle you buy.

And that’s not because we want more of your money. It’s because we want you to love your Ford truck or SUV for as long as possible and for it to be a good investment for you.

When you buy a new car from Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma, be sure to ask us about the recommended maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle, including the all-electric F-150 Lightning and hybrid Maverick, and how we can help you keep it in the best possible condition.

30-60-90: Remember This Timeline!

Generally, most automakers recommend certain maintenance tasks be completed at 30,000 miles, 60,000 miles, and 90,000 miles. Ford is no exception.

You can expect to need to replace parts and fluids before, between, and after these time frames, like windshield wiper blades, engine oil, and tires, but in general, this schedule is a good guideline to remember.

The 411 on Oil Changes and New Tires

Your non-hybrid or non-electric Ford requires oil to keep your engine running smoothly and lubricate all the moving parts. Without clean, fresh oil, you risk wearing out your engine quickly.

Non-synthetic oil must be changed every 3,000 miles or every three months, but synthetic oil works much longer. You can wait between 5,000 and 10,000 miles between oil changes with synthetic oil, but you should still check your oil level so you can spot leaks and other issues more quickly.

You’ll also need to replace tires on your Ford when the tread depth wears down and is too shallow to safely drive. You also should rotate tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles so they wear evenly.

Maintenance at 30,000 Miles: Our Oklahoma Ford Dealer Can Do It

We highly recommend that you bring your vehicle in for maintenance from a Ford-certified technician because they are specially trained on the procedures and requirements that Ford suggests. Our new car dealership in Oklahoma has a state-of-the-art service center and can handle anything your new car or used car needs.

Crack open your owner’s manual to learn more about the recommended maintenance at 30,000 miles. In general, however, your vehicle needs a couple of things at this point.

First, you’ll need a new air filter. This particular filter blocks debris from entering your engine and should be changed every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. If you live somewhere dusty, though, like on a gravel road, you might want to change it more frequently.

You’ll also need a new fuel filter. When a fuel filter clogs, you might experience your engine “running rough.” Around 30,000 miles is an ideal time for the first filter change.

Checklist for 60,000 Miles on the Odometer

At 60,000 miles, you should start more in-depth maintenance tasks to ensure your vehicle is running properly. Many of these tasks are some you shouldn’t skip, for your safety and the safety of others.

Taking care of your brakes begins now, and there are several parts you may need to replace at this point. First, you’ll want to drain and replace your brake fluid every 20,000 to 45,000 miles – a bit before you hit 60,000 miles.

It’s also probably time to replace your brake pads and shoes. Both these parts will wear out over time, with quality ones lasting up to 50,000 miles. You know they need to be replaced if your car isn’t stopping as well as it used to, or if you hear screeching noises when you press the brake pedal.

Finally, your brake rotors, the metal discs your brake pads squeeze to stop your vehicle, should be replaced. Over time, they warp and wear out, so plan to get new ones at least every 60,000 miles.

There are also some important non-brake tasks to do:

  • Replace your car’s battery. Most standard car batteries last about five years, which is the time it takes you to drive about 60,000 miles. In between changes, ensure the battery terminals are free from corrosion.
  • Flush and replace your coolant, a mixture of water and antifreeze. Without it, your engine will overheat. A coolant flush is ideal at this time.
  • Change the transmission fluid. Low fluid levels cause gear shifting problems that could eventually destroy your transmission. Manual transmissions should have fluid changed between 30,000 and 60,000 miles, while automatic transmissions can go between 30,000 and 100,000 miles. Always check your owner’s manual for recommendations for your new car.

The 90,000 Milestone: Get Car Maintenance at the Ford Dealership Near You

The 90,000-mile mark means there are more tasks for you to do to keep your vehicle running. This milestone used to be a big deal for car owners, back when the guideline was to trade in your ride before you hit 100,000 miles on the odometer. But today’s vehicles keep going, racking up 200,000 miles or more without major issue. Proper maintenance is the lynchpin of that longevity.

You’ll need to:

  • Change your spark plugs. Request iridium or titanium ones, which last up to 100,000 miles.
  • Get a new timing belt installed between 75,000 and 90,000 miles, if applicable to your vehicle. Some have a timing chain instead.
  • Flush and replace your power steering fluid at about 75,000 miles.
  • Replace any rubber hoses that carry things like your power steering fluid, gases, or coolant. Rubber cracks over time, and a broken hose won’t do its job properly.

Your Maintenance Schedule is in Your Owner’s Manual or Online

Ford Motor Company does an excellent job of ensuring an owner’s manual is accessible at all times. First, you’ll likely get a hard copy when you buy a new car from Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma. You can keep this with your vehicle in your glove box or console, so it’s always available for reference.

Alternatively, Ford offers a maintenance schedule and manuals online. All you have to do is set up a Ford owner account. The website will even track any maintenance you receive at a Ford dealership near you, so you don’t have to keep meticulous paper records like you used to.

Find a New Car for Sale – Or a Tough Ford Truck – at Zeck Ford OKC

Visit Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma, just a short drive from Oklahoma City and Norman, to shop our array of new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs at the lowest possible no-haggle prices.

At Zeck, we take the stress out of car-buying, by never pressuring you into something you don’t want. That’s because we pay our salespeople – who we call “personal shoppers” – a salary, and they don’t work on commission.

Make Zeck your Oklahoma Ford dealer, and come see us today.

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